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Magic 8 Ball

by Mattel

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  • The original Magic 8 Ball has all the answers you need
  • Ask any question, turn over the Magic 8 Ball, and you'll get its answer
  • Answers questions about romance, friendships, school, work, and more
  • Great fun for kids and adults
  • Get a sneak preview into the future
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 4.2 x 4 inches ; 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00001ZWV7
  • Item model number: 30188
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 6 - 12 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (469 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

The Magic 8 Ball has All the Answers. Ask a Question. Turn Over for the Answer. 20 Possible Answers. Made in China.

Amazon.com

Ever wish you could see into the future? If you answered "without a doubt" or "signs point to yes," you are in luck. It is easy to get a sneak preview into the future with Mattel's Magic 8 Ball. Take all the guesswork out of finding the answers to life's more perplexing questions. Yes, this is the same Magic 8 Ball you remember from the past, and it is just as reliable as ever. If you don't get the results you are after, you can always "ask again later!" --Alison Golder

Customer Reviews

Got this as a Christmas gift for my daughter she loves it.
Zuchey Johannas
You can ask the 8 Ball any question that can be answered with a yes or a no; like most other fortunetelling games, its response will be right some of the time.
JLind555
The floating "answer" triangle often gets stuck in a hard to read position.
MED

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

318 of 339 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on July 17, 2000
The difficulty of buying a Magic 8-Ball through the web is that you cannot ask it the most important question of all: "Should I buy you?" Perhaps Amazon asks each 8-Ball the variant "Should I send you to customer XYZ?" before packing. We can only hope.

When I asked my Magic 8-Ball if I should write a positive reivew, it said "IT IS ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN." When I asked if all those reading this review should buy a Magic 8-Ball it said (quite emphatically, I might add) "YES." Though the Magic 8-Ball may hedge with a "MOST LIKELY" or the ever cryptic "BETTER NOT TELL YOU NOW," it is most often a source of affirmation. Having a Magic 8-Ball on your desk can save countless hours of trying to make decisions based on long, complicated evaluations of fact.

Some 8-balls can be difficult to read, physically, that is, as the manufacture does not lead the inner mechanism to place an answer flat against the opening. Again, difficult to check when buying through the web. (Talking 8-balls, which Amazon doesn't list, solve this problem.)

Variants on the 8-ball come and go (most recently, affirmation balls and financial-advice balls have made the rounds), but these are nothing more than pretenders to the throne. When asked if these imitators could provide correct answers, the Magic 8-Ball said, "OUTLOOK NOT SO GOOD."
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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful By JLind555 on March 13, 2006
When I was seven years old I received a Magic 8 Ball for Christmas. As soon as I unwrapped it, I ignored every other present under the tree for the next half hour, so absorbed was I in the 8 Ball. Fast-forward some quarter of a century later when my own son was seven. I passed my 8 Ball down to him. That's how durable it is.

WHAT IT IS:

The Magic 8 Ball looks almost exactly like the 8-ball in a billiard game, only larger; about five inches in diameter, slightly flattened on one side, which allows it to sit on a flat surface without rolling off, and constructed of very hard black plastic. The flattened side is a round window, in which you can see an icosahedron (a 20-sided geometric figure) floating in water. On each face of the icosahedron is a phrase written in white: Yes, Without A Doubt, My Sources Say No, Concentrate And Ask Again, Yes Definitely, Outlook Not So Good, You May Rely On It, Ask Again Later, etc. The positive, negative and vague phrases are distributed about 10-5-5, so you get a 50% chance of a positive response, a 25% chance of a negative response, and a 25% chance of a vague response.

HOW TO PLAY:

Using the 8 Ball is great fun. You hold the ball face up, with the 8 showing, and ask a yes-or-no question. Turn the ball over, wait a second or two, and as if by magic (at least young children will think so), a face of the icosahedron with the answer to your question will swim eerily up into the window. The question, of course, should make sense. I remember my bratty little five year old neighbor down the hall complaining that my new 8 Ball was dumb -- "I asked it, Is my mother a boy? and it said Yes." I told her "Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer." She went home in a huff.
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115 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 15, 2004
This is simply a classic! I never had one as a kid, and as a result I was unfocused and directionless. Fortunately, I now have one in my office, and it helps me greatly in my professional life. I highly recommend the Magic 8 Ball for kids of all ages, but be sure to note that if you know the answer to the question before asking, the crystalline matrix of the special magical blue solution will become deionized, and thus, cause the Magic 8 Ball to generate random, spurious, and possibly incorrect answers. Fortunately this is a highly buffered solution and resets to a neutral pH after every question, thereby restoring functionality.

I recommend this for silly fun for the whole family, and especially for politicians, who, as a group, would make overall better decisions after consulting with the Magic 8 Ball.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By John Colum Hughes on October 27, 2007
I teach and bought three of these to add a little fun to the classroom.It certainly did and it was great to see the faces of the children (and adults) as they asked their sincere questions and delight in the right answer or ask again if the answer didn't satisfy.I teach english to spanish children and this 8 ball really forced them to focus and speak as I had said it would only respond to English.A great toy.....but.....after six months,all three are now next to impossible to read as bubbles have appeared within the port hole and they seem to spawn at an ever increasing rate.Now it is no longer as effective and I now have to ask the students to try and decipher whats written.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. Q. Miller on October 21, 2005
My friend, who is living in an assisted-living home, and I were discussing toys that we enjoyed during our childhood. She asked me when the Magic 8 Ball was invented. I researched the topic and learned that it was invented in 1946. I sent her the Magic 8 Ball. She has had such fun with it, as she has introduced it to some of the people in the home who did not know anything about the toy. My friend uses it as a conversation piece and enjoys the responses she receives from others. It's great to know that an old toy can still bring joy to people over 68 years old. Try it!
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