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June 4, 1963
w. L. HERNE
3,092,384
BALANCING GAME
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Filed April 5. 1960
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3,092,384
William L. Heme, 5 Elmwood Road, White Plains, N.Y.
Filed Apr. 5, 1960, Ser. No. 20,123
3 Claims. (Cl. 273-1)
Patented June 4, 1963
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BALANCING GAME
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may be utilized, as shown in FIG. 30 within the attaching
element for providing a more stable condition. Thus, in
FIG. 3a the bowl-shaped holder may be made in two sec
tions and cemented (not shown) on the line Y--Y, en
closing the slug or pellet 35. Alternately, of course, such
a weight could be enclosed within the hollow space within
the lower end of the attaching element 25 of FIG. 3.
Referring now to FIGS. 4 and 5, a playing unit or ele
This invention relates to games and more particularly
to that type of game which involves skill and balancing
ment is disclosed which will be seen to be a generally
judgment on the part of the players.
It is an object of the invention to provide \a game of 10 flat rod 40 reinforced by an integrally molded rib 43
Which stops short of the right-hand end of the rod. Such
simple construction and one which may be readily manu
end of the rod is provided with a cross-arm 46 inwardly
factured by injection molding and requiring a minimum
of the extreme tip as shown. The other end of the rod
of factory assembly.
is molded with a disk-like mass 49 from center of which
It is another object to provide ‘a game which affords
considerable amusement and requires a certain amount of 15 extends in each direction a dual castellated socket or
tubular support and attachment means structure 53 hav
judgment on the part of the players for predetermining
the position of certain weighted elements in order to
ing four diametrically arranged slots 56.
As seen in FIG.
4, the slots 56 are space-d 90° apart. The width of slots
maintain a condition of balance of a holder element.
32 are such as to sli-dably accommodate the thickness of
It is a still further object of the invention to provide
a game which with simple structural elements can e?ect 20 the rod. Thus, as seen in FIG. 1, the cross-arm 46 is
a build-up of a rather large con?guration, wherein bal
ance of the system progresses ironr a condition of rela
tive stability to one of exciting and sometimes inobvious
instability.
slid into slot 32 and the playing element thus stands
upright in the bowl 10. In a similar manner, the width
of all slots 56 can accommodate the cross-arm end of
‘any of the rods. It will be noted that due to the cruci
Other objects and features of the invention will be ap 25 form arrangement of slots 56 at both sides of the rods,
a large variety and choice of selection is provided for at
parent from the detailed description which follows.
tachment. Speci?cally, at the end of any rod a player
Brie?y, the invention comprises a bowl—shaped holder
having a generally spherical contour which is rested on
its rounded end on a table. A plurality of playing ele
ments such ‘as slender rods having certain attachment
means at each end is provided, there being added mass
provided at one end of each rod. The holder element is
also provided with an attaching element. Thus, after a
?rst rod is secured to the holder element, a second rod
may be secured to the extending end of the ?rst rod in 35
various positions with respect thereto. Then other rods
are additionally secured end to end in one or more con
can attach the cross-arm end of the next rod at eight
different positions. Thus, as shown in FIG. 1, wherein
a branched con?guration has been built up, it will be
apparent that the player whose turn it is can make at
tachment at thirty-two different positions, affording a large
variety of choices and requiring a certain amount of
judgment as to where to place a rod so that the general
con?guration will not tip over.
In accordance ‘with the rules ‘of play, should the ?ange
:17 touch the table, or should any rod touch the table,
the player who positioned a rod thus eifecting such touch
Each player in turn secures a rod to some
ing is eliminated.
point in the con?guration which in accordance with his
While it would appear at ?rst glance to be a relatively
judgment or guess will keep the holder means from tipping 40
?gurations.
When a player attaches a rod
simple matter to place rods so as to maintain balance,
which causes the holder means to tip to a predetermined
actually, in play, various con?gurations provide hidden
beyond a speci?ed limit.
surprises due to the extra weight brought into the problem
extent, he is eliminated, and thus the game proceeds
by the masses 49 in distributed array and also due to the
until ultimately one player emerges victorious.
A detailed description of the invention will now be 45 ?exible nature of the rods wherein they bend due to the
weight carried. Thus, as viewed in FIG. 1, either of the
given in conjunction with the appended drawing in which:
lower horizontal rods attached to the central vertical rod
FIG. 1 is a perspective of the game showing the dis~
is experiencing some ?exing, although not yet very per
position of the elements in the course of play.
ceptible, but as the con?gurations are built up the ?exing
FIG. 2 is a plan view of the holder element.
will increase. Such ?exure changes the moment arms in
FIG. 3 is a section through 3--3 of FIG. 2.
FIG. 3a is a modi?ed version of the holder element.
a manner which is extremely di?icult to take into ac
FIG. 4 is a plan view of one of the playing elements,
count When deciding where to place another rod on the
con?guration. As a ‘matter of fact, con?dent players are
and
readily fooled by the device, which lends considerable
FIG. 5 is an elevation thereof.
Referring now to the drawing, there is disclosed a 55 amusement to the game. Accordingly, by providing
generally bowl-shaped holder element 10 having a spher
slender rods capable of ?exing under light loads, a game
ically contoured body 14, a radial ?ange 17, and a cen
which aifords much merriment is effected.
trally disposed inner collar 22. The holder element 10 may
be integrally molded of plastic and is provided at its lower
It is apparent that various changes and modi?cations
may be made without departing from the spirit of the
most portion with an attaching element 25 having a hub 60 invention, and therefore the invention is not limited to
insertable in collar 22 and an extending cas-tellated tubular
neck 28, the outer end of which is provided with diametric
slots 32. Preferably the attaching element is cemented
the precise illustration given except as set forth in the
appended claims.
I claim:
'1. A balancing skill game comprising a balanceable,
within collar 22 so as to be permanently ?xed therein, or
it may be force ?tted.
65 rockable base having stable equilibrium and a. plurality
If desired, a slug of metal 35 or other heavy material
of identical, elongated playing elements :having selective
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multi-position attachment means at their ends, said rock
con?nes of said bowl tending to tilt said bowl to an angle
able base having an attachment means engageable with at
least one end of any of said playing elements for securing
said playing element thereto, the attachment means of
said playing elements being operative to effect an unsym
metrical con?guration of said elements by selective se
‘at which said ?ange touches said supporting surface.
3. ‘In a game as set forth in ‘claim 2, said playing ele
ments being comprised of a ?exible material wherein
lowermost elements in said assembly may be ?exed under
the weight of subsequently attached elements carried
thereby to change the moment arm of the assembly mass
quential attachments of playing elements to each other,
acting to tilt said bowl.
wherein the center of gravity of said con?guration is ca
pable of maintaining said base in a balanced condition.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
2. A balancing skill game ‘comprising a hollow bowl 10
UNITED STATES PATENTS
having ‘a ?ange and adapted to rest with said ?ange in a
generally horizontal plane above a supporting surface, an
2,039,121
Semple ______________ __ Apr. 28, 1936
attaching means disposed axially within said bowl, a pill
rality of elements having attachment means at at least one
end thereof engageable with the attaching means of said 15
bowl, said elements being attachable to each other se
quentially end-to-end to elfect a con?guration beyond the
2,103,467
2,104,742
2,458,306
Koniko?i _____________ __ Dec. 28, 1937
Fleischer _____________ __ J‘an. ‘1-1, 1938
Schneider _____________ __ Jan. 4, 1949
2,732,654
Sullivan ....7 ___________ __ Jan. 31, 1956
2,858,640
Drobniewski ___________ __ Nov. 4, 1958
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