On 6 January of this past year clausewe posted a thread on TP entitled "extreme rare twisty puzzles". This in turn prompted Andreas to go looking for something he saw along the same lines, and he came up with this thread. Of course he had to send me a message right away asking what I knew of these puzzles, and I was more than happy to answer.
Oskar's Treasure Chest made me think to pull in a favor. No, really, all I did was call Uwe and ask him if I could borrow the space massager for a week or two.
So what's the big deal with these two puzzles? They are fairly rare. No, I changed my mind, these two are extremely rare. Uwe has told me that he's only got that one sample of the space massager left or he would let me have it. And the Chi Gung Ball? We know of 3 that exist now. His, Mine, and Jerry Slocum's (who else?)
OK, so here you go. We need photos right?
Next up is the Chi Gung Ball. Now this one is one hard puzzle to turn. You can see it here from the top view, and while it looks the same, it's slightly different from the above. First off, the puzzle cannot turn along the center lines. I've shown it from the top and side here, and as you can see, there are still 8 columns that must be ordered. There are still 4 balls per column, but this one is a bit different in that there are 8 of each color instead of just 4 as in the space massager. So I guess technically, this one is a bit easier to solve. Each ball has more places that it can stay in. You will also notice a black ball on this one. That is a place holder and there is only one in this puzzle. The other major difference is that the centers don't turn. They are held in place with one solid piece. And I do mean solid. This puzzle isn't a lightweight one. It's got some mass to it. Like all good puzzles of the 80's!
Ok, so solving wise? Well, it did take a while to do so, but it's still fun. It reminds me of the hungarian towers or the Otto Wu ball.
Last photo for you all: A rare look inside!
Don't ask me where you can get one, I don't know. As I said, I know of one and three samples of both. If anyone else has one, I'd love to hear of it. But I can tell you something you can do if you are sincerely interested in getting one of your own. Go over to Meffert's and scroll all the way to the bottom and click the boxes to have him remake these. If he gets a few thousand people who will order.....well, if not, then we all wait until I get old! 50 to be exact. You see, he's promised me this for my birthday present. But sadly, I'm such a young thing so it will be a while yet....