Origami For Beginners

Origami For Beginners

This eBook teaches beginners how to make the complex origami patterns that seem impossible to do when you first lay eyes on them. It just takes a bit of practice and the skills that you learn in this book. It does not take months of practice and learning All you have to learn are the special tricks to it that most people never take the time to learn. There are no technical descriptions or extra nonsense This book is all practical information, designed to have to making beautiful paper creations within minutes of opening the book. It is packed full of drawings to illustrate the exact process of folding that you have to execute. This book is the easiest possible way for the complete beginner to impress audiences with their paper-folding abilities within minutes of opening the book. This book has all the tools to wow friends and family, or just create beautiful origami works for yourself.

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Author: Mary Oram
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Fascinating Origami 101 Models by Adolfo Cerceda

Origami fans will be happy to know that Dover has finally released this book featuring the elegant origami of Argentina's Adolfo Cerceda. If you are a newcomer to the world of origami Adolfo Cerceda may be an unfamiliar name to you. Many of his models appeared in Sam Randlett's Art of Origami and Best of Origami, and in Robert Harbin's Secrets of Origami, but these books have been out of print for many years. This is the first major collection of his work in English. Elegance and charm are two traits of Cerceda's models. He also has the ability to capture the essence and grace of a subject. Be sure to check the fold called Old Magician. This is an action model the magician, in a tailcoat, bows at the waist. For origami fans this book is a treat.

The Origami Corner

I know that many magicians are also Origami enthusiasts, so I thought I would quickly mention some new books that you may not have seen. All these should be available at larger bookstores, so I'll give you the ISBN numbers. Brilliant Origami ( 20, ISBN 0-87040-896-8) is the first collection of the work of British folder David Brill. Mr. Brill has a unique and recognizable style. Of special interest to magicians are the action figures of chapter one. There are also interesting essays concerning the creative process. Mythological Creatures and the Chinese Zodiac in Origami by John Montroll ( 9.95, ISBN 0-486-28971-0) is of interest because it contains methods for folding the four playing card suits. Montroll's work is often extremely complex and difficult to fold, but these four folds are not too tough. Finally, there is Origami, Plain and Simple by Robert Neale ( 10.95, ISBN 0-312-105169). This book has been out for a while, but if you weren't aware of it's existence then I just made...

Everything is Funnier with Monkeys

All of the routines are worthy of your serious consideration, but I'll mention some favorites. Clippin' is a very clever method for causing a selected card to appear folded under your money clip. Psychic Buddies turns an ancient origami fold into a Love Predictor. Close Up Matt is a very funny reworking of a Matt Schulien routine. Potholio takes my Pothole Trick in a completely different direction. Reshuffled allows you to do Paul Gertner's Unshuffled without the need for any reset. Finally, one of the highlights of the book Carpe Cajones (what a great title), which introduces a diabolically clever method for a doing a multiple prediction. This is really good, and I predict that it will spawn a bunch of variations.

Its Not Magic But

Lang has a new origami book out titled Origami in Action. The subtitle is Paper Toys that Fly, Flap, Gobble, and Inflate, and that just about tells you all you need to know. I'm always on the lookout for this type of origami model to use in my work. There are some really fun models here, including two wonderful musician models a strumming guitarist and a fiddling bassist. Lang's models can be extremely complex and difficult to fold, but most of the models in this book are fairly easy. (By the way, if anybody out there knows Mr. Lang, perhaps you can pass along this suggestion. I always thought it would be a clever idea to combine Mr. Lang's moving human figures with Bob Neale's Bunny Bill. The result would be an origami magician that pulls a rabbit out of a hat. Designing something like this is far beyond my creative abilities, but it may be of interest to someone out there.)

Hello I Must be Going

Mike This is Illusionworks' second compact disc of original music designed to accompany the presentation of standard illusions. In this case, the illusions are Sub Trunk, Broom Suspension, Origami, Zig-Zag, a levitation, Shadow Box, and Crystal Casket. Two different pieces of music are provided for each illusion. In addition, there are intro and exit music, a comedy music piece, and three pieces designed to accompany the magical appearance of a person (or animal). Ken Martin has some new work on his origami trick Fusion Loops reviewed August 1995 . This includes a modification of the ungimmicked loops and a revised switch. Drop Ken a line for details.

Youre a Green One Mr Minch

I usually find one or two new Origami books a year. Dover Publications has just released a new book that magicians should find quite useful. Dollar Bill Animals in Origami by John Montroll (ISBN 0-486-41157-5) contains 32 amazing dollar bill folds. Included are a starfish, a seahorse, an owl, a parrot, a penguin, a sitting cat, a turtle, a triceratops, a rabbit, a unicorn, a rhinoceros, and many more. Many of Montroll's models are not for the faint of heart his complex models can be very challenging. My suggestion is to practice the folds with large sheets of paper (cut to dollar bill proportions) before you attempt them with a real bill. If you enjoy origami, I know you'll find this book to be a welcome addition to your library.

