Many of you who know me will know that I am a magician and sometime-trainer and speaker. I thought that I would start a series of posts that would demonstrate items that I use as tools in performance and speaking, or just as talking points! These are Wow Cards! But first, some background.
So, a number of years ago, I met Ian Rowland (http://www.ianrowland.com); master magician, mind reader, motivational speaker and coach, as well being lovely to talk to. He is also the writer of the book on Cold Reading! At the time, I was starting out doing paid gigs for magic, and this was a meeting with huge impact.
So, after a while talking, I finally got to see some ‘Wow Cards’, and was blown away! These cards are seemingly impossible objects that you can hold in your hand. Most are kirigami; folding and cutting of paper. No tearing, no gluing!
So – here are the first of the cards:
Of these cards, the one in the middle was the first one I made, and the other two were the first cards I worked out how to manufacture. I have done all these cards by thinking about designs, looking at pictures of such cards, and working out how they were made. So – the cards on the left and middle are the simplest and most basic to create. The one on the right is reminiscent of the Escher drawing of the hands creating themselves. Here is a close up:
This card was the first one I really had to think about – and what a solution! It is a fabulous Item, and quite a curiosity!
So, having dipped my toe into the creation of these cards, I was ‘inspired’ recently to start creating them again. Partly to support my work and search for clients, and partly to stave off eternal boredom!
So, the card on the left is another imitation from Ian Rowland (http://www.ianrowland.com). It begins with a cut out of a question mark, and ends with an object that is reminiscent of the ‘snake eating it’s tail’ – it is a lovely object to make and to behold. It shows the very strange way in which these cards are viewed – and no, still not tearing nor gluing!
The card on the right was a present for a friend of mine. Jan Shelley (www.janshelleyviolins.inthepool.co.uk) who did some amazing and fabulous work for me on my violin and viola. This was a little ‘Thank You’, as Jan is a consummate artisan and a brilliant wood-worker. He is also one of the most wonderful people you could ever hope to meet, and would thoroughly recommend even just meeting him, and seeing some of his wonderful violins.
So, that is ‘Part I’ of some posts about Wow Cards. I would recommend again visiting http://www.ianrowland.com – one of the most successful self-publishers going!