Magic Bag
Contents of this Page
What is the Magic Bag? 
Folding of a Magic Bag 
Pattern of the Rectangle 
The Paper Bag on the Internet .
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What is the Magic Bag? 
...... The magic bag is a simple paper folding. It has the shape of a bag, which was used in grocer's shops for sugar, semolina, sweets etc in former times. 

It´s speciality is that it has two pockets. You can amaze small children. You put a sheet of paper (e.g. a stamp) in the first pocket . After saying Hokuspokus or Simsalabim it vanishes, if you show the second pocket.


Folding of a Magic Bag top
1
...... Take a sheet of paper of the size A4 (8 1/2" x 11"). Paper used for ink jet printers will do. 

Fold the upper half down on the red line. 

So the median is marked. 


2
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Fold upwards on the red line. 

3
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It must look like this. 

4
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Fold upwards on the red line.

5
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It must look like this. 

6
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Turn the paper 180°. 

7
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Repeat the steps: 

Fold upwards on the red line.


8
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It must look like this. 

9
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Fold upwards on the red line.

10
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It must look like this. 

11
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Fold upwards on the red line.

12
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It must look like this. 

13
The next step is difficult to describe: 
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Look into the triangle. Inside between two double layers you see two sheets cut on the left and right. Here they are coloured grey and green. Push the front paper behind the the grey paper in direction of the arrow. 
In other words: The grey and the green paper must change their order. 

14
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It must look like this. 
The bag has two pockets on the left and on the right. The paper bag is finished. 

Pattern of the Rectangle  top
If you unfold the paper bag, you get a nice pattern. Look at the blue square.

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Paper Bag on the Internet top

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