September 28



I was not going to post anything about this story until further confirmation about the company’s existence, but it relates to pinball so I thought to post something about it.

Recently in the news, a company by the name of American Pinball has suddenly appeared on the pinball radar.  The post which I first read on Facebook by this company stated that this “NEW” company was going to work with former Williams pinball designer John Popadiuk and create a new pinball game.  The first game to be released by American Pinball is Houdini which should be a great title to create since John was the designer of Williams Theater of Magic.

As you all know, people are frowning upon this news because John Popadiuk is the same designer who took thousands of dollars of preorder sales when he announced Magic Girl from Zidware.  Not only did he take thousands of dollars from pinball owners, but he also never released any games with no refund.  You can see why people would be a bit sour to this news from American Pinball.

Well, American pinball is claiming not only is the company releasing a new game called Houdini, but they are also going to make good on John’s blunders and release Magic Girl to their rightful owners who spent money on the game.  Is this a hoax or not, time will only tell. Will John be present at the pinball shows talking about the game and his failures at Zidware?  I would love to be a fly on the wall during those conversations.

American Pinball Facebook Page :

For more on the American Pinball and Houdini Pinball story, read two great posts from Pinball News Website.

Below is the statement from American Pinball’s Facebook page about the new game Houdini and its promise about making good on delivering Magic Girl.

There is a great deal of speculation in the industry as it relates to our relationship with John Popadiuk. To be clear, American-Pinball is a NEW pinball company and our mission is to create limited edition high-end American-made pinball machines, with our first one being “Houdini-Master Mystery”.

With decades of experience in the industry, we can all agree that “JPop” is an extremely skilled pinball professional. He is also a loving father & husband. We believe everyone deserves a 2nd chance and therefore we are supporting John to fulfill his prior commitments related to Magic Girl.

That said, we have some GREAT NEWS! These pictures are meant to show you what we’ve been up to, the progress that has gone on and the efforts that are underway. We American-Pinball empathize with the Zidware customers and therefore we are excited to share the following news with all of you.

By the end of 2016, Magic Girl machines will be delivered to their rightful owners.

We know you all have many questions about other efforts and will continue to update you as additional details are confirmed.

In the meantime, American pinball has released pictures of its new game Houdini from the G2E show.

Magic Girl at the factory