Rubik's Magic, most often only Magic, is a flat folding puzzle composed of eight flat panels (tiles) held together by loops of plastic wire (strings). It moves similarly to a Jacob's Ladder, except in two dimensions instead of one. A larger version, called Master Magic, consists of 12 tiles. Both the Magic and the Master Magic involve solving the puzzle from a specific start into a specific solved state, so that every solve is indentical. As of January 1st 2013, Magic and Master Magic are no longer recognized by the WCA as official competition events.
Ernő Rubik filed worldwide patent 1986005703 for Rubik's Magic in January 1986. It was launched at the Budapest Toy Fair in September, and an international sales campaign for Rubik's Magic was launched by Matchbox Toys in October 1986.
Rubik's Magic and Master Magic events were first held at World Championship 2003. They were recognized as official events at the formation of the World Cube Association in 2004; Magic results held at pre-WCA competitions that were retroactively recognized as official were counted as official solves. This official status is in part because of Bob Burton, who in 2004 held the Magic records and was among the first competition organizers on the United States east coast.
The skills required by the Magic events and the practicality of its judging, especially for Magic, have led to discussions of its removal, most notably at the end of 2011. In July 2012, the WCA eventually announced that Magic and Master Magic would no longer be official events starting in 2013.
Types of Magics
This original Rubik's Magic brand is somewhat thicker than the Lingao and has a different colour scheme than regular magics. These are rarely produced and are quite hard to find in regular stores. The performance is quite good, has a good feel to it. The magic is rather harder to tangle than regular magics because the slits are much bigger making them bend to a rather further extent.
- Rubik's Magic on Jaap's Puzzle Page
- Speedsolving.com: WCA Regulations 2012 Removal of Magic and Mastermagic
- WCA forum: Announcement of removal of Magic and Master Magic events
- Article on Wikipedia