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If you live near Billingshurst, Steyning, Newhaven or Brighton, we hope you'll be there for the magical funfair, demonstrating magic, but calling itself science (see below). It's a drop-in event, so come any time – you'll probably be there for a couple of hours. Tickets are available on the door, though buying them in advance secures your entry in case of crowds. )Sorry about the booking fee; we can't help that. It buys you peace of mind). Scroll down for the full set of tour dates.
Magic
Going on a bit now about magic vs science: electrons can be called magic, because nobody knows what they are. We know what they do, when they do it, how much and for how long, but what they actually are is a mystery. Clarke's Law* states that anything we don't understand we are allowed to call magic, so magic they are!
(*Arthur C Clarke, science fiction writer)
And what electrostatics does is hold the Universe together. Your magic will allow you do make napkins dance, but the electrons' magic also stops the straw, napkin and table from turning into powder
Order, order...
What happens when magic fails? When we can't bear to face the world, when everything is bent, broken and disordered? The magic of the human mind has the answer: stare at the floor! Here's a simple proof: this grid is neat and orderly in the middle, but a mess at the edges, just like most our lives. If you stare at any point in the centre, after twenty seconds the fringe will tidy itself up. Of course it won't work if you look at the untidy bits, as in life. (If it doesn't work within 20 seconds, try a bigger version here.)
Answer the public
Ever wondered whether dogs can eat avocados? Or if Donald Trump can drive? So have millions of other people, apparently – at least according to the things we all punch into Google. Answerthepublic.com can tell you more.

Knot magic

Aside from the magic in our lives, there are more immediate things: how to do up shoelaces, keep things safe on the back of a bike, wrap presents, secure luggage, wear a tie, tame the garden. In other words the world needs to know how to tie knots. So we are looking for a knot expert. Are you one? Do you know one? Get in touch with us. Do knot delay.

This is knot magic
There are a lot of tricks out there for knot followers. You can tie a knot with one hand, make a knot that disappears, even tie a knot in a cherry stem using just your tongue.
But can you tie a knot with your arms crossed, like our expert below? Click on the pic to find out how.
We also seek other skills workshops: glue, woodwork, recycling, bike maintenance, knitting. Anyone got a clue?
We already have hand-washing (not as straightforward as you may think), plaster of Paris, computer programming, simple electrical repairs. Let's look for more everyday life skills.

POCKET SCIENCE PROGRAMME
Monday 23rd October – The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning, BN44 3XZ
10t.30am – 4.30pm. £4 for ages 7 and up, under 7s free, £14 for a family of four. 
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Wednesday 25th October – Meeching Hall, Fort Road, Newhaven, BN9 9QQ
10.30am – 4.30pm. £4 for ages 7 and up, under 7s free, £14 for a family of four. 
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Thursday 26th October – Brighton Youth Centre, Edward Street, Brighton, BN2 0JR
10.30am – 4.30pm. £4 SUGGESTED DONATION
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Friday 27th October – The Billingshurst Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst, RH14 9QW
10.30am – 4.30pm. £4 for ages 7 and up, under 7s free, £14 for a family of four. 
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