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Physics Toy Store 01

Sand Souvenir toy
The hardest part of finding this toy is that there is no universal name for them. This toy was made by Warm Fuzzy Toy company and here is a similar product:

From Amazon: BUY NOW Sand Image Toy
It seems the most common version of this toy is for football fans:

From eBay: BUY NOW Sand Football Paperweight Toy
The penguin version is sold out but may be available here: Penguin Gift Shop

Wikipedia has a nice introduction to the amazing world of granular material science

CYMK Coasters
These coasters are almost sold out everywhere: only The Mona Lisa is still in stock:

From Amazon: BUY NOW CMYK Coasters

From eBay: BUY NOW CMYK coasters

The CMYK model and colorspace on Wikipedia.

Surf's Up!

Surf's Up!: Another gravity defying creation by Kyle Auga @kyles_kinetics. This well-balanced stainless steel surfer will carve waves in the air for over 15 minutes on one push! The surfer has the curious motion of a 3D physical pendulum- a complex motion which can be broken down into oscillations along two dimensions and rotation about the point of contact. The stick figure plus counterweights and bar structure is designed such that its center of mass is few centimeters below the contact point when at rest. When the sculpture is tipped the center of mass swings under the pivot point in this stable equilibrium condition- no magnets needed to create this physics magic. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to get Kyle's kinetic art and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #kineticart #KylesKinetics #centerofmass #lowcenterofmass #balancetoy #physicstoy #physicsart #physics #stableequilibrium #equilibrium #oscillations #physicalpendulum #pendulum #torque #restoringforce #desktoy #science #scienceisawesome #newtonssecondlaw #centerofgravity

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Kyle Auga-- kinetic sculptures:

Check out Kyle's art here:
From Etsy: BUY NOW Kyle's Kinetics
and from Kyles on-line store: BUY NOW kyleskinetics.com


Balance Pteranodon

Balance Pteranodon: weights in the forward wing tips create a center of mass below this pterosaur's beak- making a system that can rotate and oscillate about a stable equilibrium condition. No magnets used or needed for this physics! Usually this toy is found in the form of a bird (direct dinosaur descendent). Pterosaurs are not dinosaurs, but are the largest animals to ever fly, and powered flight has only evolved four times: bats, birds, pterosaurs, and insects- in reverse order. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile to get this toy pteranodon and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #equilibrium #centerofmass #physics #physicstoy #balance #balancebird #balancetoy #pteranodon #pterosaur #rotationalinertia #science #scienceisawesome #stableequilibrium

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Get one here!

From Amazon: BUY NOW Balance Pteranodon
From eBay: BUY NOW Balancing Pteranodon


Acrylic Rattleback

Acrylic Rattleback: prefers to spin counter clockwise. If spun clockwise, a complicated combination of friction, precession, and instability induced vibrations transforms the rotational energy into into rattling (energy of oscillations) and then into rotational energy in the opposite direction! This behavior is related to the asymmetric shape of the bottom of this kind of rattleback, it's somewhat propeller shaped with an "S" curve along the bottom ridge. ➡️ Follow the link in my @physicsfun profile for info on where to get a rattleback and learn more about the physics. #rattleback #celt #physics #physicstoy #rotation #instability #kineticenergy #torque #friction #angularmomentum #precession #science #scienceisawesome #kineticart

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These acrylic versions work great and are inexpensive:


From Educational Innovations: BUY NOW Rattlebacks


From Amazon: BUY NOW Rattlebacks

For further details on the curious physics and behavior this amazing physics toy, please see my short blog post on the rattleback.


Time's Up Inverted Timer
Available here:

From Amazon: BUY NOW Inverted Timer

From eBay: BUY NOW Inverted Timer


Star Wars Digital Hologram

Star Wars Digital Hologram: full color digital holography brings to life “A New Hope: Death Star Battle” using the latest technology in 3D imaging. This hologram image is comprised of 734000 hogels (hologram pixels) and comes with its own display stand that illuminates from below. Unlike photographs, holograms are recordings of the interference pattern of light waves. This interference pattern can encode moving 3D images which are revealed by illumination by a point source of light and viewing from an appropriate angle. The latest hologram in my collection, and it looks even more stunning in person. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to buy this and many of the amazing devices featured here on @physicsfun #physics #physicstoy #hologram #zebrahologram #digitalhologram #hogel #starwars #holographic #interference #optics #photopolymer #photopolymerhologram #laser #science #scienceisawesome

