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Al Angello
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I discovered "the science of magic" today, and I was wondering what is appropriate subject matter to be discussed there?
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On 2007-08-13 21:40, Al Angello wrote:
I discovered "the science of magic" today, and I was wondering what is appropriate subject matter to be discussed there?


Sounds like a great place to me! As a science teacher I'm always looking for new ways of enhancing the learning experience of the kids.

Maybe it should be about such things as probabilities / the workings behind Gilbreath and even some stuff that all science teachers do - such as colour changing indicators with acids / alkalis. On the last point I saw at the Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire (UK), an "alchemists stall" where the guy was dressed up in alchemists garb and performing (not selling) magic simply by getting the kids to grind the ingredients for black powder and using various catalysts from his "magic wand" to ignite the stuff. To the kids it looked totally amazing and the adults seemed quite impressed too with the "fireworks". Remember that science used to be thought of as magic until we rediscovered the Scientific Method a few hundred years ago.

Maybe there's a niche for someone to go into schools in the alchemist garb, tell stories of the ancient / medieval scientists like Archimedes etc and perform some real science demonstrations, or even get the kids to do some experiments themselves? Then they could give the real scientific explanations afterwards. I've always fancied doing this myself - love the dramatical stuff dressing up in period costume etc to pretend to be Izzy Kingdom-Brunell etc. whilst explaining the science.

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Matt
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What is the intent or theme of this new section?

There is much scientific and engineering work used in conjuring and also much psychological/physiological work that pertains to how conjuring works for audiences.

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Dave V
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I'm assuming physical science rather than mental. Things like eddy currents and their effects as demonstrated by "Newton's Nightmare" (or something similar).

Mag levitation, chemical reactions, memory wire, that sort of thing.

Or, I could be totally wrong. We'll find out soon enough.
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It sounds like a fun place--I just rented a video from the library called "the Science of Magic" and it was very interesting!
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Al Angello
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Matt
Welcome to the magic Café. In the US there is a thriving business of science theme birthday parties, library demo's, and school assemblies. They advertise in parents news papers here, and some of them do it full time.

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Welcome to you as well.
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