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Febgs, 193s. ‘ ' H, M LANG 2,107,672 MAGNETIC HOOKING GAME Filed June 13, 1936 2y Sheets-Sheet 1 @273213 0 /15 - ' INVENTOR W ATTORNEY. - Feb. 8, 1938. 2,107,672 H. M. LANG MAGNETIC HOOKING GAME 2, Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Juné 13, 1936 .22 44 46 4'5 42 1_1__— 52,0 _ \40— 1 , — 53 41 INVENTOR H4F0l0 MAWTl/V MING \ ATTORNEY Patented Feb. 8. I938 ~ ‘ 2,107,672 ’ STATS PA'FEN'F orrice 2,107,672 MAGNETIC BOOKING GAME Harold M. Lang, New York, N. Y. Application June 13, 1936, Seriai No. 85,0ii4i 2 Claims. (Cl. 273—M®) > 7 My invention relates to games involving skill. game. An attempt to hook one ?sh causes it to in the coordination of hand and eye‘in capturing rapidly ?ee from the hook, in a lifelike manner a movable object, and more particularly relates and also change the magnetic equilibrium of the remaining ?sh which in turn move and re-adjust to games employing permanent magnets associ 5 ated with objects which are to be caught by a themselves until they are again disturbed by the magnet in the form of a hook and in which the hook during the playing of the game. In order to more clearly set forth my present magnetic properties are utilized to increase the invention, the following description of particular di?iculty of hooking the objects. In one modi?cation of my present invention, a 10 slender permanent magnet is secured within a small form of an animal such as a monkey. A. brass ring is attached to the top end of the mag net for engagement with a hook. The bottom end of the magnet projects from the animal and it is inserted in a hemi-spherical metallic base. The monkey is normally in a vertical position but the hemi-spherical base provides a support of unstable equilibrium for the animal form. The magnetic hook is of the same polarity, as 20 the top portion of the magnet within the monkey. In attempting to "hook” the monkey by its pro truding brass ring, the like polarity will produce repulsion causing the monkey to rock on its un stable base as'the magnet is brought near its 25 head or ring. Skill is required in “hooking” the animal. When caught, the ?gure plus the mag net is slipped out of its unstable rocking base. Great care is necessary to avoid “flooring” or embodiments thereof is made in connection with the drawings in which: 10 Figure 1 is an elevation of one modi?cation of my invention showing a monkey form 'upona helm-spherical base for coaction with a magnetic hook. Figure 2 is a cross sectional view taken through 1 2-2 of Figure 1 illustrating the magnet and base construction for the monkey form. > Figure 3 is an elevation of the modi?cation of Figure 1 wherein the monkey is “hooked” from its hemi-spherical base. - . . 20 Figure 4 is another modi?cation of my inven tion illustrating a ?sh pivoted upon a rod. Figures 5 and 6 illustrate a further modi?ca tion of my invention employing a plurality of ?sh within tank of water. 25 Figure 7 is a cross-sectional view taken along 7-4 of Figure 5 through a ?sh form. Referring to Figure 1, the animal form iii upsetting the‘ monkey from its upright position. illustrated as ‘a monkey is mounted upon a me In another modi?cation. of my invention, the animal form is centrally pivoted upon a support— tallic helm-spherical base II by means of the 30 slender magnet I2. The monkey form may be of celluloid, brass, molded composition, wood or ing rod in a manner permitting a rotary as well as rocking movement to the animal form. A magnet is placed within the animal form' and a brass ring protrudes from one end of the magnet and the form. \An attempt to “hook” the animal by its brass ring causes the animal to gyrate upon its pivotal support by the repellent polar ized hook so as to make its capture extremely dimcult, to the amusement of spectators and per haps the consternation of the player. In a further modi?cation of my present in vention, I contemplate placing a number of ?sh forms, having longitudinal slender magnets with .45 in them, in a tank of water. A brass hook or ring protrudes from the mouth of each fish and is secured to one end of the magnet within the ?sh. Counterweights are used at the tail end of the ?Lh in order that their mouths and brass rings thereat project from the surface of the water. The polarity of the ‘magnet at the mouth end of each ?sh is made identical, so that a other suitable non-magnetic material. A prefer? able non-magnetic ring or loop of wire it, such as brass, is attached to the top end it of mag- 35 net it’; The bottom end iii of magnet i2 is either tapered or made somewhat narrower than the width of magnet It to coact with or rest within a cavity in the central portion l6 of the hemi- . spherical base H. Figure 2 illustrates ‘a pre- 40 g ferred construction of the base H, magnet i2 and loop it. It is to be’ understood that the animal form it is secured to the magnet l2 and en velopes it in any manner familiar to those skilled in the art. 45 A hook 28 attached to a string 2| is manually ‘controlled by the player of the game. The ob ject of the game is to engage the‘hook end 22 with the loop i t on the monkey to unseat or otherwise remove the monkey ill from its base H as