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Physics Toy Store

for @physicsfun Instagram followers

"Where did you get all these things?" This question is often asked in the comments of my IG posts. My goal is to share the real magic of science and physics and to this end I will update this page with suggestions on where to get some of these toys, kinetic art pieces, and scientific curiosities for yourself. Purchasing items from the links on this page will help support my IG page of science and wonder. Thanks!

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The Swinging Sticks Desktop Toy:
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BUY NOW EP Lights LED Bulb Art coupon code: PHYS2018 (10% off)


The Alchemist: Bismuth Diamagnetic Levitation Sculpture

The Alchemist: cast from diamagnetic Bismuth, a neodymium cube magnet levitates trapped between the hands of the ancient scholar. Diamagnetic substances only have magnetic fields of their own when placed in an external magnetic field from another source- here the cube shaped magnet supplies the field. Diamagnetic fields are pretty weak though so a cylindrical neodymium magnet hangs above the figure and is adjusted to help lift the cube magnet against gravity. Trapped in equilibrium by these magnetic fields, the slightest air currents can send the cube magnet dancing. Although alchemists never succeeded in transmuting lead to gold, in 1981 physicists used the particle accelerator at Berkeley to shoot Carbon nuclei at thin foils of Bismuth- the resulting collisions did produced a tiny amount of Gold atoms! So modern nuclear physics, applied to the element Bismuth, finally accomplished the aspirations of the alchemists. ­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 #alchemy #alchemist #LBNL #GlennSeaborg #pyrolyticgraphite #scienceisawesome

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Bismuth levitation available here:

From Etsy: BUY NOW Magnetic Levitation Sculptures

Circa 1981, Physicists transmute Bismuth to Gold: Particle accelerators make possible the ancient alchemist’s dream—but at a steep cost


Bismuth Crystal Pendent

See more of Ernie's amazing creations here in his Etsy shop Element83

From Etsy: BUY NOW Bismuth Jewelry



Trichroic Beam Splitter
Factory seconds are available and inexpensive

From eBay: BUY NOW Prism Beam Splitter RGB
From Amazon: BUY NOW Cube Beam Splitter RGB


Kalliroscopes by Paul Matisse

Kalliroscopes: rheoscopic fluid reveals the turbulence induced in an enclosed fluid by simple movements of the container. Invented and produced by artist and inventor Paul Matisse in the 1970s, suspended microscopic flat crystals of guanine reflect light and allow visualization of the fluid's motion. This rheoscopic fluid is special in that the guanine crystals are the same density as the tetrachloroethylene liquid so the crystals never settle to the bottom making the fluid reactive to showing the slightest movement. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to get similar works of art and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #kalliroscope #matisse #kineticart #rheoscopicfluid #rheoscopic #Matisse #convection #kineticart #fluiddynamics #1970 #1970s #Calder #kineticsclupture #kalliroscope #physics #physicstoy #art #psychedelic #lavalamp #science #scienceisawesome #fluiddynamics #rheoscopic #physics #physicstoy #convection #convectioncurrent #science #perchloroethylene #tetrachloroethylene #1970

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These vintage items can sometimes be found on eBay:

From eBay: SEARCH Kalliroscope
Make your own device with a bottle of rheoscopic fluid:


From Educational Innovations: BUY NOW Rheoscopic Fluid
See next video and links for the best Kalliroscope currently on the market!

Vortex Dome Kalliroscope

Vortex Dome: kinetic art with rheoscopic fluid in a rotating base. A modern rotating kalliroscope that generates complex and beautiful structures similar to those seen in the cloud bands of the gas giants of our solar system like Jupiter. The capsule is constructed of high quality glass on a heavy stainless steel base which glides on bearings for long spin times. Visualizing the invisible- the Vortex Dome is the creation of engineer/inventor David Fowler aka PhysicsHack. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for information on where to get this device and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #physics #physicstoy #rheoscopic #rheoscopicfliud #fluiddynamics #turbulence #kalliroscope #vortex #angularmomentum #viscosity #kineticart #kineticenergy #vortexdome #science #scienceisawesome

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Get one from David Fowler's Etsy shop:

From PhysicsHack on Etsy: BUY NOW Vortex Dome Kalliroscope
Made with extraordinary craftsmanship and high quality materials, and sold at a very reasonable price! One of my best finds this year!


