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The Magic Hat / Bonnet de Magicien / Bonnete de Magico
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the Magic Hat / Bonnet de Magicien / Bonnete de Magico design. 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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1891

There is mention of a 'Bonnet de Magicien' design, but no illustration, in 'Bulletin de la Societe de Protection des Apprentis' published in Paris in 1891. Information from Michel Grand.

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1892

Diagrams for a 'Bonnet de Magicien' design appear in 'Le Travail Manuel a L'ecole Primaire' by Jully & Rocheron, which was published by Librairie Classique Eugene Belin in Paris in 1892. Information from Michel Grand.

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The design also appears:

1895

Under the same name in 'Geometrie, Dessin et Travaux Manuels - Cours Moyen', produced under the direction of M E. Cazes, which was published by Librairie Ch. Delagrave in Paris in 1895.. Information from Michel Grand. In this case the design is also turned into a 'Bonnet de Police' by turning the top point downwards.

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1903

As 'Bonnete de Magico' in 'La Ensenanza del Trabajo Manuel' by Pedro de Alcántara García and Teodosio Leal y Quiroga, which was published in Madrid in 1903.

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1950

As 'le bonnet d'eveque et le gobelet' (Bishop's Hat and Cup) in 'Occupons nos doigts' by Raymond Richard which was published by Les Editions du Cep Beaujolais in Villefranche-sur-Rhone in 1950.

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In more modern times the design was published as 'Cornet' in the OUSA 2001 Convention Book and attributed to the Czech paperfolder Milada Blahova.

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The design was then subsequently published, under the same title, and with the same attribution, in the Workman Calendars' 2014 Origami Page-a-Day Calendar edited by Margaret van Sicklen.

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