UI Chemistry Department sets times for 'Holiday Magic' show

UI Chemistry Department sets times for 'Holiday Magic' show

URBANA — Nothing says the holidays quite like inflated marshmallows and glowing pickles.

The University of Illinois Chemistry Department will present its annual "Holiday Magic" show at 7 p.m. Wednesday and again at 2 p.m. Sunday in 100 Noyes Lab, 505 S. Mathews Ave., U.

The lighthearted demonstration is designed to show off the magic of chemistry at semester's end and share it with community members.

In past years, it has featured homemade Roman candles, fog machines, explosions (ear plugs provided), snowmen on fire, and marshmallows shaped like Santa that inflate and deflate. And a glowing pickle.

The show is free, but seating is limited. The room holds about 300 people, and the show typically draws a standing-room-only crowd. Arrangements have been made this year for overflow spectators to watch the show on video from another classroom.

The show sponsored by the School of Chemical Sciences, Department of Chemistry, American Chemical Society student affiliates and the group Reaching and Educating America's Chemists of Tomorrow.