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A Winning Hand

September 2010
Playing Cards, dowel Rods, String, Marbels, etc. 

7’ tall central structure with pulleys stretching 10ft away


In collaboration with Ben Kinsley and The Class of Concept Studio 3 


Created in collaboration with the students in Ben Kinsley’s Systems and processes course this freestanding kinetic sculpture was one piece of a Rube Goldberg Device erected in the Ellis Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University. 

The possibility that this device, which was constructed by no less then a dozen people working independently, was going to function properly was astronomically low. In some ways akin to playing cards with an irate dealer who was prone to throwing the deck all over the room resulting in a lengthy pickup and reset process for each failure to win each hand that was dealt. 

In the end, we managed to beat the odds.

My favorite part of this video is the few seconds of shocked silence at the end as the realization that we succeeded slowly dawns on all the collaborators.

Photographs copyright of Paul Miller

Edicts from Heaven

October 2010

Newspaper, Wood, Cardboard, Rope, Paper, Assorted offerings

4ft x 2ft x 2ft 



Illusion of Chance 

2014 - Current

Brass, Bronze, Nickle Silver, Copper

5" Diameter x 10" Height


February 2009

Lasercut Wood, Brass Hardware

12" x 12" x 3"  


The Plot Device 


Pine Wood, Acrylic, resin, Silver Spraypaint 

The plot device was  was created as a stage prop for an interactive puzzle for the Fall 2012 KGB Puzzlehunt event. 

The acrylic 'badge' was created for the same event as a give-away for all the participants. The badge is a laser cut piece of plastic and a sticker with a design that I created based on the logo of the left-wing 'Weather Underground' organization. 

Ginsburg Gavel


Pine Wood 

12" Height x 8" Width x 5" Height


Created on a wood lathe as a part for Halloween costume for a friend who wanted to honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.



Ethan Gladding