Introduction: How to Make Magic Mud - From a Potato!

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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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Step 1: Watch the Video!

WARNING: 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.

Step 2:

This magical glowing mixture is very strange, because it handles like pizza dough, but the instant you stop moving, it liquifies and melts into a glowing goo.

In this project you'll see how to turn your ordinary garden potatoes, into a fluorescent magical mud.

Step 3:

Get started by grabbing a big bag of potatoes, and wash the outsides so they're all nice and clean.

Now chop your potatoes as small as possible using a food processor or any other method.

When you've got your potatoes reduced to tiny bits, slide them all into a large mixing bowl, and pour in enough hot water to cover them completely.

Now just stir this around for a few minutes and don't let the water stand still. You may have noticed the water turning red, and that's completely normal.

Now grab a strainer and another large bowl, and separate the potato water from the chunks, then watch closely as something incredible begins to happen.

Step 4:

After about 10 minutes, you can see a strange white layer appears at the bottom of the bowl.

Now if you try pouring everything out, you can see a new white layer stays in the bottom of the bowl.

The goop is a little bit dirty, so to clean it, try mixing in a bit of fresh water, and pouring it into a tall thin container, like a glass or a jar.

When the lid is on tight, just shake it all up again, then let it sit for another 10 minutes.

Once again, you'll see it separates into layers, and this time, almost all the impurities are collected in the middle.

Now check this out. If you quickly dump out the water, it takes most of the impurities with it, leaving you with a very clean, and magical substance.

It kind of looks like milk, but if you try stirring it around, you'll see it behaves very strangely.

Now if this goo is left out for a day or two, it will crumble into a powder without much effort at all. And that's exactly what you'll need to take this to the next level, and add the glow.

Step 5:

The magic happens with a bottle of tonic water, because it contains quinine.

If you turn on a black light, you'll notice the water fluoresces, and the whole bottle looks completely supernatural.

Step 6:

Go ahead and put a few spoonfuls of your magical white powder in a bowl, then try mixing in small amounts of tonic water to see what happens.

In just a few seconds it becomes amazingly difficult to stir, because the magic goop hardens, every time you push on it.

With a little patience, everything should combine, and behave exactly the way it did before. The difference this time, is that now it's fluorescent.

Now if you turn on some black lights, the magic mud takes on a mystical glow, and looks and feels a lot like pizza dough, as long as you move it around constantly.

If you pause for just a second though, the dough collapses into a glowing goo, and slimes down between your fingers. But maybe that's ok, as long as you're in the mood to make a mess.

Step 7:

I tried pouring some out of a flask, and rather than dropping straight down, you can see it actually flowed out in a rippled wave.

It's mind blowing to think this stuff is inside our potatoes, but if you don't feel like going to all the trouble to get it out, just use cornstarch instead. It will work exactly the same.

Well know you know how to turn ordinary potatoes, into a glowing magical mud, that's non-toxic, easy to make, and even safe to eat.

By the way, you can still eat the potatoes as well. I tried loading mine into a waffle iron and made some toasty golden hash-browns. Well that's it for now.

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