MAGNATRON, FUSION MAGNETIC MOTOR
Presented at the 3rd International Symposium on New
Energy, April 25-28, `96 at Denver, CO.
Scientists from Descartes to Einstein sought to find the
correct DESCRIPTION of the NATURE of all physical substance.
I believe Rory Johnson was one of the greatest visionaries of
this century, and his operating Magnatron Fuel Cell motor was
showing us the principle of attract-attract in motion - the
nature of all physical substance.
Rory Johnson designed and operated a 525 HP fuel cell motor
without any of the hardware that is presently used in current
state-of-the-art electric motors, such as AC Induction series or
compound wound DC motors which use the accepted principle of
attract-repel, an energy form that doesn't utilize the magnetic
field to its greatest advantage. He capitalized on the magnetic
field to its greatest advantage by utilizing the principle of
There is no way to explain ATTRACT-ATTRACT using contemporary
electrical theory, how his relatively small motor could produce
this tremendous horsepower. Over the past 10 years, I used the
Johnson hardware as a textbook to help gain an understanding
about this NEW electrical-magnetic energy theory. Johnson
capitalized on the magnetic field to its greatest advantage. He
used a top and bottom rotor in his motor. First, the top rotor
attracted, released, then the bottom rotor attracted, released.
The action of attract, taking place between upper and lower
magnets, using the windings to complete the attract field.
THIS ACTION is difficult to understand if present electrical
theory is the knowledge base. I know this to be true because I
listened to a teaching tape by Rory Johnson, and my mindset
about electricity would not let me HEAR him. Surely as
electricity was caused to be generated by ONE of the windings,
the other winding used it. How else could it work? The answer to
his statement that he RECYCLES a stabilized energy could not be
understood if he somehow TAKES APART and then RE-ASSEMBLES the
electron itself, UNBELIEVABLE!
Yes, Dr. Johnson was showing the world the `Principle of
Motion" that had been sought by scientists from Descartes to
this day. This is ATTRACT-ATTRACT.
Many `scientists of old' tried to say if the electron GETS
FORMED, then it MUST have a core structure. For example, Dr.
Heaviside stated the following, "As the Universe is boundless in
one way toward the great, so it is equally boundless to the
other way, toward the small; and important events may arise from
what is going on in the inside of atoms, and again in the inside
of ELECTRONS. How electrons are MADE has not yet been fully
This subject is covered in greater depth later, but for now let
us review my involvement with Rory Johnson and his 525 HP from
Laser (Defraction Prism) Activated Motor that had a range of
100,000 mi. Operating on 2 lbs of deuterium and gallium.
After I saw the Magnatron motor, my life changed. I was no
longer a happy camper working by myself in a wonderful, fully
equipped research machine shop for the Greyhound/Armour Corp. In
Arizona. While on a business trip, I saw this motor running in
the showroom at the Magnetron Co. Located in Elgin. IL.
During my 15 years of electric motor repair, among the hundreds
of motors I repaired, I rewound a 500 HP electric motor. That
motor had wires exiting it that were the size of a garden hose.
The Johnson motor being shown had NO wires. Surely this motor
was unreal, a con-job to get money for dealerships. Yes, there
he was. Rory Johnson standing next to his sealed self- contained
Upon returning to the Greyhound Towers and telling them what I
had seen, they instructed me to call Mr. Johnson. Greyhound
wanted Johnson to put forth a plan to install a motor in one of
their buses for testing purposes.
I called Johnson. He was delighted that a Greyhound employee
had seen the motor running, and replied that the testing idea
was acceptable. He would set a time frame for just when a bus
should be delivered to him.
Two years went by, with no business proposal from Johnson.
Then, his former business partner, Mike Marzicola, called to say
Johnson had passed away. He wanted me to work with him to get
one of the motors running. I flew to Orange Co., CA, saw the
motor took pictures, and put forth a plan to Greyhound. Subject
to a contract with Marzicola, one of the old worn motors would
be brought to the research shop. I would then very carefully
reconnect the generator wires that Johnson had cut off prior to
moving from Elgin, IL to CA.
Discussions with Marzicola brought out that the US government
(given the authority by the Congress of `52) had issued a GRAB
order to take Johnson's motors. Rumor has it, the DOE is run by
US oil companies, and OPEC and they want no competition, period.
Because of this grab order, Johnson had cut the generator wires
then put his `total shop', with motors and all, on several
U-Haul trucks and left Illinois in the middle of the night and
went to Calif. To re-establish his business, but before he could
get a motor running, he passed away.
Surely, g\Greyhound would agree to let me re-start one of
Johnson's motors. The wonderful proposal put forth to greyhound
was rejected by mail. Very agitated, I went to the top office at
Greyhound demanding an explanation. I was met at the door with
the comment, "We know why you are here." Knowing the potential
savings to the bus company, surely they could have only one
reason for rejecting the proposal. They must have believed I was
not qualified to start up the motor.
