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I am just wondering if incorporating an origami model into your magic-say, for a prop or even having the trick center around origami- could be beneficial? I don't know if it looks stupid or cool. Any help?
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Michael Close uses a lot of oragami in his magic and is a well-known fan of the art.

If you check out his Workers book series you'll find many different effects utilizing oragami folds. The most popular effect that he does and one that I use frequently is "Frog Prince" and it is found in his workers book #2 (I'll post a link at the bottom). It utilizes a card switch where one oragami frog (jack of diamonds) is magically replaced by the spectators chosen card. It is a very popular and creative routine.

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Anne Pellowski wrote several books on storytelling using drawings, props, music, and napkins. One story, "The Long Brothers and the Short Brothers," weaves a story about families that do and don't follow instructions, and the action of the story ends up turning a sheet of paper into an origami box. in the story, the box is lifted, and comes down full of gold. I added a magic trick to the magical story as sounds of dropping objects can be heard and I produce coins (Miser's Dream, anyone?) from the box.
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See Robert Neal and David Parr's Magic Mirror for a mentalism effect that involves an origami crow.

Posted: Feb 26, 2009 7:55pm
Notice that this is the only board that has to do with a generally non-magical topic. Why do you suppose it is that a lot of magicians have an origami fetish. Do both arts employ a similar type of thinking perhaps?
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I like to use Origami and story telling to break up the "magic" with props that lay people associate with magicians. I find that it works well and brings the "magic" back to a more personal level.

As my character is an Irishman, I've created stories that fit into that persona and seem to work well. There are about two decks of playing card frogs all over Ireland as I use a story about an enchanted prince to "break the ice" while on vacation.

Lots of free beer as well. Smile I would encourage you to use Origami if you feel it fits your style of magic.

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You can do Napkin Rose http://www.napkinrose.com which I think is a great giveaway a sure way to get tips!
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Or, really better than napkinrose, if you have time to make them, are the roses in the attached picture.

With a bit of practice, you can make one in minutes. And it really is magical. Well.. not "magical". But look in the person eyes as you give it and it is magical.

PM me if you want the instructions.

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Daniel Garcia has a nice routine : he uses a dollar bill to fold a butterfly, blows on it and suddendly the butterfly flies for a few seconds, beautiful.
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I use one of Michael Close's routines, where he uses an origami model which is folded into a BELT BUCKLE(looks like a BOLT & FRAME), the belt buckle turns into a real model of a paper strip going through a piece of paper and is pulled out.

I first saw this trick performed at a gala show at a magic convention and had been looking for it ever since.

It was on one of Michael's workers video's, he didn't explain the fold (instead he plugged his workers manuscripts where the fold is fully explained) but did explain the working.

I managed to find the fold elsewhere, but without Michael's transformation, so I felt good putting the two together.

Posted: May 17, 2010 8:46am
Just been following another thread,it's called "The Imagination Tester".
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Maybe a large number of flapping birds as a packs-flat production load?
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My original trick "Wolfang the Mind-Reading Puppet" is a trick where an origami puppet reveals the name of a selected card--but reveals it in German as the "Kreuzbube." It is a feature of all my stand-up/platform shows for both kids and adults. It was the trick with which I won third place at the 1977 IBM National Convention. The puppet was folded from a large card poster that measured 23" x 34.5"

You can see the trick at around 12 minutes into my appearance on the cable TV show "Capital Magic Tonite" in this video (on the IBM Ring 103 facebook page) where I perform it for the late "Doc" Dougherty who hosted the show:

I also taught the trick in a few lectures that I've done in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and DC.

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The first one that come to mind is actually "The jumping handkerchief mouse" very entertaining routine.
Napkin Rose is also very popular.
I also seen magician fold a card in to a frog, and when the spectator unfolds the card changes.
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