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Marbles

Marble Vortex

Marble Vortex

Marble fanatic Jelle Bakker poured a stream of thousands tiny marbles, bearings, and other spheres into a giant hyperbolic funnel, creating an oddly soothing and hypnotic video that’s perfect for clearing your mind of clutter. Not enough marbles for you? Here ya go.

Keep Your Eye on the Marble

Keep Your Eye on the Marble

5MadMovieMakers used some fun video tricks to keep the steel marble in this clip perfectly centered as it makes its way through a twisty, turny Quercetti Skyrail roller coaster track. Try playing the video a second time with your finger on the ball.

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How Glass Marbles Are Made

How Glass Marbles Are Made

Sino Sales & Support presents a brief and wonderfully satisfying look at a factory in China where rows of machines crank out millions of glass marbles each year. The soothing sound of thousands of rolling marbles should be an option on white noise machines. Skip to 0:38.

Noisy Marble Machine

Noisy Marble Machine

Denha shows off a mesmerizing machine that’s designed to produce a variety of soothing sounds as dozens of metal spheres move their way through its maze of metal tracks, spinning wheels, and moving stairsteps. It sounds sort of like a perpetual Pachinko machine.

11,000 Marble Run

11,000 Marble Run

Jelle’s Marble Runs shares a hypnotic look at a lengthy marble machine that sends 11,000 marbles cascading through ramps, tracks, teeter-totters, courses dotted with nails, and culminating with a tray that releases a flood of 10,000 marbles at once.

Rubber Band and Marbles Maze

Rubber Band and Marbles Maze

Marble and domino master Kaplamino made this short and fast-paced marble maze with the help of rubber bands. He says he failed around 40 times because of the unpredictable nature of the rubber bands, but the result is more than worth it.

2D Trick Shots

2D Trick Shots

DoodleChaos made budget versions of basketball trick shots using wood, marbles, string and other small objects. It starts out simple, but quickly becomes more and more complex. The ball bouncing on the rolling cylinder was nuts.

Enormous Marble Run

Enormous Marble Run

Need to chill out? Hit play, and fill four minutes with a soothing journey along an extremely long and complex track, constructed by Scott’s Marble Runs. If you prefer music with your marbles, there’s another edit accompanied by Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

The Blue Marble

The Blue Marble

Marble and domino enthusiast Kaplamino’s latest creation is an impressive tilted maze. The most entertaining parts are the ones where magnets, small catapults and other objects fling the titular marble through the different parts of the maze.

Rolling Ball Sculptures

Rolling Ball Sculptures
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Australian artist David Morrell bends metal wire to form roller coaster style tracks, on which marbles spend their days rolling round and round in a perpetual loop. His kinetic sculptures are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, and he accepts commission work.

Marbles, Magnets, and Music

Marbles, Magnets, and Music

Tinkerer of things DoodleChaos set up a maze of Jenga blocks, dominoes, sticks, magnets, and other bits and bobs, and precisely placed them such that a series of ball bearings dropped into the them syncs up perfectly with Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers.

Loop Marble Run

Loop Marble Run

Fashion brand COS teamed up with the awesomely-named Snarkitecture to build an epic marble track in Seoul, Korea, consisting of over 1300 feet of suspended track, on which white glass marbles roll. The ride culminates with each marble ending up in a massive pile.

Analog Marble Sorting Machine

Analog Marble Sorting Machine

Pocket83’s marble sorting machine uses two bars that get slightly wider apart, such that rolling marbles over them will cause smaller ones to fall earlier than the larger ones. Not only does it make a soothing sound, it also does a great job of visualizing the bell curve.

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Modular Marble Machine

Modular Marble Machine

Vietnamese shop Wood Marble Machine shows off one of their super cool kinetic toys, a modular machine which sends dozens of marbles rolling around in perpetuity. It looks like you can even order their machines, though we’re not sure if they ship internationally.

Marble Army vs. The Wall

Marble Army vs. The Wall

Marble enthusiast Murmiland posted this immensely satisfying video of a single marble which sets off an avalanche of over 2,600 others as they head downhill on a path towards a wall made from building blocks. Murmiland, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!

Wooden Marble Run Kits

Wooden Marble Run Kits
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In 2011, Walter Mason built the world’s longest marble run out of wooden modular tracks. Now he’s raising funds on Kickstarter for smaller sets of his tracks. The Boa set works with ping pong balls (or similarly sized balls), while the Anaconda works with larger balls.

Mini Golf Marble Machine

Mini Golf Marble Machine

After six months of work, builder Ben Tardif is close to putting the finishing touches on his latest marble machine – a miniature version of a miniature golf course. The video goes into quite some depth about the build, but if you just want to see it in action, you can skip to 15:20.

Solarobotics Marble Machine Kit

Solarobotics Marble Machine Kit
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A fun kit which lets you build your own motorized wooden marble machine. It sends a cascade of spheres spiraling to the bottom, then finding their way back to the top for an perpetual loop of marble madness. Available as a battery-powered or solar version.

100,000 Marble Run

100,000 Marble Run

Ever wondered what 100,000 marbles looked like? Marble fanatic Jelle Bakker is back to satisfy your curiosity with a seemingly endless pool of the shiny glass orbs racing through his maze, and soothing us with a wonderful sound that we could probably fall asleep to.

Marble Mountain

Marble Mountain

Ben Tardif says he’s been working for over three years on the construction of his complex contraption, a kinetic sculpture that sends marbles on a seemingly endless ride through 25 different environments, along twisty roads, down tiny staircases, and even off a ski jump.

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2016 Marble Race World Cup

2016 Marble Race World Cup

From Jelle’s Marble Runs, the YouTuber who brought us the 750ft sand marble course, comes the be all and end all of all marble races. Place your bets as the representatives of the marbling nations compete for all the marbles.

The Marble Race

The Marble Race

Cars, motorcycles, boats, bikes, runners. We love to watch all manner of races. But we never thought a race between a bunch of marbles could be exciting. Marble fanatic Jelle Bakker set off this surprisingly compelling race across a 750 foot-long course carved from sand.

High-Speed Marble Train

High-Speed Marble Train

JelleKnikkers built this fun take on the model railroad, replacing the train cars with about 30 1/2-inch steel marbles. The track is about 200 feet long, and constructed from LEGO components. The glow-in-the-dark marbles at the end are pretty neat too.

11,000 Marble Machine

11,000 Marble Machine

Jelle Bakker built this 33-foot-long wooden contraption, dubbed “Marble Tsunami,” through which thousands of marbles roll their way to their eventual resting place. We can only imagine how loud this thing is in person.

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