The top legal advisor stated he was present when the Greyhound
board met and discussed my written proposal. He stated the
following, "At NO time was the thought put forth that you would
not succeed. In fact, we discussed all of the hardware designed
and constructed by you, and started the conversation from what
happens when Greyhound has a running motor". We contacted a
State Rep. Who felt this motor should not be allowed to be used
in 4,000 + buses. The loss in tax dollars for fuel alone would
be a very huge sum. He then asked me to leave, stating he was
sorry that he had to tell me the reason the plan was rejected.
Telling Marzicola of the rejection, I offered to personally put
in a few thousand dollars toward the parts to get one motor
running. In return, I would be assigned the dealership for the
Phoenix Metropolitan area. We signed legal papers in exchange
for the money agreed on, and went to work. (I still have the
The first thing I noticed was that someone had been working on
repairing the motors. Three motors already had new commutator
assemblies installed. Each assembly consisted of 3 commutator
assemblies on one insulated tube with a metal case to secure it
to the shaft.
One motor still had the old worn commutator assembly, as it had
not yet been repaired. Out of curiosity, I took a string, held
it to the center of the top shaft and stretched it to one of the
stationary magnets on the motor not yet repaired. This winding
was uniquely different from anything I had ever seen. After
winding probably a hundred armatures of all sizes (during my
early motor repair years), I never saw mica between bars as
thick as what Johnson used -1/8' thick. By turning the rotor and
holding one brush in place, it was easy to se that the brush
sent energy into one commutator bar just as the TWO wire SLOTS
arrived in front of one magnet (let's say north). The mica
thickness supplied OFF TIME before the next bar contacted the
brush and the SAME WIRE SLOT now moved in front of a south
magnet. The mica thickness was not just for insulation but to
control the movement when the slot of wire arrived at another
The newly installed commutator had insulation between bars that
was so thin i could hardly see it, I asked Marzicola who had
supplied these new commutators. He said, " I ordered them and
have a large supply in the store room." He said the thickness of
the mica had to do with the voltage, and this unit operated on
less than 50 volts. The makers of the commutators simply went by
the VOLTAGE requirement given them. They were not permitted to
see the actual motor. I tried to explain to Marzicola that with
the thicker mica it afforded OFF-TIME, to gain an instantaneous
polarity reversal from one rotor coil to its mating coil on the
other rotor. He said if I wanted to help him, I should stop
making trouble, the commutators were PERFECT. He insisted we
work together to finish one of the rotors that already had a new
commutator installed. It seemed to me that we were defeated
before we started. Unfortunately my observation proved to be
Years later, I still pondered how this OFF-TIME could have
accomplished more than just this instantaneous polarity
reversal. Faraday had a great teaching on this subject, he
stated, "When a current suddenly ceases, it can INDUCE a current
IN THE SAME WIRE which is stronger than the original current.
Thus, by conservation of force, there must be some force
present, AN OPERATIVE, other than electric force. This force is
probably the MAGNETIC FORCE." Science had this enlightening
teaching over 150 years ago! Unbelievable!
Back to Johnson's motor. There were two separate windings, the
driver rotor on the bottom, and the generator winding on top. A
curved piece of metal that closely resembled aluminum (but did
not drill like aluminum) was secured for 360 degrees around,
centered between the two windings. This metal most definitely
was a conductor of electricity. There were 52 small holes
drilled, equally spaced, around the center of this curved metal
(possibly magnesium). These holes were sized to be a snug fit to
the #23 wires from The generator winding coils.
My electrical background deduced that these wires must
certainly malfunction by being GROUNDED to the curved metal. To
just solder extension wires to the cut-wires at the inside
location would be a POOR repair job. I convinced Marzicola that
we must do a good job. We would carefully pull the generator
wires back to the outer surface, number them and replace them
through the same holes. Only this time we would use insulation
Marzicola said they already thought of that, but insulation
tubing wouldn't fit along with the wires. I told him that by
holding a piece of copper tubing (as a safety guard) between the
windings, I could position a drill directly in each hole and
enlarge it. Then we could insert tubing with the #23 wire
inside. We did just that.
After two days of hard work, we had all the generator wires
connected to the commutator. None were grounded to this metal;
it was a perfect ELECTRICAL circuit path. We had just negated
the action of Johnson's Fuel cell. Why?
The 1/8" copper pipe that exited his fuel cell was positioned
in such a way as to be secured to the inside surface of the
housing with the "end flow point" directly across from the
center of this metal. ALL of the fuel cell generated power
became captured in this curved metal (located between rows of
permanent magnets above and below).
The metal was designed to feed energy directly into each
generator wire that was in direct contact with the metal. The
modest pulse from the generator coil served the purpose of a
catalyst to cause this energy to join in the flow to the
Commutator and on to the lower winding. This metal was like a
massive capacitor, and we did a great job of disconnecting it
with insulation tubing.
