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Magic Up Your Sleeve: Amazing Illusions, Tricks, and Science Facts You’ll Never Believe.

By Helaine Becker. Published in 2010 by Maple Tree Press

The world of science is often described as magical — but is magic itself scientific? You bet! Award-winning author Helaine Becker teams up with illustrator Claudia Davila once again to unleash her special brand of humor and facts on young readers. This time around, the duo reveals the science hidden in magic tricks! Using dozens of activities, Becker shows how the world of magic manipulates simple scientific principles of illusion and perception to leave audiences baffled. Each mystifying trick has been tested and is clearly explained to provide quick results using a handful of common household materials. A bonus “Art of Performance” appendix includes everything kids need to know to put on a magic show — from the importance of patter to perfecting their sleight of hand tricks.

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