Machini the Marvel:
The Transmutative Hat Trick
A magic-themed automaton by Dug North
Here is what the piece looked like once completed.
I added a brass curtain rod and velvet curtain to the front so that the mechanism could be hidden during a "performance"
of the magic trick.
The trick involves the magician reaching into his upturned top hat and pulling out different items. In one variation of the trick,
a bottle filled with a colored liquid is shown. With every cycle the color of the liquid mysteriously changes.
In another varion of the trick, objects within a jar are transformed into various other things: cards, dice, a spider, etc.