Why go through all this? We will never understand how the
Johnson motor functions without the firm understanding of the
characteristics of this energy. We must think MAGNETIC not
Electrical knowledge won't help us construct the Ro-Mag unit.
For example, can this same FORM of energy be released inside a
motor without an energy piping system to put the energy
someplace? Why not release the energy at the location where it
is actually needed?
The Johnson motor has the fuel cell located directly in the
heart of a massive magnetic field, where it PULSES as needed, to
feed the Unit's RELEASED MAGNETIC POWER. So what is different
between these two energy FORMS? As we know, electrical flow
argues, that is, it sparks, short circuits, and must be
CAREFULLY insulated, Magnetic structures, rather, want to SHARE
their flow, and are compatible to the Universal Force. This new
energy FORM responds when it is needed as well as HOW it is
needed, manifesting as a MEASURABLE current.
Thus, in defining these different energies, it is important to
understand that although electrical and magnetic (energy) work
with similar ATTITUDES, the MANNER in which they work, sets up a
differing energy effect. THINK MAGNETIC THINK MAGNETIC. Let us
have a short magnetic school.
QUESTION: Does magnetism have a pulse rate? Do not say "no,"
because if it does, then much of what is called phenomena will
QUESTION: Does CHANGING a pulse change the polarity which also
changes the intensity?
WHY ASK THESE QUESTIONS?
Because this is HOW present electrical theory took its present
place, and when we were satisfied enough, we stopped asking
QUESTION: In the field of magnetism would alternating the
magnetic attract become a FUNCTION of this energy? WHY ASK? Why
do we have alternating electrical currents? Well, ask the same
about magnetic energy.
Judging from the present day electrical theory, magnetic energy
is now relegated to being a by-product that is unnecessary or of
NO USE. This is like saying a chicken is OK, but throw the eggs
away. Why can what it is--it is only a by-product.
QUESTIONS: Is the energy now called electricity a VIOLENT
MAGNETIC REACTION o the troubling or interferences in its field
that is simply then manifested as SPARK?
This being so, is electricity then the by-product of a troubled
....[hiccup in manuscript].... accept the fact that a
solid-state device has been constructed for magnetic field? It
most certainly is. THINK: All things considered does this show a
unity of forces? The unit of force we are NOW discussing is
Compressed Magnetism (wrongfully called gravity). With gravity
being compressed magnetism, there is only one force-magnetism.
This force is CAPTURED by magnetic action inside the Johnson
The coils in the Johnson Motor are charged and discharged. This
action is called a COIL COLLAPSE TIMING because of the pulsing
system that activates the energy flow inside Johnson's motor. As
we understand that this ACTION is NECESSARY, we can construct
other magnetic devices that function utilizing the same BASIC
Let us now do a historical study about energy and how it
relates to the construction of the Johnson Motor. The unit
constantly recycles a stabilized Magnetic Electro energy. Is
this statement in CONFLICT with past science teaching? Yes, it
is; however, one scientist seemed to think otherwise. Dr. Lodge
stated (about 1890) that. "Any form of ENERGY can be followed in
TRANSFERENCE.' We say magnetic molecular structures are forming
and reforming. If we drive a wire through a magnetic field, we
TROUBLE the field, causing structures called electrons to form
and flow. These electrons DO A JOB and discharge back into
magnetic molecular structures having BASICALLY A NEUTRAL charge.
Thus, hopefully at some point in time, we will be allowed to
observe this transference action as Dr. Lodge stated.
We seem to be far off course. What happened?
We had a great scientific foundation, that is up until J.J.
Thomson put forth his theory in 1890. Thomson identified the
cathode rays as a building block of atoms and called them
electrons. Until then, a good teaching was in place, the law of
action and reaction.
What does one have to do with the other? Dr. Lorentz (about
that time) stated that between radiating electrons,, the law of
action and reaction could not hold. He stated, "When a moving
electron radiates it slows down, thus losing momentum. It is
some time later before the radiation hits other electrons. Thus,
there can be no immediate reaction in other electrons to the
creation of the radiating electron. And, all of the radiation
will not be absorbed by electrons in hits, some will be
scattered. Thus between ELECTRONS. The equality of action and
reaction will not hold."
Scientists of OLD did not want to be burdened with the thought
that an electron has a core structure. WHY? SAME REASON TODAY!!
