Toys of the Seventies, Magic Window

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The Magic Window, developed by Roy R. Cloutier, and licensed to Whamo sold over 20 million units in the 1970s. Shifting colored crystals swirl around magically as you move the frame. It has been off the market for 25 years, but you can now find it a www.magicwindows.org.
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Chris - May 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember looking at this over and over. It was neat to separate the different colored sand. I'm sure they couldn't sell these today, but they were "cool" back in the day.
crazy amy - June 30, 2008 - Report this comment
my dad had one-i thought it was cool.you could play with it for hours-like crack for kids.it always seemed like ocean waves and it kept us out of his hair during "visitation" when he wanted to make out with a girlfriend on the couch. hahaha!
John - August 10, 2008 - Report this comment
O thank you for posting this! I loved this as a kid, kept me busy for hours. I would experiment with how the heavy blue sand and lighter white sand would layer on each other. If one were to sloooowwwwly rotate the window clockwise (or anti-clockwise) the images would resemble seascapes, whereas if one would simply flip the thing over, the images would resemble jagged mountain peaks. Mine started losing sand though the seams between the panes, and it started making a mess around the house, so it disappeared, like many of my kid-toys did over time :o)
Wayne Carpenter - October 27, 2008 - Report this comment
The original magic window is once again being manufactured by a company called Syntek, Ltd. It is a larger, higher quality item than the ones made in the '70's which were licensed to Wham-O. Original inventor and myself formed the company to once again provide this fascinating kinetic art form to an admiringl public. Available at: wdcvoyage@yahoo.com
Darlene - October 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved this toy! I was the oldest of four and I remember having this till I was around 14.I lent it to my cousin who left it outside and well it got ran over by the car. I was heart broken. Thanks for helping me remember what it was called and how to find one but the new one sounds too different I guess my memories will have to do=)
Tanya - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a pink and glow in the dark one it is the coolest!I will have to get another!
Kath - December 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a blue/white one, and my grandmother gave me a pink/white glow-in-the-dark one. I used to spin it slowly until the colors separated, and then turn it over to watch the "heavier" color gloop down through the "lighter" white. Very cool! It seems that after a while some moisture would seep in and create unmoveable "chunks." Oh, man, this would keep me entertained for HOURS. And didn't require batteries or an internet connection, either. Darn these kids of today!
Don - January 06, 2010 - Report this comment
What happened to the company that was remaking these ? That site is dead... :(
robin - March 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I got mine for xmas when i was about 12..im 48 now and still have it. it sits in my home office on my desk. i still play with it to this day. i would love to find one for my sister, i know she'd love it!
Emily - April 08, 2010 - Report this comment
A couple of kids 3rd grade class had one of these. Oh, how I wanted one! We were the poor family and never had the cool stuff! I always wanted one so today I am going to the website above and getting that need fulfilled after 30 something years! Yeeha!
Gregor - April 08, 2010 - Report this comment
It's been four months and no reply or product. He's a dishonest person who is out to scam you. Avoid or you'll lose your money.
Richard - May 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I agree with Gregor, April 08, 2010. The guy talks a great story but doesn't ship anything. Once you call him and you are on his caller ID you won't hear from him again. I paid on Paypal so I got my money back. Too bad, he could have a great business if he had any product or integrity.
mcpeanut2 - May 06, 2010 - Report this comment
Yea!...I have looked at every page on this web site to find the name of this toy. I absolutely loved my magic sand. I checked the website listed above, it shows one that is square. I remember that mine was oval and I could look at it for hours. I had a blue one that reminded me of the ocean and sky....I so want another one
Jodi Olesen - May 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I have tried to relive my childhood by buying these from sellers on Ebay. I've got 4 different ones but am still missing one. I need the one that has black sand in it (not the primary color but it's in there). I've got the blue & white sand, the dark blue & light blue sand, the pink & white that glows in the dark. And....I've got one that I think is extremely rare. It's got light green, yellow & white sand in it. And, it also glows in the dark. I cannot believe I found it on Ebay. However, I have an extra of the basic blue & white ones. I'd be interested in either selling my extra one outright or trading it (along with cash from me) towards the purchase of the one with the black, blue & white sand. Any takers?
Shandee - June 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Jodi, are you still willing to sell your blue and white one? I've been looking for these for years and have had no luck.
Mr. D - July 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm willing to take one off your hands! Please let me know!
Dawn - August 15, 2010 - Report this comment
I had one as well...the pink and white that glowed in the dark. I would play with it for hours in bed with the lights out. Sold it at a yardsale as a young teen trying to be grown up and selling my toys. How stupid! I would give my right arm for another one - dont like the remade version - I want my original pink/white in the oval frame
Laura - October 21, 2010 - Report this comment
My sister and I loved ours! Great memories, we had pink/glow-in-dark. I would be SO entertained. Wish I could get one for my own boys. Maybe we could have a quiet vacation drive if they had these to play with! If anyone's finds a way to order/get one, please post!
