Andre Cassagnes, the French-born engineer and kite designer who invented the insanely popular mechanical drawing toy, Etch A Sketch, died January 16 in a Paris suburb of undisclosed causes. He was 86. Cassagnes created what would become the Etch A Sketch in his garage in 1950. The toy was made up of a joystick, glass, and aluminum powder. Initially dubbed the Telecran, it was renamed L’Ecran Magique – or The Magic Screen – and debuted in 1959 at a toy fair in Nuremberg, Germany. Henry Winzeler, the American founder and president of The Ohio Art Company, was fascinated by the invention and licensed L’Ecran Magique for $25,000, introducing it as Etch A Sketch in the United States in 1960. Working with an engineer at the toy company, Cassagnes made some changes to the device, including replacing the joystick with two white knobs in the left and right corners of the screen to make it look like a TV set. It became the biggest selling toy during Christmas in 1960, and since then the Ohio Art Company has sold more than 150 million of them. In 1998 it was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Cassanges went on to become a well-known kite-maker, creating a series of ring-shaped kites to celebrate the Olympic Games.