Martin Gardner’s biggest nemesis is finally available from Vanishing Inc. Wonders.
At first glance, it might not be immediately evident why it is such a big deal that we can now offer the “Martin’s Menace” puzzle. It looks like a pretty easy puzzle for kids. To solve the "Martin's Menace Puzzle", all you need to do is find a way to make the four pieces fit in the frame. How hard could it be?
Designed by legendary puzzle maker Stewart Coffin, this puzzle was originally called “Four Fit.” However, it was eventually renamed “Martin’s Menace” after it stumped renowned magician, scientist and mathematician Martin Gardner for more than a week. Martin Gardner called it the "finest dissection puzzle ever made."
Most magicians will recognize this name because Martin Gardner was labeled by MAGIC Magazine as one of “Top 100 Most Influential Magicians of the 20th Century.” His beloved book Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic is considered by many to be one of the most important magic books ever written.
But, some magicians may not realize that Martin was also a prolific author and contributor within the mathematics and science communities. He is considered by many to be the Father of Recreational Math and the greatest puzzler in recent history. So, the fact Stewart Coffin was able to stump Martin was a testament to the ingenuity of the puzzle master.
Each “Martin’s Menace Puzzle” is expertly made in the USA. The gorgeous pieces are laser cut to perfection and come unsolved in the custom base.
This is a genuinely creative and difficult puzzle that all puzzle lovers will enjoy. It is a great gift for magicians or puzzlers, and is the perfect unique desk accessory.
“Martin’s Menace Puzzle” is an officially licensed Martin’s Menace Stewart Coffin Design #217 Puzzle. It was created with full permission by Creative Crafthouse.
The wording on the objective is important. The four pieces need to fit INSIDE the frame. You don't have to FILL the frame.
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