The Dancing Man

Tue, 27 May 2014

Download and Make the Dancing Man here!


One starting point mechanism can be used for all sorts of different paper automata. Take, for example, the four bar linkage mechanism. This project was originally used as a pointing finger for my YouTube video outro,

With a little extra work it makes this rather fetching dancing figure.

No sooner had I posted the Instagram animation above than I received a tweet from @loobydotlu suggesting it could also be a goal keeper. Nice idea!

I'll be releasing the plans for this character shortly. I'll keep it blank so you can choose how to dress it. Dancer, goal keeper, person dodging bees… it'll be up to you.

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  • plummet May 28, 2014 at 9:52 am

    You have emailed the


    You have emailed the newsletter, but the link on it to the four bar mechanism actually links to a fluffy bunnikins.

    Hope this helps.


    Doh. Thanks for letting me know. I’m too late for the newsletter I’m afraid, but the correct link is here.

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