• Question: How do you make all the explosions happen? What do you have to do to be able to be on Xmas lectures and do all the experiments?

    Asked by to Tom C, Saiful, Karl on 9 Jan 2017. This question was also asked by .
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      Saiful Islam answered on 9 Jan 2017:

      There were four main explosive demos in my xmas lectures: exploding gun cotton shaped as a large candle; methane filled balloon; a hydrogen filled balloon; burning types of food (e.g. fat in pork scratchings).

      There were assistants at the Royal Institution (Natasha, Rosie, Catie) who were great at putting together and helping out with the demonstrations. There are short-term positions linked to the xmas lectures which are posted on the Ri website.