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Origami (illusion)

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See also: The art of paper folder, Origami.
Origami is a magic stage illusion with a Japanese theme that was created by Jim Steinmeyer and originally performed by Doug Henning and David Copperfield.

The magician displays a 12-inch cube that sits on top and near one end of a rectangular table, with a mirror standing vertically at the opposite end (as the magician says, "so you can see the back of the box at all times"). The magician opens the top of the box which is hinged at one side, and proceeds to unfold the sides, enlarging the box until it is about twice as long and touching the mirror, and about twice as tall.

A woman steps up onto the table and then into the box. After she crouches down inside the box, the magician dramatically folds the box back into a 12-inch cube, which appears to be too small for the woman to fit inside.

The magician then takes three swords and stabs them through slits in the center of each face of the box; the first from front to back, the second from one side to the other side, and then stands on the table to insert the third sword from top to bottom.

The magician rotates the table around a full circle to show all sides. Then he removes the swords, unfolds the box once again to its full size, and the woman steps out wearing a different colored kimono.

Authorized builders are John Gaughan and Wellington Enterprises (William Schmeelk).


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