September 2001 In the Beginning

If you have problems learning origami from a book you might want to take a look at a new CD-ROM titled Money Folding with Paul Ingram. Mr. Ingram is an experienced paper folder and close-up magician. He teaches 10 money folds, including a shirt, ring, peacock, elephant, duck, church, butterfly, bow tie, boot, and Robert Neale's Bunny Bill. When you place the CD-ROM into your disc drive the program autoplays, bringing up a menu that allows you to install a video codec (do this first) or play the program. The program itself offers some folding hints and a menu of the various objects. Clicking on the name of an object brings up a video of Mr. Ingram explaining the folding process. It is easy to pause the video as you fold along with the instructions. I believe that the program is only for the PC, but you can contact Mr. Ingram for further information. 25

The Visual Torn And Restored Newspaper

Still holding the closed paper by ils leff side in Lhe left hand, insert Lhe fingers of the right hand into the center fold of both sheets and use the edge of the hand, like an origami karate master, to tear the sheets at the top righL corner Figure 148), The Lear should end at a spot roughly even wilb your left Lhumb,

He Asked if I Liked Card Tricks

York, an author of numerous books and essays on psychology and religion, and a prolific author of magic tricks and origami folds. His books Tricks of the Imagination, Folding Money Fooling, and Magic and Meaning (co-authored with Eugene Burger) have been enthusiastically reviewed here in Marketplace. His new book, Life, Death, and Other Card Tricks, is as unusual as its title would suggest, for here are familiar card tricks cloaked in presentations that are designed to evoke a strong emotional response. These presentations express Mr. Neale's wide range of interests, from ribald jokes to commentaries on the workings of prejudice, from ghost stories to serious considerations of how death shapes our lives. It is hard to imagine a spectator who would come away unaffected by these routines. I can't imagine a thinking magician who will not have his approach to magic altered by studying this book. The plots in Chapter Two, titled Chance Destinies, are based on the themes of fate and ritual....

Folding Money Fooling

By now you should be well aware of the fact that I'm a big fan of combining origami and magic. One of the gurus of origami-magic is Robert Neale, author of Tricks of the Imagination, co-author of Magic and Meaning, and columnist for the Linking Ring. In Folding Money Fooling, Mr. Neale offers 19 magical models which can be folded from standard United States currency. They are all charming, ingenious, and well worth your time. Earle Oakes (himself an origami enthusiast) did the remarkable drawings and they are as clear and understandable as any that I have ever seen in an origami book. If you are new to origami, there is an introductory chapter which teaches you the basics such as reverse folds. Also be sure to read Mr. Neale's helpful hints in the Preface.

How We Spent Our Summer Vacation By Mike and

I enjoy combining origami with magic, and so was very intrigued with a new trick by Ken Martin called Fusion Loops. Knowledge of this trick came to me via the underground some years ago, but I was unaware of the method. Here is the effect The magician shows two small loops of paper, one black, one white. They are stuck together

The Mike and Mac Show

Mac Robert Neale and Eugene Burger are, in the words of that esteemed philosopher, Dan Fogelberg, twin sons of different mothers. Eugene Burger has written a lot of truly fine magic books about the theory and practice of magic. If you are a student of magic, you've no doubt seen some of them and probably even read at least one. Robert Neale is perhaps not as well known to you. He was a professor of psychiatry and religion for many years. In the magic world, some of his published items are the really cool Bunny Bill manuscript, and the fascinating book Tricks of the Imagination. He currently writes a column for The Linking Ring Magazine and is something of an origami genius. Their book, Magic and Meaning, is a discussion of, among other things, the quest for self-discovery (who am I ), the history of magic and its origins, the definition of magic (and what the different kinds of magic are), Sawing a Woman in Half' and, of course,

The Restaurant Workers Handbook

The middle section of the book is devoted to material - the routines that you will use in the restaurant. There is a list of suggested books, and each author shares some of his pet routines. One aspect of this section which I disagree with is the practice of borrowing patter lines from other performers. If a performer publishes a routine and includes his patter, then it is certainly available for your use. But to take a line you've heard without permission isn't borrowing, it's stealing, and it's wrong. (In this regard, a line I use with The Origami Bunny is quoted. I have never published this line, although it is likely that I have used it on a videotape. I do not suggest that anyone use this line, because it requires a very delicate touch to deliver it without offending the spectator. In fact, in recent years I have changed the line to soften it even more.)

Bill Folds

A by-product of the recent interest in origami has been the development of many ingenious dollar bill folds bow tie with Washington's face in center, finger ring, flapping bird, hopping frog, and so on. Bill Folds, a mimeographed manuscript by A1 O'Hagan (published by Snyder's Magic Shop in Cleveland), was the first collection of such items. Since then Magic, Inc., Chicago, has published Adolfo Cerceda's The Folding Money Book (1963) and Samuel and Jean Randlett's The Folding Money Book Volume Two (1968).

