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A guide to walking tigers

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Tigers really are as big and poofy and soft as they look, and they purr like a freight train going by. You find this out by taking one for a walk. To take a tiger for a walk, you first need a tiger. Tigers fresh from the bush are not recommended for the inexperienced. What you need is one who's used to the procedure. He or she is thus liable to be merely playful, rather than actively irritated. You also need a friend, whom you really, really trust. The friend carries an apple wood cane; apple, or some other wood which will bend under stress rather than shattering. This, friend, is your backup, and the cane is his or her only tool for everything, from knocking stuff of the way that the tiger is liable to eat, to crowd control, to hooking on and madly hanging on if things go wrong.

What YOU carry is a ten foot length of pass-link chain. This is your leash.

Pass-link chain is the stuff where the links will fit through each other. This is important. You need this so you can hook on a safety clip. The chain is looped about the tiger's neck and acks as a giant choke-chain, but the clip is there to keep a loop of some sort in case things go badly wrong. You carry the chain looped in one hand in a peculiar fashion which permits the whole length of chain to be dragged from your hand without taking your hand and/or arm with it. You practice this beforehand till you're sure you've got it right.

Then you go into the cage with the tiger. Your friend does not. You gauge the tiger's mood and put the leash on the tiger. There isn't a whole lot more to say about this step except to say that that is why your friend is there, OUTside the cage. On your side is the fact that the tiger knows what the leash is for by this time and presumably is largely in favor of the idea.









How to make a ninja star




  1. An ordinary piece of computer paper.
    An ordinary piece of computer paper.
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    Begin with a rectangular piece of paper. Ordinary loose leaf or construction paper will do. We will make a square piece of paper from this. If you're already starting with a square piece of origami paper, skip the next two steps.
  2. Fold on the diagonal.
    Fold on the diagonal.
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    Fold the top right hand corner diagonally down so that the top of the paper lines up with the left side, forming a point at the top right corner.
  3. Cut off the excess.
    Cut off the excess.
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    Cut or carefully tear along the edge so that you are left with a square of paper.
  4. Fold in half.
    Fold in half.
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    Fold this square in half parallel to the edges.
  5. Cut the sheet into two equal pieces.
    Cut the sheet into two equal pieces.
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    Cut or tear along this crease
  6. Fold both pieces in half.
    Fold both pieces in half.
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    Fold each piece in half vertically again, parallel to the long sides.
  7. Fold the end diagonally.
    Fold the end diagonally.
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    Fold the end diagonally, so that the edges line up.
  8. Repeat.
    Repeat.
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    Repeat this fold, on each end of each strip, making sure that the folds are oriented as shown.
  9. Fold on the diagonal.
    Fold on the diagonal.
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    Fold the end on the diagonal again. You should end up with a big triangle facing you and two littler triangles facing away from you.
  10. Repeat.
    Repeat.
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    Repeat this same fold on each end of each strip. Make sure the orientations go opposite one another, as shown.
  11. Turn over the left piece.
    Turn over the left piece.
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    Turn over only the piece on the left and arrange the two parts as shown.
  12. Place right on left.
    Place right on left.
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    Put the right piece on top of the left piece. There should be a square in the center of each piece that lines up, but if you can't find it yet, don't worry. Just line up the middles.
  13. Fold and tuck.
    Fold and tuck.
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    Fold the uppermost point inwards on the diagonal and tuck the point into the pockeexternal image magnify-clip.pngFold and tuck.
  14. Fold the bottom point upwards on the diagonal and tuck the point into the pocket.
  15. Flip over.
    Flip over.
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    Flip the whole thing over.
  16. Fold and tuck.
    Fold and tuck.
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    Fold the right point on the diagonal just as before and tuck it into the pocket.
  17. Fold and tuck.
    Fold and tuck.
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    Fold the left and final point on the diagonal and tuck it into the last pocket. You may have to coax a little to get it tucked in.










Origami Ball

In order to show folding detail, diagrams are not to scale.

