The Hutchison Effect -- An Explanation
by Mark A. Solis
People often ask, "What exactly is the Hutchison Effect?"
This brief essay is an attempt to answer that question to the
satisfaction of the majority.
First of all, the Hutchison Effect is a collection of
phenomena which were discovered accidentally by John Hutchison
during attempts to study the longitudinal waves of Tesla back
in 1979. In other words, the Hutchison Effect is not simply a
singular effect. It is many.
The Hutchison Effect occurs as the result of radio wave
interferences in a zone of spatial volume encompassed by high
voltage sources, usually a Van de Graff(sic) generator, and two or
more Tesla coils.
The effects produced include levitation of heavy objects,
fusion of dissimilar materials such as metal and wood (exactly
as portrayed in the movie, "The Philadelphia Experiment"), the
anomalous heating of metals without burning adjacent material,
spontaneous fracturing of metals (which separate by sliding in
a sideways fashion), and both temporary and permanent changes
in the crystalline structure and physical properties of metals.
The levitation of heavy objects by the Hutchison Effect
is not---repeat not---the result of simple electrostatic or
electromagnetic levitation. Claims that these forces alone
can explain the phenomenon are patently ridiculous, and easily
disproved by merely trying to use such methods to duplicate
what the Hutchison Effect has achieved, which has been well
documented both on film and videotape, and has been witnessed
many times by numerous credentialed scientists and engineers.
Challengers should note that their apparatus must be limited
to the use of 75 Watts of power from a 120 Volt AC outlet, as
that is all that is used by Hutchison's apparatus to levitate
a 60-pound cannon ball.
The fusion of dissimilar materials, which is exceedingly
remarkable, indicates clearly that the Hutchison Effect has a
powerful influence on Van der Waals forces. In a striking and
baffling contradiction, dissimilar substances can simply "come
together," yet the individual substances do not dissociate. A
block of wood can simply "sink into" a metal bar, yet neither
the metal bar nor the block of wood come apart. Also, there
is no evidence of displacement, such as would occur if, for
example, one were to sink a stone into a bowl of water.
The anomalous heating of metal without any evidence of
burning or scorching of the adjacent materials (usually wood)
is a clear indication that possibly the nature of heat may not
be completely understood. This has far-reaching implications
for thermodynamics, which hinges entirely on the presumption
of such knowledge. It should be noted that the entirety of
thermodynamics is represented by the infrared portion of the
electromagnetic spectrum, which is insignificant in a context
of 0 Hz to infinite Hz. The anomalous heating exhibited by
the Hutchison Effect shows plainly that we have much to learn,
especially where thermodynamics and electromagnetism meet.
The spontaneous fracturing of metals, as occurs with the
Hutchison Effect, is unique for two reasons: (1) there is no
evidence of an "external force" causing the fracturing, and
(2) the method by which the metal separates involves a sliding
motion in a sideways direction, horizontally. The metal simply
Some temporary changes in the crystalline structure and
physical properties of metals are somewhat reminiscent of the
"spoon bending" of Uri Geller, except that there is no one near
the metal samples when the changes take place. One video shows
a spoon flapping up and down like a limp rag in a stiff breeze.
In the case of permanent changes, a metal bar will be hard at
one end, like steel, and soft at the other end, like powdered
lead. Again, this is evidence of strong influence on Van der
The radio wave interferences involved in producing these
effects are produced from as many as four and five different
radio sources, all operating at low power. However, the zone
in which the interferences take place is stressed by hundreds
It is surmised by some researchers that what Hutchison
has done is tap into the Zero Point Energy. This energy gets
its name from the fact that it is evidenced by oscillations
at zero degrees Kelvin, where supposedly all activity in an
atom ceases. The energy is associated with the spontaneous
emission and annihilation of electrons and positrons coming
from what is called "the quantum vacuum." The density of the
energy contained in the quantum vacuum is estimated by some at
ten to the thirteenth Joules per cubic centimeter, which is
reportedly sufficient to boil off the Earth's oceans in a
matter of moments.
Given access to such energies, it is small wonder that
the Hutchison Effect produces such bizarre phenomena. At the
present time, the phenomena are difficult to reproduce with
any regularity. The focus for the future, then, is first to
increase the frequency of occurence of the effects, then to
achieve some degree of precision in their control.
The work is continuing at this time. Before long, we
shall see what progress can be made.
February 16, 1999
Copyright (c) 1999 by Mark A. Solis