The Galton Board

The Galton Board: 3000 steel balls fall through 12 levels of branching paths and always end up matching a bell curve distribution. Each ball has a 50/50 chance of following each branch such that the balls are distributed at the bottom by the mathematical binomial distribution. A wonderfully designed modern version of the Galton Box invented by Sir Francis Galton(1894) to demonstrate the Central Limit Theorem - showing how random processes gather around the mean. In addition the number of balls in each bin can be predicted by Pascal's triangle (printed on the face over the pegs). To my mind statistics seems closer to physics than pure math. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for more info and where to buy a Galton Board and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #statistics #math #mathtoy #physicstoy #physics #random #galtonbox #SirFracisGalton #hexstat #probability #pascalstriangle #binomial #binomialdistribution #gaussian #centrallimittheorem #quincunx #turbulence #iphoneslomo #240fps #slomo #science #scienceisawesome #mathstoys

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Available here: now back in stock!

From Amazon: BUY NOW The Galton Board
Learn more about the history, math, and applications of this device here: galtonboard.com


Chaotic Fidget

Chaotic Fidget: a double pendulum spinner- chaos in the palm of your hand! This miniature double pendulum is made from stainless steel, which provides high mass so one can feel the unbalanced center of gravity shift about, and the quality bearings allow for smooth and sustained motion. Slow motion reveals the intricacies of the chaotic motion, characterized by extreme sensitivity to initial starting conditions, tiny differences in how the system is released leads to dramatically different outcomes each time. ➡ 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 #physicsfun #doublependulum #spinpal #fidget #fidgetspinner #physicalpendulum #strangeattractor #science #scienceisawesome

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This is the exact one used in the video- works well!

From Amazon: BUY NOW Double Pendulum Chaotic Fidget


Super Absorbent Poly-acrylamide Polymer
Get some of these grow-spheres here:


From Educational Innovations: BUY NOW Growing Spheres


Poly-acrylamide Polymer Vanishing Act

Poly-acrylamide Polymer Vanishing Act: these spheres of hydrophilic polymer have an almost identical index of refraction as that of water- thus when submersed they become invisible. Note the elasticity of these spheres from the way they bounce, while at the same time they refract their surroundings as a spherical lens. The super absorbent spheres start as hard crystals with a radius of 2mm and grow to 11mm when immersed in water. So much physics going on here! ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to get these and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #indexofrefraction #refraction #physics #physicstoy #hydrophilic #watergel #watergelcrystals #polyacrylamide #optics #invisible #invisibility #science #scienceisawesome

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Get some of these grow-spheres here:


From Educational Innovations: BUY NOW Growing Spheres


EP Light: Viscous Flow Mixing Bulb

Viscous Flow Mixing Bulb: art from mixing high viscosity fluids. Each LED bulb from EP Designlab captures a unique pattern based on the physics of laminar flow folding resulting from the mixing of viscous fluids- in this case silicone resins. When the resins cure the pattern is captured and frozen in place ready to display as illuminated by an array of 5 LEDs in the standard E26 bulb base. With this process no two bulbs are alike, and all capture intricate mixing physics. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for a special 10% discount for @physicsfun followers on any EP Light purchase. #physics #physicsfun #physicstoy #laminarflow #chaotic #chaostheory #EPLights #viscosity #viscousflow #reynoldsnumber #mixing #polymer #nonlinear #nonlinearphysics #science #scienceisawesome

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Use the coupon code PHYS2018 to received 10% off. Many amazing designs to choose from!

From epdesignlab.com: BUY NOW EP Lights LED Bulb Art
coupon code: PHYS2018



Refraction Invisibility

Refraction Invisibility: when immersed in water the sea creatures disappear on one side of this card. Light rays bend at the boundaries between substances when the refractive index of each is different. This card is made of a silver card stock sandwiched between layers of plastic. If the images are on top of the plastic they are visible under water, but if they are printed under the plastic the light is bent away from the camera. From the WOW Science magic series by Mark Setteducati. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for a diagram showing the physics of this card and where to find this kit and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #physics #physicsfun #physicstoy #refraction #refractiveindex #snellslaw #lightrays #indexofrefraction #wowscience #optics #science #scienceisawesome

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This reflective card is part of Mark Setteducati's WOW Science kits produced in the 1900's.
Here is the explanation that came with the kit (click on image to enlarge):

Although these kits are out of production, they are often available here:

From eBay: BUY NOW WOW Science Kit
From Amazon: BUY NOW WOW Science Kit


The d120

120 Sided Fair Dice: mathematically this die has the maximum possible number of sides with equal area. Two mathematicians, Robert Fathauer and Henry Segerman, realized that the oddly named regular polyhedron (disdyakis triacontahedron) had the needed geometry to make a 120 sided fair die. Like the familiar 6 sided die, the d120 has the following properties: every side must have equal area and the numbers on parallel sides (top and bottom) must sum to the same number. The inventors admit that they do not have any suggested use for these dice- they made them purely because mathematically it was possible to do so! ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to get this and many items featured here are on @physicsfun #mathtoy #mathstoy #physics #physicstoy #geometry #mathfun #polyhedron #d120 #dice #probability #disdyakistriacontahedron #dicelab #mathartfun #science #scienceisawesome

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Get one here! Four colors to choose from.

