An online Magic 8 Ball web page uses a Common Gateway Interface (CGI) script to replicate the experience of using the fortune-telling Magic 8 Ball toy. Like the toy, the CGI Magic 8 Ball can answer any yes-or-no question with a randomly selected pre-scripted reply.
Manufactured by Mattel, the Magic 8 Ball toy was developed in the 1950s. It is a popular and fun game for parties. Movies and TV shows have featured the Magic 8 ball’s often humorous, inappropriate or highly accurate answers. The toy Magic 8 Ball has 20 possible answers, 10 positive, 5 negative and 5 neutral. Approximately one million Magic 8 Balls are still sold each year. Albert Carter of Cincinnati, whose mother claimed to be a clairvoyant, invented the Magic 8 Ball in the 1940s when there was high interest in spiritualism.