A number of years ago, I had the great pleasure of spending an afternoon with origami creator Robert Neale, in Bennington, Vermont.
Bob is a remarkable man. He’s not only a wonderful origami designer he is also a scholar, a minister, a storyteller, a teacher, a magician, trickster, and writer. Born June 23, 1929, in Mount Clemens, Michigan, Bob is known for creating simple yet elegant models.
He is an outstanding presence in the world of origami, and we are so fortunate to have such a person among us as an example of what it means to lead a life guided by curiosity, creativity, wonder, sharing, and play.
One of Bob’s models is The Bunny Bill, also known as The Magic Hat. You may already be familiar with it. The diagrams for this classic were originally published, by Robert, in 1964, as “Bunny Bill, a Must for Magicians.” I’ve made many of these magic bunnies for myself, my friends, and family, and incorporated it into various creative projects. This model is a personal favorite.
There are many benefits to folding a model over and over. One of these is that modifications can appear, like magic! These ideas either lead to new a creation, or reveal how the model can be made, or taught more easily.
And that’s what happened for me. Folding this model so many times inspired me to create and publish, with permission, my own Bunny Bill video tutorial. This tutorial not only teaches a NEW folding sequence that eliminates creases on the bunny’s face ––like a Bunny Bill facelift ––-it also makes the model much easier to learn and teach. And as a complement to the Bunny Bill I’ve designed a special magic wand.
If you’d like access to this tutorial, it’s available inside the Origami Spirit membership which you can join as a trial member for a minimal fee.