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Febgs, 193s.
Filed June 13, 1936
2y Sheets-Sheet 1
Feb. 8, 1938.
2, Sheets-Sheet 2
Filed Juné 13, 1936
Patented Feb. 8. I938
‘ 2,107,672
PA'FEN'F orrice
Harold M. Lang, New York, N. Y.
Application June 13, 1936, Seriai No. 85,0ii4i
2 Claims. (Cl. 273—M®)
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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, .
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
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
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
requires a skill developed by constant practice;
from the_
individual bar magnets 43 within the
A weak current flowing through the solenoid
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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
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.
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