Chemistry Magic Shows

When Dietmar Kennepohl joined Athabasca University, he initiated the “Chemistry Magic Shows”. One to three performances were run, with the help of many volunteers, at the beginning of December. Here is a list of the titles and dates, as near as we can recollect.

“CHEM TV: 118 Elements and Nothing On”, 7 December 2005, Nancy Appleby Theatre, Athabasca.


“Lord of the Benzene Rings”, 2 December 2003, Nancy Appleby Theatre, Athabasca.

Gandalf the PinkTo cries of "cool," and "awesome," and gales of laughter, the cast and crew of Lord of the Benzene Rings opened this year's Chemistry Magic Show, Tuesday, Dec. 2, to a full house of bright young minds from Athabasca-area schools.

"Gandalf the Pink" made an appearance, chemistry "dorks" replaced "orks," and "Block riders" of the Periodic Table of Elements replaced the "Black Riders" in this adaptation of the popular Lord of the Rings trilogy that incorporated elements of local geography and popular culture to demonstrate how much fun science can be.

“Lab Suvivor”, 4 December 2001, Nancy Appleby Theatre, Athabasca.

Perry and PatThe kids and adults alike enjoyed the hilarious 'Lab Survivor - Reality TV' show filled with explosions, fizzes, and fire - the show received a wonderful "reaction". Thank you to all who came out and had a laugh while supporting the Good Samaritan Mission and their food bank.






“Who wants to be a Millionaire Chemist”, 12 December 2000, Nancy Appleby Theatre, Athabasca.


“The Atoms Family Christmas”, 8 December 1998, Athabasca University, Athabasca.


“The X-mas Files”, 2 December 1997, Athabasca University, Athabasca.


“Fairy Tales and Other Chemical Stories”, 3 December 1996, Athabasca University, Athabasca.


“Chemistry Magic Show”, December 1995, Athabasca University, Athabasca.

“An Evening of Culture and Mayhem”, 6 December 1994, Athabasca University, Athabasca.


“Christmas Chemistry Magic Show”, 6 or 8? December 1993, Athabasca University, Athabasca.


Science Outreach Athabasca - September 27, 2012

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