The Origami is an extremely clever and
puzzling illusion invented by Jim Steinmeyer. Here's how
it looks to the audience: A small box, about 12 inches square,
is unfolded, becoming large enough for the assistant to enter
it. Once she is inside, the box is again folded down to a small
box. There is apparently no place for the assistant to be. Then,
to further prove the lack of space, three long samurai swords
are thrust through the box from all sides. The above photo illustrates
this point in the performance. The illusion can be completely
revolved, showing all sides. There is simply no place for the
assistant to hide. Next, the swords are removed and the box unfolded,
revealing the assistant. A stand with matching casters is also
available to hold the mirror and swords.
include an anodized aluminum box. The color is an applied vinyl
which withstands abuse and continues to look new. The table frame
features semi-transparent sides.
Also available is an optional stand (pictured at
right) which holds the three swords and the mirror. The stand
is lacquered in black with chrome trim and features matching casters.
The stand easily breaks down and packs with the origami base.
We also have available the Greg Frewin version (shown below)
which features a broken and restored mirror effect. Instead of
swords, the mirror is broken and three slivers of it are used
to pierce the box. As a finale to the illusion, the mirror is
restored. This version includes a special stand for the mirror.