Magnets Fantastic

Magnets Fantastic is a hands-on, fun-filled, action-packed science show unpicking one of science's oldest mysteries: magnetism.

The hour-long show is an interactive exploration of magnetism in some of its more weird and wonderful forms. It ran as the Oxford Physics Christmas Lectures in 2017, featured at the ATOM science festival in March 2018 and was one of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History Christmas Lectures in 2018 and 2019. The whole show is now also available to watch online.

What does it cover?

The show starts with the basics of magnetism, which students will know from their classes, and progresses to hands-on demonstrations of electromagnetism, ferromagnetism, antiferromagnetism, paramagnetism and diamagnetism, with interactive explanations of the physics involved. The aim of ‘Magnets Fantastic’ is to showcase some of the research topics we work on, to explore the relationship between atoms and magnetism, and to show there is more to magnetism than you will usually see.

Touring the show

We've taken the show out to lots of different schools - over 2,500 people have now watched Magnets Fantastic! We don't have any school bookings at the moment, but if you're interested in us bringing the show to you, send an email to Helena, the Quantum Materials Outreach Officer.


Here is some feedback from some of the students who've seen the show.

I loved it, it was really great!

The experiments were really good because they were really interactive and I learnt a lot from them. Everything was so good.

I had never seen anything like it before!

Doing the show for yourself!

We're currently putting together some resources that explain how to do the whole show. The next few pages will set out what you need. We'd like to thank the team behind the Oxford Physics Accelerate! show for their guidance on putting together these resources.
The pages are currently under construction, so forgive us if there are some blanks! We'll be finishing this project by April 2020.