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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Magic Shot Shooting Gallery from Marx (1973)

In 1973, Marx captured the fun of classic amusement park target shooting games in a table-top-sized format called the Magic Shot Shooting Gallery.

Made entirely of molded plastic, the game’s magic is conjured with a “magnet muzzle” pistol. By pressing the gun’s magnetic tip against the enclosure’s clear plastic face, the player is able to pick up one of the 25 metal pellets that lie at the bottom of the game. Then, after moving the pistol into aim position, the player pulls the trigger to fire the pellet at the intended target.

12 different targets provide variety and include various spinners, pop-up numbers, ducks, and a bell that will ring when struck. Each targets has its own point value depending on the degree of skill or luck required to hit it.

When all 25 pellets have been shot, a new game can be started by tilting the game forward to reset the targets and move the metal pellets back into their starting positions. When not in use, the pistol attaches to the side of the gallery with a piece of Velcro.

After disappearing from store shelves in the late ‘70s, The Magic Shot Shooting Gallery recently reappeared on the retail scene. Manufacturer Alex Brands offers an updated version of the game under the Ideal brand.

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