Magical Mysteries Funshop – Friday, October 12, 2018

Magical Mysteries Funshop – Friday, October 12, 2018

At our first Funshop of the year, young magicians from across the Chicago-land area came to IMSA to learn how science can be just as – if not more – amazing than magic itself!

Grades 3-4

The 3rd-4th grade group learned about one of the most magical substances in science – SLIME! Slime is made up of polymers, which, as our magicians learned, have many magical properties. Because of polymers, you can pierce a water-filled Ziploc bag with a sharpened pencil, and the water won’t leak out! Try it at home and see how many pencils you can put through your bag. Some of our magicians got up to 10 pencils!


The participants got to make their own magnetic slime and test it with various magnets, and play with oil-based ooblek!  The magicians played with the ooblek to discover that oil-based ooblek is not like your run-of-the-mill water-based ooblek – it has its own magical properties!

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Grades 5-6

Our 5th and 6th grade magicians learned all about illusions, which are the key to all good magic tricks. We first explored anamorphic images, then used our new knowledge to create a floating cube device. Check-out this magician’s device!


The 5th and 6th graders also built a device to project a hologram-like image. The participants learned that the floating image is called a “Pepper’s Ghost Illusion.” While it isn’t technically a hologram, all of the magicians were amazed to learn that the little projector can be used on their own phones and tablets!

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The 5th and 6th grade magicians made their own videos to use with their projectors. Please view below!