Andi - November 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I would love, love, love for my daughter to have one to enjoy - well, probably really just me. I always wanted this for my own (I could only use my cousin's at his house)...I will always keep looking. Thanks everyone for your comments.
Cheryl - February 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I still have mine and love it as much as I did as a child. I passed it down to all three of my children and my youngest (soon to be 13) decided it was time for Mum to have it back. It will always have a special place in our family's hearts.
Sally B - February 17, 2011 - Report this comment
The man who is making the new ones is back in business and shipping from his site listed above, and he also has an Etsy and Ebay store. Just got my black one and love it! Yeah, they're different (squarish and not oval) but the safety glass vs. the old plastic that got scratched, and the new frame are great additions. If he starts getting orders, he told me that he'll be able to make more colors, and probably even glow in the dark ones! Check it out!
Mike - September 29, 2011 - Report this comment
Buyer Beware! The man who is making these again and his a website to order from is a fraud. Search on the web and you will find complaints. He takes your money and no reply. You will NEVER hear from him. This is ashame and discredit to the original toy and the inventor. This guy is a loser, sitting back to steal your money with his bogus website.
Carol - March 16, 2012 - Report this comment
I have three of these (all rectangular). Two in silver frames and the other one in a black wood frame (this one says PAT PENDING in the way lower left-hand corner. All three have old stickers on them that say "manuf. & distri exclusively by Cindyan Enterprises.........Copyright 1970." Black framed one is blue & white. The other two have blue, pink, black in one and black, pink & white in the other. Real cool!
YMan - September 24, 2012 - Report this comment
Yup… Had one of these too…
Sandy - February 04, 2014 - Report this comment
This NEW product is NOT, I repeat NOT from the original maker...which was WHAM-O. That's right Wayne Carpenter. AND Wayne Carpenter has not sold MILLIONS of these, but is trying to sell a new version that IS OF TERRIBLY POOR QUALITY. I know this because I bought TWO of them. They were also poorly packaged, causing one to be broken during shipping. The box was not even marked FRAGILE!! The NEW windows are GARBAGE, and don't look or function at all like the originals that were MANUFACTURED BY WHAM-O....NOT by some OLD GUY in his basement using Wal-Mart craft glue!!!!!!!!!!!! ALSO Wayne Carpenter promises IMMEDIATEW refunds.....THEN NEVER RETURNS CALLS OR EMAILS from PAYPAL or customers. Thank GOD paypal stands by customer purchases.
Al - March 24, 2014 - Report this comment
My Dad had one that was hung on the wall 2 x 2 foot on a spinning wall mount.
Ellen - August 26, 2014 - Report this comment
Anyone? selling an original magic window, gently used.... ?? Wish whamo still made them - they are great with special needs kids.
Shannan - September 15, 2014 - Report this comment
We happened across one of these at a garage sale today in Portland for a buck! My husband was so excited because he had one as a kid and has been playing with it for hours!
Kris - October 25, 2014 - Report this comment
Shannan - are you still selling? My Aunt Mary Jo had one that I would play with over and over. Until today I had no idea what it was called. I'd love to have one again.
Wayne Carpenter - February 26, 2015 - Report this comment
I am the person referred to in some of the above comments,concerning the new magic window. We have begun manufacturing the new magic window using the same components as the original. The original maker and patent holder and I got together, opened a new facility, and began the process. The new windows are larger, rectangular, with glass panes instead of plastic (which scratched and cracked after a time) and are framed with anodized aluminum. The originals were oval with no frame. The new product is fascinating, just as was the original. Comments by persons above stating that the makers of the new windows are frauds is simply NOT TRUE. Don't know why such information is being circulated. Check out the website for yourself; lots of really good information there about the original and new windows, and if you wish, you can order one from the site and pay with PayPal, or any other credit card.
Bee - April 20, 2015 - Report this comment
"check out the website for yourself" ...and no website given! yep, it's bogus.
Thomas Foster - June 24, 2015 - Report this comment
I fondly remember the magic window from my childhood. I decided to check the new website out and order one. I am absolutely delighted with the product--much higher quality than the original, and a out the same price, comparatively speaking. I read all the reviews I could locate and found most of them VERY positive. Can`t imagine why anyone would write a negative review about such a wonderful product. You should probably check it out for yourself instead of listening to negative naysayers. The website is magicwindows.org Lots of info there... almost all of them VERY positive.Can`t
Amy Redmeier - June 24, 2015 - Report this comment
Same experience. Very nice product. Do not know why some people want to disparage other peoples legitimate and successful businesses. SAD!
Robert Taylor - August 26, 2015 - Report this comment
I'm so stoked. I saw one for sale on Facebook. I offerd $5 and the we're happy to sell ot. I had one as a kid and played with it for hours. I have been trying to find out the value with no luck. Other than Ebay. They had one for $125 still in the box. I'm just happy to have a piece of my childhood.
David Ramsey - January 03, 2016 - Report this comment
I have a pink and white one that also has glow in the dark sand. Ive had it since 1980

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