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Power, an animated exploration of illustrated machines

From animator and painter Dana Sink, Power is an animated short film that explores the forms of illustrated machines over time.

Magnets & Marbles, Kaplamino’s Pitagora-style chain reactions

Kapla blocks, marbles, steel ball bearings, a few dominos, sticks, and magnetic neocubes or buckyballs power this incredible series of elegant and surprising Rube Goldberg or Pitagora-style chain reactions. An instant...

Marble Mountain, a huge themed marble machine in progress

Ben Tardif is building a huge marble machine made from 25 themed and soon-to-be-themed sections -- a roller coaster, ski jump, Times Square, Lombard Street, and a fairy tale castle are just a few examples -- that bolt...

The Wintergatan Marble Machine, music made from 2,000 marbles

Multiple instruments are interlaced within this 3,000 part, hand-crafted invention by Swedish musician Martin Molin. With continuous cranking, lever flips, and other machine tweaks, his original composition comes to l...

Which marble will win the Longest Sand Marble Run Ever?

Pick a color! Will your marble win against 11 others in the Longest Sand Marble Run Ever? Made by Jelle Bakker of Jelle's Marble Runs on a Netherlands-based sand dune, this sand track measures 230 meters (750 feet) lo...

Howard Lee’s hyperrealistic drawing illusions

Turning hyperrealism into a video guessing game, illustrator and illusionist of sorts Howard Lee draws objects on paper that attempt to reach photographic levels of detail. Above, his Drawing Trick with Marbles. B...

Andrew Gatt’s Ultimate Paper Roller Coaster

Perfect for the classroom or at home, Andrew Gatt's paper roller coasters are not only fun, but they also teach so many lessons in engineering, construction, teamwork, trial and error, and more. In exploring physics a...

Marble Tsunami marble run machine: 11,000 marbles

It's a Marble Tsunami! This huge marble run machine or knikkerbaan has more than 11,000 marbles rolling, sliding, zigzagging, hitting bells, and clacking endlessly into each other, making quite a cacophony. With four ...

A homemade Pitagora Suitchi (Pythagora Switch) device collection

As huge fans of Rube Goldberg machines, we've tried to make our own Pitagora Suitchi-style contraptions before, but are still working towards the kind of success that YouTuber 10813panaki has had. Watch this collectio...

Laser-cut, flat-packed, wood DIY modular marble machine kits

A few marble machines are clickity-clacking in our archives, but never have we seen ones that are designed as laser-cut, flat-packed, wood DIY kits! Hopefully on sale soon from RetroTime.org,...

Paul Grundbacher’s wooden marble machines

We love Rube Goldberg machines, marble roller coasters, and all kinds of wooden inventions that are fun to watch or are lovely to listen to.  These seven amazing marble machines by Paul Grundbacher fit perfectly int...

Andrew Gatt’s Paper Rollercoasters

Mixing physics, engineering, paper and what looks like some seriously rewarding folding, cutting and taping DIY, Andrew Gatt builds incredibly sturdy paper roller coasters out of heavy paper s...

Binary Marble Adding Machine

A Binary Marble Adding Machine by Matthias Wandel of Woodgears.ca. “When the rocker is set to the left, that represents a zero. When it’s rocked to the right, it’s set to on...

Baltic Birch gear and marbles machine

From the youtube account of Ronald Walters, an annotated video of a “marble machine" in the style of Rube Goldberg:  This is intended to be an awkward, overly complicated mechanism for the sole purpose of ent...

The Archimedes Marble Rollercoaster

The Archimedes Marble Rollercoaster was built in 1990-91 by Mark Schutte. It is made of balsa wood and with the exception of the ball-bearing lift in the back, uses gravity to propel the ride....

Pitagora Suitchi (Pythagora Switch) – Marble chain reaction

After watching NYT’s Brooklyn’s Rube Goldberg video, we went googling for Japanese versions and happened upon a bunch short films for the educational TV show, Pitagora Suitchi (Pythagora Switch).  Updat...