Re Location

Straw and Shoelace, which should once again become a standard impromptu item. Working on ideas from Marlo and Maven, A Trick for O'Brien is the sort of personalized card miracle that builds reputations. Next up, The Imagination Tester is pure Close an offbeat effect (an origami figure becoming real), worked out to the last detail. Tut Tut, Myopia, and The Birthday Book are, finally, three very clever uses of the Simon Aronson stacked deck.

Lots O Stuff

I was more impressed with David Gustafson's Defying the Laws of Physics. There are nine full-length cuts, and the music was written with certain illusions in mind (sword basket, shadow box, origami, metamorphosis, etc.). I liked the grooves, the mix, the sounds (again, this is mostly synthesized music), and the drums. Each of the long cuts is edited into shorter versions. In addition, Mr. Gustafson provides some short pieces for use as intro and exit music. Unfortunately, some of these attempt orchestral simulation, and sound cheesy. The last piece on the disc is a version of the ending of Igor Stravinsky's Firebird. Since this is the music that Lance Burton has used in his show for many years, my suggestion to all of you is Stay away from it This music is associated with Lance, so pick something else.

Born Backwards

Origami Update The people at Dover Publications have also been reprinting a ton of excellent origami books. Most of these have been out of print for years. If you're an origami fan, here's some that should be in your library Secrets of Origami by Robert Harbin (ISBN 0486297071). This huge book has marvelous folds from creators such as Neal Elias, Fred Rohm, George Rhoads, Adolfo Cerceda, Ligia Montoya, and Robert Neale. This edition corrects a number of errors in the previous edition. Included here is Fred Rohm's It's Magic, a three dimensional model of a rabbit sitting on top of a die. I can't tell you how many of these I have folded and given away as gifts. This is a classic book. Origami Step-By-Step by Robert Harbin (ISBN 0486401367). Originally titled Origami A Step-by-Step Guide, this book contains some beautiful (and difficult) three dimensional models by Patricia Crawford. The Unicorn, Scorpion, and Full-Masted Ship are gems. Origami Omnibus Paper Folding for Everybody by...

Bad Karma

I've always felt that anyone who calls himself a magician should also have mastery of some other arcane skill - like being able to juggle, spin a lariat, do expert origami, shoot pool well, or be a world-class Texas Hold 'em player. Just so if you were in some weird situation, you could step up, McGiver-like, and take control. For example, you're sitting with friends in a bar on Burbon Street, and one of the members of the Original Dixieland bands keels over with a heart attack, and you nonchalantly stroll up on stage, pick up his

The Looking Glass

Issue number three of The Looking Glass has arrived, and it continues the standard of excellence set by the first two issues. There is great magic offered, including routines from Francis Carlyle (Seeing at the Fingertips), Rune Klan (a young Danish magician who contributes a remarkable multiple coin retention vanish), Paul Cummins (Four-Way Reverse Backfire, one of the highlights of his recent lecture), Alain Nu, Bob Farmer, Roy Walton, Hiro Sakai (who contributes a very weird trick with a hundred dollar bill), Shigeo Futagawa (Bombs Away, a wonderful origami trick), and others. Jon

Robert E Neale

Flexagons are paper structures that can be manipulated to bring different surfaces into view. The four-sided ones discussed here are flexed by folding them in half along an axis, and then opening them up a different way to reveal a new face. Sometimes the opening is in a different direction (mountain or valley fold), sometimes along the other axis, and sometimes both. Although usually constructed from a strip of paper with attachment of the ends, flexagons seem more elegant when no glue or paste is required. Interesting designs of the faces can be found when the material is paper, or cardboard, with a different color on each side (as in standard origami paper). I call these self-designing. What follows is the result of my explorations.

Real World Magic

Bringing Origami to Life It's been a while since I've mentioned any origami books in this column. Bringing Origami to Life is John Montroll's new book from Dover Publications. Twenty-five models are explained, including a dog, a cat, a rabbit (all of these are really charming), a wonderful howling coyote, an African elephant, a hippo, and a horse with a rider. While Montroll has explored these subjects before, his intent here is to emphasize detail while requiring fewer steps. Many of the models incorporate a seamless, closed back design, which is esthetically pleasing and provides greater stability. In addition, there is a thorough discussion of wet-folding, a process that allows for more artistic shaping of the model. I should also mention that most of these models are less complex than standard Montroll fare.

Patricc Martin

So Patrick wanders through the shop and carefully selects his own flowers one at a time, putting one back when it isn't quite right. Then he goes across the street to some other little shop and comes back with an unusual combination of wrapping paper, of a very specific color and texture. Patrick then does this origami crinkle thing to the papers, which he proceeds to drape around his flowers just so. And Patrick's creation is obviously the most magnificent arrangement in the shop. Customers are gasping in awe. The owner asks for his card. The other bouquets are rubbing up against Patrick's leg hoping that he'll rearrange them. I make a note that the Art of Astonishment doesn't start or end with just the effect.