Michael Reilly


Rescues his Swiss Army Knife from Battery Park in NYC!

(That is not a cigar!)

© 2019 Michael Reilly.  All Rights Reserved.


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 Award winning game in three versions by three companies and sold worldwide: 




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One of my most successful puzzles: 




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A Manipulation Puzzle:

'White Water'

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Science / Nature

Observation Device:


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Eric interviewed me for

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Cannon Ball

Pyramid Puzzle 

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 D.I. Y. 

How to Build

Some of my Stuff!

Games, Puzzles,

reilly4puzzles (at) gmail.com

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To appreciate 
my site's handmade
"You Are Not a Gadget"
by Jaron Lanier.


Put the Numbers from a Clock Face, in Sequence, thru the Maze.




Go here for Flash Version:


Email me for a free PDF copy of Hour Mazes you can print and play.

'Hour Maze' was published in MULTILOGIC by Kessing, France.

 It is also featured in a mathematics paper: Metrics for Better Puzzles published by Computational Creativity Group - Imperial College London. 

Northern Arizona University 

Art Installation.

This Installation was a giant-sized version of my Cube Puzzle that I built. Each is a 2 foot cube. It was displayed on the Northern Arizona University campus for two months. Hundreds of students played with it.



'The Perfect Wave' below is a kinetic Art Sculpture.

(See it in action: http://youtu.be/H-OlaYRw6rA)

It is meant to ‘express’ - not to ‘demonstrate’ - Heisenberg’s theory of quantum physics. The Particle (the ball) corresponds to an indivisible energy portion of the Wave, a so-called ‘Quantum.’ The Wave (the disks in motion) describes the probability for the Particle to be located at a certain place. ‘Light’ is considered to be “The Perfect Wave” as it displays properties of both Waves and Particles.

I am adapting some of my game and puzzle designs into Art Works. Some as paintings that play as boardgames which can also be played on a wall. Others as large sculptural works to be experienced as playful objects.

Also in development: A Traveling Art Event for public space to promote Artists,  Painters and Galleries.


I have worked creatively in the Toy Business & Film Industry for over 30 years.

Beginning as an artist in Albuquerque, New Mexico I invented and built mind-boggling, three dimensional puzzles and games out of fine woods for my daughter. On the strengths of these designs I was employed by Ideal Toy Company as a member of their R&D team when they released Rubic's Cube.

In the 1980's, I produced special effects and specialty props for the film industry, primarily shot in New Mexico.

In 1988, my daughter and I co-authored 'The Bumper Sticker Book' published by Spectacle Press.

1989-92, I managed Alton Walpole's Mountainair Films production company and studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico while Alton was overseas producing the 70mm, award winning feature film 'Baraka.' Check it out on Netflix. An Awesome Film!

In 1992, my game 'AHA' won awards from Parents Magazine, Games Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune among other industry citations. 'AHA' was licensed to the German firm, Zoch Verlag and produced in Europe as 'AYA' and was produced and distributed in North America and Japan by Mag-Nif as 'Match 5.'

Channel Craft produced and distributed a number of my designs for 16 years.  Among these, 'Whitewater' and the 'Oops' puzzle lines received Games Magazine's Best 100. The puzzle 'Oops' was chosen by the Disney Channel as their executive gift for Christmas and embossed with Mickey's hand print. Touched by the Mouse! 

MOMA, The Whitney, and the San Diego Science Museum, among others, featured these puzzles and my game ‘AHA’ in their gift stores. They were produced and sold worldwide for 14 years.

Use Your Head Unlimited, Inc. produced an entire line of sports ball puzzles based on my 'Oops' and 'Oops Again' puzzles.

Dave Janelle of http://www.puzzlecrafthouse.com currently produces Reilly's Cannonball, in sustainable raintree wood.

Most of my traditional game and puzzle design portfolio for licensed production  has agency representation, RoyaltyPros Licensing. Contact me for a personal introduction. 

I wrote a screenplay 'The Big Green' (Not the Disney movie) which was optioned by Paul Aaron, DGA.

I am currently involved developing an App-Centric Entertainment Venture with Howard Fleischer and Rich Fukutaki.

For information concerning available creative properties, for custom game & puzzle design, or consultancy: Contact: reilly4puzzles(at)gmail.com.

I spent most of the 90's living in New Zealand and currently reside in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Written Creative Works.

'Syde FX' 

A Transmedia AR/VR Property.

In this comedy, Jack, Lily and Bud struggle to regain control of Hollywood’s most advanced special effects VR studio as digital characters emerge into reality from their green screen sound stage and Lily disappears through its walls into the weird universe of infinite greenness beyond. This is a 188 page YA (PG-13) story.

‘Syde FX’ © 2018 Michael Reilly.

WGA-E Registered. All Rights Reserved.

Send an email request and I will send you a PDF copy.

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(Originally optioned by Paul Aaron, DGA.) 

'The Big Green'

A comedy in which two down-and-out scoundrels commandeer a soon to be scuttled, World War II Aircraft Carrier in Hawaii, re-christen it ‘The Big Green’ and head for Japan. Their business plan is to stop at a small island, cover the flight deck in sod and palm trees, and create the World's only floating golf course!

‘The Big Green’ © 2005 Reilly. 

WGA-E Registered. All Rights Reserved.

Send an email request and I will send you a PDF of the Big Green Screenplay.

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'For Love of Rachel'

A humorous, time-travel romance about letters that bridge a hundred year gap of time via enchanted stamps. A relationship grows between Jake in modern day London and Rachel in 1887. 

‘For Love of Rachel’ © 2002 Reilly.

WGA-E Registered. All Rights Reserved.

Email me and I will send you a PDF.

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My Spiritual Guides:

My Kiwi Buddy 'Mack' !

My Fiancé  'Molly'


'Rocky' - My Backup Partner!