If you would like to build your own amazing zoetrope, I have
the major parts available.
In each case, I
just added a couple dollars to cover my costs + shipping (which I'm included)...
strong neodymium magnets should work perfectly for your
zoetrope. The magnets I used were particularly
strong and worked perfectly with the reed
Neodymium Magnets .75 Each (Shipping Included.)
Please note that on the order page, you must specify the quantity or it will default to "1."
The zoetrope in the video used 16 magnets for a perfect animation. :-)
(You need one magnet per segment on your wheel.)
My supplier just ran out of the switch
I used (figures)! But, you can literally place an ordinary reed
relay (like those from Radio Shack) near the above (very
and it will work.
You can also use a reed switch from an
alarm door sensor for signal loads.
I do have some older (and
very pretty) reed switches here that
work great, but they're slightly expensive because they are
high power handling... This might be useful if
switching your strobe directly.
High power "expensive" reed
switch $5.00 each. (Shipping included.)
These little motors are extremely
easy to bolt a platter too (as seen in the video). I think the only downside
to them is that they do make a "whirring"
just as you might expect from a DC motor and
gearbox. So, if you want a completely silent
zoetrope, you may need to keep hunting.
I have a
very limited number of these, but will be happy to send
one out for $20 (shipping included).