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How to Do Chemical Tricks

A. T. Anderson (?-?)

1. How to do Chemical Tricks
2. Chemical Affinity, Sympathetic Inks
3. Alum Baskets, Easy Crystallizations
4. Charcoal Coated with Gold, Silver
5. Combustion
6. Chemistry of the Air
7. Amateur Air Pump, Asphyxia, Balloon in a Vacuum, Boiling Cold Water, A Sucking Tube, Cupping
8. The Barometer, A Novel Barometer
9. Compressed Air
10. Noiseless Bell, The Bursting Bladder, Weight of the Air
11. Spoons Which Will Melt in Hot Water
12. Effect of Compression
13. To Cover Iron with Copper
14. The Elements
15. Potassium, Metallic Colors
16. Crystallization of Metals
17. Crystallization, Beauties of Crystallization
18. To Crystallize Camphor
19. A Solid Change to a Liquid
20. Magic of Heat, Sublimation by Heat, Heat Passing Through Glass, Metals Unequally Influenced by Heat
21. Spontaneous Combustion, Inequality of Heat in Fire-Irons, Expasion of Metal by Heat
22. The Alchemist's Ink, Chameleon Liquids, Magic Dyes, Wine Changed into Water
23. The Chemistry of Water
24. Two Bitters Make a Sweet
25. Visible and Invisible
26. To Form a Liquid from Two Solids, Restoration of Color by Water, Two Liquids Make a Solid, Two Solids Make a Liquid, A Solid Opaque Mass Makes a Transparent Liquid, Two Cold Liquids Make a Hot One
27. To Make Ice
28. Curious Change of Colors, The Protean Lights, To Change the Colors of Flowers, Changes of the Poppy, Changes of the Rose
29. Marking Indelibly
30. Visible Growth
31. Colored Flames
32. Water of Different Temperatures in the Same Vessel
33. Warmth of Different Colors
34. Laughing Gas
35. Magic Vapor, Gas from the Union of Metals
36. Green Fire, Combustion of Three Metals
37. To Make Paper Apparently Incombustible
38. Heat Not to be Estimated by Touch
39. Flame Upon Water, Rose-colored Flame Upon Water
40. Currents in Boiling Water, Hot Water Lighter than Cold, Expansion of Water by Cold
41. The Cup of Tantalus
42. The Magic Whirlpool
43. Fire Under Water
44. To Light Steel
45. A Test of Love
46. An Egg Pushed Into a Wine Bottle
47. A Chemical Fountain
48. Weighing Gases
49. In Water but not Wet
50. Image of a Volcano
51. Reciprocal Images
52. Imitation of Animal Tints
53. Melting a Coin
54. Explosive Gas
55. Cold from Evaporation
56. Self-Dancing Egg
57. Flash of Fire in a Room
58. Cast Iron Drops
59. Explosion without Heat, Fiery Powder
60. Illumination
61. Sun and Spirit
62. Stars in Waster
63. Parlor Ballooning
64. Marvelous
65. Mutability, the end

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While a bit outdated in many of the more complex descriptions of several of the phenomena described, this book is nonetheless still fun and relevant for a person interested in basic chemistry or physics tricks, and the devices built in the book can be easily replicated with more modern materials. The book is split up into many little experiments, tricks, with an explanation on how it works, what's happening, and how to reproduce the effects at home.