What is the Magic Cube? top
The magic cube is made up of 8 single cubes. When you unfold
the cube three new surfaces (red, green, blue) then appear.
The magic cube usually is a picture cube. The sides don't have the same
colour, but they show nine different pictures, six outside and three inside.
The name "magic cube" is not unique. The magic cube can also be the
threedimensional extension of the "magic square" or "Rubik's
Cube".
Description of the Cube top
Eight single cubes form the magic cube. Each individual cube has 6
squares; together there are 6x8=48 squares, 24 squares are visible, 24
are hidden. You can produce three rectangles with 8 squares each by folding.
Eight hinges are skilfully arranged in the three dimensions.
The position of the eight hinges becomes clear from the following drawings:
Another representation of the hinges:
The ways to the three rectangles is shown by the two animated Gifs. The
cube on the left must stand on its head, in order to find the blue and
the green surface on the right.
Building
the Cube top
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If you want to build the magic cube, you should
at first understand the position of the hinges.
You join eight equal cubes, e.g. dice, with eight
sticky tapes (yellow). 
If you like to build the magic cube, you need eight cubes with an edge
length of 1.5''. Then you must have nine pictures, six must have the measurements
3'' x 3'' and three the measurements 3'' x 6''. You stick
the pictures to the appropriate surfaces. You must separate the squares
with a sharp knife at the edges, where no hinges are.
The magic cubes you can buy are made by machineries. You can hardly
achieve the quality of the pictures printed on foil and the accuracy of
the cube as formed in manual work.
Purchase
of the Cube top
The magic cube is the latest fashion (September
2000). You can buy it in toy or bookshops in Germany.
It also turns up in advertisements.
Yoshimoto Cube or The Shinsei Mystery
More on my German page The Shinsei Mystery
The Magic Cube on the
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Faltwerk
Magischer Würfel
Akira Nishihara
Yoshimoto
Cube
Attention
The Magic Cube is not a toy for small children.
Oneyearold Hannah tells this in her way :).
Gail from Oregon Coast, thank you for supporting me in translating
this website.
Feedback: Email address on my main page
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page is also available in German.
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my Homepage:
http://www.mathematischebasteleien.de/
©
2000 Jürgen Köller
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