Chemical Magic

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Courier Corporation, Jan 1, 1993 - Science - 109 pages
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For many years, Leonard A. Ford, formerly Chairman of the Division of Science and Mathematics at Mankato State College, Minnesota, devised "chemical magic" shows for a series of college science fairs. In response to many requests, he compiled a volume of over 100 novel demonstrations from those shows. The book soon became one of the most widely used manuals in the field. Its tricks, mystifying and often spectacular, were designed not only to amuse and entertain an audience but to stimulate an interest in scientific principles.
Now, with this revised and enlarged republication of Dr. Ford's classic guide, students at both high school and college levels can learn to perform a wide variety of entertaining and educational chemical magic. Here is a dazzling array of stunts and demonstrations dealing with gas liberation, color changes, fires and combustion, smoke and vapors, polymerization, specific gravity, crystallization and precipitation, and many other chemical processes. Professor Ford provides clear and careful explanations for creating cold fire, a disappearing flame and dust explosions; dissolving a glass in water; turning water to milk and back again to water; producing mysterious balloons, heavy air, and magical eggs; and carrying out scores of other intriguing "tricks" with materials available in almost any school laboratory, supply house, or home. Training and experience in handling chemicals are required for the performance of these demonstrations. Dr. Ford outlines directions and safety precautions for each trick. In addition, he supplies helpful suggestions for a line of "patter" to use during performances.
Newly revised and updated by Professor E. Winston Grundmeier, this absorbing and unusual book will be welcomed by science educators at the high school and college levels as well as by sponsors of youth and church groups, service clubs, science fairs, and other organizations.
 

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Contents

Black Foam
1
Pharaohs Serpent
2
Bloody Picture
3
Jug of Mystery
4
Hot and Cold Colors
5
Invisible Ink
6
Magic Powders
7
Liquid Thermometer
8
Glowing Splint
57
Fire in the Water
58
Fire Wand
59
Glowworm
60
Obedient Candle
61
Delayed Fire
62
SelfLighting Candles
63
Rat Nest
64

Magical Writing
9
Mystery Water
10
Patriotic Colors
12
Red and Blue Cloth
13
Water to Wine to Coffee
14
Whiskey to Water
15
Wine to Water to Milk
16
Water to Milk to Water
17
Wonder Picture
18
Acid Breath
19
Educated Moth Balls
21
Fire Extinguisher
22
Magical Eggs
23
Soap Bubbles
25
Carbon Monoxide
26
Blowing Through Glass
27
Egg in a Bottle
28
Fast Rusting
29
Heavy Air
31
Geyser
32
Mystery Fountain
33
Oxygen in Air
36
Syphon Fountain
37
UpsideDown Water Glass
39
Boiling Water in Paper
40
Cold Boiling
42
Blue Flare
43
Burning Sugar Lump
44
Candle Tricks
45
Burning Water
47
Cold Fire
48
Disappearing Flame
49
Flare
50
Eating a Candle
51
Ether Fires
52
Fire Spray
53
Fireworks
54
Fire Water
55
Fire Writing
56
Test Tube Fire
67
Turpentine Fire
68
Thermite Reaction
69
Volcano
70
Smoke Screens and Explosions
71
Chemical Cannon
72
Dust Explosions
73
Exploding Flame
74
Phosphorus Explosion
75
Nitrogen Triiodide Explosions
76
Chemical Garden
77
Crystal Growth
78
Crystal Moss
79
Crystals
80
Orange Tree
81
Snow Tree
82
Freezing Without Cooling
83
Cold Gas
84
Fast Freezing
85
Hard Water
86
Regelation
87
Violet Smoke
88
Smoke
89
Smoke Producer
91
Smoke Rings
92
Floaters
93
Wine Tower
96
Synthetic Rubber
97
Nylon Rope Trick
98
Disappearing Blue
100
Disappearing Orangeade
101
Magic Ink
102
Oscillating Clock Reaction
103
Disappearing Beaker
105
Osmosis
106
Pulsing Mercury
107
Glass Dissolves in Water
108
Vibratory Motion
109
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