[originally posted August 14 2009]
A couple folks have asked about the “Magic 8 Ball Eyeball” in the movie “The Haunting in Connecticut”. Sorry to say, this is not a commercial product. According to the director’s commentary on the DVD, they “were not allowed to use the Magic 8 Ball that was originally written in the script.” In the actor commentary, Virginia Madsen says “I love that eye thing. I’m telling you they should make that and market it” and the director acknowledges it is a prop made for the movie. Be sure to watch the last deleted scene on the DVD – the eyeball had its own scene that was cut.
I did pitch an “eyeball eightball” (along with 19 other eyeball toys) to a couple toy companies in 2002, but was not able to generate interest.
The only eyeball 8-ball I have carried was a small version that also came with candy called the “Magic Eyeball Keychain” from about 2001. There was also “Madame Zelda’s Crystal Ball” from about 1999. I decided not to carry that one because instead of being an eyeball with a message in the pupil, it just had an eye printed on the side – a missed opportunity. I did a search for a “virtual” Magic Eyeball and found this one and this one. I also found two iPhone apps. One is called “myEye” and the other is called “Magic Eyeball”. But again, all these virtual magic eyes feature an eye (in its socket), not an eyeball. Why does no one seem to notice the roundness of the Magic 8-Ball?