What is the Magic Folding Cube?
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The magic cube consists of eight interconnected cubes.
When you unfold the magic cube three surfaces appear.
The magic folding 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 folding cube" is not unique. The magic
folding cube has also the names Endless Cube or Infinity Cube.
Description of
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Eight single cubes form the magic folding 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
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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 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
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The magic cube is the latest fashion
(September 2000) in Germany. You can buy it in toy or bookshops.
It also turns up in advertisements.
The Shinsei Mystery
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There is an extension by Naoki Yoshimoto. It is called
"The Shinsei Mystery" or "Yoshimoto Cube".
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It consists of eight cubes or 16 half cubes that are
connected to each other by hinges.
You can make a silver and gold star out of them. 
I describe it on my German page The
Shinsei Mystery.
The
Magic Folding Cube on the Internet top
German
Faltwerk
Magischer
Würfel
Roland Frisch (Rolands ZauberwürfelBlog)
Infinity
Cube (und Star Cube)
Englisch
Akira Nishihara
Yoshimoto
Cube
Wikipedia
Infinity
Cube
Youtube
How
To Make A Paper INFINITY CUBE!
Attention
The Magic Folding 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
This
page is also available in German.
URL of
my Homepage:
http://www.mathematischebasteleien.de/
©
2000 Jürgen Köller
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