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In 2015 these sold for $250 for the stand and hologram! Still with limited availability here and a bit cheaper in price:

From Amazon: BUY NOW Star Wars Digital Hologram

From eBay: BUY NOW Star Wars Digital Hologram


Spin Bank
Available here:

From eBay: BUY NOW Spin Coin Bank


Vortex II Coin Bank

Get one here:

From Amazon: BUY NOW Vortex II Coin Bank


Mini Wind Turbine

Mini Wind Turbine: self-contained miniature horizontal axis wind turbine generates enough power to light three LEDs. A small turbine blade is attached to the rotor of a tiny generator that powers the LEDs. Conversion of energy- wind kinetic energy to rotational kinetic energy to electrical energy to light energy. I like how the wind vane and tower are also designed as light pipes for the LED light. A fun little toy that demonstrates the physics of renewable energy! ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to get this and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #physics #physicstoy #wind #windturbine #energyconversion #windenergy #turbine #generator #LED #lightpipe #renewableenergy #science #scienceisawesome

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Nice little unit for less than $10

From eBay: BUY NOW Mini Wind Turbine
From Amazon: BUY NOW Mini Wind Turbine


Low Temperature Stirling Engine
Get one here:

From Amazon: BUY NOW Low Temp Stirling Engine

From eBay: BUY NOW Stirling Engines



Modern LED Newton's Cradle
Get one here:

From Amazon: BUY NOW LED Newton's Cradle

From eBay: BUY NOW LED Newton's Cradle

Jupiter Globe by Mova
Available for all the planets and several versions of Earth:

From Amazon: BUY NOW Mova Globes: all types
From Amazon: BUY NOW Mova Globes: Jupiter


From eBay: BUY NOW Mova Globes: all types
From eBay: BUY NOW Mova Globe: Jupiter


The Lollipopter
Four styles to choose from:


From Amazon: BUY NOW Lollipopter Kinetic Art
From eBay: BUY NOW Lollipopter Kinetic Art


Mini Double Pendulum

Mini Double Pendulum: the intricate dance of chaotic motion from a simple assembly of two physical pendulums (one attached to the end of the other) with the energy of the system moving frenetically back and forth between the potential energy of gravity to the kinetic energy of motion. Chaotic motion (shown here in 240 fps slow motion) is characterized by extreme sensitivity to initial starting conditions, tiny differences in how the system is released leads to dramatically different outcomes each time. This well made precision bearing double pendulum is made by Doug Cvelbar, owner of minicastings.com. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to get this and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #physicstoy #chaos #chaoticmotion #chaostheory #kineticart #pendulum #doublependulum #physicalpendulum #strangeattractor #science #scienceisawesome

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Get this precision machined and balanced desk pendulum here:

From eBay: BUY NOW Double Chaotic Pendulum


Hyperbola Clock
Available here!

From MathsGear: BUY NOW Hyperbola Clock
And also here: www.fibonacciclocks.com
More hyperbolic fun-- see next video and links!


Hyperboloid Spinner
Now available here-- fully assembled or as a kit:

From Amazon: BUY NOW Hyperboliod Spinner: The HypnoGizmo


This toy reminds me of an amazing geometric sculpture where I used to work: Tractricious by Robert Wilson, founding director of Fermi National Accelerator Lab

Euler's Disk

Euler's Disk: (best with sound on) this toy exhibits the motion of a “sprolling” coin, a motion that combines spinning and rolling. Designed with a large mass and very smooth edge, this device takes close to 3 minutes to come to rest- and amazingly, the contact point between the disk and the mirror can reach a speed of more that 200 mph! This video catches the first and last parts of this 2 minute and 42 second run, with two cuts to 240fps slow motion to show the curious motion. Watch the end with the sound on! ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where buy this and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #Euler #EulersDisk #spinning #physics #physicstoy #angularmomentum #dissipative #precession #sprolling #precessionrate #spinning #spinningtop #rollingfriction #science #scienceisawesome

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Get one here:


From Educational Innovations: BUY NOW Euler's Disk and Accessories

From Amazon: BUY NOW Euler's Disk
Wikipedia has an excellent introduction to the physics of Euler's Disk


MaBoRun Mini
Get one here!

