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In 1979, John Hutchison of Vancouver, Canada, accidentally discovered a remarkable phenomenon while experimenting with longitudinal waves - waves that another inventor, Nikola Tesla, had experimented with. According to what has become known as the Hutchison Effect occurs as the result of very powerful radio wave interferences. Heavy objects - even non-magnetic, non-metal objects - levitate or fly into the air. Objects of metal, porcelain, wood and rubber are affected. Hard alloy metals become soft and pliable. Hutchison even performed his experiments for scientists from Los Alamos Laboratory. The effect has been videotaped many times and even broadcast on network television. A complete understanding of the phenomenon has yet to be found, but the implications of its potential seem mind-boggling.
Basically, what Hutchison did was cram into a single room a variety of devices which emit electromagnetic fields (such as Tesla coils, van de Graaff generators, RF transmitters, signal generators, etc.). He found that after they had been running for a while, effects began to occur that were identical to what have come to be regarded as poltergeist phenomena. Objects of any material levitated into the air and hovered there, or moved about and then fell; fires started in unlikely places around the building; a mirror smashed at a distance of 80 feet away; metal distorted and broke; water spontaneously swirled in containers; lights appeared in the air and then vanished; metal became white-hot but did not burn any surrounding materials; and so on.
For example, part of the Hutchison effect literally rips half-inch- square steel bars apart and actually shreds the shattered ends (all at low power and at a distance, remember). Tremendous energies come from somewhere, and in his experiments with the disruption of metal masses in the laboratory, Hutchison has developed his own ideas. He wonders if somehow the fabric of space-time is actually breached.
The Hutchison device produces effects which can basically be divided into two categories, propulsive and energetic. It can induce lift in objects made of any material and also propel them laterally. It has been noted that there are four types of trajectory that affect objects weighing a few pounds, and all of these upward movements begin with a twisting spiral movement. Also, there has to be a particular geometry in relation to the direction of gravity, i.e., downwards of these objects, for them to be affected in this way. Some objects will not take off if you turn them on their sides, but will if you stand them on their ends. It is evident, therefore, that the relationship of their physical forms to the fields which swirl invisibly around them is important.
During Hutchison's experiments, flames have been produced and emitted from blocks of concrete, and fires have broken out in different parts of the building where the device was housed. Again, these effects are typical of 'poltergeist' reports. On one occasion, a steel file was held in place against a wooden board by two plywood struts, to prevent it taking off. The file glowed white-hot, but the board when examined afterwards was not even singed.
The device can also induce unusual aurora-like lighting effects in mid-air. Once when Hutchison was filming in 1981, a sheet of iridescence suddenly descended between the camera and some of the hardware being used. It had a strange pinkish centre to it, and after it hovered there for a short period it vanished just as suddenly as it had appeared. Hutchison actually thought he had been hallucinating, but when the film was developed it transpired that there had actually been something objective there.
Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
I just love the title of your post, by the way. I have a mental image of a giant photocopier with ectoplasm splattering out into the document tray. . .
So, there's a wide range of phenomena, that are kind of transitory, I guess?
can the instances be mapped in a room, i.e. the fire always starts 10 inches in front of a mirror that breaks, but the mirror must be at a 90 degree angle fro the floating water, etc?
Or is it just that random spooky stuff is happening while the "Maguffin" is turned on?
If it is the second, then you've got all kinds of creepy hypotheses in store, like
- The thing actually attracts poltergeists
- The device opens up a rift between dimensions, and invisible beings are poking around in our 3-space
- The machine exteriorizes hallucinations from the id, a la "Forbidden Planet"
- The whole thing is caused by reality being plastic, and formed by our thoughts. When someone sets up a field for the interaction of a whole slew of poorly understood waves and forces, the rules of the universe start to unwind. A little tear in the world that presages the approach of the langoliers. . . .
Originally posted by arcana_imperii
I remember seeing a special(on tv) on the Hutchison effect, and if memory serves me correctly, he was not able to duplicate that effect after a period of time, basically it worked for awile then simply stopped.
Originally posted by arcana_imperii
Still, it was an interesting and compelling experiment, I was non-the-less impressed.
Originally posted by slank
If this isn't a hoax this is VERY interesting.
This has a video and a couple of audio files. (bottom of page)
Originally posted by SilverDeath
now that is cool... though it does seem bending time and space is rather dangerous...