Doing what I do, I have really appreciated the articles about John Gaughan's items. If I were to name someone as my personal hero in magic, it would have to be Joseffy. The insight into the mechanics of his creations reveals his genius. I just wish there were even more detailed photos of the workings.
In my spare time between making items for others, I've been working on my own designs for mechanical items and am currently experimenting with a new spring powered motor of my own design. The actual construction of five of these motors has begun and progress may be seen at:
It will be noticed that I have decided to make most parts as they would have been made in Joseffy's time. Progress will be slow due to time constraints. - but things are underway.
I do thank all involved in the creation of this series of articles.