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Scientific Amusements by Henry Frith, 1890
 
'Scientific Amusements' by Henry Frith was first published by Ward, Locke and Co Ltd in London, New York and Melbourne in 1890.

The title page states that it is 'Translated from the French of Gaston Tissandier'. While much of the material is ultimately drawn from Tissandier's 'Recreations Scientifique' this book appears to be an update version of the expanded English version of his work, previously published under the title 'Popular Scientific Recreations'.

A full copy of this work can be accessed at https://archive.org/details/cu31924031296126/page/n7. There is no date on the title page. The 1890 date given above derives from the information in the metadata. It is interesting to note that the original hardcopy book formed part of the bequest of Harry Houdini.

The effects / experiments which depend on paperfolding are:

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The Magic Picture with Three Faces (Multiple Pleated Paper Pictures / Falzbilder)

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Whirling Rings (The Playing Card Cube)

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Production of Coal Gas using a Paper Cone

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The Paper Rings (The Afghan Bands)

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A Mechanical Paper Bird (The Flapping Bird)

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Melting a Piece of Tin on a Card

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Boiling Water in a Paper Case

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