Tony Fisher (puzzle designer)

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Tony Fisher at a puzzle event with one of his puzzles

Tony Fisher is a British puzzle designer who specialises in creating custom rotational puzzles. He is acknowledged by cubing enthusiasts as a pioneer in the creation of new puzzle designs and new manufacturing techniques. [1] [2] [3] In 2017 the Guinness Book of World Records acknowledged Fisher as the creator of the world's largest Rubik's cube. [4]

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Career

Fisher is both a puzzle collector and designer. [5] He first bought a Rubik's Cube in 1980 when it was first released in the UK. [6] He worked out his own solution to solve it. [6] Fisher first began creating puzzles in 1981, when he modified two existing Rubik’s cubes by joining them along one edge to create a new device called the Siamese cube. [1] This has been accredited as the first example of a “handmade modified rotational puzzle”. [1]

In 1995 Fisher further modified the conventional rotational puzzle design by shifting its cutting planes to create a 3x3x4 cube. [1] This invention was further adapted in the creation of 2x3x4, 3x3x5 and 4x4x5 cube puzzles. Another technique, initially developed by Geert Hellings, rounded the centre piece of a conventional 4x4x4 cube to create additional turning layers for a uniform 2x2x4, 6x6x6 and non-uniform 2x2x6. [1] Fisher’s Golden Cubes, initially intended to be released as the Millennium Cube, began production in the early 2000s. [2] Created by modifying the Skewb, it is the first example of a rotational puzzle that features just one colour scheme, requiring the solver to restore the cube’s shape without the visual aid of having separate colours for each side. [1] The Golden Cube is considered to be Fisher’s most unusual contribution to the design of new combination puzzles, [1] and has been mass-produced by Uwe Meffert. [2]

This cube puzzle was followed by the Cube, using the modified mechanism from an Eastsheen 4x4x4 cube, and in 2007 the Hexaminx puzzle, a cubic version of the Megaminx for which Fisher has used new manufacturing techniques involving polyurethane resins. [1]

Since 1981 Fisher has designed and crafted around 100 puzzles based on different puzzle mechanisms. [1] As well as puzzle manufacturing, he has also worked for Suffolk County Council as an archaeologist. [7]

Guinness World Record

At the beginning of 2016 he built the world's largest Rubik's Cube, which took him a total 156 hours to build in his garage. [6] It was 1.57 metres tall and weighed 100 kilograms. [8] He released a sped-up video showing how he spent two days working to solve the massive puzzle. [6]

In 2017 the Guinness Book of World Records acknowledged Fisher as the creator of the world's largest Rubik's cube, which measured 1.57m long, created in 2016. [4] [9] [10]

Other novelty cubes

In June 2016 Fisher also created the world's smallest functioning Rubik's Cube which measured only 5.6 millimetres on each side. [11] [12]

In December 2017 he unveiled a Rubik’s Cube which was made from 95% ice. [13] His other creations include a Rubik's Cube made from candles; one made from cheese; and one made from chocolate. [5] [14]

Fidget spinner

In June 2017 he unveiled the world largest fidget spinner. [15] The spinner had a diameter of over 3.3 metres, and took him 40 hours to build.[ citation needed ]

Puzzle designs

Examples of Fisher’s puzzle designs can be found at the Puzzle Museum, including his Cylinder Cube, Golden Cube, Hexagonal Prism, Truncated Octaminx and Truncated Octahedron.

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