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Magical Experiments

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Magical Experiments by Arthur Good

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The best way of learning new things is doing them. Magical Experiments or Science in Play is a fascinating collection of kitchen table top experiments with every day household goods. Many of which have a 'magical' twist to them, in the sense that it is for the unfamiliar observer not quite clear how these tricks are performed, or what the physical mechanisms behind them are. More than 150 experiments are described with gorgeous lithographs. This book was originally written in French and later translated to English. This in itself is a proof of quality, otherwise the translation would not have been undertaken.

1st edition, 1892, Worthington Co.; 2nd edition, 1894, David McKay, Philadelphia; 326 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. To My Son Johnnie
  2. Preface
  3. The Plate on the Point of the Needle
  4. The Egg that will Stand up
  5. One Way of Halving a Pear
  6. How to Pierce a Pin with a Needle
  7. The Housekeeper's Terror
  8. How to Pierce a Nickel with a Needle
  9. The Diving Bell
  10. A Bottle, or an Acrobat?
  11. The Bottle in Peril
  12. The Barrel and the Bottle; or, The Automatic Cellarman
  13. Eruption of Vesuvius
  14. Water Changed into Wine
  15. The Champagne Devil
  16. The Intelligent Fish
  17. A Remarkable Candlestick
  18. How to Weigh a Letter with a Broomstick
  19. Soap Bubbles and Carbonic Acid Gas
  20. The Camphor Scorpion
  21. Hydraulic Turntable of Nuts
  22. The Revolving Siphon
  23. The Miniature Steamship
  24. The Bottle Cannon
  25. The Paper Swimming Fish
  26. The Power of the Breath
  27. The Jumping Coin
  28. The Automatic Butterfly
  29. Centrifugal Force. - Whirling a Glass of Water without Spilling a Drop
  30. The Waltzing Egg
  31. The Pressure of the Atmosphere
  32. The Water Pendulum
  33. Lifting a Glass with the Palm of the Hand
  34. A New Way to Empty a Glass
  35. The Metamorphosis of a Soap-Bubble
  36. Hung without a Rope
  37. In Water, but not Wet
  38. How to Make Pins and Needles Float
  39. The Economical Compass
  40. Collision of Two Mimic Ironclads
  41. Rotation of the Earth
  42. How to Float Corks Vertically
  43. The Dancing Jack in the Looking Glass
  44. An Eye in the Back of the Head
  45. New Chinese Shadows
  46. Theatricals in a Mirror
  47. The Living Shadow
  48. The Disappearing Gold Piece
  49. The Devil in Green
  50. The Tricolored Star
  51. The Spinning Pin
  52. The Family Lottery
  53. The Broken Looking-Glass
  54. Stage Equilibrists
  55. The Electrified Envelope
  56. Lamp-Glass, or Electric Machine?
  57. Experiments in Primary Electro-Magnetism
  58. The Punishment of Tantalus
  59. Buttin the Wall
  60. A Very Awkward Broomstick
  61. The Five Straw Trick
  62. To Lift Fifteen Matches with One
  63. The Bent Match Problem
  64. The Infernal Machine
  65. The Magic Javelin
  66. How to Make a Lamp Chimney Smoke a Cigarette
  67. The Pyramid of Glasses
  68. The Triplet Glasses
  69. The Bottle on the Keys
  70. The Improvised Plate Support
  71. A Pair of Scales made out of Threads
  72. The Steelyard Balance
  73. Candlestick and Watch-Stand
  74. The Magic Ball
  75. A Novel Vaporizer
  76. The Blown-out Candle Re-lighted
  77. Unconscious Movements
  78. The New Shadowgraphy
  79. The Obedient and the Disobedient Egg
  80. The Mannikins
  81. The Bird on the Branch
  82. A Rolling Body goes Up-hill
  83. Foucault's Pendulum
  1. Equilibrium of Superimposed Fluids
  2. Oil Sauce to Everybody's Taste
  3. The Egg in Salt Water
  4. The Ghost of a Lump of Sugar
  5. The Microbe Bottle Imp
  6. Density of Carbonic Acid Gas
  7. The Candle in the Lamp Chimney
  8. How to make a Banana peel Itself
  9. The Jet of Water in a Vacuum
  10. The Revenge of the Danaides
  11. The Intermitting Fountain
  12. Automatic Drinking-Fountain for Fowls
  13. Wine Spouting from Water
  14. Wine Changed to Water
  15. The Cup of Tantalus
  16. The Flattening of the Earth at the Poles. - Its Rotundity at the Equator
  17. How to Distinguish at Sight a Hard-boiled Egg from a Raw One
  18. Gold Washing
  19. The Greedy Matches
  20. Russian Mountains
  21. The Compressed-Air Pistol
  22. The Shooting-Tube
  23. The Tractable Balloon
  24. The Jumping Coin
  25. How Not to Blow out the Candle
  26. The Broken Bottle
  27. The Sliding Railway
  28. A Hammer Made of Water
  29. An Improvised Hygroscope
  30. The Musical Glass
  31. Breaking a Glass with the Voice
  32. The Magical Arrow
  33. The Electroscope
  34. Rotation of a Horizontal Wheel before a Magnet
  35. Reflection of Light on the Surface of Transparent Bodies
  36. The Magical Box
  37. Double Convex and Double Concave Lenses
  38. Cutting a Thread Hung in a Bottle
  39. The Wish-Bone Experiment
  40. Making the Bird enter the Cage
  41. Moving Shadows
  42. Lineal Drawing without Instruments
  43. Superposable Figures
  44. The Five-pointed Star
  45. The Square of the Hypothenuse
  46. Tracing an Oval with an Ordinary Compass
  47. The Surface of the Sphere
  48. The Knife-Grinder
  49. The Scissors Feat
  50. The Enervator
  51. An Awkward Fix
  52. The Floating Candle
  53. The Eatable Night-Light
  54. The Smoker's Illusion
  55. Cutting Glass with a Pair of Scissors
  56. The Coin that cannot be Removed
  57. Effaceable Ink
  58. A Modern Catapult
  59. Finger Exercises
  60. Fantastic Soap-Bubbles
  61. Crocodiles' Tears
  62. The Traitorous Glass
  63. Japanese Kites
  64. The Automatic Extinguisher
  65. Illustrated Candles
  66. The Nut-Cracker
  67. Construction of the Lily of the Valley
  68. The Horse-Chestnut as a Night-Light
  69. The Hypnotized Egg
  70. The Dancing-Jacks

word count: 45492 which is equivalent to 181 standard pages of text

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