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Amazing Science Tricks Magic that Mystify (Science Experiment)

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Hi, I’m Tim. I love to wow my friends and family with amazing science tricks magic that is so unbelievable you’d think they’re magic. It all started when my friends Lucinda and Jessie saw me practicing how to pick up a marble without touching it.

 

They started calling me Tim the Amazing—which I think is pretty cool. Now We have collected the best Science tricks for you to use to impress your friends.

 

Read each trick (every word!) before trying it. Then collect what you need and choose the spot that will serve as your practice or performance space. Get an adult’s permission for wherever you choose.

 

It’s Not Magic, It’s Science! -Amazing Science Tricks Magic that Mystify to impress your friends

 

You really need to read this section.
It’s short but important.

If something unfamiliar is on a What You Need list, ask an adult to help you find it. You might need to visit a drug store or a supermarket.

 

Don’t use the supplies or materials for anything besides what is instructed.

 

Wash your hands very well after handling any substances— even if you didn’t spill any.

 

Use clean containers (jars, cups, glasses, bowls) for your tricks. You can sometimes substitute containers or vary their sizes. Collect recyclables, such as empty jars, to substitute for drinking glasses.

 

If you make a mess, clean it up.

 

Get an adult to help you whenever there’s a heat source involved, or anything using a flame.

 

If you aren’t sure what to do or have questions, stop what you are doing and find an adult for help.

 

The Balancing Bottles

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What You Need

  • 2 glass soda bottles
  • Flat surface or table
  • Dollar bill

 

What You Do

 

1 Tell your audience that after you perform this trick you’ll invite them each to try and whoever gets it right on the first try can keep the dollar.

 

2 Put one glass soda bottle on the table. Place one end of the ‘dollar bill’ on top of the bottle’s mouth so that most of the ‘dollar bill’ hangs down.

 

3 Balance the second bottle upside down on top of the first bottle, with the dollar bill sandwiched between their mouths. It may take several tries to balance them. You’re now ready to begin your trick.

 

4 Hold the dollar bill with one hand and steady the bottle on top with the other hand.

 

5 Let go of the bottle and quickly jerk the dollar bill from between the bottles. The dollar bill should slide out without knocking the bottles over. Now let the audience try!

 

6 You may have to practice several times before showing off this trick. Don’t give up! If you move the dollar bill too slowly, it causes the bottles to be pulled along with the dollar bill.

 

Practice makes perfect if you. Want to “pull off” this trick.

 

 

How It Works

Isaac Newton was a scientist who studied how things move or stay where they are. In these tricks, the objects stay at rest (don’t move) while the dollar bill or tablecloth moves. Newton said that objects at rest remain at rest unless they are acted upon by a force (like your hand knocking them over).Newton’s laws of motion.

 

He also said objects in motion remain in motion unless a force acts upon them. (The dollar bill moves until you stop moving your hand.) Why does pulling the dollar bill quickly help? That way there ’s no time for friction (resistance between moving object^) to develop.

 

 

Magnetic Water

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Masters of this trick perform it over a volunteer’s head.

l say began over a bucket unless you’ve got friends to spare.

 

What You Need

  • Water
  • Large glass
  • Index card
  • Trashcan or bucket

 

What You Do

 

1 Perform this science trick over a trashcan or empty bucket, just in case. Fill the glass around seventy-five percent full with water. Tell your audience that you can turn this glass of water upside down without spilling it—using only an index card!

 

2 Show them the index card. Place the index card on top over of the glass so that it fully covers it. Hold the card on top with your palm.

 

3With your other hand, quickly turn ‘the glass of water upside down’. Take away your hand from the card. The water will stay in the glass until the paper becomes saturated and starts to leak.

 

 

How It Works

In addition to water, there’s air in the glass. Both have pressure. The air outside the glass, however, has a greater pressure than the water inside and will push against the index card, holding the water in. The card will eventually weaken as it soaks up water and breaks the seal. How strong is this pressure? You would get the same results even if the column of water was 30 feet tall.

 

 

Eggs With Legs

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Okay, the eggs Won’t actually grow legs, but they Will jump around a bit.

 

What You Need

  • Large egg
  • 2 very short glasses with a mouth that the egg can sit in (Shot glasses work well—ask your parents for these.)

