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The Magic 8 Ball is a fun toy that answers yes or no questions in a variety of ways. There are twenty different responses that it can give (10 positive, 5 non-committal, and 5 negative). A different answer is written on each face of a 20 sided die that floats in a blue liquid.
Each time you turn over the 8 ball it randomly displays one of the answers. This can be an amusing way to speculate about life's many questions, but it lacks versatility. So I decided to augment my Magic 8 Ball with a digital picture keychain. This let me store up to 60 picture responses and I can change them whenever I want.

So today I am going to show you how to make a digital picture Magic 8 Ball.
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Step 1: Cut Open the Magic 8 Ball

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The first thing that you need to do is open the Magic 8 Ball. The best way to do this is to cut it in half at the seam. I recommend using a fine toothed saw or a rotary tool. It may take a while because you have to cut through about a 1/4 inch of plastic. Before separating the two halves, I recommend using a piece of tape to mark the edges so that you will know how they line up when reassembling it.

Step 2: Remove the Internal Parts

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Once you have the two halves separated, you can cut off the support disk with a sharp knife. You can then remove the cylinder that contains the 20 sided die and blue fluid.

If you want to extract the die, you can open up the cylinder by removing the three screws. Handle the fluid with care, it will stain.
tsaharms1 year ago
I think i would like to see this done with the same parts, but add an arduino and accelerometer. Just a thought for anyone who has better electronics skills than me!
foobear1 year ago
so smart! love love love
Cyanoacrylate (super glue) can give off a fume which fogs glass and transparent surfaces. I might suggest using something else such as epoxy for closing things up.
I like it but all that happens is it cycles through the pics. Is there anyway you can make it flip them randomly
bob30301 year ago
Any Instructable that starts out "Cut open the Magic Eight Ball" is gonna be good! Thanks for posting!
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happy2bmom1 year ago
I think this is a really cute idea! Thank you so much for sharing!