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Chemical Magic Book Review

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Chemical Magic presents over 100 fascinating chemistry magic tricks.

Chemical Magic, 2nd Edition, by Leonard Ford presents over 100 fascinating chemistry demonstrations that can be performed as magic tricks.

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The Bottom Line

If you perform chemistry demonstrations or have an interest in science-based magic tricks, be sure to add this book to your library.
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  • Features many extremely interesting chemistry magic tricks!
  • Instructions are clear and easy to follow.
  • Presentation tips are offered to increase entertainment value of the tricks.


  • Many of the magic tricks involve hazardous chemicals.
  • Coverage of the chemistry behind the tricks is skimpy. There are no equations for reactions.


  • Features over 100 chemical magic tricks.
  • Topics include color changes, smoke, fire, crystallization, gas production, polymerization, and other chemical processes.
  • Safety information is provided, though prior training and experience with chemistry demonstrations is assumed.
  • Available as a paperback.

Guide Review - Chemical Magic Book Review

Chemical Magic, by Leonard A. Ford, is a classic guide for performing chemistry magic tricks for high school and college students. The second edition has been revised and expanded by Winston Grundmeier, but it still has the feel of the 1959 original publication, with basic black/white illustrations and straightforward text. I picked up this book on a whim to fill out an order of chemistry demonstration textbooks, not having high expectations because the book had received some negative reviews. The reason for the negative reviews was that the book contains some dangerous chemistry magic tricks. If you don't know what you're doing, you can burn or poison yourself. Many of the chemicals are hazardous. However, I found many tricks that weren't dangerous or that used chemicals commonly found in a high school or college chemistry lab. This book contains the most interesting collection of chemistry magic tricks of any book I have read. Highly recommended!
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 5 out of 5
If you teach chemistry or like doing fun chemistry, Member Dr.Funkenstein

If you are a chemistry teacher or like doing fun, practical chemistry (and have access to a proper lab), this is the best book have ever come across when it comes to doing exciting chemistry demonstrations. There are more modern works that aren't even close to being as good as this one. I teach high school chemistry and use this book constantly.

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