Because this thought then the mind to ask, "What holds he
electron together?" Fifty years ago scientist, Dr. Ehrenhaft
stated. "It is purely magnetic force which permeates throughout
the known Universe." Did he conduct any tests to prove his
statement? Printed in Nature, Jan 4, `41, Dr. Ehrenhaft stated,
"There must also be a STATIONARY MAGNETIC FIELD in the beam of
LIGHT with potential differences since SUPERPOSED MAGNETIC
FIELDS accelerate or retard the MAGNETO-PHOTOPHERISIS. It can be
observed that some particles stay at rest and that their motion
stops suddenly, or that moving particles appear to change their
velocity, even reverse it due to changes of CHARGE. The movement
of magnetic ions in a homogeneous magnetic field is a MAGNETIC
All of this same action could be happening inside the fuel cell
of the magnatron. We could say Magnetism is the property that
unlocks the molecular lock. Therefore, surely magnetism is also
the property that holds all structures together (electrons
Just what is necessary to CAPTURE this magnetic current to PUT
IT TO WORK? first, we want this energy to move about as MAGNETIC
BUBBLES, and this can be accomplished while the Johnson fuel
cell has a vacuum interior. Why pull a vacuum to Fuel Cell? On
reason is to allow the bubbles to move freely and not break.
Keep in mind that the effects of compressed magnetism (gravity)
are greatly reduced and this downward force being somewhat
alleviated, allows a certain kind of FREEDOM to the bubble flow.
A MORE IMPORTANT reason is the magnetic energy in the fuel cell
came about because of an assembly of DIFFERENT CHARGED
PARTICLES. These particles need to maintain their IDENTITY as
highly complex interactions take place within the fuel cell. If
air were inside, it would tend to NEUTRALIZE these charges, a
condition that would then interfere with the correct particle
SHOULD THE FUEL CELL LIGHT UP? In 1905 Einstein made the
suggestion that, "light travels from EMITTER to ABSORBER in
discrete particle-like BUNDLES." NO TOO BAD OF AN IDEA! If
Einstein had finished the thought and said, "the bundles are
composed of MAGNETISM AND LIGHT which travel SIDE BY SIDE, with
there being NO light without the magnetism,"' he would have been
accurate. Magnetism is a CONSTANT- it does not come from
somewhere. BECAUSE it is already in place-everywhere. As a
Vibratory change is caused to happen in magnetism, it then
creates an ENERGY CHANGE that the human eye can see, visible
matter called LIGHT.
SO WHAT HAPPENS AS THE LIGHT STOPS? When light is not needed
any longer, it returns to its original form. It stops its
manifestation of light while the magnetism continues manifesting
as it always did.
Inside Johnson's motor, I saw a great display of light as
magnetic charges moved from one place to another. This action of
having the fuel cell LIGHT UP might help to further explain the
"Unity of Forces," (if we allow our minds o expand).
MAGNETIC BUBBLES transport a MASSIVE AMOUNT of energy, yet this
energy does not NEED to be circuited by HEAVY wire. Why not? Are
we saying that magnetic energy is transferred primarily in the
FIELD AROUND the WIRE? This must be true, Johnson used #23 wire,
a wire size ordinarily used to operate an electric motor having
less than a fraction of one horsepower. If this wire is equated
to horsepower in present day motors, Then his motor COULD NOT
WORK. I saw all the worn commutators, brushes and bearing. His
motors undoubtedly ran for YEARS. Anyone could observe minimal
wear on commutators, brushes, and other parts.
JUST WHAT KIND OF WORK CAN A MAGNETIC FLOW ACCOMPLISH? Back to
the Magnatron Motor. Here is a sample of the magnet size and
wire size. The same size as used inside Johnson's motor. His
magnets, when magnetically charged could be designated as `weak'
in flux power. These magnets, to respond with greater POWER
required energy from his fuel cell. They then acted as CHARGING
CAPACITORS with their ENERGY DISCHARGE setting up a given PULSE
RATE, which created the action of RELEASE TIMING. And what did
this do? This release timing element goes on to affect the
revolutions. The revolutions affect the pulsing. The pulsing
determines the input. The input determines the outlay of the
magnetic current flow.
Yes, the magnets Johnson used had weak flux power, however,
without the flux power, everything would be stationary. Yes, the
flux power not only helps the released magnetic energy, it
ENCOURAGES IT. Yet, it is not a MATTER OF FLUX POWER. It is a
matter of TRANSMUTABILITY and this has to do with molecular
Mr. Johnson stated that the FUEL is caused to work by blending
Deuterium and Gallium. Scientists already had the NAME of the
energy that it manifests as these two elements are blended.
Johnson used a spark energy that became focused after going
through a dark, smoky defraction prism. The scientists were
convinced that Johnson could not produce THEIR already named,
newly discovered energy FORM with a MINIATURE cold fusion fuel
cell small enough to fit inside his motor. This was their
position, and they never wanted a challenge to the teaching they
spent YEARS memorizing.
CONFUSION-CONFUSION! IS WHY WE HAVEN'T ADVANCED IN THIS
TECHNOLOGY! Newton's law states, "A change in substance is a
change in molecular structure.""
As we focus on the thought that there is nothing BUT energy
which manifests as magnetic molecular structures constantly
forming and reforming, just using the words, "a change in
substance" has no application. All processes go through a
process of forming and reforming. THEN, any given visible
substance could be perfectly reproduced, isotropic in every
respect, yet be the product of DIFFERENT MOLECULAR STRUCTURE.
