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After the success of Physics and Magic - A Journey Beyond E=mc2, The Jewish Museum London asked magician Tony Drewitt and I to devise a new show based on the science and magic of Ancient Egypt. Science and Magic - Journey to the Land of the Pharaohs was created to coincide with their exhibition on Passover, an important Jewish festival that commemorates the biblical story of Moses.
As you will see from the
pictures, we both decided
to dress up. Tony's costume was a tribute to one of his favourite
Cooper, who wore an Egyptian fez as part of his act, while I tried to
give an idea of how the Egyptian princess, who according to Exodus
found baby Moses in a basket, might have
Both Tony and I have been interested in Egyptology for years, and at the bottom of this page I've listed some of the books and websites that we found most interesting during the course of our research for the show. These references include information on a wide range of topics from Ancient Egyptian costume and make-up, through building and technology, to magic, rituals and mummification. The pictures on this page are from the two shows that Tony and I performed at the Jewish Museum in May 2006, which were both sold out.
The Little Book of Egyptian Hieroglyphs by Lesley and Roy Adkins, Hodder & Stoughton, 2001. ISBN 0340794852
The British Museum Concise Introduction: Ancient Egypt by T.G.H James, The British Museum Press, 2005. ISBN 0714119660
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ancient Egypt by Donald P.Ryan, Alpha Books, 2002. ISBN 0028642775
Egyptian Mummies by Carol Andrews, British Museum Press, 1998. ISBN 0714121398
For games and other activities based on Ancient Egypt visit this portal. The British Museum has a whole website on Ancient Egypt that contains loads of interesting facts as well as interactive activities for children. The section on writing at the time of the Pharaohs looks particularly good.
There are also several pages on Ancient Egypt in the History section of the BBC website. Here are my favourites:
Ancient Egyptian Magic by Dr Geraldine Pinch.
The Private Lives of the Pyramid-builders by Dr Joyce Tyldesley.
Parental Guidance: I'm afraid I have not had time to read the entire contents of these websites and books, so would suggest you checked for suitability prior to allowing lone minors access to them. I can certainly see that some of the material on mummies may upset very young children.
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© Lucy Haynes