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Sunday 11 October 2009


Joseph and his amazingly complex egg-creamer

Posted in: True Stories
By Matt Akersten - 20th April 2008

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Patience makes perfect: Joseph Herscher
Do yourself a favour and look at the clip shown below all this text… go on, enjoy…

OK, you're back? Wasn't it incredible? All those cardboard tubes! All those tricky moves! That little band that plays in the middle! And the gooey goodness at the end! Genius.

With well over 100,000 YouTube hits, it seems I wasn't the only one captivated by Joseph Herscher's elaborate egg-creaming video. All that patience and hard work earned the gay 23-year-old Aucklander a big hamper of choccies from Cadbury, and also some exciting opportunities, he now tells GayNZ.com.

"Most people get bored with doing things for a really long period of time," he reflects. "I started off doing this project with my flatmates as a group, but they lost interest after an hour. I think they thought I was a bit mad."

Joseph had never constructed anything quite that elaborate before, but used to make little fun things when he was growing up. "I didn't have any brothers and sisters, so I used to do these things when I was bored. I used to make contraptions out of cardboard and hot glue. I made something that hung from the ceiling that would hold my books, so that I wouldn't get tired arms. And something that would pull a switch to turn the light on and off, so that I wouldn't have to get out of bed. And I made something for when my mum came home - the door would open and pull a string that played a tape of me saying 'welcome home'. They were good little things to get stuck into," he laughs.

Imagine my shock when Joseph revealed he'd taken his invention down just last week, as he moved house. "That was actually fine. Everyone else was like 'oh, you're going to take it down, you must be gutted,' but by the end, I was so stressed out to finish it quickly for the competition, that I was a little bit glad to be rid of it. Every time people wanted me to show it to them, that anxiety would come back. So taking it down was like closure - I no longer had to try to keep it working."

And now, some exciting news: "I'm going to be making another one, and getting paid for it.

"It'll be for 42BELOW, and it'll be a contraption making a Waterfall cocktail. I'm starting in a week, full time for four weeks."

He's also off to Nelson soon; a high school teacher wants to fly him down to do a workshop with his students. "The teacher said he showed my video to his class, and they were all silent for five minutes - which apparently is very unusual for this class - so he decided to fly me down. They'll make their own contraptions on bits of wood, and then we'll try to join them all up.

"The video's been very popular with kids. I've had lots of people tell me that their children have started making their own things, and are totally obsessed."

Well done Joseph and good luck with your new projects... we're looking forward to seeing more of your fantastical contraptions!


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Matt Akersten - 20th April 2008