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The Hutchison effect (also H-Effect or HE) is a name given to a collection of phenomena that John Hutchison claims to have discovered in the 1980s. A portion of the effect was documented by a research group (some of whom were from the Sandia National Labs) which was funded by Col. John Alexander. The study of the effect was through Stanford Research Institute and the Central Intelligence Agency and occured during the 1980s. The research group found the effect to be real, but unexplainable by conventional physics. [1][2]

Hutchison has claimed that, while trying to duplicate experiments done by Nikola Tesla, he discovered a number of paranormal phenomena: the levitation of heavy objects, the fusion of dissimilar materials such as metal and wood, the anomalous heating of metals without burning adjacent material, the spontaneous fracturing of metals, and creating both temporary and permanent changes in the crystalline structure and physical properties of metals, all of which are claimed to not be the result of known physical forces (such as electromagnetism). All these phenomena are grouped under the name Hutchison Effect (HE). Hutchison and his supporters have surmised that these have come from zero-point energy.

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Hutchison has claimed that, while trying to duplicate experiments done by Nikola Tesla, he discovered a number of what he claims are paranormal phenomena: the levitation of heavy objects, the fusion of dissimilar materials such as metal and wood, the anomalous heating of metals without burning adjacent material, the spontaneous fracturing of metals, and creating both temporary and permanent changes in the crystalline structure and physical properties of metals, all of which are claimed to not be the result of known physical forces (such as electromagnetism). All these phenomena are grouped under the name Hutchison Effect (HE).

The Hutchison effect was well documented by Col. John Alexander, who funded a 4-month exhaustive study of the effect through "Stanford Research Institute" and the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1980's. A team of four military scientists stayed with John to document his results, and found all of them (as witnessed in the 1980's footage) to be quite real & unexplainable by conventional physics. Two of the team members were physicists from Sandia National Labs. Hutchison and his supporters have surmised that these have come from zero-point energy. However, none of these claims have ever been reproduced or given credibility by the mainstream scientific community. John and his effect have been featured on television programs by The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and Nippon Television.[3][4]

There are two popular sets of video footage circulating at present around the internet -- the original 1980's footage that was confirmed by Alexander's SRI team, and a second set shot by Peter Von Puttkamer & Gryphon Products in 2001 for the Discovery Channel. This second set is a concern, because 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. This clip has been criticized because a wire is clearly seen suspending the UFO. This was the result of John's attempt to produce low-power effects by direct single-wire power transmission, and not in any way indicative of his experimental procedures or results from the 1980's (which utilized no wires or strings of any kind).

Hutchison's equipment

Hutchison keeps a working navy-surplus radar dish in the lab. Hutchison's possessed a variety of HV instruments in the 1980's experiments. Hutchison equipment (of apparatus weighs over 8 tons) is currently in a laboratory apartment, but Hutchison cannot continue large-scale testing because of the neighboring apartments.

Media and videos

The Hutchison effect has been discussed in television programs aired on The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and Nippon Television. It seems that some of these shows have claimed to depict researchers attempting to reproduce the alleged effect, apparently without success. Hutchison has given a hour-long interview 'for inventors, by inventors'!

Hutchison and his effect have been discussed in various science newsletters and websites, such as:

  • American Antigravity, a scientific research site devoted to commercial antigravity research and products,
  • the UFO Resource Center, a website devoted to ufology,
  • Space Telescopes, a credulous website which features a strange mixture of writings about such topics as the Hubble observatory and the Hutchison effect.
  • World Mysteries, one of many websites which discuss a wide range of research topics and protoscience topics.

At various times, Hutchison has maintained his own website; the most recent appears to be this one. Hutchison sells videos of the effect for $100–$150 each, by mail request. Some short demonstration videos have been released by Hutchison, which have been subject to much skepticism by critics. In response to critics pointing out a clearly visible string at the edge of the picture moving synchronously with the toy UFO, Hutchison explains:

The string is not string but #32-gauge double polythermalized wire on a takeup up reel with 20 to 50000 volts DC. 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.

— John Hutchison

He later admitted to being "creative" with the footage, citing pressure from the Discovery Channel to create footage for the show and an inability to reproduce the original effect, according to Tim Ventura of American Antigravity. He states that he hasn't actually reproduced the effect since approximately 1991. The earlier levitation footage from the 80s is genuine, he says, but this footage is often criticized for looking like it was taken in a booth with an upside-down camera to look as if gravity were negated. He maintains that there is no fakery, and the effect has been demonstrated in person many times, including the presence of scientists and members of the US Army Intelligence and Security Command.

There is presently still no definitive physics explanation for the Hutchison-Effect, even by John himself. Quite likely what he is tapping into is a "Torsion-Field" or "Spin-Field" effect, although more investigation is required to fully understand how he's achieving the results that he achieves. The materials effects demonstrated as a component of the larger effect may be the result of an electro-resonant chemistry that John has inadvertently discovered. This effect would allow elements & molecules to simulate other substances by modifying the orbitals of outer valences electrons. Initial experimentation to validate this premise was conducted by Dr. George Hathaway (PhD EE) without success. Per John Alexander in 2005, the official military report is either archived or has been destroyed as being past the 20-year storage date for non-classified materials. American Antigravity has covered Hutchison extensively, including over two hours of audio-interviews with Hutchison online in Windows Media format, and an extensive PDF article documenting the inventor's research & contemporary lifestyle in 2005.

Skeptic opinion

None of Hutchison's claims have ever been taken seriously by the psuedoskeptic scientist. Rational and skeptical scientists have not investigated the effect in great detail. In a recent posting to the newsgroup sci.physics.research, Marc Millis, who formerly ran the now defunct Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Program for NASA, wrote:

[The] 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.

— Marc G. Millis

Psuedoskeptics have ignored the fact that this effect has demonstrated many times in the presence of scientists and members of the US Army Intelligence and Security Command.

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  • J. Hutchison, "The Hutchison Effect Apparatus". Proc. Of the first Symp on New Energy, Denver, May 1994, p. 199.
  • Matti Pitkanen, "Hutchison effect and classical Z0 force". Hanko, Finland, March 2004. (PDF)
  • "Inside View of the Hutchison Effect". Extraordinary Science, vol. III, issue 4, OctDec 1991, pp. 2326.
  • George Hathaway, "The Hutchison Effect – A Lift and Disruptive System". Planetary Association for Clean Energy (Ontario, Canada), 1988.
  • Jeanne Manning, "Rainbow in the Lab: The Hutchison Story". Electric Spacecraft Journal, Issue #4, April 1992, p. 13–20.


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Skeptics
  • ^  Adrian Duyzer, "The Discovery Channel is Bogus". The Reason for the Season (Blog), November 2004. (ed. includes various responses, including Tim Ventura's note)
  • Adrian Duyzer, "More on Hutchison". The Reason for the Season (Blog), November 2004. (ed. includes various responses)
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