John Searl Makes a Comeback

And Just When Critics Thought Gravity and Energy Were Safely Put Away


John Searl is the very stuff of myth and legend, at least, in the arcane circles of antigravity and over-unity energy, a maverick inventor whose new power system back in the 60s, the Searl Effect Generator (SEG), suddenly “sprouted wings,” as it were, and took off. What really happened, though, as told by Searl himself, is actually even more re­markable. You see, in trying to ground his unexpectedly levitating SEG, the cure—successively adding mass—only made the problem worse. If we’re to believe him, as described in his recent interview for Free Energy Now, the se­quence was: marginal levitation, bouncing against the underside of the roof of his garage, and in the last event, the SEG, when activated, shot through the roof and was never seen again. (

Likewise, the standard accounts have long held that then Searl was jailed by British authorities simply for “steal­ing power.” More knowledgeable observers have deemed the true nature of his “crime” to have been not stealing power, but of not using any. In other words, his entire household electrical system was ripped out by the Electrical Board not because he stole power, but because he’d made the Electrical Board and its ever more expensive, captive audience product a nullity. According to him, the official explanation for the seizure of his SEG by the Electrical Board was that “…it did not meet Electrical Board standards.”

Evidently, that was merely the opening shot in a bureaucratic campaign of such unsurpassed viciousness that it led to Searl’s jailing—for his own protection! Yes, disbelief suspenders are popping all over, but in the interview you can hear him say it for himself. Such was the extreme animus exhibited toward him by the Electrical Board that it was feared Searl might be hurt and/or might be driven to such a point that he went after his tormentors personally. The upshot? Nine months in protective custody! John Searl characterizes the time as “a holiday” (British term for a vacation), during which he says he was well treated and well respected by the other inmates. Seems he was something of a rock star in their eyes. On the other hand, we somehow have to square that with the fact that, again by his own direct statement in interview, Searl emerged from prison with only “the clothes on my back” and “some prison slip­pers.” His place had been stripped to the walls, and all of his blueprints, papers, films and the like were gone. He said he had multiple eyewitness reports of people entering and removing things without permission and that his stuff was placed in piles by some of them and burned. Shades of Wilhelm Reich! Also, there were reports that certain items had been spirited away by U.S. agents.

Holiday or no, losing his SEG, all of his documentation and property, and having his team intimidated into disso­lution really hurt, a blow which has taken him decades to recover from, thanks to having lost also his job with the Midlands Electrical Board and his former free run of the lab there. At a stroke, he lost both his economy and access to all sorts of specialized, expensive equipment.

And it is only recently that he’s managed to build a new team, secure with at least limited funding, and to build enough of a working model that he is in a position to move forward with applying for a British Patent. It was for this reason that two videos were made and posted to YouTube, as described and shown (videos included) in Sterling D. Al­lan’s “Searl Proof of Concept Video Posted” on the Pure Energy Systems News site. (

Those of you who watch the video should know, though, that what’s shown isn’t a SEG, but rather, a subset of the SEG intended to establish how much electrical power is required to get the magnetic rollers moving. The concept demonstrator, in other words, is merely demonstrating one of the underlying technical principles used in a SEG, but the device shown is missing the very components which would allow it to generate electrical power.

The creation of a new team, though, has brought its own peculiar heartaches and aggravations, in that, until late­ly, team members, rather than listening to Searl, who invented the SEG in the first place, have apparently been off busily pursuing what they thought was the technology, in the process wasting irreplaceable time and only slightly less scarce money and resources. The picture Searl paints is of a far-flung project being pulled together with compo­nents and money—albeit, very little of that—from all over the world. Copper rings from here, complex magnetic roll­ers from there, a piece of funding from someone, donated equipment from someone else, all accompanied by delays at every turn, requiring the exercise of what have to be phenomenal levels of patience.

John Searl quite obviously has that patience, the result of decades of hard knocks, including being adjudged “slow” as a child, when in reality he suffered from both childhood deafness and a rare disease affecting his balance. You’d plod too with that combination, and he went undiagnosed for decades. Ever since he first made certain funda­mental discoveries way back in 1946, John Searl has single-mindedly pursued his dream—a world in which the peo­ple are no longer energy slaves at the mercy of the power utilities, thanks to SEGs powering every home. Nor is he concerned with making a killing in the process. Rather, he wants to make enough of a profit that he can provide SEGs to African villages which have no electrical power at all.

How the SEG Works

The SEG, in the form we’re considering, is a novel magnet-based electrical generator which, after initial application of a small amount of electricity to get it going, thereafter accelerates to operating speed on its own, with no fur­ther external power being required. Further, as explained in the interview by the inventor, it is a demand-driven sys­tem which automatically and seamlessly responds to increased electrical load. Professor Searl reports that even with heavy equipment having been abruptly switched on, there were no spikes or transients in the power being delivered.

Of course anyone can claim anything these days, aided by the ability to reach global audiences instantly on the In­ternet. Suppose, though, some scientific heavy hitters were to be heard from? How about a pair of engineers from the Institute of High Temperatures (IHT) of the prestigious Russian Academy of Science (RAS)? In a paper titled “Experi­mental Research of the Magnetic-Gravity Effects. Full Size SEG Tests.” V.V. Roschin, engineer, experimental physics at IHT, and S. M. Godin, chief engineer, IHT relied not on reports and drawings but actual device building and lab tests to determine for themselves whether the Searl Effect was real and if it worked as advertised. The paper’s here, and is one of several published by them in respected Russian scientific journals:

The two engineers are presenters at global New Energy conferences, and the section for them here has a link to more extensive background information on these gentlemen and their education. (

Their conclusions are striking and hotly opposed in certain Russian scientific quarters, but may be summarized as follows:

1. A SEG consists of a series of three concentric rings and rollers that circulate around the rings…. The rollers re­volve around the concentric rings, but they do not touch them. There’s a primary north pole and primary south pole on the rollers and a primary north pole and primary south pole on the concentric rings. Obviously, the north pole of the rollers is attracted to the south pole of the rings and vice versa. (This part then goes on to explain the complex structure of the magnetic rollers, which somewhat mirrors that of the rings.)

