Steve’s Top 10 Favorite Table Tricks
After dinner is the perfect time to entertain everyone with some amazing table tricks!
The classic “whip off” the tablecloth trick is a must for any aspiring science demonstrator who wants to be amazing! This experiment is guaranteed to either bring down the house or to get you into a lot of hot water. The idea is really quite simple – yank the tablecloth out from under a beautiful place setting without destroying the meal (or the place setting). It’s easy if you take a science lesson from Sir Isaac Newton. Get the materials for this experiment and a few of our other table tricks in the After Dinner Science kit. Check out the full experiment instructions here!
The egg drop is one of my all-time favorite science demonstrations. It’s a combination of strategy and skill . . . and just a little luck. The goal is to get an egg to drop into a glass of water. Sound easy enough? Did I mention that the egg is perched high above the water on a cardboard tube and that a pie pan sits between the tube and the water? Still think it’s easy? Sir Isaac Newton does. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked! Get the materials for this experiment and a few of our other table tricks in the After Dinner Science kit. Check out the full instructions here!
This is guaranteed to become one of your favorite kitchen chemistry experiments. Some very unusual interactions take place when you mix a little milk, food coloring, and a drop of liquid soap. Use this experiment to amaze your friends and uncover the scientific secrets of soap. Get the video for this experiment, and few of our other favorite SICK Science experiments in our SICK Science DVD – Volume 2. Check out the full experiment here!
A balanced diet is always a good idea to help you stay healthy. Here’s an activity that’ll be a hit at home or at your favorite sit-down restaurant. (Our guess is you’ll either get a free dessert or you’ll be asked to leave.) Find a way to balance a fork and a spoon on the edge of a glass using only a toothpick. Yes, it’s a balancing act with a most interesting, gravity-changing solution. Click here to check out the experiment!
Sometimes you have to stop and ask yourself, “Who comes up with this stuff?” No one ever uses a straw to eat a potato, but science nerds seem to like to find ways to poke straws through potatoes. There must be a deeper meaning… and there is! Get the materials for this experiment and a few of our other table tricks in the After Dinner Science kit. Check out the instructions to put a straw through a potato by clicking here for the full guide.
Watch closely and use everything you know about air pressure differences to explain the mystery of the rising water. Look for clues that explain why the water rises into the container. It may not be what you think it is so keep your eyes open as you collect data. The best part is that you’ll likely have to do the experiment several times to confirm how air pressure is involved. To find out how to make water rise, follow our instructions here!
Understanding density has never been easier or more colorful! The Sugar Rainbow is a creative and engaging way to see how liquids of different densities stack on top each other. There’s an additional lesson about adhesion and cohesion in the mix for you, too. A simple combination of some sugar and water with vivid colors leads to an awesome science experience about density. Click here to get the full instructions to make your own Sugar Rainbow.
Although this effect is presented with modern containers like plastic soda bottles, the original magic trick dates back thousands of years. The magician shows everybody two identical bottles of rice and two chopsticks. When the performer plunges a chopstick into the bottle of rice and lifts, the rice and bottle seem so light that they float upwards as the chopstick is raised. But, when a spectator is invited to do the same thing with the other bottle of rice and chopstick, it refuses to rise. Nothing changes when the performer and spectator exchange chopsticks – the performer’s bottle rises while the spectator’s does not. The secret may not be what you expect. Get the materials for this experiment and a few of our other table tricks in the After Dinner Science kit. Find out how to make rice float here!
The ability to move an object with your mind is called telekinesis. Magicians and psychics claim to have this amazing ability… and you will too once you’ve learned the science secret behind the Sympathetic Match trick. If you like to annoy all of your dinner guests by running your finger along the rim of a wine glass to make it sing, you’ll soon have your friends convinced that you can move objects with your mind! Find out how to make a toothpick move using a singing glass, by clicking here.