Magic 8 Ball

@suziecat7 (3448)
Asheville, North Carolina
October 15, 2015 6:37pm CST
I was walking through the toy section in a store today and, lo and behold, there was a Magic 8 ball. That thing has been around for a very long time. I looked it up and it came out in the 1950's by Mattel. I remember as a young girl being so enthralled by the "magic" fortune the ball would tell when you asked a question - things like "It is decidedly so" or "Concentrate and ask again". What fun for a young and gullible dreamer. Have you ever had a Magic 8 ball?
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@jaboUK (52057)
• United Kingdom
16 Oct 15
I'm afraid I've never heard of it. If it's been around that long it must be popular.
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@rebelann (35771)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct 15
I guess the toys we know here may be different from those in the UK, well, back then anyway. Now I'm curious what kinds of toys kids in the 1960s UK played with. **where's the hint, hint emoji?***
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@jaboUK (52057)
• United Kingdom
16 Oct 15
@rebelann Oh sheesh, I don't know. In the 60s I was in my 20s and hadn't yet got kids of my own. When I was a kid we didn't have much, but played with balls, skipping ropes, marbles etc.
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@rebelann (35771)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct 15
Yeah, we had those as well as jax @jaboUK mom never bought us expensive toys but she did get us board games like monopoly and checkers.
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@rebelann (35771)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Oct 15
I saw one once at a friends house when I was a kid (1960s) but it belonged to her brother so we didn't mess with it.
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@allknowing (58097)
• India
17 Oct 15
Not heard of it. Is it vocal or you just get to see a text message?
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@allknowing (58097)
• India
19 Oct 15
@suziecat7 I know of fortune cookies though
• United States
16 Oct 15
i'd a friend who'd one 'n she relied'n it most heavily with choosin' her 'flavor 'f the week', lol.
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@suziecat7 (3448)
• Asheville, North Carolina
19 Oct 15
It was certainly popular for those looking for love :))
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• United States
19 Oct 15
@suziecat7 yes ma'am! perhaps why i'd not much interest in such 'n i'd no time fer all that drama
• United States
15 Oct 15
When I was a little girl I had one. I remember how much I loved to play with that thing and see what it had to tell me. I used to shake it until it gave me the answer I wanted it to! lol.
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@suziecat7 (3448)
• Asheville, North Carolina
15 Oct 15
I did too!
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• United States
15 Oct 15
@suziecat7 KInd of ruined the reason for the thing but oh well. It got to where it would only give the answer no, guess I broke it. They have "magic 8 ball" online now.
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@salonga (28078)
• Philippines
16 Oct 15
Sorry for my ignorance but I have not seen that Magic 8 ball. Now I am so curious and would certainly look for it at the Toy Section the next time I shop.
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@suziecat7 (3448)
• Asheville, North Carolina
19 Oct 15
It's worth a check out especially if you have little ones on your Christmas list
@jstory07 (61130)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 Oct 15
I never wanted one it seemed like it said the same things over and over. I did play with friends that had one.
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@suziecat7 (3448)
• Asheville, North Carolina
19 Oct 15
Yes, it had a limited amount of answers but you always hoped for the one you wanted.
@troyburns (1465)
• New Zealand
16 Oct 15
My young lad would love one of these - he saw one on an old episode of The Simpsons. I may have to try a few specialty toy shops in the run up to Christmas.
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@suziecat7 (3448)
• Asheville, North Carolina
19 Oct 15
I'm sure you can buy one online too.
• Eugene, Oregon
16 Oct 15
I don't think that I ever had one, but remember playing with them in some café that had them on the tables. They were great fun.
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@suziecat7 (3448)
• Asheville, North Carolina
19 Oct 15
Hi James - yes, it was silly and fun too.
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@Rollo1 (16669)
• Boston, Massachusetts
16 Oct 15
I remember them but I never had one. Someone had a brilliant marketing idea.
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@suziecat7 (3448)
• Asheville, North Carolina
19 Oct 15
They certainly did - it's been around for over 60 years - yikes.