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Thayer’s U-235 by Collectors’ Workshop

(c. 1946,2008) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

This effect was originally invented by Floyd Thayer c. 1946. And was recreated by George Robinson for Collectors’ Workshop with the permission of Alan Zagorsky at Owen Magic Supreme.

Effect: The performer talks about the early testing implements used back in the 50’s to test uranium and molecular fusion, etc., all steps to creating the Atomic Bomb. “The apparatus you see before you was one of the first attempts at atomic restructuring and I would like to demonstrate this incredible mystery. Very few people outside of the Atomic Energy Commission (and Floyd Thayer) have ever seen this demonstrated. Watch closely as you won’t believe your eyes.

Note this solid piece of 1/4″ plate glass. A breech in the glass would be quite evident. Also, note these two aluminum reactor cylinders. We will sandwich the solid glass between the two cylinders and we will use this solid steel ball to demonstrate the properties discovered so long ago.

….Watch and listen as you hear the solid steel ball make contact with the solid glass sheet and then, watch as seconds later it penetrates that solid sheet of glass.”

Setting action to words, the tubes are assembled with the 1/4″ sheet glass in the middle. The steel ball is dropped into the upper tube and a resounding clang is heard as metal strikes glass. Then a second or two later the ball is seen and heard to come crashing down through the glass and onto the plate below.

This is an exact replica of the original Thayer unit. You are supplied with the two anodized aluminum tubes, the 1/4″ plate glass, the 5/8″ steel ball and ceramic plate plus complete directions. The entire effect is supplied in a custom foam lined box to protect all the parts. The 1/4″ plate glass sheet has had the edges hand polished and ground to perfection. A treasure for any collector, yet you will be demonstrating this unique effect moments after receiving it. Limited quantities have been made at this time so don’t delay.

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Approx. Price: $99.00 (2008) ***

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1 review for Thayer’s U-235 by Collectors’ Workshop

  1. George Guerra

    Beautiful classic resurrected by CW

    I saw this Thayer item at auction 2 years ago, selling over $800. It intrigued me at the time on reading the description, so it was a pleasant surprise to see CW offering it.

    The apparatus is so well crafted. The aluminum tubes are heavy duty, thick walled (no flimsy tubes for sure), and beautifully polished (looks much better than the images I have seen of the original) and all nicely presented in a foam lined box, signed by George on one corner of the inside lid with date of manufacture and a comment of its limited production.

    The method is interesting…simple, yet actually diabolical with no mechanical devices to worry about. There is only one ball used (can be marked by the spectator) and a description on the original suggested a borrowed bill to lay over the glass for ‘dual penetration", if desired. There is an angle issue, but that should be manageable. Overall, a most welcome piece to any collector or performer.

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