Magicians do the impossible first

People often ask how I got excited about science. Who was the great chemist who influenced my life?

I grew up in an unusual family. My first recollection was when I was three years old, peeking through the curtain at the Paramount Theater, watching my dad cut my mother into three pieces. Dad would close the show by eating fire. That my Dad could eat fire had amazing applications to my days in kindergarten – I took my Dad to “show and tell”?.

Growing up in a family of professional magicians, I learned how to think like a magician. Magicians always start with the impossible and move to the possible.

All things are possible. The difference between magic and science is the secret. Unlike magicians, science teachers get to create intrigue and wonder, but also reveal the secret. It is a beautiful approach to use when we are teaching science.

Listen to my podcast on magicians and teachers

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