Learn how to bend water with a balloon, turn water into juice, make a glass beaker disappear in oil, and wow your friends with levitating tinsel! Packed with optical illusions, pranks, and fun facts, this book is a must-have for any aspiring scientist or magician (the two aren’t as different as you might think)!
Each trick is explained using step-by-step photographs, and the science behind each one is showcased clearly and simply. Interspersed throughout the book are profiles of famous magicians and illusionists, such as Harry Houdini and David Blaine, and stories of how they used science to create their most famous tricks.
This book is suitable for readers between 7 and 9 years of age.
Join comedian and author Steve Mould, #1 bestselling author of How to be a Scientist, and learn the secrets behind some of the most famous magic tricks and illusions (and learn some of your own). Science is Magic is the perfect addition to any family bookshelf or classroom, putting a fresh spin on science for kids. What’s fantastic about this kids’ activity book is that many of the magic tricks or experiments are something you learn to perform on a friend and require practise. Thus, (the genius bit) it’s not something kids will just do once and then turn the page.
Steve Mould is a science presenter and comedian with a physics degree from the University of Oxford. He appears as the science expert on British television shows such as The One Show, Blue Peter, and The Alan Titchmarsh Show. He has a YouTube channel with more than 880,000 subscribers, and his videos regularly achieve hits in the hundreds of thousands. One of these videos (about “self siphoning beads”) went viral worldwide, gaining more than 1.7 million hits and being mentioned in the New York Times and on the BBC. Scientists later discovered why it performed in the mysterious way it did and dubbed it “The Mould Effect“. In addition to this he presents a radio show on BBC Radio 4 and is part of a live comedy/science trio called Festival of the Spoken Nerd who performs at festivals and events.