I have taught and folded traditional origami from traditional square paper and US currency, at corporate functions and trade shows, birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, and as a street performer for fifteen years. I can interact with many different kinds of people easily, from seven year old children to medical professionals at big conferences, and make people happy!
I can travel anywhere, and have been booked in shows across the country.
Andrew aka The Origami Guy kept a group of seven year old girls and boys mesmerised for over an hour, just by having us all fold papers! My daughter absolutely loved it and so did her friends. He has a great sense of humour, a twinkle in his eyes, but also the natural authority to keep a group of little ones focused. And he is patient with mums who get the folding all wrong ....
Price Range: Varies, based on time and distance.
Gig Length: 60 - 480 minutes
Insurance: $1,000,000 - Coverage is based on the performance; it is usually purchased on request.
What to Expect
If you need someone to attract people to a trade show booth, or if you need to entertain both children and adults at the same time, my performance is ideally suited for you - think of the classic Warner Brother's cartoons; funny on the kids level and funny on the adult level simultaneously.
For kids events and parties, this is an ideal medium - there is only paper, so the mess is only that - paper! Rather than have kids sit and and be merely entertained, I teach some very basic origami pieces, and they walk away from a party knowing something new. Part of my performance has them learn a very basic 'modular' piece of origami that they then use to create a single piece of large origami - a neat piece of amazing teamwork.
Origami (the Japanese word for paperfolding), as a combination of art, mathematics and engineering, and has always fascinated me. I have been folding since I was a kid, and began giving away origami in 1990 during a trip to Turkey. In 2001 I started street performing in Harvard Square (Cambridge, MA), and now perform at Waterfire (Providence, RI) as well as at scores of other places, both public and private.
I have come up with many original pieces, and am most proud of my "Candy Wrapper Dragon," created explicitly for the independent movie of the same name. I am a member of OrigamiUSA, the largest origami organization in the United States, and have taught at the yearly OrigamiUSA convention in New York. I have also taught at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, the Arlington Center for the Arts and at countless other venues, from libraries to hospitals.
Additional Booking Notes
My staging is very easy. I can stroll around folding origami in the air for events where I perform (silently, or with patter), and for teaching, we only need a flat surface for students to fold.
My performance usually leans towards simple pieces of traditional origami; many of them (the grasshopper, the flapping bird, the windmill, the frog, the butterfly) are kinetic, and are really wow the audience.
For roving entertainment, none; for performance with teaching, a flat surface for each person who wants to learn.
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