Steve Spangler returned to the Ellen Show armed with experiments featured on his new television series called DIY Sci on FOX (also available on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video)… and a card trick finale that left Ellen amazed! When Steve’s new television series was announced in the trade magazines back in January, Ellen and her producers were the first to offer congratulations and to invite him back to the show to share the good news with her audience. Just another example of the classy people at the Ellen Show.
Experiments from DIY Sci
Steve opened his 19th appearance on the show with a collection of favorite do-it-yourself science tricks from DIY Sci. Ellen discovered a tricky way to keep a shaken can of soda from exploding when it’s open by controlling the location of the carbon dioxide bubbles in the can. A simple snap of the can just in the right place and the just shaken cans were opened (with a gasp from the audience) and not a drop was spilled. Nice trick.
The next science demonstration involved a 1-liter bottle filled with water, a Sharpie pen and a push pin. The words “Do Not Open” were written on the outside of the bottle and the push pin was used to puncture holes in the bottle. However, to everyone’s surprise, water did not spill from the holes until the cap was twisted off. Steve suggested that it’s a great prank to set-up at home while waiting for an unsuspecting victim to ignore the warning printed on the bottle and open it themselves. It was a lesson in the science of air pressure.
Sharp object and balloons are never a good combination unless you know something about the science of a balloon. If a balloon is punctured just in the right place, the sharp object can pass through the balloon without popping it. Of course, Steve needed to super-size the experiment using a giant clear balloon and a 3-foot long wooden skewer. Mission accomplished and the audience loved it.