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John Hutchison (October 19, 1945–) is a Canadian self-proclaimed inventor who claims to have discovered, and promptly forgotten, the secrets of levitation, free energy, and how to make certain metals vanish. He also claims to work for the US Military while living in Vancouver, Canada.
Hutchison also runs a blog, Waiting on the Edge of Forever. This blog contains scans of documents which supposedly help support his claims.
The Hutchison Effect
While attempting to recreate the experiments of Nikola Tesla in the late 1970s, Hutchison claims to have discovered new phenomena, including effects manifesting in metals. The effects of his experiments supposedly included metal objects floating to the ceiling, shattering, melting while keeping enclosing wood cool, fusing with other objects and other interesting manifestations. These disparate manifestations are all being lumped together under the name "Hutchison Effect". Explanations of the effect rely heavily on technobabble, especially referencing zero point energy and the Casimir effect.
In particular, Hutchison claims to have invented batteries (called "Crystal Batteries" or "Hiroshima cells") which are capable of creating free energy. This purported technological revolution, which he says has the potential to change the world around us is yet another example of Hutchison's extraordinary effect(s). It's certainly odd too, when one considers the fact that no other scientific breakthroughs have been blocked in such a way in democratic countries such as Canada and that making such a breakthrough should make a person a billionaire.
No attempt to replicate Hutchison's experiments by a third party has so far been successful. Many agencies, including NASA, have attempted to recreate the Hutchison Effect. After extensive testing, Marc Millis, NASA's head of finding new propulsion methods for spacecraft, wrote:
This "Hutchison Effect" has been claimed for years, without any independent verification — ever. In fact, its originator can't even replicate it on demand. This has been investigated more than once, been part of documentaries on The Discovery Channel, but still never seems to pass critical muster. This is in the category of folklore. In general, the "American Antigravity" web site caters to such folklore and its enthusiasts.
Hutchison himself claims to have replicated the results numerous times prior to 1991, while admitting some footage he has released since (at $100 per tape) was faked, as he is no longer able to recreate the effects. He assumed that nobody would notice that the "levitating" objects were actually falling in front of an upside-down camera or held up with
invisible strings, which he initially tried to convince his audience were cords supplying power to the levitating objects. As Hutchison said:
The string is not string but #32-gauge double polythermalized wire on a takeup up reel with 20 to 50000 volts DC. The the main apparatus was turned on, causing the toy plastic ufo to fly all about in amazing gyrations. This was a pretest to gryphon films airing this fall for fox TV. I did not need the extra high voltage 2000 time period so the toy levitated without a high voltage hook up during the filming for gryphon there was a string on the toy no high-voltage dc but interesting movements.
Tim Ventura later removed this explanation from the American Antigravity website, and claimed that Hutchison got "creative" with the footage because the EPA won't let him do experiments anymore.
When asked why he is unable to demonstrate the results of his experiment anymore, Hutchison claims he has been coerced and had his work destroyed by the government, which then used his technology to do 9/11.
- Hutchison Website Hutchison's website since 2006
- Hutchison hoax on Skeptic's Dictionary
- Hutchison's Myspace page, which is only slightly more coherent than Time Cube.
- Waiting on the Edge of Forever, Hutchison's blog.
- A Youtube video containing footage of the purported Hutchison effect.
- Video Footage Of Antigravity ?, Marc Millis, 2006-04-06, sci.physics.research
- Tim Ventura blog comment "John has been unable to recreate the true Hutchison-Effect since approximately 1991 (by mandate of the Canadian EPA). Puttkamer asked John to get creative, however, resulting in a toy-UFO flopping wildly in the air."
- Youtube: The Hutchison Effect, levitation
- The Discovery Channel is Bogus "In each case, the wooden floor is NOT actually a floor, it’s just a piece of wood. The videos are taken UPSIDE DOWN. He uses an electromagnet above the piece of wood to hold the object in place, and he’s got the end of a broom stuck on there to give the illusion that it’s a floor. Then, he slowly reduces current to the electromagnet, and the object loosens and then falls. Turned upside down, it looks like the object is actually going UP, not down!"
- More on Hutchison
- Youtube: John Hutchison UFO Levitation
- The Hutchison Effect: Video Clip Notes, Tim Ventura, American Antigravity
- John Hutchison is a Fraud, Ace Baker
- Antigravity 2: The Beaty-tchison Effect
- Anomalies at the WTC and the Hutchison Effect by Dr. Judy Wood and John Hutchison, April 1, 2008