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How To Make Magic Mud – From a Potato!

This magical glowing mixture is very strange because it handles like pizza dough, but the instant you stop moving it, it liquifies into a glowing goo. In this project we’re turning ordinary garden potatoes, into a fluorescent magical mud.It’s mind-blowing to think this stuff is in our food! Here’s how to make a glowing “magical mud” from ordinary potatoes.

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This weird slimy substance that you’re working with today is a non-newtonian fluid. Non-newtonian fluids behave very differently from normal liquids or solids. Instead, they sometimes behave like a liquid and sometimes behave like a solid. When you apply pressure to a non-newtonian fluid, it resists and behaves like a solid. As soon as you release the pressure, the fluid returns to liquid form.

For a real-life example of this odd behavior, check out this video of someone biking across a pool of corn starch!Although many people have experienced creating non-newtonian goop with corn starch, the magic mud you’re creating today behaves in the same way.


How will you create the same kind of substance with a potato? Potatoes actually contain starch. You will have to first remove the starch from the potatoes to create your magic mud.The result was very gratifying!This substance can make quite a mess, so make it in an area that will be easy to clean up. It’s non-toxic, and perfectly ok to eat in small quantities, however, use of video content is at own risk.