From Amazon: BUY NOW 120 sided dice

Water Drop Pulse Kinetic Sculpture

Water Drop Pulse Kinetic Sculpture: “Heart In A Bottle” is a kinetic art sculpture by Philippe Bouveret that utilizes the amazingly strong surface tension and adhesive properties of water. Two halves of a heart are attached to a wire spring which is periodically pulled together in a zipper like fashion by a single drop of water (as seen in 240 flp slow motion). The engineered system in the top bulb emits a water drop that adheres to the two wires, and as it falls surface tension pulls and connects the spring wires, which stay stuck together until gravity pulls down and thins the water coating enough such that the spring force can overcome the water’s adhesion. The halves of the heart then undergo vibrations that damp out until another drop forms in a process that repeats a few times a minute. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile fur info on where to obtain this and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #physics #physicsfun #kineticart #physicstoy #waterdrop #surfacetension #hydrogenbonds #cohesion #adhesion #laplaceslaw #fluids #capillaryaction #science #springforce #hookeslaw #scienceisawesome

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Art by Philippe Bouveret available here (and from philippebouveret.com):

From eBay: BUY NOW Heart In A Bottle Kinetic Art


Swinging Sticks Desktop Toy

The Swinging Sticks Desktop Toy: a desktop version of the famous Ironman double pendulum for just $98 US. Use this code to get free world wide shipping (coupon code = FUNSHIPPING) on all purchases of The Swinging Sticks Desktop Toy on @Geelongshopcom. This kinetic art device is the ultimate physics toy, and was featured in the movie Iron Man II (sitting on the desk of Pepper Potts). The physics magic of this device displays the essence of chaotic motion with coupled pendulums- the placement of the rods' axes of rotation are engineered to exhibit the widest range of interesting motion. Four AA batteries and a simple kicker circuit in the base gives a push to a magnet in the end of the large rod keeping the system in motion for over a year! ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to buy this and many other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #physics #physicstoy #pendulum #coupledpendulums #coupledharmonicoscillator #harmonic #physicalpendulum #chaos #chaostheory #nonlinear #nonlineardynamics #strangeattractor #science #kinetic #kineticart #swingingsticks #theswingingsticks #ironman #pepperpotts #scienceisawesome

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An amazing kinetic sculpture- and only $98.00 US.
@GeelongShopcom has kindly offered to share a special coupon code with all of my Instagram followers. The code given below will provide free worldwide shipping on any purchases of The Swinging Sticks Desktop Toy version from their website:
From GeelongShop.com: The Swinging Sticks Desktop Toy
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Star Wars Mirror Illusion
These vintage fast food toys can be found on eBay:

From eBay: BUY NOW Star Wars Illusion Cube


Ambiguous Object model 3
Available here:

From Amazon (Japan): BUY NOW set of four ambiguous objects with booklet
This kit contains four white plastic illusion objects (including the arrow) and a booklet. I used the translate feature in the Chrome browser to place my order and it shipped to California in three days.

These type of object were invented by mathematician Kokichi Sugihara, and you can buy his books here:

From Amazon: BUY NOW Ambiguous Objects by Kokichi Sugihara

Some 3D prints are available from many makers here:

From Shapeways: BUY NOW Ambiguous Objects


Dual Axis Sand Pendulum

Dual Axis Sand Pendulum: the kinetic energy trades back and forth between swinging toward the support arm and then swinging perpendicular to that path tracing Lissajous figures in the sand. The sand slowly dissipates the energy and the traced figures get smaller so the next one fits inside the last. Coupled oscillations like this can occur when multiple modes of motion (degrees of freedom) are available to the system. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for information on where to buy this and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #kinetic #kineticenergy #kineticart #coupledoscillator #oscillator #pendulum #sand #sandpendulum #physics #physicstoy #desktoy #science #lissajous #scienceisawesome #periodicmotion

