MECHANICAL FIGURE

Psycho

'Psycho' was conceived by the illusionist John Nevil Maskelyne and his fellow inventor John Algernon Clarke. Psycho is a mechanical puppet designed to play hands of the card games Whist and Nap. He is dressed in a Chinese-style silk tunic featuring a dragon design on the chest. He is also wearing an Indian turban. His physical appearance reflects how in the Victorian age, Western Europeans associated the Orient with the mysterious.

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  • Maker:
    Maskelyne, John Nevil
  • Production Date:
    c.1874
  • ID no:
    34.144
Further Information
  • Number of items: 1
  • Measurements: H 1280 mm; W 620 mm; D 850 mm WT 50 kg
  • Materials: wood; metal; silk; velvet; hair
  • Status: permanent collection
  • Copyright Holder: digital image copyright Museum of London
  • Last Updated: 2016-06-20
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