I encountered ads for the Stickmaster in my youth and while the price was reasonable enough, I could never gather up enough money to buy one. Instead I tried all sorts of things to emulate the Stickmaster idea. This included taping a joystick to the coffee table, a bar bell weight and just about anything else I thought my hold it in place. This use of the tape, which was cheap masking tape, infuriated my Mother. Not just because I used up all the tape and left tape residue all over the place, but because of my seemingly endless stupidity and trying it again and again even when all evidence pointed to the same results…failure. I have kept my eyes open at flea markets and garage sales ever since for Stickmaster, but I have never seen one in the wild.
Maybe everyone else thought that they could build one themselves and found the right thing to tape their joystick to…oh…or maybe they just used more tape. More tape! Of course, why didn’t I think of that.