The Future of Board Games from Yesterday
One of the most popular family games during the 1950s was Magic Robot. At a time when television did not yet dominate home life (even by the end of the decade, only 60 percent of homes had a TV set), this quiz proved fun. The magic came from magnets that turned the robot to ensured that the pointer 'always gives the right answer'.
The Amazing Magic Robot
This success led to an imitator presented by Eamonn Andrews, called The Great Marvello, which claimed 'knows all, tells all, answers all questions', which included who was the first American president, and which president abolished slavery?
Eamonn Andrews Presents The Great Marvello

This was not the first time this magnetic concept had been used. Surprisingly back in the 1870s, there was something similar.

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2 comments

Avril

I loved Magic Robot it fascinated me when I was growing up.

Elizabeth Labrow

I remember this so well. My family played it often
We still play board games fairly often and especially Italy at Christmas

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