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How to Drop a Strip of Paper to Land on One Edge
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the challenge of How to Drop a Strip of Paper to Land on One Edge which is achieved by paper folding. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.



As far as I know this effect first appears in 'Deliciae physico-mathematicae, oder mathematische und philosophische Erquickstunden' by Daniel Schwenter, which was first published in 1636.


The effect also occurs:


In the 1686 edition of 'Het natuurlyk tover-boek' by Simon Witgeest.



In 'Neueröffnete Raritäten und Kunst-Kammer' by Simon Witgeest, which was published in Nurnberg in 1702.



In 'Onomatologia curiosa artificiosa et magica oder ganz natürliches Zauber-lexicon', which was published in 1759.



In Part Four of 'Die Zehenmal Hundert und Eine Kunst' by Albrecht Ernst Friedrich von Crailsheim, which was published in 1762.



In 'Künste und Geheimnisse von Philadelphia zur Belastigung Jedermanns', which was published in Amsterdam in 1785.



In Volume 3 of 'Der magische Jugendfreund' by Johann Heinrich Moritz von Poppe, which was published in Frankfurt in 1817.



In the 5th edition of 'Das Buch der Zauberei' by Johann August Donndorff, which was published in Vienna in 1839.



In 'Spiel und Sport' by Dr Jan Daniel Georgens, which was published by Verlag und Drud von Otto Spamer in Leipzig and Berlin in 1882.



In more modern times the effect appears in 'More Paper Magic' by Will Blythe, which was first published by C Arthur Pearson in London in 1923.