Magic Carpet Ride and Dragon Cave

Dear Mr. Coney Island...
Can you please tell me who ran the Magic Carpet Ride in Coney Island. Also where did the fat laughing lady Minnie Ha Ha come from. Where was she made. Are there some oictures of her that I can purchase? What about her voice? I am also interested in pictures of the dragons cave and the donkey game next to the Magic Carpet Ride. What information can you give me on the man that painted the inside of Playland. I remember the beautiful pictures painted on the walls as well as all over.
- Sal

Hello Sal,

Here's a photo of the Magic Carpet Fun House on the Bowery at West 15th Street. The attraction was run by Edie and Seymour Maxim who also operated the Donkey Game next door. The last version of the robotic laughing lady was actually a German-made laughing male figure in drag. The Coney Island History Project is planning an exhibition of work by the artist who painted the Playland murals. Keep checking our web site for more information.

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I remember the last "slide" to that ride was the magic carpet, correct? you had to go into a dark booth with a long bench made out of metal rollers that all of a sudden straightened out into a sheet of rollers and your feet pushed through 2 swinging doors onto the magic carpet! - is this the ride??

ride with dragon head was owned by my fathers cousins.

ride with dragon's head was owned by my fathers cousins.

the laughing lady was in the dragon' ride

Hey Guys, thanks so much for the pictures... :-) , I grew up at the magic carpet and eventually married Edith's daughth Liz. If only we could turn back the clock. I live on West 16th Street between Mermaid and Neptune avenues. So many GREAT memories.

That laughing lady gave me nightmares! I loved Coney Island, but I dreaded walking past her with her gelatinous belly jiggling as she guffawed! I would live to see a photo, or better yet, a video of her.

I used to work for Sporty when he owned the Dragon's Cave. It was genuinely haunted

Hi, Everybody. The fat, jiggly, hysterically laughing Lady was at the Funhouse, and the equally hysterically cackling Witch was in the Dragon's Cave. I remember the Dragon's head moved side to side, emitting a little steam from its mouth or nostrils. The Dragon's Cave scared the bejesus out of me :)

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