1. Place a square piece of origami paper on a hard surface, color side down. Fold paper in half, corner to corner, like a taco. Crease and unfold.
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ball1.gif (3533 bytes)

2. Repeat the fold in Step 1 using the opposite corners. Crease and unfold. Your creases should make an "X" on your paper.
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ball2.gif (3903 bytes)

3. Fold paper in half like a hot dog bun by taking the top edge to the bottom edge. Crease well.
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ball3.gif (3880 bytes)

4. Holding the left side of the paper down, push the right folded edge down and in so that it tucks into the center. Flatten. Repeat with the left folded edge.
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ball4.gif (3552 bytes)

5. Take the bottom right point of the top layer triangle only and take it up to the top of the triangle. Crease. Repeat with the left side. You should have a diamond shape on top now.
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ball5.gif (3160 bytes)

6. Take the right point of the diamond and fold it in to the center line. Crease. Repeat with the left point of the diamond.
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ball6.gif (3257 bytes)

7. Notice that the folds you made in Step 6 created two pockets. Just behind the pocket is a triangular flap of paper. Tuck that flap into the pocket as far as you can. Do this for both sides.
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ball7.gif (3751 bytes)

8. Turn origami over. Repeat Steps 5, 6 and 7 on the other side.
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ball8.gif (3880 bytes)

9. There is a small opening or hole in one end of the origami. Rotate the paper so that the origami is at the top.
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ball9.gif (3792 bytes)

10. Place your index fingers between the flaps on either side. Blow into the hole...
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ball10.gif (3264 bytes)

11...the origami expands and you've made a paper ball!
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ball11.gif (2016 bytes)




Magic Tricks

Easy coin vanish sleight of hand that when mastered will allow you to perform lots of amazing magic and coin tricks
Coin Melt Coin Trick
Challenge a friend to pass a 20 cent coin through a piece of paper with a 5 cent hole in it ? without tearing the paper! When their frustration reaches a satisfactory level, show them how it's done. This trick is shown using a UK 2 pence and 10 pence coin which will work equally as well.

1. Cut a square piece of paper. Trace around a five cent coin and carefully cut out the circle. It will be obvious to your victim that the 20 cent coin is much larger than the 5 cent hole but let them try before going on.

2. Fold the paper in half and drop the 20 cent coin into the hole.

3. Bend the paper like this by pushing the ends of the folded paper towards each other and the coin will fall through the hole without tearing the paper.
What's going on?
This simple trick is a real stumper because most people assume the paper needs to stretch to make the hole bigger. You can't stretch paper so they either give up, or tear the paper and go red in the face. But a simple fold and a neat little bend makes the hole big enough for the 20 cent coin to slip through. The solution is pretty obvious once you've seen it so to get most enjoyment from this trick, use it to irritate your mates!





Easy coin vanish sleight of hand that when mastered will allow you to perform lots of amazing magic and coin tricks
Coin Melt Coin Trick
Challenge a friend to pass a 20 cent coin through a piece of paper with a 5 cent hole in it ? without tearing the paper! When their frustration reaches a satisfactory level, show them how it's done. This trick is shown using a UK 2 pence and 10 pence coin which will work equally as well.

1. Cut a square piece of paper. Trace around a five cent coin and carefully cut out the circle. It will be obvious to your victim that the 20 cent coin is much larger than the 5 cent hole but let them try before going on.

2. Fold the paper in half and drop the 20 cent coin into the hole.

3. Bend the paper like this by pushing the ends of the folded paper towards each other and the coin will fall through the hole without tearing the paper.
What's going on?
This simple trick is a real stumper because most people assume the paper needs to stretch to make the hole bigger. You can't stretch paper so they either give up, or tear the paper and go red in the face. But a simple fold and a neat little bend makes the hole big enough for the 20 cent coin to slip through. The solution is pretty obvious once you've seen it so to get most enjoyment from this trick, use it to irritate your mates!