The Magic of Science
Have you ever seen a magician performing tricks at a show or on television? I still haven’t figured out how they do some of their seemingly impossible stunts, but it sure is fun to watch! If you want to try your hand at magic, there are many easy illusions and tricks you can do with science. Check out the Surfing Scientist, abc.net.au/science/surfingscientist/tricks, for experiments that will impress your friends and family. Put on a magic show at lunch by turning a straw wrapper into a wriggling worm or making a haunted straw move on its own. Once you’ve mastered these simple tricks, read “What’s going on?” to learn about the cool science that makes them work.
Also, be sure to visit PBS Kids ZOOM, pbskids.org/zoom/activities/phenom, for even more ways to fool your friends. These ideas were submitted from kids all over the United States and show you how to do a variety of clever tricks, from making a coin disappear in your hand to performing math magic with your address. See if you can come up with some magic tricks of your own!
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