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Gr. 4^-6. In the same format as the author's other titles, such as Cosmic Science (1997) and Spy Science (1996), this book shows children the science behind simple magic tricks. Though the concept isn't new, kids will find the cover appealing and the treatment straightforward and clear. Wiese divides the 50 activities into six topical chapters: matter, reactions, water, air, force and energy, and electricity and magnetism. Each project includes a list of materials, instructions for setting up and carrying out the trick, the expected effect, and an explanation of the phenomenon. Simple line drawings illustrate the text. For larger collections. Carolyn Phelan
Make coins disappear. Crush a soda can--without even touching it. Write an invisible message--that suddenly reappears out of nowhere. Teach your cereal to jump and dance, and much more! Is it magic? No, it's science! There's a lot more to magic than just waving a wand. From chemistry to biology, gravity to electricity, this new book from science wizard Jim Wiese reveals the amazing magical powers of science with fun-filled, easy-to-perform activities that can be done with ordinary everyday things found around the house.See all Editorial Reviews