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Paperfolding Stunts, Entertainments and Magical Effects
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of Paperfolding Stunts, Entertainments and Magical Effects. 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.

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The Chinese Wallet / Jacob's Ladder - 1500 onwards

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The Buddha Papers and the Fold and Switch Effect - 1584 onwards

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The Three Scrolls - 1584 onwards

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Dropping a Strip of Paper to Land on One Edge - 1636 onwards

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Troublewit - 1676 onwards

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The Fold and Cut Paper Garland / How to Climb Through a Playing Card - 1723 onwards

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The Immovable Card - 1881 onwards

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Big Coin Through Small Hole Magic Trick 1892 onwards

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The Coin Fold - 1899

The 9th September 1899 issue of the French children's magazine 'Mon Journal' contained an article called 'Escamotages' which explained the Coin Fold.

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The Ship's Wheel Magical Effect - 1920 onwards

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The Improvised Brassiere - 1941 onwards

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Turning a Bank Note Upside Down - 1941 onwards

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The Magician's Purse - 1956

This effect appears in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956. The text says, 'Source ... Alex Housmann, Germany'.

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The Double Note - 1956

This effect appears in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956. The text says, 'Attributed to Will Goldston'.

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