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Science and Magic at the Whipple Museum

Thursday 29 March, 7-9pm. £8. Book now


Have you ever wondered how a magician pulls off a trick? Is it magic – or science? Enjoy an evening of jaw-dropping trickery and slight-of-hand inspired by the Whipple Museum’s collection of historic scientific instruments and models. Magicians from Cambridge’s very own Hogwarts, the Academy of Magic and Science, will reveal how Science and Magic are linked in helping us understand the world around us.

With the help of astonishing tricks and interactive performances, find out some of the scientific principles behind illusion, perception and bias. Just don’t expect the magicians to reveal all their secrets…


Get hands-on and meet the University of Cambridge Museums’ Digital Maker in Residence, with an activity inspired by medieval magical remedies, practices and sorcery. 

A cash bar from Cambridge Wine Merchants.

Explore the Museum’s historic galleries – with its collection of marvellous scientific objects dating back to the Middle Ages - after hours.

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Event timeline

7pm: Doors open
7.20-7.40pm: Academy of Magic and Science first set
7.40-8.10pm: Break with a chance to view the galleries and meet our Digital Maker in Residence
8.10-8.50pm: Academy of Magic and Science second set
9pm: Event ends