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From the Science of Magic
to the Magic of Science
The Project
Miquel DURAN and Fernando Blasco
@miquelduran @fblascoxyz
Pr...
Introduction
Our Science Communication team is involved in a variety of projects
funded by various research agencies, with...
Our main topics
The areas of knowledge we have most been involved in are:
The Magic of the Periodic Table
The Magic of Foo...
The Magic of the Periodic Table
Here we review the elements of periodic table of
elements with simple but intriguing and s...
The Magic of Food
We use magic and illusionism in an interactive activity
entitled "The Magic of Food", which is quite att...
Science Based Magic
Sometimes a magic trick relies on a scientific fact. It can be a
physical law such as magnetism or ele...
Our expertise on public outreach activities
For the last years we have gained expertise in a variety of activities,
includ...
Science and magic in the pub
This format allows to present scientific tricks in a
close-up setting. It is very good for a ...
Scientific-magic itinerary
We have developed a collection of tricks that can be
adapted to common places in a city. The le...
Science and magic demonstrations in a
stand
We are prepared for the usual format of Science Faires
where visitors stop at ...
Science and magic performances on a
stage
Currently we have stage performances for 'The Magic of
the Periodic Table' and '...
The MOOC “Magia, Ciencia y Secretos
Confesables)
To be followed in the MiriadaX Platform, starting September 22th, 2016
ht...
In practise… a few examples
Magic-Scientific Itinerary around a city or area
Magic-Scientific Itinerary: starting from a given spot or venue, any area...
Magic and Science at a local Pub
Magic and Science at the Pub: surely a favourite with any event.
A proper Pub should be d...
Stand and Stage activities - Fair and street
Stand and Stage:
If a Fair with tents and stands is organized during any even...
References: Participation in international-level
activities
Stand and stage:
Science & You, City Auditorium, Nancy (F) 201...
References: magic + science shows
Science & You 2015: http://www.science-and-you.com/fr/forum/spectacles
Science on Stage ...
Press review and main project website
El Norte de Castilla, Valladolid 2015
http://www.elnortedecastilla.es/fotos/culturas...
Poster on
Innovation in
Science
Education
Science on Stage
London 2015
http://goo.gl/vhq1QU
Academic PPT presentations on Magic and Science:
See http://slideshare.net/quelgir
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  1. 1. From the Science of Magic to the Magic of Science The Project Miquel DURAN and Fernando Blasco @miquelduran @fblascoxyz Project MagSci - http://magsci.eu
  2. 2. Introduction Our Science Communication team is involved in a variety of projects funded by various research agencies, within the overall theme of "From the Magic of Science to the Science of Magic". In this presentation we provide information about the main topics we cover, and suggest different activities to be held in any spot, city or organization for outreach activities involving Public Awareness of Science, Public Understanding of Science, or Science Education.
  3. 3. Our main topics The areas of knowledge we have most been involved in are: The Magic of the Periodic Table The Magic of Food Science Based Magic For each topic we showcase a few images and a relevant quote.
  4. 4. The Magic of the Periodic Table Here we review the elements of periodic table of elements with simple but intriguing and seductive magic tricks, which they are completed with spectacular and quick chemistry experiments. Using the historical relationship between magic and science, we mix enjoyment with increasing the scientific culture of the viewer. We take advantage that the periodic table is an example place where natural numbers appear, so we can translate classical mathematical tricks to a chemistry framework.
  5. 5. The Magic of Food We use magic and illusionism in an interactive activity entitled "The Magic of Food", which is quite attractive and interesting for both children and youngsters. It is also relevant towards promoting a healthy nutrition. We try to educate in science while eating, i.e., to promote a healthy nutrition via magic and illusionism. The purpose of this activity is promoting that children and youngsters know about the most basic concepts of healthy nutrition, and that the learn the basic nutritional strategies. For younger children, we will carry out a qualitative approximation to nutritional components, while for teenagers and grown-ups we will use a more quantitative approach.
  6. 6. Science Based Magic Sometimes a magic trick relies on a scientific fact. It can be a physical law such as magnetism or electricity, a chemical one like a reaction or a change of colour or a mathematical one, as it happens with some properties of shuffles or number facts. Here the scientific concepts are presented in a theatrical way, as in a real magic show, with the aim of attracting people into Science. Cards, ropes or mirrors are the lab tools used in this presentation.