SO WHERE IS THIS THOUGHT LEADING US? Each electron has an
identifiable core structure of its own which can be identified
as its place of origin. Today, electrons are FORMED at the
Earth's energy zone, the ionosphere.
HERE IS A FULL SIZE ISOMETRIC VIEW OF THE FUEL CELL INSIDE THE
UNIT. Why is this center acrylic tube called a Fuel Cell? The
action accomplished inside this unit could be used to expand the
name to a Molecular Vibratory Exchanger Unit.
Why call it by this name? What is it exchanging? It is
exchanging the matter (liquid) into a pure energy form.
Q. Why go into the details of this magnatron motor? A. To make
sure this very significant technology doesn't get buried in a
dead-end file. If the the human species is to survive, the
fossil fuel extravaganza must be curtailed and magnatron motors
can take its place.
What is vibrating? Vibrations come off both magnets from below
the FUEL CELL and cause a SOUND OF VIBRATION as magnetic waves
BOUNCE off the energy field that is already inside the vacuum
chamber. This action sets up a given RESONANCE.
SOUND TURNS INTO WAVES but the magnetic energy comes out as
PULSES. THIS ACTION gives a vibratory change to the structure of
the liquid. This is all a random action; however, the RANDOMNESS
IS THE DESIRED ORDER.
Next, we note that the energy wants to escape without doing
work. WHAT IS Magnetic work? We want the molecular structures to
be used to their maximum potential. This only gets accomplished
as we CAUSE a "molecular break-down" by circuiting The energy in
such a manner as to drive it to this point of MAXIMUM POTENTIAL,
that is, its breakdown. THIS NEW MAGNETIC ACTION inside the fuel
cell accomplishes this response, which then causes a point of
transference that forms a NEW molecular structure. This new
structure is associated with the conductive action of the red
brass cover. THUS, the action taking place inside the fuel cell
is a continuous process of COMBUSTION.
Faraday had a thought that is worth remembering. He stated,
"The very progress which science makes as a body, is a continued
correction of ignorance, i.e., a state which is ignorance in
relation to The Future, though wisdom and knowledge in relation
to the past."
We can only CLAIM the use of wisdom and knowledge about the
past, as we ADMIT the errors of the past. Planet Earth is in
dire need of repair because the POWERS TO BE will not use wisdom
and knowledge to address the PAST.
Why is it necessary for someone OUTSIDE TRADITIONAL DISCIPLINE
to step inside in order to gin a new freedom of thought? A
former astronaut, Captain Edgar D. Mitchell stated it quite well
when he said, "History has shown time and again that important
scientific discoveries generally happen only when someone steps
outside the limits of his traditional discipline and looks at
something from a fresh point of view. Then what should have been
obvious all along comes into focus."
Thus such great Technology has been suppressed for almost 20
years. First the U.S. Department of Energy issued a "gag" order
and then a "grab" order (See Appendix 2), which is why Rory
Johnson moved all his motors and technology out of his lab in
the middle of the night and moved to California, and shortly
thereafter he mysteriously died. Some inside information
revealed that OPEC had been keeping track of all competitive
technology and he was #1 on their Hit List! He was about to
manufacture the motors through a nationwide dealership. Some
motors still exist but the owner wants several million dollars
“Suppression From Higher Up” [Excerpt]
In the late 1970s, Rory Johnson, a brilliant inventor in Elgin,
Illinois, created a cold-fusion, laser-activated, magnetic motor
that produced 525 horsepower, weighed 475 pounds and would
propel a large truck of bus 100,000 miles on about 2 pounds of
deuterium and gallium. This was years before either Pons &
Fleischman or Dr. James Patterson entered the scene with their
cold-fusion technology. Johnson entered negotiations with the
Greyhound Bus Company to install this revolutionary motor in
several buses in order to demonstrate fuel savings, maintenance
reduction and, hence, the possibility of greater profits for
Little did he know, however, that OPEC keeps close track of any
potential competition to its oil business and that he was number
one on its hit list. His first mistake was publicizing, in many
magazines, his plans to manufacture and distribute his
revolutionary motor. (The writer has spoken with a few people
who even signed up for distributorships.)
After a year of hearing nothing but silence from Johnson,
Greyhound agents tried to contact him-only to be notified that
he had passed away unexpectedly. This is a particularly
troubling part of the story, since he had been in his early
fifties and in robust health. Later, Greyhound learned that
shortly before he died, Johnson had inexplicably moved our of
his laboratory in the middle of the night and taken all of his
motors and technology to California.
Another bizarre fact then surfaced: The U.S. Department of
Energy had placed a restraining order on Johnson's company,
Magnatron, Inc., prohibiting it from producing the Magnatron
Popular Performance Boat Magazine -- Unidentified
Author: Rick Mazicola ?
