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wsrn- do-Ing Amusement Devices Moving At High Speed And Profitable to Inventor Motor Travel Held as Rea son Public Shuns "Slow" Ferris Wheel but Likes Whip and Coaster. Inventors of amusement-park amusement-park amusement-park de vices gamble on human nature. And human nature Is a queer fish. No one knows when it is going to bite, writes Homer Croy in Popular Mechanics Mechanics Magazine. Consider the case of William F. Mangels. He has been the Inventor of amusement-park amusement-park amusement-park devices ever since he was a boy and has more than fifty patents to his credit. He built the "Razzle-Dazzle." "Razzle-Dazzle." "Razzle-Dazzle." the "Tickler" "Tickler" and the "Whip." The latter Is a device of cars, fastened on a, drive, which travel comfortably along a flat track until they get to the end of a straight run, when they whip around the corner with a sharp snap, from which it takes its name. It was tried out In Luna Park, Coney Island, In 1914. and has since traveled all over the world. The royalties on it have amounted to 300.000. But last year Mangels got the big gest idea of all. It was much better than the "Whip" and had a novelty which the nubile had never S3cn. He drew up his blue-prints, blue-prints, blue-prints, got in his best builders ana mechanics ana set to work. It was to be the biggest and finest achievement of his life. At last the device was done and it fell as flat as a porous plaster. Too Slow. "Why did it fail?" I asked him.' "Because it was paced too slowly I was ten years late." The public wants speed, he ex plained. The; automobile has com pletely revolutionized riding devices. People used to be willing to poke along, but now when they go out for a good time they want it quick and fast. Returning il the "Whip," the idea back of it has Intrigued many an Inventor. Inventor. The favorite plan has been to add to the thrills and give the public an extra motion. One is to make the car, when it whips around the comer, turn completely around. One Inventor added an up-and-down up-and-down up-and-down up-and-down up-and-down motion. The funeral was impressive. The reason was that a person out for pleasure can't stand two motion; at the same time. Instead of thrilling thrilling people, as the Inventor had hoped, it made them seasick. Ferris Made Fortune on Wheel. What will go and what will not. what will succeed and what will be a headstone, cannot be predicted. Before Before the World's Fair opened in Chicago, in 1893. an Inventor came to the board of managers and asked for a concession to put up an amusement amusement device. The management looked his blue-print blue-print blue-print over; they didn't think much of them, as the blueprints blueprints called for some sort of whe?l extending up into the air. with seats arranged across IU He was advised against it. People aren't going to risk their necks on a thing like that," they told him. But he posted the dvance money tnd went ahead with the idea. The mail's name W as Ferris and Tie called hl riding invention the "Ferris ' Wheel" Jo the astoulstuucat of tne Most Popular beard of managers, people rushed to risk their necks on it and the device became almost instantly world-famous. world-famous. world-famous. world-famous. The day the fair closed, the "fool" who had invented It counted up his money and he had taken In Just $726,000. It was new, it caught the public fancy, but it was an exotic exotic flower that, financially, bloomed only once. The wheel was taken to St. Louis with the expectation of making a million, but it took in only $450,000. At each succeeding exhibi tion its returns grew less, r erns put out other inventions but none of them pleased the ever-fickle ever-fickle ever-fickle public, and he died on the fringe of want. The wheel, however, still appears in small size In the suburban parks, but the mastodon which amazed Chicago has joined the silent dodo. How Thompson Started. ' In the world of outdoor-amusement outdoor-amusement outdoor-amusement outdoor-amusement inventions you never know which way the "cat Is going to jump." Some years ago there was a young boy working in an architect's office In Nashville, Tenn., at ten dollars a week. A fair was going up at Nashville Nashville and a prize was offered for the best architect's design for one of the buildings, and the young man entered his drawing under another name. When the award of $2,500 was announced announced it was found that a lad. still in his teens, by the name of Frederio Thompson, had won it. He took his wealth and went into partnership with an amusement man and put up an attraction at the exhibition. He made money, and then went to other fairs and exhibitions. Sometimes he won, and sometimes ... The Moon Trip. Once he rented an old coal mine at the edpe of a fair grounds, lined it with red cotton flannel, put in some weird lights, called it the "Cat de la Mcrt," and heard the pleasant tinkle of money coming his way. Next he went to Buffalo, where ha put on "A Trip to the Moon," which made the Ferris wheel look tike a peanut stand. And then, with banners banners flying, he marched to Coney Island, the Mecca of amusement men. He put on "A Trip to the Moon" again and money still continued to roll in And while the world waa si ill dazzled by his brilliance he conceived conceived and built Luna Park. He made money with both hands and spent it with a shovel. Money meant nothing to him and he died a comparatively comparatively poor man. Where do the Invention Ideas com from tht make the money sometimesat sometimesat the amusement parks Where do the fairies come from? from the sky, from the clouds, from the flowers. Sounds ridiculous, doesn't lt But there Is history to fall back on. Flying Cars AppeaL During the years of the Queen's hibilee a tired Inventor went over to England to get a rest. On the way back he came up on deck one day and lay gazing Idly Into the sky and letting nis mind wander pleasantly .tmong the clouds. Overhead sea gulls floated. If I could give people the idea they were flying, hey would like it," he thought. The circling of the sea gulls gave him the Idea or working out a device which would fiy in a circle. How? With somt sort of a center pole supporting supporting the cars. He took the idea to R. S. Uzzell, an old hand in the game: there sr.t discussions, blue-prints, blue-prints, blue-prints, promotion and the airp'.ane :wlng, to be found in aliiio&t every amusement amusement pirk. was born. There are now , about 100 ol them In the world. ,

Clipped from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle11 Dec 1927, SunPage 84

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)11 Dec 1927, SunPage 84
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