 

 

What You Do

 

1 When you perform this, tell your ‘audience’ you will move the egg from one glass to the other without touching the egg. But practice it several times before performing it. Plan on breaking a few eggs during practice!

 

2 Place the two glasses so that one is in front of the other and they are touching.

 

3 Put the egg in the glass nearest you.

 

4 Blow as hard as you can towards the egg. The egg should leap out of the glass and into the next one!

 

 

How It Works

Something called the Bernoulli effect is taking place here. The air you blow toward the egg hits the egg and then goes up and over it. This creates an area of low pressure above the egg. Meanwhile, the air below the egg has a higher pressure. This causes the egg to lift out of the glass. If you just blow softly, this trick will not work because the air above the egg has to be moving faster than the air below it. (See pages 41-43 for more about the Bernoulli effect.)

 

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Won’t Do It, Can’t Make Me

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What You Need

  • Volunteer
  • Plastic drink bottle
  • Small piece of paper

 

Watch an itty-bitty piece of paper With a mind of its own vex a volunteer.

 

What You Do

 

1 Remove the paper label from the drink bottle so that you can see well inside the bottle. Ball up the bit of paper with the goal that it will fit inside the face of the bottle.

 

2 Hold the bottle horizontally with the piece of paper sitting in the face of the bottle near the edge.

 

3 Ask a volunteer to try to blow the paper into the bottle. The paper will jump out!

 

 

How It Works

Even though you can’t see it, the bottle is filled with air. When you blow on the paper, the air in the bottle is pushing back through the face of the bottle. A puff of breath is not strong enough to force the paper inside.

 

 

Air Cannon

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What You Need

  • Adult helper
  • Plastic milk jug (without the lid)
  • Scissors
  • Large self-closing plastic bag
  • Strong tapes such as duct or packaging tape
  • Candle with holder
  • Matches

 

Just a tap of your fingertips launches a Whirling blast of air.

 

What You Do

 

1 Have the adult cut out the bottom of the milk jug with the scissors.

 

2 Cut one side and the bottom of the plastic bag. Open it so that you have a large piece of plastic.

 

3 Stretch the plastic over the hole you have made in the milk jug.

 

4 Securely tape the plastic to the sides of the jug so that there are no holes for air to escape.

 

5 Assemble an audience and then light the candle. Tell your audience you can extinguish the candle’s flame without using your breath or touching it. Move about a yard away. (You’ll be able to increase the distance with practice.)

 

6 Aim the jug so that the mouth is facing toward the candle. With your hand, firmly tap the plastic-covered hole. Air will shoot out of the cannon, blowing out your candle’s flame.

 

 

Light-headed

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What You Need

  • 2 volunteers
  • 2 plastic drink bottles (20-ounce or 1-liter bottles work well)
  • Thumbtack
  • Several latex balloons

 

The secret to this trick will leave-taking your audience breathless and maybe even dizzy.

 

What You Do

 

1 Before performing the trick, utilize the thumbtack to make a little gap in the base of one of the plastic bottles. The hole should be about the size of a small nail head. It needs to be big enough for air to come out but small enough that you can’t easily see it.

 

2 Gather your audience and pick two volunteers. Tell them you’re having a contest to see who can blow up a balloon in a bottle the fastest. Ask the volunteers to blow up balloons at the same time. This is to show everyone else they can blow up a balloon outside of a bottle.

 

3 For the “contest,” give one volunteer the bottle with the hole, but don’t tell her about the hole. Give the other volunteer the bottle without the hole.

 

4 Ask the volunteers to place a deflated balloon inside the bottle so that the balloon opening is stretched over the face of the bottle. On the tally of three, request that the two volunteers blow up their balloon. The person without the hole in their bottle will not be able to do it!

 

5 Take the bottle with the hole in it from your volunteer, secretly put your finger over the hole, and ask the other volunteer to try this one. Replace the balloon with a new one, to avoid sharing germs. Don’t take your finger from the hole. Watch frustration set in. Ask other volunteers to try while your finger is either on or off the hole. (Give each new volunteer a clean balloon.) Only show your audience the hole if you want to.

