Time travelling magicians Morgan and West have branched out this year. Their new show sees them celebrating scientific method in a manner that befits two former science teachers.
Nattily dressed in their customary Victorian style, they kick off this new family show by presenting a series of chemical reactions – liquids that turn a vivid shade of pink when they come into contact with one another, substances that explode in a flash of light – before performing a series of optical illusions.
They dabble with electricity, wowing the crowd with a Tesla coil and some fluorescent bulbs. The highpoint of the show is a sequence in which they explain what atoms are by way of what looks very much like a magic trick. It’s as if they can’t resist.
Pitched at a level that young children can understand and that parents can enjoy, the show would benefit from a bit more audience interaction – they’re good with child volunteers as demonstrated in previous shows – and also from a little more explanation in places. What exactly are the colour-changing liquids? What exactly is an exothermic reaction? Older children might want more detail.
But most of the young audience members are entranced. The show is driven by a sense of respect for the way scientists work, through observation and rigorous testing, and a wish to instil that in those watching. They’re the kind of science teachers I wish I’d had at school.