  7. 7. Our expertise on public outreach activities For the last years we have gained expertise in a variety of activities, including a MOOC on Magic and Science, or the academic interplay between Magic, Science and Education. For any city or organization program, we think of four possible types of activities Science and magic in the pub Scientific-magic itinerary Science and magic demonstrations in a stand Science and magic performances on a stage Massive Online Open Course For each activity, we provide a few images and a quote
  8. 8. Science and magic in the pub This format allows to present scientific tricks in a close-up setting. It is very good for a small audience up to 50 people. They can interact with the magician and feel the magic of science in their hands. The three main topics listed are suitable for this format.
  9. 9. Scientific-magic itinerary We have developed a collection of tricks that can be adapted to common places in a city. The length is variable and allows to walk around the city, stop in certain places and make a science based magic trick related with the the things that can be observed in that area. Is a funny and different way for showing science in the city
  10. 10. Science and magic demonstrations in a stand We are prepared for the usual format of Science Faires where visitors stop at some stands and see what is offered in every place. The three topics can be shown in this format.
  11. 11. Science and magic performances on a stage Currently we have stage performances for 'The Magic of the Periodic Table' and 'Science Based Magic'. They have been represented in different places, changing the contents and the show extension (usually 1 hour) depending on the people attending the show. They are magic shows with participation of people.
  12. 12. The MOOC “Magia, Ciencia y Secretos Confesables) To be followed in the MiriadaX Platform, starting September 22th, 2016 http://magcimooc.net
  13. 13. In practise… a few examples
  14. 14. Magic-Scientific Itinerary around a city or area Magic-Scientific Itinerary: starting from a given spot or venue, any area provides a wealth of opportunities. Provided that we may receive help from a local scientist who knows well the city or area, we will design an itnerary that consists of a series of spots where magic tricks are related intimately to them (a clock, a wall, a geometrical figure, numbers, physics, metals, chemistry, a biological or geological ocurrence… ) People become easily engaged in such an itinerary, because it combines the atractive of visiting a City of area in a different way, the relevance of learning/acquiring new scientific concepts, and enjoying Magic.
  15. 15. Magic and Science at a local Pub Magic and Science at the Pub: surely a favourite with any event. A proper Pub should be designated so could attend it. Fernando Blasco and Miquel Duran would be joined for sure by other scientific magicians attending the same event of working closely. Proper advertising would be done from the first moment.
  16. 16. Stand and Stage activities - Fair and street Stand and Stage: If a Fair with tents and stands is organized during any event, our activities are very well suited because we can attend many visitors at the same time, either by short magic play or by longer activities. We would be also available for 10-, 20- or 30-min stage shows either in open space, or in a close indoor facility. If a Fair is organized with concentrated stands, we could be there for a a short number of days. Otherwise, we could be in any city corner or designated spot.
  17. 17. References: Participation in international-level activities Stand and stage: Science & You, City Auditorium, Nancy (F) 2015 Science on Stage, London, Queen Mary Univ., 2015 Mathsweek, Dublin (IRL), 2008-2015 Stand: Science Piknik, Warsaw, 2016 European Researchers' Night, Girona, Spain, last Fri Sep, 2007-2015 European Researchers' Night 10th anniversary, Brussels, 2015
  18. 18. References: magic + science shows Science & You 2015: http://www.science-and-you.com/fr/forum/spectacles Science on Stage 2015: http://collaborated.org.uk/science-on-stage-2015-day-2/ Magic Fun with Science concepts, Miquel Duran at TEDxBarcelonaED https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw09DgqMLfU Performing a Magic Square trick in front of an audience, F. Blasco, at #ecme15, Girona TBD European Researchers' Night 10th Anniversary video, Science is Wonder-Ful, 23 Sep 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkc78cGcmt0 Maths in the pub, F. Blasco at Alchemist’s café https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RerXQYKPwKI
  19. 19. Press review and main project website El Norte de Castilla, Valladolid 2015 http://www.elnortedecastilla.es/fotos/culturas/201504/18/aula-cultura- norte-museo-30103697930120-mm.html Diario de Sevilla, Sevilla 2015 http://www.diariodesevilla.es/article/opinion/1919642/la/magia/la/cien cia.html Project website: http://magsci.eu
  20. 20. Poster on Innovation in Science Education Science on Stage London 2015 http://goo.gl/vhq1QU
  21. 21. Academic PPT presentations on Magic and Science: See http://slideshare.net/quelgir
  22. 22. From the Magic of Science to the Science of Magic

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