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VOYAThis book attempts to make science appealing by pairing it with magic tricks. The fictional narrator is an amateur youth magician called Tim the Amazing, who offers directions and scientific explanations for each trick as well as tips for staging and showmanship. His helpers, Jessie the Great and Lucinda the Splendiferous, add some girl appeal, and the latter has her own starring role in Chemistry Concoctions: 50 Formulas that Fizz, Foam, Splatter and Ooze! (Sterling, 2005/VOYA review this issue). Most tricks require common household items or supplies easily purchased at a drug store or supermarket, and all materials may be disposed of with the weekly trash or recycling. Some of the tricks are effortlessly accomplished while most require practice, and others require adult help. The tricks are loosely organized, sometimes according to the scientific explanations and sometimes according to the ingredients. The science involved is primarily physics, although chemistry and psychology (perception) make appearances as well, and the explanations are presented in engaging and simple language. The lively watercolor illustrations might limit the audience to younger middle school teens but will not likely deter those with an interest in magic and sleight of hand. Some illustrations do little to clarify the directions and can even be misleading at times, but teens will most likely figure it out after a few tries. This book could be useful in a classroom setting, where teachers or students could perform the tricks as demonstrations of scientific principles. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P M (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to8). 2005, Sterling, 80p.; Glossary. Index. Illus., Ages 11 to 14.