2. The magnetizing of plates and rollers, via a “combination of constant and variable magnetic fields” creates a sine wave pattern on the plates and rollers. “The basic effects consist of the roller self-running around the ring plate with a concurrent reduction of weight and an increasing occurrence of propulsion.”

Just so we’re clear, “propulsion” refers to an antigravitic effect. The paper then goes on to state that these effects are the direct result of the SEG’s particular design. The authors conclude by reporting that when the device is up to proper speed, ~550 rpm, the operation is “accompanied by biological and real physical phenomena.” Apparently, the antigravitic effects began to kick in at around 200 rpm, at which point external power was removed. Thereafter, the SEG came up to speed by itself. Clockwise rotation created antigravitic effects, whereas counter clockwise rotation in­creased gravitational effects. Interestingly, this is the opposite of what’s been reported for antigravity based purely on rotation effects. (Emphasis added)

3. Professor Searl’s claims regarding ionization from the SEG are supported by the experimental evidence, in the form of a “blue-pink coronal discharge” and the “characteristic ozone smell.”

4. Previously unreported discoveries included identification of “vertical magnetic walls around the installation” and “an anomalous decrease of temperature in the vicinity of the installation.” This was observed both within and without the magnetic wall. Both magnetic field intensity and temperature changes were found to correlate with SEG rotor speed.

Unsurprisingly, not only have these authors’ papers not gone unchallenged by the orthodox scientific community, but allegations have been made that despite having been published in the highly respected Russian physics journal Technical Physics Letters, another paper of theirs, “Experimental Investigation of the Physical Effects in a Dynamic Magnetic System,” their work not only constituted “pseudoscience” but was part of a large-scale ongoing fraud based on the existence of mythical “torsion fields” in a scheme of both scientific and large-scale investor fraud. For those discussions, please see: and the more de­tailed:

How Close Is It?

The news here could be interesting if the money is right. The first fully reconstituted SEG working prototype is expected to be ready in June or July of 2007, but will require 500,000 British pounds (~1 million U.S. dollars) to com­plete. If, by manufacturing setup standards, a “mere” 14 million pounds (28 million dollars) can be quickly obtained, a factory can be built, and we could have the first production units by December of 2007.

These, it is said, would be 15 KW (kilowatt) units capable of powering a home and everything in it, with power to spare. And no, these wouldn’t be crashing through roofs, being fitted with special shunts to dissipate the forces that led the first SEG to levitate. The price for lifetime personal disconnection from the electrical grid, of never paying a power bill again? It’s $32,000 if you’re an early adopter; $2000 if you can stand waiting five years. If that seems steep, remember that this is going to be amortized over the lifetime of your home. And, as they say on TV infomer­cials, that’s not all!

Hidden Health Benefits?

Over the years, we have heard of the dangers and biological consequences of using 60 Hz 115 volt AC power. This form of power turns out to be debilitating in several ways because it is cationic in nature. Simply put, it sucks energy right out of your being, degrades brain performance, and is basically devitalizing by its very nature. The SEG, though, they tell us, is anionic. The claim is that it emits negative ions wholesale, which improve mental clarity, enhance healing (per Searl’s direct experience after being in an explosion), and improve overall vitality.

While home ionizers have long been available, negative ion technology is now literally taking the field, in the form of passive ion emitter strips on state-of-the-art digital camouflage uniforms produced by HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp. For details, please see “HyperStealth’s New ECU (Elite Combat Uniform) with Integrated Ion Emitter” in the June 30, 2006 entry here. The idea is to give elite warriors that extra edge by providing a natural means to keep ener­gy and alertness levels high, even with a very tired trooper. (

Home SEGs—Only the Beginning!

Professor Searl, assuming he can actually manage to get the SEG into production, next plans to attack what he sees as a fundamentally energy-wasting device, the car. Per him, only 30% of the energy generated by the engine ac­tually gets to the wheels.

He aims to change that. If you thought regenerative braking on hybrids was something, just wait until you think in terms of having SEGs attached to the wheels, generating power and recharging the battery pack as the vehicle rolls down the road. Nor, fundamentally, is there even a need for an internal combustion engine in such a car. It could be pure electric—pure electric without ever having to plug into an outlet, likely drawing power from a coal fired genera­tor in the process. Zero emissions at the vehicle. Period. Of course, in the final pollution accounting, the material ac­quisition, manufacturing and shipping emissions would have to be factored in! After cars, Professor Searl intends to address trucks and trains. Only then does he intend to resume his decades-postponed antigravity flying machine work, what he calls the IGV, for Internal Gravity Vehicle.

Why the Sky is NOT the Limit!

Though all earlier accidental and intentional IGV work was done with unpiloted models, Professor Searl has thought long and hard about leaving this planet in what any casual observer would unhesitatingly call a flying saucer. He calculates that, once clear of the earth’s atmosphere, a space-capable IGV could travel from earth to the moon in about an hour. Not bad, considering that’s roughly 250,000 nautical miles. And with the Mars expedition and later colonization very much alive in the awareness of the space exploration supporters, Professor Searl estimates, based on an IGV launch with Mars at perigee (closest point in its orbit relative to us), that the outbound leg would take only about two months. Hardly warp speed, but it’s head and shoulders above the brute force, highly polluting chemical rocket with Hohman transfer orbit solution where an outbound leg alone would require a whopping nine months in space. (


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