We all have
preconceived notions of the way that the world works.When those ideas are turned on their head,
conflict ensues and resolution is sought (hopefully).
presented in the proper format, have been show to stimulate the interest of
students in finding out, “How did that happen?”We have much anecdotal evidence that leads us to believe that a
scientific demonstration or experiment, presented as a magic trick, is a tool
that that frequently works towards this end.
Many students and
teachers are not interested in, fear, or dislike science.My methods make science somewhat palatable to
those who would otherwise be less than engrossed.
One may take a
topic, present a number of ‘magic tricks’ that more often than not are greeted
by ‘ooh’s and ahh’s’, ask some questions of the audience regarding how they
think the trick(s) works, and then go on to explain the principle(s) used. The
principles discussed are geared to various schooldistricts’ specific curricula.
will see approx. three widely
different different effects for the same principle.The effects all look different, but in the
end, they work for the same reason: e.g. air pressure, friction, inertia,
center of gravity/mass, sound, light, magnetism, heat, electricity, body
structure, chemistry, perception, etc.
At other times I
will present a trick as an analog to a phenomenon that is not practical to see
on an everyday scale, such as quantum weirdness (tunneling, entanglement,
indeterminacy) or relativistic effects (twin paradox, mass approaching infinity
as light speed is approached, time dilation).In these instances the magic methodology is not explained to the
students but rather used as a demonstration of what we would perceive the
phenomenon on the scale under discussion.
classes/workshops help teachers in presenting their own demos as discrepant
event/magic trick, performance pieces in their own voices.They will not become clones of Friedhoffer. When possible we will go
over specific areas that the teachers request. If no specific requests are
forthcoming, a variety of subjects from the standards will be selected by me, discussed,
demonstrated and dissected.