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An Amazing Candle Trick

Updated on September 1, 2013
In this still shot, you can see the fire following the stream of smoke back down to the candle.
In this still shot, you can see the fire following the stream of smoke back down to the candle.

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There is a world of science tricks that you've probably never heard of or seen. In some cases, like this one, you don't need anymore than a candle and a lighter. I recommend using a tapered candle. I've found that they work the best. Also, use a long lighter if possible. It's much easier on your fingers.

Please note that I in no way do recommend playing with fire, but this trick seems relatively safe as long as it's performed by an adult. So kids, please, don't try this at home without adult supervision.

Candle Smoke is Flammable?

Yes! If I told you that you can relight an extinguished candle without actually touching the flame to it, would you believe me? Probably not, but you should. Because you can. The smoke from a candle actually contains vaporized wax. Vaporized wax is extremely flammable.

When you blow out a candle, the wick is still heating the wax into a vapor. This is why a smoke trail forms. When a flame touches the trail of smoke from an extinguished candle, the smoke ignites and the flame will travel back down to the candle, relighting it. The actual chemical process is quite complicated so I'm keeping it simple. It works. Watch the video below for a demonstration. I assure you this is no illusion or animation.

It's magic! Isn't science cool? So please, have fun! Surprise your friends by winning a bet. Amaze your children and allow them to open their minds. Most importantly, be safe!

Also, don't forget to comment. I'm always looking for new ideas and suggestions.

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Science is cool and so is your video!

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      ArockDaNinja 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Haha, thanks Rob. It's fun! I've known most of these science tricks for years but never had anything to use them for.

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      Rob Winters 4 years ago

      Another great hub Arock & so soon after your water tricks hub. Super video clip - you're making great use of that new camera. If i wasn't already a following you these last 2 hubs would definitely have sealed the deal.Up & Awesome + Share. Now i'm off to find a candle :-)