Michael Reilly


Rescues his Swiss Army Knife from Battery Park in NYC! 

© 2021  Michael Reilly.  All Rights Reserved.


Award Winning Game. 3 Versions.                   3 Companies.            Sold Worldwide: 




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Two of my most successful puzzles: 




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An Early, Manipulation Maze Puzzle:

'White Water'

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A 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,


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To Appreciate 
My Site's 
"You Are Not 
a Gadget"
Jaron Lanier.


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

Hour Maze is available for Licensing!




Flash version by Rod PIERCE of Maths is Fun:


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

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

 And also Featured in a mathematics paper: Metrics for Better Puzzles 

published by Computational Creativity Group - Imperial College London. 

Hour Maze is Available For Digital Development!



Is my focus now...

My First Art Installation:

Northern Arizona University 

This Installation was a giant-sized version of my Cube Puzzle which I built. Each of the 8 Cubes is a  2 x 2 x 2 foot cube. It was displayed on the NAU campus for two months. Hundreds of students played with it.




'The Perfect Wave' 

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.

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(NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the following Project is delayed!)

A Unique, Traveling Art Event for Public Spaces. 

To Feature & Promote Artists, Painters, Restaurants and Galleries

Is Currently in development by Encomedia.



I have worked creatively in the Toy Business & Film Industry for over 40 years.

Beginning in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I invented and built mind-boggling, three dimensional puzzles and games out of fine woods for my daughter. 

While in NYC in 1977, on a whim, I presented my 'stuff' to Ideal Toy Company. (Fortuitously, just before they acquired and released Rubic's Cube!) I was hired on the spot, halfway thru my presentation! The only place to rent that I could afford at the time was a run down loft in Manhattan on Broome Street. 3rd floor, walkup Paradise! 

Film work began earlier in 1970 in New Mexico when I 'Blundered!' (Literally!) into a Bit Part on a Roger Corman film! Again, just lucky!

Thereafter, and thru the 1980's, I produced Special Effects and Specialty Props for the Film & Television industry, primarily shot in New Mexico. This included:  Robert Redford's 'MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR' Northern NM Unit - Effects /Props. 'GAS' – Roger Corman- Bit part. 1970. 'CHEYENNE SOCIAL CLUB' – Gene Kelly 1971  Extra & PA. 'MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH' – Nick Roeg 1972  -  Props. 'TWO LANE BLACKTOP' – Helman 1973. 'U.S.A. TODAY' – Ken Freedman 1986 – Extra. 'THE LAST OUTLAW' - Geoff Murphy 1993 - Props. 

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

1989-92, I lived in another Loft above the Lensic Theater and managed Alton Walpole's Mountainair Films production company and studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This was 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 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 Awards. 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 16 years.

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

Dave Janelle of puzzlecrafthouse.com produced my Cannonball Puzzle & Cube Puzzle in sustainable raintree wood for over a decade.

Most of my portfolio of IP  has agency representation. Contact me for a personal introduction to my Agent.

My screenplay 'The Big Green' (Not the Disney movie!) was optioned by Paul Aaron, DGA. (Note: The Director, not the Actor!)



 Under the Working Title (DBA) of 'Encomedia', I am  involved developing an App-Centric & Media Entertainment Venture with Howard Fleischer's RoyaltyPros Licensing, and Rich Fukutaki's  SunBreakGroup. (Rich brought Pokemon the Card Game to the US.)

For Custom Game & Puzzle design, Consultancy or information concerning my creative properties herein and/or other IP not divulged: Please Contact: reilly4puzzles(at)gmail.com.

I 'Enjoyed' Most of the 90's in New Zealand on The Copper Beach Vineyard  (but not in a Loft!) putting together a Game & Puzzle Endeavor with my Kiwi pals. 

This was prior to the Internet, so I had to commute. 

I tell everyone that the 7 Dumbest things I ever did... 

...was leave New Zealand 7 Times! 

I currently reside in Flagstaff, Arizona. 

And will return to New Zealand as soon as possible to live there and continue to Create Games, Puzzles and Art Works!


Written 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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'The Big Green'

(Originally optioned by Paul Aaron, DGA.) 

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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My Spiritual Guides!

My Kiwi Mate, 'Mack' !

My Fiancé,  'Molly'


'Rocky' - My Backup Partner!