 

 

How It Works

Air is taking up space in both bottles. In the bottle without the hole, the volunteer is trying to move the air or compress it just by blowing. This is very difficult to do because the pressure from the air inside pushing back at the balloon is greater than the air pressure created by blowing. With a hole in the bottom of the other bottle, the air is compressed as the balloon inflates and air can escape from the bottle. For more fun, place your finger over the hole once the balloon is inflated and stop blowing into the bottle. The balloon will stay inflated. This is because the air can no longer escape from the hole. Presently the pneumatic stress inside the balloon is more prominent than the air pressure inside the jug.

 

 

Boiling Ice

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What You Need

  • Adult helper
  • Glass test tube (Ask to borrow one from your science teacher or order one from a science supply store.)
  • Crushed ice
  • Steel wool (can be purchased at the grocery or hardware store)
  • Water
  • Metal tongs or test tube holder
  • Candle lighter

 

Astound everyone With, this unbelievable sight of a boiling tube of ice.

 

What You Do

 

1 Begin by filling the test tube about one-third full with crushed ice. Pull out a small amount of steel wool from the pad and put it on top of the ice. Press it firmly into the tube. Fill the test tube with cold water.

 

2 Have an adult light the candle lighter and, with the tongs, hold the middle portion of the test tube over the flame.

 

3 Heat the water until it boils. The ice will not melt.

 

 

How It Works

If the ice was allowed to float in the water and then the water was heated, the ice would melt due to convection. This means that as the water warms it would rise because it’s less dense and it would melt the icy water at the top. In this trick, however, the ice is held at the bottom of the test tube by the steel wool. The cold water in the top of the test tube warms when heated and even boils and becomes less dense. But it’s already on top and doesn’t circulate to the bottom.

 

 

 

Ballon Kebabs

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What You Need

  • Several latex balloons
  • Bamboo skewers (available at grocery stores)
  • Cooking oil

 

No, this isn’t What clowns eat at clown barbecues?. It’s a trick that takes the “pop” out of piercing a balloon.

 

What You Do

 

1 blow up the balloon around 75% full, so that there is still some room for air. Tie it off with a knot. Dip the sharp end of a bamboo skewer into some cooking oil.

 

2 Assemble an audience. the stick through the balloon without popping it. Find a spot near the knot of the inflated balloon where the latex is thicker and darker than whatever remains of the balloon. Using the sharp end of the skewer, gently twist it around and around while pushing it through the balloon.

 

3 Once the skewer is in the balloon on one side, turn and drive the skewer through the contrary side of the balloon (near the top). It will come out the other side without popping the balloon. Note: The balloon will slowly deflate as the air leaks out, but this can take a while. Perceive how many skewers you can put through one balloon!

 

 

How It Works  

Balloons are made of thin sheets of elastic latex. Latex is made up of molecules called polymers, which are in large strands. These strands of molecules are stretchy which is the reason you can blow up a balloon. When you don’t blow it up fully, some of the polymer strands are not stretched to their maximum at places, like at the knot or top of the balloon. So, when you puncture the balloon with the skewer at those spots, the polymer strands can stretch around the skewer without popping the balloon.

 

 

Simply Marble-ous

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What You Need

  • Paper cup
  • Scissors
  • Marbles (more than one in case you lose some!)
  • Tabletop

 

Your audience might ask you if you’ve lost your marbles When you offer to pick up one in a bottomless cup.

 

What You Do

 

1 Cut the bottom out of the paper cup. Make sure the edges are smooth. Place a marble on the table and gather an audience. Show them the cup. Tell your audience that you can put the marble into the cup without touching the marble.

 

2 Place the glass over the marble with the goal that the base of the cup is resting on the tabletop. Holding the cup in your hand, rotate it in a small circular motion on the table. Don’t lift the cup off the table. The marble should be rotating with the cup.

 

3 Once the marble is rotating quickly, slowly lift the cup off the table while continuing to rotate the cup. The marble will continue to spin inside the cup.

 

 

How It Works

The walls of the paper cup slope toward its top. As you rotate the cup and marble in circles, the marble is held inside the walls of the cup because of centripetal force. That is, the marble needs to go in a straightaway line but the walls of the cup force it to go in a circle. It then travels up the sides of the cup because of its inertia, or tendency to remain in motion, and pushes against the walls of the cup. If you go around the cup too slowly, the marble will fall out and fly across the room.

 

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