From Amazon: BUY NOW MaboRun Mini Marble Run


Photicular 3D Animation Book

Photicular 3D Animation Book: the foremost in lenticular image technology produces these looping motion images that look like videos on a computer screen. This amazing book of 8 astonishing moving images is the creation of photographer/artist/inventor Dan Kainen where the moving images use Kainen's patented process where a specially processed image slides under a thin film of lenticular lenses. Writer Carol Kaufmann puts each image into context incorporating fun science facts appropriate for kids yet informative to all. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to buy this book (and four others in this series) as seen here on @physicsfun #photicular #lenticular #photicularbook #3D #physics #physicstoy #optics #stereoscopic #magnifier #cylidricallens #lens #science #scienceisawesome

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Kainen and Kaufmann now offer four books in this series- all amazing!

From Amazon: BUY NOW Photicular Animation Books
Including:



Eclipse: A diamagentic levitation sculpture by Element83

Eclipse: A diamagnetic levitation sculpture by Element83 inspired by the Great American Eclipse. Cast from diamagnetic Bismuth, a golden spherical neodymium magnet levitates trapped in a tunnel within the metal. Diamagnetic substances only have magnetic fields of their own when placed in an external magnetic field from another source- here the sphere magnet supplies the field. Diamagnetic fields are pretty weak though so a powerful cube neodymium magnet sits above the tunnel and is adjusted to help lift the sphere magnet against gravity. Trapped in equilibrium by these fields, any other magnet brought near will change the balance. ­čîčAnother amazing creation by Ernie McElhannon. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to get this sculpture and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #diamagnetism #physics #physicstoy #neodymium #magneticfield #magnetism #levitation #maglev #science #bismuth #eclipse #equilibrium #pyrolyticgraphite #scienceisawesome @element83onetsy

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See the videos below for more of Ernie's amazing creations- or click here to visit his Etsy shop Element83
Get a magnetic levitation sculpture here:

From Etsy: BUY NOW Diamagnetic Levitation Sculptures


Star Wars Specular Hologram on Vinyl

Star Wars Specular Hologram on Vinyl: A repost of my favorite Star Wars themed physics in celebration of The Last Jedi in theaters today—the two LP soundtrack from The Force Awakens featuring two amazing "scratch holograms" of a Tie fighter and the Millennium Falcon- the video barely captures the fullness of the 3D effect, in person the spaceships seem to hover above the surface of the record. These holograms were hand etched on the metal masters by artist Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science. The etched grooves reflect a point source of light as sharp glints and the groves are arranged so that each eye sees a slightly different pattern such that, via stereopsis, the shiny points appear to float above or below the surface. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to get this vinyl LP and many of the amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #hologram #holographic #physics #physicstoy #specularhologram #abrasionhologram #scratchhogram #Starwars #theforceawakens #TristanDuke #vinyl #albumart #stereoscopic #chatoyance #science #scienceisawesome

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Get the soundtrack by John Williams (which comes with two wonderful examples of Tristan Duke's holography artwork) here:

From Amazon: BUY NOW The Force Awakens Soundtrack + Holograms

See the next video for another amazing work by Mr. Duke...


Specular Hologram
Specular Hologram on Vinyl: the album Lazaretto by Jack White features this amazing "scratch hologram" of a twirling angel (shown here accompanied by the opening bars from the title track of the album). The hologram was hand etched on the metal master by artist Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science. The etched grooves reflect a point source of light as sharp glints and the groves are arranged so that each eye sees a slightly different pattern such that, via stereopsis, the shiny points appear to float above or below the surface. This album has a lot of other interesting features including dual grooves that allows for two different intros to one track (depending on where the needled is dropped) and side A plays from the inside out- fun! ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to get this vinyl LP and many of the curiosities featured here on @physicsfun #hologram #holographic #physics #physicstoy #specularhologram #abrasionhologram #scratchhogram #JackWhite #Lazeretto #TristanDuke #vinyl #albumart #stereoscopic #chatoyance #science #scienceisawesome
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For the price of a vinyl LP you can own the amazing artwork of Tristan Duke. This album by Jack White is damn good as well (I also got the digital download with the vinyl purchase).