“525 HP From Laser Activated Motor”
The February issue of the Roseau, Minnesota Farmers Union Oil
Company News Letter carried a front page account of a new
self-contained electric motor that will power a car for 100,000
miles on less than 2 pounds of fuel, will produce 525 horsepower
and is self-contained with a weight of 475 pounds. We were at
once skeptical and yet so extremely interested that our
publisher, Nick Marzicola hopped a jet to Chicago to gather
information, photos and have a look in person.
Rory Johnson, President of Magntron, Inc., and inventor of the
proposed laser-activated power source said that the early report
was factual and described his invention as being a combination
electric drive and generator with a fuel cell to supply constant
The fuel concept is new, using Deuterium and Gallium fused by a
miniature laser prism. The fuel cell is guaranteed by Magnatron
to last 100,000 miles in normal use and the motor parts will be
warranteed for 15,000 or 15 months, whichever comes first.
Johnson said that the motor rpm is 8,000 with a gear ration of
2:1. Lubrication for the sealed, no exhaust, no emissions, motor
is Mobil 1 synthetic which will not need changing and will not
use a filter due to the non-introduction of foreign materials
such as carbon and varnish which are found in the internal
combustion piston engine.
Fuel for the new power source is plentiful, since Deuterium is
derived from water and Gallium is derived from Aluminum Bauxite,
three parts per million all over the face of the earth.
Potential uses and markets seen by Magnatron are in
transportation and energy production such as a replacement for
steam boilers, turbines and auxiliary power for industry with
home generator usage possible. Johnson, being located in Elgin
Illinois, privately feels the first units should be power farm
tractors and trucks with personal transportation vehicles being
fitted second. Magnatron says the new power source would be
highly adaptable to boats, ships, and air use.
A public demonstration of the new power source-is scheduled for
the very near future, says Johnson, with four Magnatron-equipped
vehicles traveling across the USA in such a manner that
practically every citizen will have a chance to see the new
motor on a first-hand basis. Also, one special vehicle will take
a surprise route coast-to-coast on an unannounced schedule,
while itineraries for the other vehicles will be publicized
prior ro arrival.
Production is proposed to begin after the public demonstration
and with current facilities Magnatron estimates a maximum of 100
units per day could be constructed. Plans are in the worls to
construct a larger manufacturing plant on a 65-acre plot in
Illinois with national distribution to follow.
In addition to the driving tests, Magnatron plans to send three
motors to independent labs for testing and install several
others on various farm equipment including grain storage and
drying equipment, Popular Performance Boat Magazine will have an
updated story next issue including the drive plan itinerary.
Magnatron stated that due to the volume of mail being received,
only those inquiries with self-addressed stamped envelopes will
Daily Courier News (Elgin, IL),
Friday, December 22, 1978 ---
No-Gas Engine Ready
An engine which reportedly operates on
electricity generated from chemical reaction, first previewed
in the Daily Courier news more than a year ago, is now on
display to the public.
The inventor, who still requests
anonymity for security reasons, says there will be a public
demonstration of the engine soon, perhaps as early as
Early this morning, the heavy blinds
which closed off the interior of Magnatron, inc., 161 S. Grove
Ave., Elgin, from the rest of the world were raised.
Behind the plate glass window is the
chassis of an old car, set up on blocks.
And inside the engine housing is a motor
completely unfamiliar in size, shape, and description.
That engine is the one described in the
Daily Courier News on Aug. 12, 1977.
Its inventor claimed it was a
revolutionary new source of power derived from the chemical
reaction of deuterium and gallium.
That controlled reaction results in the
fusion of two atoms forming a new atom, he says. In the
process, electricity is released and that is what powers the
engine, the inventor claims.
The engine emits no pollutants and uses
no fossil fuel in its operation. The only lubricant is
synthetically produced and the engine needs no petroleum
products for operation, the inventor claims.
While the inventor will not detail the
exact operation, he says that 17 ounces of deuterium, a
hydrogen product which can be manufactured, and an ounce and a
half of gallium, a heavy metal which is a well known donor
source for electricity, is all that is needed to power the
engine for 100,000 miles.
The flow of the gallium and deuterium is
controlled by magnetic tunnels and where to two meet or
strike, a laser beam forces their fusion.
The inventor says numerous problems have
delayed his original target date of late 1977 for display of
But after a few setbacks and some
unforeseen problems, he says this first production model is
ready and functioning.
The engine is not in mass production yet,
and will not be until funding is obtained, he said early this
The engine can be seen from the sidewalk
in front of the shop.
The inventor says that when he has the
demonstration of the motor, investors and prospective
Magnatron customers may present themselves.
The engine is in operation, the inventor
says, however, it is not hooked up to the car’s transmission
for safety reasons, he claims.
In a closed demonstration attended by the
Daily Courier News, the engine was turned on, but as it was
not hooked up to the car’s transmission, it was not possible
to verify its power, reported to be 525 horsepower.
There did not appear to be an external
power supply and a regular car battery used to power the car’s
accessories was disconnected on request. Removing the battery
did not cause any noticeable depreciation of power.
