In the early 1900s, a magician added thiocyanate to iron-laced water to “turn water into wine”. What was the premise behind this?
In a recent teaching case of thiocyanate toxicity published by Watson C et al., the authors describe the historical use of thiocyanate. Iron thiocyanate compound is a deep orange-red color similar to the color of wine. An alternate name for thiocyanate is rhodanide which stems from the Ancient Greek rhodon, for rose.
Watson C et al. Thiocyanate toxicity: A Teaching Case. Clin Tox 2022. Published online 4 March 2022. https://doi.org/10.1080/15563650.2022.2042012