“It was a project that was in the back of my mind many years ago. I consulted my late friend Christian Fechner who advised me to use moving gears inside the cabinet. Then I asked the legendary John Gaughan, creator and restorer of large scale magical automata. Finally Abdul Alafrez, magician, actor and theatre special effects consultant came with the solution I needed.
With my talented co-worker Cathy Rivers we then solved the different problems one by one.
The effect is the following: the crank is turned, the left door opens showing an empty cabinet all the way inside except for the moving gears. The left door closes, the right one opens and a little man is seeing activating a lever supposed to lift the left hand’s automaton. It is my favorite piece, until the next one maybe!!”
Each order will also include a signed photograph of Pierre Mayer with his latest piece, The Turk.
28cm high, 19cm length and 9cm wide
£2650 (Excl. VAT)