Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell


The Ship's Wheel
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the rotationally symmetric fold and cut magical effect known as 'The Ship's Wheel'. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added.


As far as I know this effect first appears in 'Paper Magic' by Will Blyth, which was first published by C Arthur Pearson in London in 1920.


The Ship's Wheel appeared as 'The Mariner's Wheel' in an article titled 'Tricks and Twists with Paper', written by Sam Brown, in the February 1928 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine.