Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Hutchison Effect: Mystery or Hoax?

In 1979, eccentric inventor John Hutchison attempted to reproduce several of Nikola Tesla's experiments. In the course of these experiments, strange attendant phenomena were reported by Hutchison: Objects were claimed to have levitated; Other materials, though disparate in composition (such as wood and metal), fused together at a molecular level; some metals spontaneous fractured or heated to tremendous temperatures without scorching surrounding materials; other metals demonstrated marked changes in the physical properties; and smaller objects disappeared altogether. The Canadian tinkerer eponymously termed these phenomena "The Hutchison Effect."

However, Hutchison couldn't reproduce these results. Still, legend claims these experiments were so fantastic that both NASA and Military scientists were intrigued, but they too were unable to reproduce the bizarre phenomena.

In evidence, Hutchison has only his testimony and a few videos. You can find some videos online or pay Hutchison as much as $150 to send the complete set mail-order. These claim to demonstrate what had happened, but almost all of it is easily achieved with camera tricks and some clever staging. His word doesn't seem to be worth much since a television special aired one of his videos that clearly showed a string affixed to a toy UFO he claimed was "levitating".

Moreover, if he says he is unable to reproduce the effect, how is it that there are all these videos? Most of the videos are not focused on reproducing a Tesla experiment, but rather focused on demonstrating this eponymous effect. If he were videotaping his experiments and accidentally caught the other phenomena, I could understand. But most of the videos show him focusing soley on these so-called unexplained phenomena.

Supporters (those late night radio listening types) believe his experiment created a hypothetical electromagnetic wave known as a scalar wave. This allowed his mechanism to tap the much talked about unicorn known as zero-point energy, a free-for-all windfall of unlimited potential energy if we could only figure out how to harness it.

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