The secrets of alchemy have intrigued scholars for centuries. I the byzantine alchemist Vasilius Tacitus Hekatonkheires magister of alchemy and lateris obscura will perform the distillation of rosewater and the transmutation of copper coins into gold before your very eyes while spinning a tale of how I unlocked the secrets of an ancient mystery. This demonstration includes the distillation of rosewater as well as the production of gold pennies that the audience can keep as a memento.