ABRACADABRA! On TOMz

Thami and Dee explain that magicians love using optical illusions, like mirrors, to conceal something and make the audience think that what they are seeing is just part of the scenery!

Artists like MC Escher use optical illusion and their knowledge of geometry to create pictures that can boggle our brains.  Thami and Dee discuss some of the most famous magicians and illusionists of all time, like Harry Houdini, David Blaine and David Copperfield. One of the most famous scientists of all time was the great Nikola Tesla, who is credited for being the inventor of the modern radio, the remote control, fluorescent lighting and the famous Tesla coil!

Tony Voorvelt explains to Dee at the Wits laboratory that these technologies would have looked like magic during Tesla’s time and that ‘Magic’ is science that we don’t understand. Thought a magician never revealed his tricks? Think again; Dee and Thami reveal the science behind a number of tricks, including one where Dee sets a R20 note on fire and it does not burn! The classic bed of nails trick looks like something out of a horror movie, but if you understand the physics behind the principles of pressure, Thami explains how it actually isn’t very scary at all!

Thami and Dee end the show with the well-known trick of Thami attempting to cut Dee in half with a saw; but does Thami know what he’s doing? Will Dee see another day?

Disappear in a puff of excitement on this week’s magical episode of TOMz on Monday 24 September 2012 at 17h00 only on SABC 1.

Fuelled by the Department of Science and Technology and produced for SABC Education by I Love That productions, Teenagers on a Mission (TOMz) is a funky, creative and innovative exploration of how 'everyday' science and technology has shaped our society. TOMZ was introduced to South African audiences in 2010, and by presenting in an array of South Africa’s vernacular languages, it has achieved its goal of exposing career paths for the youth of today to create a skilled and educated South Africa. For more information on TOMz, please visit our website www.tomz.co.za oremail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are always searching for amazing, innovative, informative and educational content!

Other episodes coming in October:

1 October The science of Special Effects
8 October The science of Nutrition
15 October The science of Sexual Reproduction
22 October The science of Piracy and the Navy
29 October The science of War and the Army

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