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  1. Aug 31,  · The Turk: Wolfgang von Kempelen's Fake Automaton Chess Player. Built in the late 18th century, the Mechanical Turk was a fake chess-playing Author: Susan Fourtané.
  2. A play, The Automaton Chess Player, was presented in New York City in The advertising, as well as an article that appeared in The Illustrated London News, claimed that the play featured Kempelen's Turk, but it was in fact a copy of the Turk created by J. Walker, who .
  3. Kempelen’s automaton outdid them all, though—or at least it seemed to. It was a wooden man in oriental dress, sitting behind a large cabinet with a chessboard on top. Kempelen would begin his performances by opening the doors of the cabinet to show the audience the clockwork machinery inside. Once the doors were closed, he would use a key.
  4. Von Kempelen's Turk became a commercial sensation, deceiving a very large number of people. It became the most famous, or the most notorious, automaton in history. It also must have been kind of an open secret within the professional chess community because over the years numerous chess masters were hired so that The Turk could challenge all.
  5. Dec 10,  · Kempelen’s son sold the Turk to Johann Nepomuk Mälzel in , several years after Kempelen had died. Mälzel learned the automaton’s secret and made it even more popular. From a book that tried to explain the illusions behind the Turk after reconstructing the device.
  6. In Maelzel purchased Wolfgang von Kempelen's half-forgotten automaton chess player, The Turk, took it to Paris, and sold it to Eugene Beauharnais at a large profit. Returning to Vienna, he gave his attention to the construction of an automaton trumpeter, which, with lifelike movements and sudden changes of attire, performed French and Austrian field signals and military airs.
  7. Wolfgang von Kempelen's chess-playing machine, "The Turk." (6/11) Every year or so, I spend a few days teaching a unit on puppetry at the college where I work. Puppetry is a fascinating art that has been practiced all over the world for thousands of years.
  8. Aug 20,  · The automaton sat in a neglected state until after Maria Theresa’s death, when her son and royal successor, Joseph II, remembered the Turk and asked von Kempelen to revive it.
  9. Kempelen's machine is widely supposed to be a hoax, since chess-playing processor is considered beyond the available technological capacities. However, the exact nature of the "hoax" was never revealed, in spite of many public presentations until the mysterious destruction of the machine in fire. Poe did write an essay about the automaton.

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