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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.

  1. To My Son Johnnie
  2. Preface
    EXPERIMENTS IN PHYSICS
  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
    COMPLEMENTARY COLORS
  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
    GRAVITY
  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
  84. Equilibrium of Superimposed Fluids
  85. Oil Sauce to Everybody's Taste
  86. The Egg in Salt Water
  87. The Ghost of a Lump of Sugar
  88. The Microbe Bottle Imp
  89. Density of Carbonic Acid Gas
  90. The Candle in the Lamp Chimney
  91. How to make a Banana peel Itself
  92. The Jet of Water in a Vacuum
  93. The Revenge of the Danaides
  94. The Intermitting Fountain
  95. Automatic Drinking-Fountain for Fowls
  96. Wine Spouting from Water
  97. Wine Changed to Water
  98. The Cup of Tantalus
    CENTRIFUGAL FORCE
  99. The Flattening of the Earth at the Poles. - Its Rotundity at the Equator
  100. How to Distinguish at Sight a Hard-boiled Egg from a Raw One
  101. Gold Washing
    CAPILLARITY
  102. The Greedy Matches
  103. Russian Mountains
    ELASTICITY AND COMPRESSIBILITY OF GASES
  104. The Compressed-Air Pistol
  105. The Shooting-Tube
  106. The Tractable Balloon
  107. The Jumping Coin
  108. How Not to Blow out the Candle
    HEAT
  109. The Broken Bottle
  110. The Sliding Railway
  111. A Hammer Made of Water
  112. An Improvised Hygroscope
    ACOUSTICS
  113. The Musical Glass
  114. Breaking a Glass with the Voice
    ELECTRICITY
  115. The Magical Arrow
  116. The Electroscope
  117. Rotation of a Horizontal Wheel before a Magnet
    OPTICS
  118. Reflection of Light on the Surface of Transparent Bodies
  119. The Magical Box
  120. Double Convex and Double Concave Lenses
  121. Cutting a Thread Hung in a Bottle
  122. The Wish-Bone Experiment
  123. Making the Bird enter the Cage
  124. Moving Shadows
    PRACTICAL GEOMETRY
  125. Lineal Drawing without Instruments
  126. Superposable Figures
  127. The Five-pointed Star
  128. The Square of the Hypothenuse
  129. Tracing an Oval with an Ordinary Compass
  130. The Surface of the Sphere
    AMUSING FEATS
  131. The Knife-Grinder
  132. The Scissors Feat
  133. The Enervator
  134. An Awkward Fix
  135. The Floating Candle
  136. The Eatable Night-Light
  137. The Smoker's Illusion
  138. Cutting Glass with a Pair of Scissors
  139. The Coin that cannot be Removed
  140. Effaceable Ink
  141. A Modern Catapult
  142. Finger Exercises
  143. Fantastic Soap-Bubbles
  144. Crocodiles' Tears
  145. The Traitorous Glass
    LITTLE FEATS OF AMATEURS
  146. Japanese Kites
  147. The Automatic Extinguisher
  148. Illustrated Candles
  149. The Nut-Cracker
  150. Construction of the Lily of the Valley
  151. The Horse-Chestnut as a Night-Light
  152. The Hypnotized Egg
  153. The Dancing-Jacks

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

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