This is perhaps the easiest “machine” to make in the book and is a dramatic demonstration of the effect of soap on water.
EXTRAS: written instructions and the science of how the soapy surfer works can be found in this piece I wrote for BBC Focus Magazine.
Click here for an article on why washing your hands with soap is better for killing viruses than using just water or alcohol-based wipes or handwashes.
Below is a video I made with the Royal Institution in which the comedian Rufus Hound shows his son how to use this phenomenon for a rather splendid “magic” trick:
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