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Now this is one of my favourite toys! I got this at college as a gift and its still with me to this day... nearly 10 years later and wow does that make me feel old!
The mystic 8 ball is a sort of fortune telling toy designed in the shape of a pool table 8 ball. It is available at most gadget and some toy retailers and can also come along key ring size. It is particularly popular in the States, so much so it has even appeared in some films such as Toy Story and Never Been Kissed.
To use the mystic/magic 8 ball you ask it a question, mostly of the yes and no variety and give it a little shake, then turn it upside down and check what the window says. Inside the window is a sort of dice surrounded by some inky water. Shake the ball too much and you'll get bubbles covering your answer so a little shake will ensure a clear message.
Answers come in the form of "YES", "NO", "MAYBE", "WHO KNOWS", "I DOUBT IT, "MY SOURCES SAY YES", "MY SOURCES SAY NO", "NOT NOW", "FORGET ABOUT IT" and so forth.
It's a very simple toy but it can also be quite addictive. It's definitely aimed at the older children to adult market. It adds a bit of fun to your working life having it on your desk and asking it random questions about your life. Obviously I don't believe in any of it but sometimes it does make you feel a little at ease when it gives you the answer you want or agrees with you when no one else will! If it doesn't give the answer you want then all you have to do is ask again until you get it!
I love my 8 ball and to this day it still gets used. When I forget about it, it sits pretty on my desk like a little ornament or can even be used as a handy paper weight. It is definitely a great gift idea.
The Mystic 8 Ball is an oversized novelty pool ball, that could have the answer to life, the universe and everything. Well maybe?Apparently the Mystic 8 Ball is very popular in America, due to it appearing on TV in a number of comedy and drama programs. Does this mean that it really is magic? Well, no actually, although there is something a bit odd about this over-sized black pool ball!So how does it work? Well, ask a random question, give it a shake, and turn it over. The reply appears mystically on the porthole display. So while I am writing this, these are the questions I have asked:Are you really magical? it replied.. Too early to predict Will England ever win the world cup again? it replied.. are you kidding !!! So in that wierd way that completely random answers are correct some of the time, I guess it does kind of work!Once you have used it a few times, you can keep it for when you need to make a decision. It also doubles as a paperweight, and as it looks like a giant 8 ball from a pool table, its oddly cool. Well almost! The Mystic 8 Ball is an oversized novelty sporting whatnot. How much more do you want for your money?