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The Magna Doodle... For kids, it's a cool toy. For parents, it's art without the mess. For the rest of us it's a tribute to the beauty of physics. Discover the science behind the Doodle. See more toy pictures.

2008 HowStuffWorks

In 1974, four engineers from Pilot Pen Corporation invented a "dustless chalkboar­d." Their invention has become one of the most popular drawing toys, with more than 40 million sold since its introduction. Countless children have enjoyed playing and learning with it.

This wonderful invention is the Magna Doodletm!

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In this article, we will take a look inside this fascinating toy and see how it works.