General description of Rubik's Magic

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How the tiles hinge

The number of flat positions

Getting back to the starting position

Flat shapes

Making your own Master/Super Magic

Links to other sites

How the tiles hinge

The number of flat positions

Getting back to the starting position

Flat shapes

Making your own Master/Super Magic

The loop shift transform

The star shift transform

The rectangle transform

The six-flip shape changing transform

The twist transform

The row swap transform

The star shift transform

The rectangle transform

The six-flip shape changing transform

The twist transform

The row swap transform

Mini Magic

Rubik's Mini Magic is a 2×2 version of the Rubik's Magic. Various versions have been produced, mostly for advertising purposes (for Kelloggs for example). The ones pictured above were made by Matchbox in 1987, and they can be combined to form a 4 by 4 larger picture of a big cheese with mice climbing all over it. With most versions of the Mini Magic, the front and back designs are solved at the same time.

The only transforms one can do the mini magic are the star shift transform and the loop shift transform. The rectangle transform trivially reduces to a quarter turn of the whole puzzle, and the other transforms need too many tiles.

The easiest way to solve the Mini Magic, is as follows:

- Hold the puzzle so that at least one tile is in its correct place, though it may need to be twisted.
- Check whether the adjacent tiles lie in their correct positions, ignoring their orientations also. If they need to be swapped, then do the loop shift transform.
- Repeatedly do the star shift transform until the puzzle is solved. Note that you should never undo the previous transform -- the first fold of one transform is perpendicular to the last fold of the previous.