Released by Colorforms in 1971, the Finger of Fate was a fortune-telling “crystal ball,” a mashup of Magic 8-Ball and a Ouija board. The transparent, plastic orb was roughly the size of a duckpin bowling ball and contained a single moving part, a magnetic pointer that was mounted above a circular answer board. The board was separated into various quadrants labeled with Yes, No, Maybe, and ?. A ring of letters and numbers ran along the outside.
Users consulted the Finger of Fate by tilting the ball from side to side. The Finger of Fate contained a permanent magnet that interacted with another disc-shaped magnet installed below the answer board. The magnetic poles of the two magnets naturally repelled each other, forcing the Finger of Fate to move to the periphery of the answer board randomly in an erratic, jumping motion.
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