How to Make Magic Mud - From a Potato!

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.

If you liked this project, perhaps you'll like some of my others. Check them out at www.thekingofrandom.com

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    70 Discussions

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    MelissaH2002
    MelissaH2002

    Question 11 months ago on Step 6

    I teach at a co op and have a week between the beginning and ending of a project. Will the potato gue (dry) still work after a week if we start this project 1 week and finish it the next?

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    random_builder
    random_builder

    3 years ago

    This is a great idea, but I don't like that you have to have a black light to make it glow.

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    chanci pratt
    chanci pratt

    4 years ago

    so cool this is going to be my science project

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    davalena6
    davalena6

    Reply 4 years ago

    i like your idea

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    myremma123
    myremma123

    Reply 3 years ago

    No its a bad idea

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    K3NTA8IA
    K3NTA8IA

    Reply 4 years ago

    I'm doing this for my science fair project right now

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    myremma123
    myremma123

    Reply 3 years ago

    No not at all

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    lizbeth2
    lizbeth2

    Reply 4 years ago

    it is okay if the water turns red or brown just

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    tyler.ng.92
    tyler.ng.92

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    no it probably still work or continue stirring

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    lxktra
    lxktra

    4 years ago

    has anyone tried it with cornstarch?

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    myremma123
    myremma123

    Reply 3 years ago

    Yes it works id rather do it with pataos, it is more interesting and there is a whole science behind it.!!!!!

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    J8dymn
    J8dymn

    3 years ago

    How many patatoes do u use

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    myremma123
    myremma123

    Reply 3 years ago

    You can put as much as you want. For example: if you want a little bit of mud than put around 5 patatos, but if you want a lot of mud then you put a lot of patatos!!!! I already tried, trust me im correct!!!!! :)

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    BreBreTurner
    BreBreTurner

    Reply 3 years ago

    you use about 20 potatoes

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    myremma123
    myremma123

    3 years ago

    How come my magic mud doesn't turn into a powder plzzzzzz someone answer we need to do this for our project!! :(

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    davalena6
    davalena6

    4 years ago

    that is what i am doing