Simple Water Science Magic Tricks

Simple Water Science Magic Tricks

Use science to perform some simple water magic tricks. Get water to change colors and forms and to move in mysterious ways.

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Anti-Gravity Water Trick

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Pour water into a glass. Cover the glass with a wet cloth. Flip the glass and the water won't pour out. This is a simple trick that works because of water surface tension.

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Supercool Water

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You can chill water below its freezing point without having it turn into ice. Then, when you are ready, pour the water or shake and watch it crystallize before your eyes!​

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Bend a Stream of Water

You can cause a stream of water to bend by applying an electrical field near the water. How do you do this without electrocuting yourself? Simply run a plastic comb through your hair.​

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Turn Water into Wine or Blood

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This classic water magic trick involves making a glass of "water" appear to change into blood or wine. The color change may be reversed by blowing into the red liquid through a straw.

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You Really Can Walk on Water

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Can you walk on water? It turns out the answer is yes if you know what to do! Ordinarily, a person sinks in water. If you change its viscosity, you can stay on the surface.

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Fire and Water Magic Trick

Pour water into a plate, place a lit match in the center of the dish and cover the match with a glass. The water will be drawn into the glass, as if by magic.​

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Turn Boiling Water Into Instant Snow

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This water science trick is as easy as throwing boiling water into the air and watching it instantly change into snow. All you need is boiling water and really cold air. This is simple if you have access to an extremely cold winter day. Otherwise, you'll want to find a deep freeze or perhaps the air around liquid nitrogen.

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Cloud in a Bottle Trick

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You can cause a cloud of water vapor to form inside a plastic bottle - like magic! Smoke particles serve as nuclei on which the water can condense.

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Water and Pepper Magic Trick

Sprinkle pepper onto a dish of water. The pepper will spread out evenly across the surface of the water. Dip your finger into the dish. Nothing happens (except your finger gets wet and coated with pepper). Dip your finger in again and watch the pepper scatter away across the water. Magic?

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Ketchup Packet Cartesian Diver

Place a ketchup packet in a water bottle and cause the ketchup packet to rise and fall at your command. This water magic trick is called the Cartesian Diver.

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Water and Whiskey Trading Places

Take a shot glass of water and one of whiskey (or another colored liquid). Place a card over the water to cover it. Flip the water glass so that it is directly over the glass of whiskey. Now, slowly remove a bit of the card so the liquids can interact and watch the water and whiskey swap glasses.

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Trick to Tie Water in Knots

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Press streams of water together with your fingers and watch the water tie itself into a knot where the streams won't separate again on their own. This water magic trick illustrates the cohesiveness of water molecules and the compounds high surface tension.​

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Blue Bottle Science Trick

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Take a bottle of blue liquid and make it appear to turn into water. Swirl the liquid and watch it turn blue again.​

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Wire through an Ice Cube

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Pull a wire through an ice cube without breaking the ice cube. This trick works because of a process called regelation. The wire melts the ice, but the cube refreezes behind the wire as it passes.