Jeremy Shafer (born c. May 8, 1973) is a professional entertainer and origamist based in Berkeley, California. He has been folding origami since he was ten. He creates his own origami designs which tend to be whimsical and ridiculous, such as his "Man Swatter" and "BARF Bag". Shafer is sometimes billed as Jeremy the Juggler, and his stunts include folding a burning origami bird, riding a flaming unicycle, and juggling torches.
Jeremy Shafer grew up in Berkeley, California. He went to high school at Berkeley High School and graduated in 1991. He attended college at University of California, Santa Cruz and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. He then later decided to pursue his career as a professional child entertainer. Shafer is fluent in Spanish and can also speak some French, Italian, and Japanese. Shafer resides in Berkeley, California.
Work on Origami
Shafer has taught at multiple workshops and camps for both children and adults. He taught for 13 summers at Camp Winnarainbow, a circus-arts/activities camp in California. He has taught scientists how to design their own origami models as an exercise in problem solving. His iconoclastic contributions to the origami community (one of his most recognizable works is a origami figure with hands emerging from it, appearing to fold itself) has led him to become one of the world's leading and most influential origami masters. He is an entertainer as well, performing his act (in which origami is large a part of) at fairs and private parties across the globe. As well as folding others' models, he has designed his hundreds of his own and published many of them across three books.
Shafer was an active member of OrigamiUSA and published a quarterly newsletter for the San Francisco Bay Area origami group, BARF (Bay Area Rapid Folders, a play on BART, Bay Area Rapid Transit). However, he decided to resign to focus on his YouTube channel. He has four YouTube channels which are called Jeremyevents, Jeremyshafervariety, Jeremyshaferorigami, and Simple Balloon Animals. Out of all four, jeremyshaferorigami is his most popular channel, where he teaches how to fold new origami models that he designed, as well as some from his books. The channel has over 300,000 subscribers, and over 110,000,000 views.
- Origami to Astonish and Amuse. St. Martin's Griffin, 2001. ISBN 0-312-25404-0 
- Origami Ooh La La! CreateSpace, 2010. ISBN 1-4564-3964-2
- Origami Pop-Ups to Amaze and Amuse. CreateSpace, December 2013. ISBN 1-494-29902-X
- "Jugglers, circus performers appeal to youth". Lodi News-Sentinel. September 13, 2005. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
- "Old Mill boat race makes a comeback". Mill Valley Herald. May 4, 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
- "Origami Helps Scientists Solve Problems". Science Daily. February 21, 2002. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
- jeremyshafersrigami at YouTube
- Ward, Cathy (April 25, 2004). "In the Stacks: Explore the world of yodeling, learn origami, or get organized - all at the Juneau library". Juneau Empire. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
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