Magic Up Your Sleeve: Amazing Illusions, Tricks, and Science Facts You'll Never Believe

Magic Up Your Sleeve: Amazing Illusions, Tricks, and Science Facts You'll Never Believe

by Helaine Becker, Claudia Dávila
     
 

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The world of science is often described as magical — but is magic itself scientific? You bet! Award-winning author Helaine Becker teams up with illustrator Claudia Dávila once again to unleash her special brand of humor and facts on young readers. This time around, the duo reveals the science hidden in magic tricks! Becker uses dozens of activities to…  See more details below

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The world of science is often described as magical — but is magic itself scientific? You bet! Award-winning author Helaine Becker teams up with illustrator Claudia Dávila once again to unleash her special brand of humor and facts on young readers. This time around, the duo reveals the science hidden in magic tricks! Becker uses dozens of activities to show how the world of magic manipulates simple scientific principles of illusion and perception to leave audiences baffled. Each activity has been tested, and is clearly explained and designed to provide quick results using a handful of common household materials. A "What’s Going On?" feature accompanies each activity, so whether kids are mystified by a bouncing apple, spun about by an incredible optical illusion, or making spaghetti mysteriously come alive, they always know the science that's at work behind each trick. Whether a science nut or a casual observer looking for amazement, readers find that Magic Up Your Sleeve does the trick.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Budding magicians will be delighted by this new addition to the genre. Thirty tricks are presented covering optical illusions, mind reading, "math magic," chemistry, and physics. All directions are clear and easy to follow. Interesting tidbits as well as a cogent explanation of how the tricks work appear in separate text boxes. The digital cartoon illustrations are nicely executed and add flashes of humor to each of the scenarios. Information is also provided on the history of magic, famous hoaxes, performance tips, and the science concepts explored in the various tricks. A welcome addition that should vanish off library shelves.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
From the Publisher

“Budding magicians will be delighted by this new addition to the genre...A welcome addition that should vanish off library shelves.”
-- School Library Journal

"[An] upbeat introduction to magic that slyly folds science and math concepts into clearly explained tricks...Fun and instructive for a wide age range of aspiring illusionists."
-- Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897349762
Publisher:
Owlkids Books
Publication date:
03/09/2010
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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