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a) The Three Card Monte is a wallet made of letter paper. When made from paper with a card design printed on it, it has the trompe l'oeil effect of being three playing cards in a spread, the ones commonly used in a street hustle called, three card monte.

b) When open, the wallet gives easy access to three credit or identification cards and a finite amount of cash.

c) When closed, the model fits nicely into the breast pocket of your shirt.
 
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Step 1: The Crease Pattern

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Download a crease pattern and print it out. There are two to choose from, depending on where you live. If you live in the United States, choose the American letter paper version; if you live in another part of the world, one afflicted with Napoleonic era scientism, you'll want the A4 version. (Both are below, for your convenience.)

a) In the printer dialog for Reader or kpdf or whatever your flavor is, please note that Page Scaling should be set for none. You want the lines to go all the way to the printable margins.

b) Note that mountain folds are signified with dash-dotted lines, valley folds by dashed lines. (For those unclear on the distinction).

Step 2: Mountain Fold the Top and Bottom of the Sheet

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a) Fold the top of the paper away from you, using the mountain fold as a guide.

(Yes, the rightmost part of this is marked a valley fold -- you may safely ignore this. We'll be reversing it shortly.)

b) Rotate your paper 180 degrees and mountain fold again.

Origami is all about symmetry and repetition. So am i. (I am so.)

Step 3: Mountain Fold the Sides of the Sheet

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Mountain fold the leftmost and rightmost vertical crease marks.
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For the sake of pedantry, I would consider a measurement system designed by adherents to Napoleonic-era scientism to be inherently humanistic, rather than the reverse. (I know, necro-post, but I just stumbled across this and was inspired by your wit and mad origami skills.)

On the subject of metric vs. imperial (English/American alliance of uneasiness), my opinion has always been that the metric system lacked inspired names. I always enjoyed the concept of measuring mass in slugs. (Slimy!)

As to the large numbers of conversions to remember in the imperial system, it's not really any more than in metric, it's just that the metric system was designed to disguise the fact that all units of measurement are arbitrary and don't always relate well to each other. I consider this to be a strength of the imperial system, because it grew haphazardly as new units were needed and makes no attempt to disguise the warts inherent in arbitrarily established systems.

And so the rant endeth thusly: (I'm not so well credentialed in my English skills, but language usage is a hobby, so I will try it at home, with proper safety equipment, of course.)

This discussion reminded me of a joke that's an old favorite. It goes thusly: (!) Measurements for problems will always be given in the most inconvenient units possible. As such, velocity will always be given as furlongs per fortnight.

Thanks for an enjoyable read.
theo5355 made it!5 months ago

C'est super et très facile par contre quelques problème pour l'impression du patron mauvaise taille et tout j'ai dus le convertir en .jpg pour l'utiliser avec un traitement de texte mais sinon +1

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kohlait1 year ago
where is creese PDF?
oschene (author)  kohlait1 year ago

At the bottom of step one.

thanks.I made it.

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avillarama1 year ago
Would it be possible to construct this out of actual playing cards???
jweirs3 years ago
do you have the proportions between the lines? i'd love to scale this up on bigger paper to fit cash.
Miss4153 years ago
I love this! Best origami project/ instructable EVER! You gave really clear, detailed & easy to follow directions. I did it first w/ just plain lined paper (from your pattern) then printed out the card design & it went really easy the 2nd time. I painted on a lite coat of modge podge (like a decoupage finish) to make it more durable but it takes a while to cure so I'm not sure just yet. I sprayed fixative on it first so the ink wouldn't smear.
Thank you!
sfry13 years ago
Great idea i made it from images and just guessed the scale so is a bit mis-shapen will print off the template and do another.

Thanks :)
ynnah237 years ago
I can't twist it..grr it's so hard..I already did it for 4 times.. comment back pls..
try to make one out of cardboard paper
oschene (author)  ynnah237 years ago
Look at the pictures of the different stages of the twist -- are all you creases going in the right direction?
it's imposible, i can't twist it

comment back please
It's not really a twist, so much as a "fold in multiple places at the same time, causing a twist-like illusion" thing.
Though this is old this is a very neat wallet. I just designed a simple Coca Cola themed one using photo shop can't wait to print it out and see if it was laid out correctly!
ricmerry4 years ago
Very nice. Thank you for sharing this with us.
LOVE THE WALLET! sadly tho, cash barely fits in it, so its kinda hard to use... but still a SICK wallet (ended off making it ut of cardstock to make it stronger)
picaq5 years ago
You should have won the paper wallet contest. Yours was the most original (yet still very useful)that I have seen and I can't believe the one that looks the most like a normal wallet won. Your card print-out made it look gorgeous.
yes
wheres the trompe l'oeil format
found it
Good job(:
BK-2015 years ago
how is this twistable, you need like a youtube video... lol?
 I dont know how to do the fold is step 7

oschene (author)  newton.95.dan5 years ago
Did you look at all four photos?
 yea its just the 3rd and 4th picture that confuse me

luis_6955 years ago
on adobe when i try to print it. it says "unable to start print job. is printer avaible''  why is that need help
oschene (author)  luis_6955 years ago
That could be a lot of things: is your printer plugged in and on?
sassyjo5 years ago
The diagonal lines fold inward and the vertical lines fold out...right?
Very cute and (once I figured out what I was doing) very easy. :)
PastTheVoid5 years ago
I did it! It took me a while to "twist", which for me was more of a "jam this here, pull out here, screw it up here, and fold these." Now I have to re-do it, cause i did the blank one.(>.<)
foobear5 years ago
 so beautiful
jumpertoad5 years ago
wow cool
twinsfan#75 years ago
I cant figure out how to twist it like you do
jake walker6 years ago
make a video that shows how to make it
I didn't really get step 7 that much..
i get how to make it but how do you add pictures
oschene (author)  Real instructions6 years ago
Do you mean the card images? They're available in the next to last step. I put them together using a vector drawing program -- feel free to add your own.
Obelisk11016 years ago
This is a nice wallet! Great instructable.
MegaMaker6 years ago
Wow, that is really cool. Nice work.
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