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Slow-motion footage reveals how a fascinating swirling mass of iron fillings swarms around a magnet 

Captivating slow motion footage shows millions of tiny iron fillings swirling and dancing around a large magnet after being thrown towards it in a series of arty tricks. 

The mesmerising video, which is set to music, shows tiny iron beads being poured onto a bouncy blue surface before a magnet is then dropped into the pool, causing them to artfully swish and circulate around it.

The tiny beads move rapidly around the magnet as it bounces up and down creating the enchanting swishing effect they make while they fly around the magnetic fields. 

In the footage, magnetite sand glitters around the array of magnets, which are dropped into the beads and, in other shots, even coating the entire block. 

The footage was captured by Mirko Pafundi, whose YouTube channel, Magnetic Games, shows a collection of experiments and tricks with magnets.

Mr Pafundi, 44, from Italy, said the project gave him the most satisfaction of anything he’s ever worked on, as the ‘dancing powder’ makes for an engrossing spectacle when shot in slow motion.  

He plans to add similar slow-motion videos to his channel, which has garnered more than 270 million views altogether.

‘I was quite satisfied with the final result of the slow motion video. ‘Soon I will do a video on all the ways to view magnetic fields – it will be a compilation of the various videos I have made previously,’ he said. 

‘The strength of magnets is scientifically explainable, but there’s also something magical about their interaction with the world.’ Mr Pafundi’s channel is so successful his magnetic videos have now become his full-time job. 

Captivating slow motion footage shows millions of tiny iron fillings swirling and dancing around a large magnet after being thrown towards it in a series of arty tricks 

Captivating slow motion footage shows millions of tiny iron fillings swirling and dancing around a large magnet after being thrown towards it in a series of arty tricks 

The mesmerising video, which is set to music, shows tiny iron beads being poured onto a bouncy blue surface before a magnet is then dropped into the pool, causing them to artfully swish and circulate around it

The mesmerising video, which is set to music, shows tiny iron beads being poured onto a bouncy blue surface before a magnet is then dropped into the pool, causing them to artfully swish and circulate around it

WHAT IS A MAGNETIC FIELD AND HOW IS IT CREATED?

 A magnet is any object that has a magnetic field. It attracts ferrous objects like pieces of iron, steel, nickel and cobalt.

These days magnets are made artificially in various shapes and sizes depending on their use. 

One of the most common magnets – the bar magnet – is a long, rectangular bar of uniform cross-section that attracts pieces of ferrous objects 

A magnetic field is the space surrounding a magnet, in which magnetic force is exerted.

If a bar magnet is placed in such a field, it will experience magnetic forces.

However, the field will continue to exist even if the magnet is removed. The direction of magnetic field at a point is the direction of the resultant force acting on a hypothetical North Pole placed at that point. 

When current flows in a wire, a magnetic field is created around the wire. 

From this it has been inferred that magnetic fields are produced by the motion of electrical charges. A magnetic field of a bar magnet thus results from the motion of negatively charged electrons in the magnet. 

The tiny beads move rapidly around the magnet as it bounces up and down creating the enchanting swishing effect they make while they fly around the magnetic fields

The tiny beads move rapidly around the magnet as it bounces up and down creating the enchanting swishing effect they make while they fly around the magnetic fields

In the footage, magnetite sand glitters around the array of magnets, which are dropped into the beads and, in other shots, even coating the entire block

In the footage, magnetite sand glitters around the array of magnets, which are dropped into the beads and, in other shots, even coating the entire block

The footage was captured by Mirko Pafundi, whose YouTube channel, Magnetic Games, shows a collection of experiments and tricks with magnets

The footage was captured by Mirko Pafundi, whose YouTube channel, Magnetic Games, shows a collection of experiments and tricks with magnets

The strength of magnets is scientifically explainable, but there's also something magical about their interaction with the world, Mr Mirko said

The strength of magnets is scientifically explainable, but there’s also something magical about their interaction with the world, Mr Mirko said

Magnetism, a fundamental force of nature, is a class of physical phenomena that are mediated by magnetic fields, or the force exerted by magnets when they attract or repel each other. 

One of the most common magnets – the bar magnet – is a long, rectangular bar of uniform cross-section that attracts pieces of ferrous objects. 

Magnetic fields are the space around the magnet are polarised with two magnetic poles called North and South.  

This type of magnet-themed activity is common on Youtube and other platforms.

Other magnetic tricks on Mr Pafundi’s Magnetic Games channel include magnetic sculptures and even levitation  tricks.

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