Troublewit and Paper Magic
Read more about troublewit from:
- video of Jay Marshall performing Troublewit
- watch video of Troublewit Inspired chair
- information from John Smith’s web site
- The Universal Self Instructor, (1884) in A Jonze’s site
- Photos of Professor Hofzinser and troublewit (circa 1850) from Seeing Impossible Bodies: Fascination as a Spatial Experience by Patricia Pringle
Origami Tricks and Illusions
There are other origami models which are noteworthy. Some of these are interesting in a private sort of way while others can dazzle an audience.
- XYZ – square by F Ow
- XYZ – diamond by F Ow
see similar diagrams for intersecting planes
- Magic Rings by T Yenn
- One Piece Flipper by S Chen
- Simple Flasher by C Palmer & J Shafer. Watch video from mbjb
- Flasher hat by J Shafer. Watch video from Exploratorium
- Flasher Big Bang by J Shafer. Watch video from mbjb
- Spring Into Action by J Beynon. Watch video from Matthew
Paper Magic Tricks and Illusions
There are many other magic tricks that involve paper and cards. Some of them involve tearing a piece of paper into bits and then having them magically reassemble themselves. Other tricks involve having the paper attached to a thin (invisible) string. The magician then covertly maneuvers the string to make the paper appear to float in midair.
The following videos are fun to watch and if you watch carefully, the secret is revealed. There are many origami paper magic books that are good for young magician.
- Metamorphosis Bill to Butterfly . Cool magic trick where a dollar bill is transformed into a flapping butterfly.
- Animated Origami Bill by lairmagic is a very cute combination of dollar-bill origami and magic. Short, sweet, and nicely done!
- interlocking rings. What looks like two interlocking rings is magically pulled apart to show that it is made from one piece of paper. Diagram for this origami can be found in Origami to Astonish and Amuse by J Shafer; or watch video
- MagicSafire Paper Butterfly by MagicSafire.com. Have you ever wondered by magicians have a “lovely assistant”? To distraction you, of course! This video shows paper butterflies fluttering around as if they are real. How does she do it? Must be invisible threads pulling them.
- Floating Paper Ball from adammilestone. Very nicely done!
- How to do the torn and restored paper magic trick by FreeMagicSchool. This video is 9 minutes long but it is a good lesson on how to make a torn sheet of paper reassemble itself.
- the same trick is show here by baltasar890 (2 minutes).
- secret of Vanishing Card from Joker060606. Once you see this video, you will understand how many disappearing acts work: slight of hand!
- Hayashi’s magic tricks: this guy is a great performer, some of his magic tricks involve paper, cards, dollar bills, and toilet paper. Check it out.
Magicians who do Origami
Books about Paper Magic and Troublewit
- Paper Magic: The Art of Paper Folding, by R Harbin
- Houdini’s Paper Magic by Harry Houdini
- Self-Working Paper Magic by K Fulves
- Troublewit by Norman Cummins
- Complete Origami: by Eric Kenneway
- The New Origami by Steve and Megumi Biddle