OMG! You have to see this simple science behind all those much-loved party tricks because what good is science if you cannot impress it to someone else, right?!
Didn’t you guys know that you can definitely light a candle without even touching the wick?!
In the video you’re about to witness, you can blow out a candle and then light it again without ever touching the wick, simply by holding a flame to the smoke trail – just like magic. But what’s actually going on here? The Slow Mo Guys decided to figure it out by filming the whole thing at 2,500 frames per second. And the results are pretty beautiful:
What’s clear from this super-slow footage is that the smoke contains vaporized bits of wax that wasn’t fully burnt yet. And so when you hold a flame to that smoke trail, the fire can burn its way down to relight the candle, igniting little particles of wax as it goes. As Gavin from the Slow Mo Guys said,
You can literally see the science happening.”