illus- 5o trated in Figure 3. Hook 20 is made of a per manent'magnet, the curved portion 22 of which mutual repellent action is encountered by the is of the same polarity as the top portion M of ?sh. A magnetic hook of the same polarity as‘ the magnet 52. As illustrated in Figures 1 and 3, 65 the mouth ends of the ?sh is used in playing the the polarity of magnet end I! is north (N) cor- 55 '2 I [9,107,672 7 I responding tothe' north polarity of the curved . The ?sh‘ 25 in the modi?cation of Figure 4 read portion 22 of hook 2Il. . ily reacts from the proximity of the hook 2B. When the curved portion 22 of hook 20 engages the metal ring 28 the ?sh 25 is “caught” and is readily lifted from its pivotal supporting’ rod 25. ' As the hook 20 is brought into the vicinity of loop I3 in an attempt to engage it, the like mag netic polarity of magnet end l4 and hook end 22 will cause the monkey to be repelled from the magnet on its rocking unstable base ||.' The Figure 5 is a further modi?cation of the mag-v netic repellent “hooking" 'game‘of my present in-' weight or mass of hook 20 is made comparable vention. A plurality of ?sh forms 40 are im with the weight of the monkey form I0 and its, mersed in a tank 4| containing water 42.. The 10 magnet I2, ‘so that the repellent force between ?sh 40 have a slender magnetic rod 43 embedded 10 the magnet ends I4 and 22 will be sui?cient to therein. A brass ring 44 is attached to the front . rock the monkey from its vertical position. in end 45 of magnet 43 and projects through the stead of the monkey I0 repelling the hook 20. If the hook 20 is brought near the loop |3 slowly, . is front or mouth portion 45 of ?sh form 40. Figure‘? is a cross-sectional view taken along '|-—-‘| of Figure 6'through a ?sh 40 illustrating a. the monkey ID will be tipped from the vertical as illustrated in Figure 1. If the hook 20 is made preferredinternal structure thereof. The north to follow loop IS, the monkey III will be further '(N) end 45 of magnet rod 43 is secured to the tipped. ‘If the monkey I0 is tipped beyond a pre forward end 45 of the ?sh 45 by the metal ring ' determined angle, for example 80° from vertical, 20 lt-"will be “?oored" in that it will not. return to 44 projecting through the mouth of the ?sh. The the vertical position unless reset._ One of the rules of the game may be that‘when the player pered or nicked to ?t into a suitable groove 45 opposite end 41 of magnet 43 is preferably ta in the body of the ?sh 40. “?oors" the monkey, he is disquali?ed and the next player takes his turn. The skill in “hooking” the animal form III by 25 ' ' The ?sh 40 are designed to ?oat partly-sub‘ merged at the surface of the water 42 in the tank 4|. The ?sh 40 may have a hollow internal construction to facilitate its ?otation. A counter weight 50 is embedded at the tail end of the ?sh 4|! so ‘as to- hold the ?sh normally in a vertical position. The central ?sh of Figure 5 is shown . its projecting, loop l3 resides in taking advantage of the inertia of-the form “I. By rapidly ap proaching the loop I3, the inertia of the unstably, poised monkey will permit its being caught ii‘: the 30 rapid approach of hook 20 is accurately per tilted at an angle of about 30° from the vertical. formed so that the curved end 22 of the hook 20 properly engages with the loop l3. When. the By counterweighting the ?sh, their mouth por tions 45 together with the metallic rings 44 nor hook 20 engages with loop l3. as iliustrated‘in Figure 3, the repellent action of the similarly 'mally project through the surface of the liquid 42 in proper relation for playing of the game. 35 poled adjacent magnet ends l4 and 22 will not The internal magnets 43 of the fish 45 are ac; prevent the monkey ID from being lifted from its cordingly held in substantially parallel relation. base II when “caught”. The monkey form Ill illustrated in Figures 1 and 3 has its hand poised The polarities of the magnets are all arranged similarly. in that for example the ends 45‘ adia in front of its nose I! in a gesture of derision to urge on the players who may easily become: ex- cent the mouths 45 of the ?sh are of north (N) polarity and the opposite ends 41 are of south asperated until they develop the skill necessary (8) polarity. The ?sh willtherefore normally to capture the monkey. repel each other and arrange themselves .in a In Figure 4, another modi?cation of my inven- - spaced equilibrium relation about the‘surface of tion is shown wherein a ?sh form 25 is pivotally 45 supported on rod 25 secured to base 21. Although ,1 illustrate form 25as a. ?sh, it will be evident. the'water 42 in the tank 4|. _ ' ' by the player to catch a?sh 45 in the tank at its protruding brass ring 44. Theloop 22-of the that other forms may equally well be used, such as a bird. Magnet 30 is enclosed'centrally with hook 23 is made of the same polarity as the for- ' in' the ?sh form .25 and a brass ring 28 is at wardends 45 of the magnets 43 within the ?sh tached to the front end of the ?sh 30. The brass ring 28 projects from the mouth 3| of the ?sh 25. The polarity of the front end of the magnet 35 is made north to correspond to the same polar ity- of the hook end 22. ', s5 . ' The magnetized hook 20 is manually operated v 45; By bringing the magnetizedhook 23 in the vicinity of any one ?sh, the magnetic repelling action. of the like polarities will cause the ?sh to dart away. The lifelike action of the ?sh "swim-. ining" away from. the ?shhook .23‘ disturbs the » A conical cavity-32 is provided within the form magnetic equilibrium of the darting ?sh with respect to the other ?sh in. the tank. A general 25. The tip” of conical cavity 32 is supported by the . rounded top end 34 of pivoted rod- 25. movement of the ?sh accordingly occurs away The form 25 is designed to be normally balanced from the region of the hook. adding to the'mer in a horizontal position as shown inFigure 4. 