Flaming Dust by dario padovan
DISCLAIMER: The following Chemical Magic effect involves chemical
reactions that are potentially dangerous. Both the author and Trieste
Magica decline all liability for any problem originating from the
application of what is written in this article. Only trained people
should attempt to reproduce this chemical reaction and the resulting
reagent can be used only by adult magicians under their own risk.
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The Magi puts a lighted cigarette in an ashtrayer, producing a sudden flame.
Dimethyl Keton (1 ml)
Hydrocloric acid - concentrated (1 ml)
Hydrogen peroxide 30% (1 ml)
Mix 1 ml of dimethyl keton with 1 ml of Hydrocloric acid, keeping the
becher in ice bath. Add, wly and drop by drop, 1 ml of hydrogen
peroxide. A white precipitate will develop. Filter to the chner,
wash with distilled water and let it dry. The white precipitate is a
cyclic trimer of dymethil keton and is highly flammable: adding heat
with a burning body will break trimer's bonds, releasing dymethil
keton that will catch fire, burning with a bluish flame.
This is an explosive reaction, but is quite harmless. The dust can be
also hold in the hand without danger of burns.
The chemical reaction is summarized by the following formula:
Never store big amounts of dust. Always start with little amounts of
powder, increasing slowly the dosage. The precipitate should be
perfectly dry, because even small traces of water interferes with the
ignition. To obtain a better drying, a vacuum dryer od a drying tile
can be used. In order for the reaction to be fast, the hydrogen
peroxide should be fresh and higly concentrated.