A Fortune Teller Essay

556 WordsDec 15, 20123 Pages
A fortune teller A fortune teller (also called a cootie catcher,[1][2] chatterbox,[3] salt cellar,[4][5] orwhirlybird,[3] or wigwam[citation needed]), is a form of origami used in children's fortune-telling games. A player asks a question, and the fortune teller operator answers using an algorithm to manipulate the fortune teller's shape. Questions, answers, colors or numbers may be written on the fortune teller. ------------------------------------------------- Construction A paper fortune teller may be constructed by the steps shown in the illustration below:[2][6] 1. The corners of a sheet of paper are folded up to meet the opposite sides and (if the paper is not already square) the top is cut off, making a square sheet with diagonal creases. 2. The four corners of the square are folded into the center, forming a shape known in origami terminology as a blintz base or cushion fold.[6] The resulting smaller square is turned over, and the four corners are folded in a second time. 3. All four corners are folded up so that the points meet in the middle, and the player works their fingers into the pockets of paper in each of the four corners. ------------------------------------------------- Telling fortunes To use the fortune teller, the player telling the fortunes holds the four corners of the paper with pointer fingers and thumbs on both hands, keeping two pairs of corners together and the other two pairs separated so that only half of the internal sides of the corners are visible. Manipulations are done by various similar methods, for example: The player asks a question of the person holding the fortune teller; this question will be answered by the device. The holder then asks for a number or color. Once the number or color is chosen, the holder uses their fingers to switch between the two groups of colors and numbers inside the fortune

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