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DrNorth
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I will be auditioning for a local kids museum that wants experienced performers to do scientific demonstrations for kids.
The audition is this coming Saturday (I know but I just found out about it) any ideas of science based tricks that could be exposed without doing the art harm?
Looking for audition ideas.
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Mirror Box, I know the childrens museum in Ithaca, NY has a big mirror box on display and for hands on.

Optical illusions are good as well. The one I recall is two card board rainbows about 6" long. If you put the bottom edge of one touching the top edge of the other then one appears to be larger. If you stack them, they are the same size.

Chemical reactions, sorry can't remember the metal (magnesium?) that reacts when put into water, sort of a flash, haha.

Some good ones
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Read this forum. There is a plethora of info already here.
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Optical illusions are good as well. The one I recall is two card board rainbows about 6" long. If you put the bottom edge of one touching the top edge of the other then one appears to be larger. If you stack them, they are the same size.

George B. Anderson in his book "Magic Digest" suggests making the "rainbows" with bananas printed on them. One slightly green and one with brown spots.

I actually had a friend who was an artist draw the banana for me and made these up. First time I bought them out the kids went; "Oh, that's just an optical illusion! We saw that in school!"
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Dr North,

Be careful!!! I have done programs for museums in Boston, New York, Chicago and Cleveland and on [b]all three occasions, my act stayed long after I had left - either in part or in whole. If they like what they see, it is cost effective to have an intern to "perform" your program.

Good luck and be careful!!
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Look on youtube... There's some seriously cool science experiments on there... Also, dry ice experiments are always a hit.
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On 2008-01-29 10:27, Banester wrote:
Mirror Box, I know the childrens museum in Ithaca, NY has a big mirror box on display and for hands on.

Optical illusions are good as well. The one I recall is two card board rainbows about 6" long. If you put the bottom edge of one touching the top edge of the other then one appears to be larger. If you stack them, they are the same size.

Chemical reactions, sorry can't remember the metal (magnesium?) that reacts when put into water, sort of a flash, haha.

Some good ones
HERE

I'd be rather careful, though, of those chemical reactions!
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