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The next time your kid complains about not having the latest and greatest toys, just point them towards this photo of what children in the late 1800s had to play with. On one hand they will certainly start appreciating what they have got, but on the other they probably won't sleep for a week because this thing will haunt their dreams.

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This is Legonardo, an automaton capable of drawing portraits. It doesn't have the complex clockwork used by automatons of old, like its Swiss counterpart made by Pierre Jacquet-Droz and Henri Maillardet in the 18th century, but it's pretty neat anyway.

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newVideoPlayer("chinesemagician_gawker.flv", 475, 376);It's not quite Asimo, but this Chinese magician automaton (read: crappy wooden robot) does one thing and one thing only: make other wooden automatons appear and disappear from containers (we don't count sporting a bad arse mustache as a thing). It's going to be auctioned off on October 28 at Skinner in Bolton, MA, if any of you are interested. Illusions, Michael.