Kids Do Magic Halloween Tricks with New Ebook – then learn Science
A new ebook “Halloween Magic & Silly Science” to be published on 1 Oct 2012 by British author Wyken Seagrave shows children ten magic tricks they can play on Halloween and then explains the science which makes them work.
Halloween is a great time for having fun and experimenting with all things supernatural. This new ebook takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to help children under 10 years of age realise that even magic has a scientific basis. It explains how to conduct ten magic tricks which can easily be performed with materials found in most homes and will amaze friends and parents.
It then gives a mocking but scientifically accurate account of what a scientist might say about the physical basis for the trick.
Great fun for all ages, but especially for the 5 to 10 age range, the book is available for purchase from the website devoted to the science of Halloween: halloweenscience.co.uk
List of Tricks
1. Vampire Bomb. The vampires are coming! You need to frighten them away with a loud explosion, but all you have are the things in your house. Here is what you do.
2. Ghoul Drowner. A ghoul has come into your house. You already know that ghouls die when they touch water. Frighten the ghoul away by threatening to drown him.
3. Little Devil’s Flute. The little devil who lives in the woods wants to summon the witches to his party but he has forgotten his flute. He comes into your house and threatens to take you to hell unless you can make him a new one. No worries. Here is what you do.
4. Ghost in a Bottle. A ghost has come into your home? Here is how you capture him in a bottle!
5. Foaming Potions. The evil spirits of Halloween have come a long way to see you and they are very thirsty. If you don’t give them a drink they will be very angry. You must make a potion which evil spirits love.
6. Weighing a Ghost. Some people think ghosts float because they are weightless, but this trick proves they are wrong. Of course, some boring people think they can explain it with science. Fools!
7. Dracula’s Dagger. How to turn a straw into a Count Dracula’s dagger by magic.
8. Magic Diving Wand. Make a magic want which will obey your instructions but nobody else’s!
9. Magic Balloons. Only you, the wizard, is able to stop the balloon exploding.
10. Dragon’s Eggs. Dragon’s eggs are extremely strong. This trick lets you make and test one!
Information for Editors
Silly Science Series
Penny Press is planning a series of books based on the same theme, the use of magic to engage children with science and a tongue-in-cheek account of how a scientist might explain the trick, with warnings not to believe silly science!
The cover can be downloaded from
Penny Press Ltd
Penny Press is an independent British publisher founded to communicate science and especially the history of the universe (also called Big History) to the general public.
Press Room: http://pressroom.prlog.org/PennyPress/
Through its subsidiary Penny Systems it also develops websites, produces eBooks and creates IT systems for publishers.
Wyken Seagrave is a British author who specialises in communicating science to a wide public. His works include
The History of the Universe website http://www.historyoftheuniverse.com
Time Crystalhttp://timecrystal.co.uk which tells the history of the universe as an epic work of fiction
His blog is at http://wykenseagrave.co.uk
His Twitter account is @wykenseagrave