However, until it passes rigorous
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Daily Courier News (Elgin, IL),
Friday, December 28, 1978 ---
Looks at Engine
Hundreds of curious people filed solemnly
though Magnatron, Inc., 161 S. Grove Ave., Elgin, all day
Wednesday, for the first public showing of the electrical
engine which reportedly runs without fossil fuel.
The manner of the crowd was subdued and
the general reaction was one of skepticism, with opinions
Most of the 500 or more people who went
through the showroom left disappointed because they did not
see the engine in operation.
But some who were there when television
crews from ABC in Chicago and ABC network television taped
interviews, did see the engine run. What they saw was the
engine turn belts to operate an alternator and power steering
unit. The engine was not connected to the drive shaft of the
old Chevrolet in which it was mounted, because company
officials said they were afraid of someone being injured.
The engine’s inventor, Rory C. Johnson,
of Elgin, identified himself publicly for the first time
Wednesday as he answered questions from television reporters.
Two television personalities, one from
the Chicago news team and the other from national television,
saw the engine in operation and interviewed Johnson. Both gave
the impression that they were skeptical about his claims as to
the performance of the engine and did not appear to be
satisfied by some of his explanations.
Their reactions mirrored those of some of
the people who filed through during the seven hours Magnatron
was open to the public.
“I think this is a big bunch of BS”, said
George Bury, an engineer from Antioch.
“The only thing I’m convinced of is that
it’s a fraud. Based on what they told us, there’s no way that
this could work. If there’s something else involved in this,
well, it’s possible, anything’s possible.
“But this explanation does not sound even
remotely possible”, he said.
Dr Jack Volkers, an Elgin physicist, said
he sincerely doubted that the engine would work as Johnson
claims it will.
“I’ve seen nothing to make me believe
that anything they have here will ever work.
“The government has spent millions of
dollars to contain a fusion reaction (Johnson claims his
engine’s power is derived from fusion) and they can’t do it.
We’re told here today that it’s been done by this one man.
There’s no shield to protect the driver from neutron
bombardment. There’s just too many unanswered questions”, he
Jack Simpson, of Washburn, IL, didn’t
“They’ve had me convinced for a long
time. I’ve been hearing about this for quite a while. We know
someone who’s getting a dealership”.
Simpson said he had not seen the engine
run but it didn’t really matter to him.
“I know someone who said he saw it run. I
can understand why he didn’t run it today. It didn’t really
bother me that I didn’t get to see it run”, he said.
But not everyone was so satisfied.
“I’m interested in it, but would have
been more believable to me if I could have seen it running”,
said Trecile Huddleston of southern Illinois, who said he
first heard of the engine about a year ago.
Both Leo Hohmann and Harold Gottman of
Elgin said they had not come to any conclusion about the
engine or its validity.
“I didn’t get enough information about
it. I want to know how much he’s going to ask per share (on
investments), if you get a trade-in credit when you convert
your engine, things like that. I thought the demonstration was
very poorly handled. I asked questions and no one seemed to
know the answers. I didn’t see anything run. They should have
showed how it works”, said Gottman.
Both said they were hopeful, but neither
“It sounds a little farfetched to me. I
believe anything’s possible. We can always advance our
technology, but I didn’t see anything here that really
convinced me”, said Orville Shelton, a former Elgin resident
now living in Arkansas.
“If this is for real, and it looks like
it is, then it’s great. I am convinced that we’re due for
something like this”, said Vince Frisby of Aurora.
“I was convinced it worked even before it
ran”, said Bill Grant of Elgin, who stood outside Magnatron
early Wednesday afternoon and saw the engine run for camera
“They made a believer out of me”, he
“I think it’s going to revolutionize the
world. I was convinced before I saw it run”, said Walter
Rodholm, of Elgin, who also saw the demonstration.
“I’ve been interested since I first heard
about it. I’ve been convinced for a long time that it actually
works”, said M. Christensen of rural Elgin.
“I have lots of doubts about this”, said
Brian Getzelman of Elgin.
“I asked him (the man making the
demonstration) what te byproducts of this reaction were and
said there weren’t any. That means everything inside is
converted to energy. Not even the sun can do that”, he said.
“I read the story in the paper and I’m
even more skeptical now that I’ve seen it”, said Paul Larson
“I can’t believe these small bottle
contain enough fuel to power a car for that distance. The fact
that I didn’t get to see it run really had a negative effect
on me”, he said.
Johnson is undaunted by the non-believers
and said his next step is to put together 25 engines which he
will submit for testing and demonstration.
He mentioned the federal Bureau of
Standards, Underwriter’s Laboratory and Ralph Nader’s group as
possibilities to conduct tests.
But he admitted to one interviewer that
people may be skeptical about investing in his engine until
those tests are complete.
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… “laboratory that everybody recognized,
such as Underwriter’s laboratory”, Johnson said.
