Chiromagica McLoughlin Bros. New York 1879
Early Version in Wooden Box
Because of their low survival rate, American games from the 19th century are scarce, and thislovely circa 1879 version of Chiromagica does not often surface on the open market. The condition of this game, considering its age and rarity, is excellent. One of the wooden runners on the box is missing, but this game is complete, in working order, and very hard to find.
Measures 11.75" x 11.7"5 x 2" when in the case. Includes three themed "answer inserts" and corresponding double-sided question card. The magic pointing finger is magnetically moved to points to the correct answer. The directions read: "In asking a question, place the Question Card so that it will fit exactly over this Disc, placing the question asked at the top, so that the dot on the edge will be directly opposite the dot on the top of this Disc, when the hand will immediately move in a quizzical manner, and in a few moments stop, and give the correct answer."
Complete with three question disks and corresponding inserts. Please note small tear on yellow disk and a couple spots of wear to the blue direction disk, otherwise this example of a fabulous and early game is in excellent and working condition.
The Chiromagica game was exhibited in "Picturing Childhood: Illustrated Books from University of California Collections, 1550-1990" (UCLA, 1997) under the category of movable books, toys and games.