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History Of Magic Screen Bingo Machines
Bingo, A Fun Challenge!


By Wally

I have been playing Bingo Pinball for about twenty-five years, and consider myself a 'good player'. Like any game of skill, the more you play the better you’ll become. A flippered pinball game may take a player years to master, where a bingo game can take decades and still be just as fun and exciting as day one.


Bingo, A Fun Challenge!

 In Hawaii, where I live, there are over 100 bingo machines in operation, almost all 'Magic Screen' machines. (Images for the following machines are in the Pinball Nirvana Bullet6 Bingo Gallery, clicking on the machine name will take you to the Internet Pinball Database for that machine!) Bullet6 Carnival Queen, Bullet6 Sea Island, Bullet6 BallerinaBullet6 County Fair, Bullet6 Laguna Beach, Bullet6 Roller Derby, Bullet6 Can-Can, Bullet6 Bikini and Bullet6 Lido are among the more popular bingos. MAGIC SCREENS : First introduced in Carnival Queen, the numbers on the card are stationary, but a moving metal screen is slid across them. The screen has in-line scoring and irregularly shaped colored section scoring. In the sections, rather than needing 3,4,or 5-in-line, you can get 3,4, or 5-in-section to score. While some sections have numbers that are in a line, to win in a section, the lit numbers DO NOT need to be adjacent!


What makes these games so popular? Is it is pure relaxation, or is it the money that could be won? For me, it is both. Are these games gambling devices? Not at all. A gambling device is defined by law as a 'game of chance', i.e. a slot machine, a crap shoot, etc. Bingos are pure physical and mental skill. These games should be an Olympic event But in the real world, ironically, after mastering a bingo game, the highest honor a player can get is to be '86'ed' [not allowed to play) in a bingo parlor, because the player almost always leaves with a profit. I know there are countless bingo players out there like myself who would love to play a new magic screen bingo on their PC. If we all contact Druadic, show our support and feedback, he will see the demand and build the first magic screen table. As I have been encouraging him: "Build it and they will play".


And although there are no Magic Screen bingos recreated for VP yet, Pinball Nirvana does have 14 regular bingos to try out and enjoy. They can be found in the Bullet6 Bingo download section, and include 400, Atlantic City, Broadway, Coney Island,
Gayety, Lite A Lite, Metro, and Stars.


Wally Voeks