Magic Fingers

Coin operated bed vibrator invented by John Houghtaling in 1958.
Magic Fingers motor Magic Fingers timer and coin box. Inside the Magic Fingers timer and coin box. Socket for motor inside Magic Fingers timer box.

Today's Washington Post reported the death last Wednesday of John Houghtaling, 92, who invented Magic Fingers, the coin-operated gadget that would vibrate a motel bed at the cost of 25¢ for one quarter hour. When one of those motels remodeled in the mid-1970s, they sold their Magic Fingers units and some came my way. The photos show the inner workings of my last one.


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