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When weird-science group the Athanasius Kircher Society held its inaugural meeting in New York City this January, the meeting’s flaming grand finale was a live onstage performance by a 20-foot-long Rube Goldberg contraption.


The device’s designer, Jesse Ferguson, has posted a video of the machine in action in his Seattle apartment, just before it was dismantled to be shipped across the country for its star turn at the AKS. The video is here, and with flames galore and a real, live laser, it’s guaranteed to titillate your inner pyro.