Man Builds Rube Goldberg Machine in Basement Using Common Household Gadgetry

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Remember as a kid, when you saw Rube Goldberg-style perpetual-motion set-ups, and wished you could build one yourself? Daniel from St Louis didn't stop there. Using an exercise bike, farm motor and drycleaner rack, the fun even spans the ceiling.

Shot with a fisheye lens, it makes Daniel Heggarty's machine all the more zany. Writing on YouTube, he described the process of building it:

Developed organically, the room started with one exercycle on the bench and the thought, "What can this become?" From there, visual and comedic mechanics were added day by day to create a space that with the push of a button, the room would erupt with motion and activity. A line shaft and belt system from the Industrial Revolution was used to transmit power and action over the viewers head, encompassing them with movement and the challenge of deciphering what powers what. An umbrella opens and closes with the aid of cables and manikin hands, a cup floats and falls with the power of pneumatic pistons, a 3ft. wheel of feet kicks up opposing balancing beams, a leg and foot continue to 'kick the bucket' and a fireplace bellows that spins the pinwheel. The line shaft continues on the opposing side to spin a turn of the century shoe polisher and a wall of interconnected bicycle wheels. Shovels hang from the ceiling while being punched by boxing gloves and old dry cleaner racks play the xylophones.

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