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Activity: Pepper and Water Trick

The pepper and water science trick is one of the easiest magic tricks you can perform. You only need a few common kitchen ingredients to perform this science magic trick.


You need: black pepper, water, dishwashing liquid, plate or bowl


Pour water into a plate or bowl.


Shake some pepper onto the water’s surface.


Dip your finger into the pepper and water (to see that nothing much will happen).


However, if you put a drop of dishwashing liquid on your finger and then dip it into the pepper and water the pepper will rush to the outer edges of the dish.


*If you are doing this as a ‘trick’ then you might have one finger that is clean and another finger that you dipped in detergent before performing the trick. You could use a spoon or chopstick if you don’t want a soapy finger.