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Paper Engineering Lecture Series Continues with … Bruce Foster

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Behind the Paper Curtain: The Magic and Math of Harry Potter, The Pop-Up Book

Bruce Foster, Paper Engineer

Tuesday May 10, 2011

12 noon

Carmichael Auditorium

National Museum of American History

Who doesn’t love the magic of pop-ups? As the paper engineer/designer of nearly 40 pop-up books, most recently Harry Potter, The Pop-Up Book, Bruce gives an entertaining and informative presentation, utilizing movie clips, PowerPoint, show-and-tell and hands-on demonstrations to introduce audiences — young and young-at-heart alike, to the mysteries and science of movable books.


Bruce’s work has been selected three times by The Today Show as a Top Ten Gift Book, and in 2010 USA Today chose to feature Harry Potter, the Pop-Up Book, along with A Christmas Carol in a nationally recommended holiday gift article. He has produced pop-up books for publishing houses Sterling Publishing, Insight Editions, Simon and Schuster, Random House, Disney Hyperion, Candlewick Press, Little, Brown and Company and Time, Inc., among others. Perhaps his work’s biggest exposure to date, however, was not in an actual book, but in the hit Disney movie Enchanted, where his pop-up magic is seen throughout the film. Bruce and his family reside in Houston, Texas.

Some other books designed by Bruce include: Wow! The Sports Illustrated Kid's Pop-Up Book of Sports, Architectural Wonders, In the Beginning, Angels, and coming in 2011, Puff, the Magic Dragon.

Bruce and his frequent collaborator, Chuck Fischer, also created a video for the Smithsonian Libraries Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn exhibition.

Bruce will be signing copies of Harry Potter, The Pop-Up Book and Wow! The Pop-Up Book of Sports after the lecture.

Susan Frampton

One Comment

  1. Marianne Krancher

    Our family is SO lucky to have signed copies of “The Magic and Math of Harry Potter,” “Sammy The Suitcase.” & “Christmas at the Zoo!” We LOVE Bruce’s work! He truly is a master at PAPER ENGINEERING!

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