Science vs Magic is a live science show that combines stunning demonstrations of both “magic” and science, but ultimately aims to convince even the most avid Harry Potter fans that science can beat “magic” hands down when it comes to delivering excitement and wonder. As part of the show, I perform some of the most amazing illusions used by magicians, involving transformation, teleportation and mind-reading, and reveal how they can all be done “for real” using Science. The show also examines the parallels between magic and science which may explain why so many scientists are fascinated by magic and why, ultimately, science is a much more rewarding activity.
In terms of curriculum content, the show is really about “how science works” and also features a lot of material relating to particles and the behaviour of light.
The show was developed in partnership with The Royal Institution and is now part of their programme for Schools. I’ve also performed the show at the Cheltenham Science Festival, the Otley Science Festival and for the 2011 UCL Chemistry Annual Demonstration Lecture.