1 riment (or discom?ture) of the players. 60 A metallic bar "is used in the rear‘ end of form When the ?sh 45 oncereach a side of the 25 asa counter-weight ‘to balance the mass of tank. they have a tendency to remain there due to the forward portion thereof. ' ' the surface tension of the water, thereby decreas An attempt to “hook” ?sh 25 at. ring 25 with hook 20 will cause ‘the front portion 2| of‘ the ?sh 25-to be repelled by the magnet 20 as will ing the diillculty of catching‘ them with the hook 20. This di?iculty is overcome by-the provision of a solenoid 5| comprising a few turns of insu "- - now. beevident. ‘ ‘The ?sh 25 being pivoted on the lated wire wound about the tank 4| at a level . 65 tip 34 of-"rod-;25 movable circularly and also corresponding to the surface of the water- 42 away ‘from'the horizontal. The dotted position ' within the tank. The solenoid 5| is connected of Figure 4 illustrates how the ?sh 2,5 rocks to a direct current source and a switch 53. The -70 from the horizontal about. its pivotal support. \lpolarlty of the solenoid 5| is made so that 1a 70'? The repulsion of ?sh 25 is- a gyrationthereof as axial magnetic ?eld will be of the same polarity a combination of a'rocking and circular move-‘ as the direction of the magnetic ?eld emanating , ment away from the magnetic hook 20.‘ Angling for the ?sh 25 by magnetic hook 20 75 requires a skill developed by constant practice; ' from the_ ?sh 43. individual bar magnets 43 within the ‘ . ‘ . . - I ~ A weak current flowing through the solenoid 2,107,072 , 5| will providevv a magnetic field which is quite strong near the adjacent surface of the water 42 and is negligible at even a small distance away from the sides of the tank 4|. The material of the tank'4l is non-magnetic such as brass, glass, composition orthe like to permit the penetration of the magnetic'?el'd from the, solenoid 5|. It will be evident that the solenoid 5| may be at tached to the internal sides of the tank 4| instead 10 of to the exterior portion as illustrated. The pro vision of the magnetic ?eld by solenoid 5| over comes _any tendency of the ?sh 40 to ?oat against ' or remain at the side of the tank 4|, and does not interfere with the normal action of the ?sh dur ing the progress of the game. » _ Amodi?cation of the surface tension repelling means is'illustrated in Figure 6. A plurality of bar magnets 55 is attached to the sides of the tank 4| at the level of the water 42. ‘The plu 20 rality of the magnets 55 are arranged similar to that-0f the magnets 43 within the ?sh 40. The ?sh 40 will accordingly be repelled away from the sides of the tank’ to prevent getting “stuck" thereat. The bar magnets 55 may be attached to the interior side of the tank instead of the exterior position as shown in Figure 6. Although I have illustrated some of the physi ' cal embodiments which my invention may as sume, it will be evident that other shapes and 30' embodiments than those disclosed may be em ployed within the' spirit of my invention. Thus I may arrange a toy device which ?oats sub merged as a submarine and would give to the 3 game'the added zest of dredging or salvaging sunken ‘treasures. Thus I do not wish to be lim ited by my illustration except as set forth in the following claims. I claim: 1. In a game of the character described, a body in the form of a ?gure; a bar magnet secured within said body; means for supporting said body mounted for universal rocking movement in stable'equilibrium comprising a hemispherical base detachable from said body; a loop attached to, the end of said magnet and protruding from said body; and a magnetic hook having the curved end portion of the same polarity as the end of said magnet attached to said loop, man 15 ually controlled for engagement with said loop, whereby the proximity of said hook with said loop acts to unbalance the equilibrium position of said body. - ,2. In -a game of the character described, a 20 body in the form of a ?gure; a bar magnet se cured within said body; means for supporting said body mounted for universal rocking move‘ 'ment in stable equilibrium comprising-a base de tachable from said body; a loop attached to the 25 end of said magnet and protruding from said body; and a magnetic hook having the curved end portion of the same polarity as the end of said magnet attached to said loop, manually con trolled for engagement with said loop, whereby 30 the proximity of said hook with said loop acts to unbalance the equilibrium position of said body. HAROLD M. LANG.