What was the original function of the Magic 8 Ball?
We all know that a magic 8 ball can be used to tell the future. But it was not always used solely for that purpose. In fact, it was marketed as a paperweight at the beginning, because why not? – it was heavy enough.
A businessman called Abe Bookman acquired the patents for the device and started selling it as a paperweight. A savvy entrepreneur, Bookman recognized the popularity of the Magic 8 Ball among children and decided to sell it as a toy. After this, it became one of the greatest toys in history.
Did you buy into the mystical abilities of this ball or did you just use it as a paperweight?