The uncanny valley can be a terrifying place – a place of strange dolls, unsettling computer animation, and people who just look off. But how deep does the valley go?
I think I may have found the bottom.
Cast your gaze upon the creature in the above video. Its face and eyes are eerily realistic, but the bizarre automaton seems trapped in a happy delirium. Is this the stuff nightmares are made of?
I originally saw this video posted on a Facebook community. However, after some digging, I was able to find the original, clearer HD version on YouTube. It was uploaded back in 2012 by 69mechanik, with a link to The House Of Automata (they also have several other videos of strange and fascinating automata available for your perusal).
This one is, indeed, a 19th Century automaton clown balancing a ball.
My only question: Why does it have a tongue?