From Amazon: BUY NOW Jack White Lazaretto (Vinyl)


Pixelated Playing Cards

Available from these fine sources:

From Amazon: BUY NOW Pixel Cards
From eBay: BUY NOW Pixel Cards


Thermochromic Beam Down Mug:

Get one here:

From Amazon: BUY NOW Beam Down Star Trek Mug
Similar mugs here:

From eBay: BUY NOW Star Trek Heat Mugs


Gold and Silver Fumed Marble

Fumed Vortex Marble: glass art intersects with the physics of optics and materials science in this gold and silver fumed marble by Colby James Boyd (@marblesincharge). Vaporized gold and silver, deposited in very thin films, interacts with light waves via differential refraction, selective absorption, and interference, creating colorful iridescent and ethereal forms within the glass. Spinning this marble on a concave lens showcases its intricate and beautiful structure. Follow @marblesincharge here on IG to see (and buy) his latest work. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to buy art marbles and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #physicsmeetsart #physics #physicstoy #marble #vortex #vortexmarble #optics #refraction #indexofrefraction #iridescence #illusion #art #artglass #artmarble #marble #amazing #lampwork #lampworking #fumed #science #scienceisawesome

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Sold on Instagram:

Visit IG: @marbelsincharge
More amazing glass and marble art in the next video and links!


Vortex Marble with Gibson Opal

Vortex Marble with Gilson Opal Sphere: glass art intersects with the physics of optics in this spectacular piece from lampworking master Raven Copeland aka @madglasser -The clear glass face acts as a convex lens giving the illusion that the spiral goes deeper than the diameter of the marble. The illusion is even stronger in person and I'm still trying to figure out how Raven produces the amazing 3-D background features. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to get art marbles like this- and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #physicsmeetsart #physics #physicstoy #marble #vortex #vortexmarble #madglasser #madglasser10k #optics #refraction #indexofrefraction #opalescence #iridescence #illusion #art #artglass #artmarble #marble #amazing #lampwork #lampworking #vitamino #opal #fumed #science #scienceisawesome

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Similar art glass available here:

From Etsy: BUY NOW Vortex Marbles


Vortex Marble from the Magic Series

Magic Vortex Marble: glass art intersects with the physics of optics in another spectacular piece from lampworking master Raven Copeland aka @madglasser -The clear glass face of the marble acts as a convex lens giving the illusion that the spiral goes deeper than the diameter of the marble. A Gibson opal seems suspended in space above the unique vortex- see the @madglasser Instagram stream for more from his Magic Marble series. The vortex depth illusion in these is even stronger in person! ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to buy art marbles from Raven and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #physicsmeetsart #physics #physicstoy #marble #vortex #vortexmarble #madglasser #optics #refraction #indexofrefraction #opalescence #iridescence #illusion #art #artglass #artmarble #marble #amazing #lampwork #lampworking #vitamino #opal #fumed #science #scienceisawesome

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The astonishing art of Raven Copeland, aka the madglasser: Buy a marble here!

From Etsy: BUY NOW Vortex Marble artwork of Raven Copeland


Colored Ferrofluids

Colored Ferrofluid Display Cells: spectacular metallic blue, gold, and black display cells by @czferro - colloidal ferromagnetic liquids in a specially prepared water-alcohol suspension. Curious behavior results from the interplay between magnetic force and surface tension. The gold and blue coloring appears to be from a thin coating at the boundary between the ferrofluid and the suspension liquid. Still exploring the details of the coloring and the specific makeup of the clear suspension fluid - both trade secrets it seems. ­čîčSpecial thanks to @czferro of Concept Zero design studio for these beautiful displays! ➡️ Follow the link in my @physicsfun profile for info on where to get these and other amazing ferrofluid displays. #ferrofluid #fluiddynamics #magnets #magneticfield #magnetism #colloidal #physics #physicstoy #science #surfacetension #neodymium #conceptzero #goldferrofluid #scienceisawesome #electromagnetism

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Available on Etsy: BUY NOW Motion Ferrofluid Sculpture




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