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Available in many styles and colors:

From Amazon: BUY NOW Sand Pendulum

From eBay: BUY NOW Sand Pendulum



"Top Secret" Mystery Top:

"Top Secret": this top will stay spinning for more than a week- because it is actually a motor! The top is a dipole magnet (as revealed by Magneview film) and the base has an electromagnet that gives the dipole a push when the top comes near the center. An ingeniously simple circuit consisting of only a battery, a coil, and a transistor, is activated when the spinning magnet nears the coil turning on the electromagnet to give a boost to the spin of the magnetic top. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to buy this and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #top #mysterytop #electromagnetism #physics #physicstoy #induction #inducedfield #transistor #electricmotor #motor #coil #inductor #ingenious #desktoy #awesome #science #Bfield #magnaview #magneview #magnaviewfilm #scienceisawesome

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Here is the 1974 patent showing the very simple circuit of this device. The spinning dipole (the top itself) induces a current in one of the coils, and this current is fed to the base of the transistor turning the electromagnet on when the top is near.


This physics toy top is available here:


From Educational Innovations: BUY NOW Mystery Spinning Top

The amazing green magnetic viewing film is also available:
From Educational Innovations: BUY NOW Magnetic Field Viewing Film


Viewing the Feel Flux Magnetic Field
Get some magnetic viewing film here:


From Educational Innovations: BUY NOW Magnetic Viewing Film


From Amazon: BUY NOW Magnetic Viewing Film
Feel Flux

Feel Flux Loop: original (copper) and the "Skill Flux" version (aluminum)- toys that use Lenz's Law to manipulate a very strong neodymium magnet. The magnet falls a bit faster through the aluminum even though the walls are thicker- Al is only about 60% as conductive as Cu- so it takes more material to induce the needed magnetic field using aluminum. Interestingly the Al tube is about half the mass of the Cu one, even though it is larger in volume. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for details on where to get this set and many other items featured here on @physicsfun #feelflux #skillflux #lenzslaw #neodymium #magnets #magneticfield #eddycurrents #induction #Faraday #electromagnetism #electromagnet #aluminum #conductivity #copper #physics #physicstoy #science #scienceisawesome

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Available in copper (original slower fall) and aluminum:

From Amazon: BUY NOW Feel Flux
From eBay: BUY NOW Feel Flux


Lenz's Law

Lenz's Law: a strong neodymium magnet falls slowly down a copper bus bar as though passing through a viscous liquid. Since magnetic fields pass through copper, magneview film reveals the location of the falling dipole magnet. Moving magnetic fields from the falling magnet produce electric currents in the copper. These currents then produce magnetic fields that have the opposite polarity to the initial field. So a falling magnet makes the copper pipe briefly into an electromagnet that repels the magnet. The rectangular copper “pipe” is from a water-cooled electromagnet power supply line, 1.5 x 2 in (4 x 5 cm) in cross-section, designed to supply a steady DC current of 5000 amps. This 15” long piece weighs in at 12 lbs and has a 1/2” diameter hole for coolIng water to flow down its center. From a decommissioned particle accelerator magnet. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info how how to get a similar setup and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #lenzslaw #neodymium #magnets #magneticfield #eddycurrents #induction #electromagnetism #electromagnet #copper #physics #physicstoy #science #scienceisawesome

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Get a similar kit here:


From Educational Innovations: BUY NOW Eddy Current tubes


Magnetic Viewing Film

Magneview Flim: making the invisible visible and revealing the hidden physics of our everyday world. Microscopic cavities in this green film are filled with oil and tiny flakes of Nickel metal- like compass needles, the flakes align with the magnetic fields revealing the complexity of the north and south pole domains of these magnets. Two of the disk magnets have multiple north and south poles and look like gears with teeth- these are rotors from small motors. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to get Magneview film and other amazing items featured here on @physicsfun #magnetism #magnaview #magneview #magneviewfilm #physics #physicstoy #science #magnets #Bfield #electromagnetism #magneticdomains #magneticfield #nickel #ferromagnet #neodymium #science #scienceisawesome

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Get some magnetic viewing film here:


From Educational Innovations: BUY NOW Magnetic Viewing Film

Magswitch Mini
The smallest Magswitch in this product line, yet it can lift 17 lbs! The Magjig 60:

From eBay: BUY NOW Magswitch 60
From Amazon: BUY NOW Magswitch 60

Here is a nice description of how such switchable permanent magnets work.


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. ➡️ 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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