much to faithful Anthon’s annoyance the secret should be revealed
in Paderborn: afterwards Norbert Ryska, the curator of the HNF, Dr. Stefan
Stein and the creator of the Paderborn reconstruction, restorer Bernhard
Fromme explained themselves to the audience – at last also the "man
in the box", Joachim Schwarzmann, member of the Paderborn chess club
was asked to come on stage.
Bernhard Fromme, Dr. Stefan Stein
in the background.
adult could perfectly hide from the eyes of the spectators in this
cabinet of walnut – 1.5 m wide, 95 cm high and 90 cm deep –
even if the doors were open, a clever mechanism of flaps and movable
walls was helpful in this connection. The actor himself – sitting
on a set of wheels – could adroitly change his position.
is a hinged chess board in the interior, with the help of an ingenious
mechanism a pantograph transfers by leverage each move made by the
operator on the small board up to the left arm of the Turk. Whatever
occurred on the large board, i.e. which piece was moved there, could
be made out by the man in the box with the aid of descending magnetic
Schwarzmann (on the right), member of the Paderborn chess club had
operated the Turk.
on the left:
After the event everyone wanted to know all the details, Dr. Stein
– on the right behind the Turk – explained himself to
the people. While doing this it became clear what precision the mechanics
had to work with, minimal deviations on the board in the box resulted
inevitably in "mistakes" on the large board.
Picture on the right:
There is neither a dwarf nor a monkey sitting inside the figure –
all is based on clever illusions and sound mechanics – but unfortunately
it’s no real "palaeo-robot".