Magic tricks and physics demonstrations have a lot in common. Both can produce unexpected results, and both are beholden to the laws of physics.
Wall will present a number of physics demonstrations through magic tricks and will use some obvious and some not-so-obvious performance magic in explaining physical principles. Although no great secrets of magic will be revealed, the optical principles behind an entire class of magical effects will be demonstrated and discussed.
Wall is emeritus professor of physics at the City College of San Francisco and an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Arkansas. This presentation is part of the WSU physics department's celebration of the 2005 World Year of Physics.
Wall's presentation is free to the public and appropriate for audiences of all ages.
Brad Carroll, chair and professor of physics
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