No one at Firebox.com seems able to figure out how to describe the Phenominator. Is it a game, a puzzle, an impressive party trick or an executive toy? We've no idea but it's definitely unusual and great fun. The Phenominator is a magnetic spinning top that can levitate in mid-air for several minutes.
This bizarre phenomenon is achieved by harnessing the lifting power produced by two opposing magnets. The gyroscopic effect somehow manages to keep it stable in mid-air.
Getting the Phenominator started is definitely an acquired skill but once you get the knack you'll be attracting crowds of open-jawed onlookers. It even comes with an instructional CD-ROM to get you off to a flying start.
Oh, and for those of you who might be a little confused, it's only the small black and brass top that levitates, above the flying-saucer shaped base. One poor soul was gutted when the fully operational UFO he thought he had ordered turned out to be a Phenominator. We deal in top notch stuff, not miracles, and this isn't one of the modern wonders of the world. But we defy you not to Phenominate once you get the hang of it.
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