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Paper Magic by Will Blyth
 
'Paper Magic' by Will Blyth was first published by C Arthur Pearson in London in 1920. It was divided into two sections, Paper Folding and Paper Conjuring. Some of the effects in the Paper Conjuring Section do not make significant use of paper folding and are therefore omitted. A full copy of the book can be accessed at https://archive.org/details/Paper_Magic_Will_Blyth

Section 1 - Paper Folding:

Soldier's Hat - ie the Newspaper Hat but with the sides folded up to improve the shape.

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Drill Sword (The Newspaper Sword) - a coil of paper that pulls out to form a long point.

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Sailing Boat (The Paper Boat)

Developing the Paper Boat from the Soldier's Hat, pictured above, produces a Paper Boat with a large sail.

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Army Forage Cap

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Mechanical Conjuring Trick - a simple treatment of the Fortune Teller / Salt Cellar.

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Breakfast Cruet (The Salt Cellar)

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Twin Rowing Boat (The Double Hulled Boat)

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The Pin Tray (The Junk Box)

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Ash Tray - another simple box.

I cannot make sense of the folding instructions for this design.

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Saucepan - The Junk Box used as a saucepan to boil water over a candle.

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The Kettle

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Working Bellows (The Bellows)

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Lifeboat (the initial boat shape stage of the Chinese Junk not the Gondola)

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The Chinese Junk

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Flying Aeroplane (The Swallow).

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Christmas Star (Froebel Star)

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Easter Cross

Cross made by combining seven Froebel Stars.

The stars are combined without glue but the text recommends that paper is pasted on the back to make the design more permanent.

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Dart (The Paper Dart)

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The Parachute (The Fold and Cut Paper Parachute)

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Flap Purse (The Menko)

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Puff Ball - The Puff Ball

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Windmill - (The Cut and Fold Windmill)

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Puzzle Box (The Catherine of Cleves Box)

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The Flapper - (The Flapping Bird)

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Smoke Ring Box - (The Playing Card Cube)

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Section 2 - Paper Conjuring

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Magic Purse - (The Buddha Papers)

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An Episode of Mere Man - (The Afghan Bands)

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An Orchard Story - a combination of the Newspaper Tree, The Fold and Cut Trellis, The Newspaper Ladder and the Chain of Dolls.

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The Tree (The Newspaper Tree)

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The Fence (The Fold and Slit Paper Trellis)

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The Ladder (The Newspaper Ladder)

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Group of Dancing Brownies (The Chain of Dolls)

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Paper Tearing Act - four folding and tearing effects.

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Fancy Mats (The Paper Doily)

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The Ship's Wheel

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Mantel Border (Shelf Edging)

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Flower Pot Decoration

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Gains of the Great War - three fold and one cut effects - A German Iron Cross, the Allies' Star of Victory (a Star of David) and the Altar of Supreme Sacrifice (a version of the Fold and One Cut Latin Cross in which the various pieces separated by the cut are assembled to form an altar).

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German Iron Cross (The Fold and One Cut Iron Cross)

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Star of Victory (The Fold and One Cut Star of David)

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Cross of Supreme Sacrifice (The Fold and One Cut Latin Cross)

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