Saturday, June 27, 2015

OUSA at Manhattan College

Won Park Koi folded for Marcee while he was vending

After a 7 year dry spell, I finally made my return to NYC for this year's Convention. 

 1st year at the new location, Manhattan College.

I left LAX on a redeye flight Thursday evening and arrived at La Guardia Friday early morning.  Taxied my way to the College without a hitch.

I shared a suite with Won Park and his mom, Maria; and Marcee Raffel.

It was great to see familiar faces, including those I've only known through the magic of the internet and social media.  My one lament is not having the time and opportunity to sit and fold or even chat with everyone there. 

Much of my time was spent on the 4th floor, vending.  Doing that ended up paying for about half the cost of my trip.  I shared a table with Won, who now sells origami jewelry- cranes that he folds himself and has cast into silver and gold. 

I did an hour of volunteer public teaching on Saturday and Sunday.  I didn't do much filming; but you can see a few clips of what I did capture, here:

 If I didn't have to spend time vending, I think I would have enjoyed signing up for more hours teaching to the general public.

I was delighted that the mom of one of my gymnasts and her older sister, who happened to be in NY, came by to visit and see the origami exhibits.

 The campus is nice; but the distance in walking from housing to the Commons to classes was hard on those older and with physical challenges.  Some of the complaints were legitimate grievances; others just have to do with 1st year growing pains in a new location; and personally I think some other griping is just that people love to gripe- there's a natural aversion to change.

I could actually dine on the dorm food all day.  But that's just me.  I have no accounting for taste, when it comes to food.

I only taught one class, which was on Saturday.  The model was Angel Blanco's self-closing box.  It was also selected for a live class, broadcast feed. 

I did not sign up for any classes; nor did I really learn anything new, aside from Arlene teaching me Mancini's Vertigo while hanging out on the 4th floor. 

I have a couple of gymnasts who are into owls and wanted to learn Won Park's barn owl.  He did not bring his crease pattern for it; but stayed up Saturday night to fold me a barn owl 3.0:

Won Park barn owl 3.0

My trip was pretty short and I took a redeye flight out of NY early Monday.  I stayed up all night.  Took a taxi to La Guardia which dropped me off at Terminal B, American Airlines.  This is because when I flew in from LAX, American Airlines and US Airways was combined.  I thought it was a combined merger.  I was wrong.  I needed to be at Terminal C for US Airways.  Well, La Guardia is pretty well closed down that early in the morning, with shuttles only coming alive after 4am.  So I hauled it by foot to Terminal B.  I was told it was a 10-15 minute walk; but that was an overexaggeration. 

Then I had another wait, this time in line for TSA check-in to open up.  Aside from having my hands swiped 3 different times and minor TSA hold-up (good job, agents!), everything went pretty smoothly.  But it just reaffirms my aversion to travel in general, in the post 9/11 era. 

I went practically straight from LAX to work on Monday. 

Photos are here.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


I learned this model from Arlene last Sunday while we hung out in the Goldmine/Source/vending area at OUSA.  I believe she taught a class on Francesco Mancini's wonderful model.  Diagrams appeared in CDO convention book 2012, German convention book 2012; and is also now available for download from the OUSA Source.  $2 and $1.80 for members.

I will blog about my OUSA 2015 experiences soon.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Marti's 1st Sunday in June

Akiko Yamanashi's Kabuto Box with fancy kabuto nesting inside.

It was a medium turnout.

Joe Hamamoto had to stay home and take it easy because he's been tired from dialysis.  While at the hospital, he's been entertaining people there with his origami.

Yami suffered a mild stroke last Monday and was in the hospital for 3 days.  He, too, decided to take it easy and did not come to meeting.

Highlight was having Cathy Wilimzig visit, from Phoenix.  I've known her through OUSA Conventions and Matsuri Festival in Phoenix, with their folding group.

Always fun at origami kai 1st Sunday @ Marti's!
Posted by Takashi Iwamoto on Monday, June 8, 2015

Pam taught this rose (she sticks Hershey kisses inside like a container)

Cathy Wilimzig

Photos here.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

The Origami Effect

The magician who apparently designed this dollar butterfly- Andrew Mayne- also has a dvd called The Origami Effect, released in 2010:

Instantly turn a slip of paper into the origami shape of the animal a person is visualizing in their mind. Turn a borrowed bill into a butterfly. Tear up a newspaper and produce an animated origami rabbit. Andrew Mayne presentsThe Origami Effect; powerful, visual magic that lets you give form to thoughts. 

The effects on the video:

The Origami Effect: A spectator thinks of an animal from a list of over 40 different origami shapes and you change the Post-It-Note into the animal instantly before their eyes.

The Recycled Rabbit: Tear a sheet of newspaper to pieces and then restore it into an origami rabbit that can't sit still. Great for kids and grown-ups alike. Takes only minutes to prepare.

Psychic Origami: Borrow a dollar from a spectator and change it into the animal they're visualizing in their mind. Includes multiple presentations.

Wineglass Origami: A devious way to change a borrowed bill into an origami shape right under your spectator's noses.
 Review at The Magic Cafe Forum:

The effects that are provided of the DVD are ones that allow the magician with the skills to turn simple slip of paper and imposable turn it into an Origami animal. The different types of paper include post-it notes, newspaper, and dollar bills. Because of the option of being able to use different types of paper it provides the magician with many different types of environments in with the effect could be used. Including but not limiting to close-up, walk around, and parlor.  
The skills of folding the Origami animals are well explained, and easy to follow. Andrew goes in great deeps in explaining how each stage of the folding is to be done. Thus making the learning of the making the Origami animals as much fun as performing the effect.  
As far as the skill level of sleight of hand needed to perform the effect is mid-level. By this I mean that one only needs to understand how to control ones angle of view.
This is a great effect that literary packs flat and plays big, and would make a great addition to any table hopper’s arsenal.

Another review here.  Excerpt:

Some may argue that this isn’t a ‘magic’ effect. Some may interpret the ‘magic moment’ as you simply being REALLY fast at origami.

Well, being primarily an origamist with an interest in magic rather than a magician with an interest in origami, this wouldn't be a negative.

One more review:

Folding a sheet of paper into an animal or an object is the beautiful art of Origami.  If you conceal the physical part of folding the paper, it becomes magical because you now transform a lifeless piece of paper into a representation of an animal or an object.  This was what Andrew Mayne attempted to do in The Origami Effect DVD.


If you are fascinated by origami and want to use it in magic, this DVD is a very good place to start – it will motivate you to come out with your own presentations. 

Here's also a clip of him performing his dollar butterfly effect:

Andrew Mayne is awesome.  Just be careful not to trust him.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Oversized Origami Sighting

A coworker sent this photo:

Avalon california last weekend in may part of a budweiser whatever usa promo

I can't find anything else about this.

Monday, June 01, 2015