Johnson, a native of Dennison, Texas,
said that he has been trained in both physics and electrical
engineering at the University of Darmstadt in West Germany. He
and is wife, Marilyn, live in Elgin and have three children,
Eric, 25, Sherry, 23, and Randy, 21.
Johnson’s wife is originally from Morton
and his in-laws, the Rev. and Mrs J.W. Davis, live in
Metamora. Davis was a Mennonite minister for 44 years.
“He’s (Johnson) been married to our
daughter for 25 years”, Mrs Davis said. “He’s a very
intelligent man and what he says, he’ll do”.
Johnson said he lived in Tremont for 7 or
8 years in the early ‘50s when he worked for the Department of
Defense. He said he spent most of that time flying to
different defense installations around the country, but would
not say what his work entailed.
He later worked in research and
development at several companies, including Motorola, which
brought him to Elgin.
The Magnatron Motor discovery occurred by
accident about 11 years ago, Johnson said. He was developing a
new type of electronic circuit using deuterium oxide and
gallium when he noticed the two materials were producing
energy on their own. He said e could not figure out what was
triggering the energy production for quite a while. He finally
discovered it was light.
In his Magnatron motor, the two elements
are fused together by using a diffraction prism (“Not a
laser”), Johnson said.
The Magnatron is sealed, however, so
‘light’ is provided from photon energy produced from coils
tied directly to the motor, Johnson said. “It’s more or less a
pulse-generated system”, he added.
Johnson would not say how the energy is
converted to electricity to power the motor. He said that is
his secret discovery and he fears if he lets the knowledge out
it could be used for weapon production. “The Defense
Department is working on producing a missile that generates
and emits its own electrical power. I don’t want to produce
another weapon”, he said.
He added that he has applied for a patent
on his invention, but would not give the application number
and said it is listed under another name. He also said his
patent attorneys are working on 22 other patents for his
invention to protect it.
Some persons in Roanoke have offered him
land for his plant, he said, but he plans to stay in the Elgin
area. He doesn’t want to compete with Caterpillar for shippers
and jobbers, he said.
His present two-story, stone-and-brick
building at 150 S. Grove can produce 100 units per day, but he
has an option on 95 acres for expansion, he said. He plans to
produce 110,000 units in the first year of full production,
slated to being in the fall. At present he employs only 8
All the Magnatron parts are produced by
subcontractors, Johnson said, so his plant would just be an
easily expandable assembly operation.
Johnson said he has taken money from
investors and has invested about $7 million of his own money,
but will not take money from people who want to buy an engine
(he claims to have 130,000 orders on file). “I don’t want
their money, I just want their backing”, he added.
One of the investors is Lyle Smith, who
farms 700 acres near Eureka with his brother and enphew.
“The thing that’s important is whether
the energy situation is true”, Smith said. “Why can’t people
get grants to study things like this (the Magnatron)?”, he
Is Smith worried about his investment?
“Being a farmer, I take a gamble ever
year”, he said.
But evidently someone is worried about
his money. The Illinois attorney general’s Consumer Protection
Office in Chicago is conducting an investigation of Magnatron
“It’s been underway for several months”,
according to William Oberhardt, as assistant attorney general.
Oberhardt said he talked to Johnson personally once, when
Johnson was subpoenaed.
Johnson said the investigator was “lazy”.
He said the information he wanted could have been obtained
from material he has filed with state offices (Magnatron is a
When Johnson’s claims were explained to
Dr Charles Baker, director of Argonne National Laboratory’s
Fusion Power Program, Baker provided a two-word answer:
Baker said fusion power for commercial
applications has been studied since the early 1950s. He said
fusion probably won’t be available for commercial use until
after the turn of the century.
The smallest fusion power unit developed
by experimenters would be the size of a large room, baker
said. He added that powering automobiles through fusion isn’t
even being contemplated at present.
One problem with car-sized units would be
containment of the high temperatures needed for the fusion
process, Baker noted. Fusion, which is how our sun and other
stars produce energy, requires temperatures at hundreds of
millions of degrees, he said.
Johnson, of course, is highly critical of
government programs like the one at Argonne and government
agencies and politicians as a whole.
“There have been very few startling
things that have come from a large organization. You don’t get
anything practical out of a government-sponsored laboratory
such as Fermi and Argonne”.
Johnson believes watching a budget as
required by government-funded programs stifles creativity and
the ability to take a chance.”
The DOE s termed a rip-off by Johnson.
“Right now our government is not looking for energy in any
“A tremendous amount of money is spent
(on DOE) every year and so far I haven’t seen anything out on
the road or helping heat your home or helping reduce the cost
of your utilities or anything else”, Johnson added.
Johnson on politicians: “I’ve met several
politicians so far and I can’t believe a word they say”.
The debate over whether Johnson’s
invention works as he claims will become moot if Phase I takes
place as planned.
“Regardless of what the news media says,
this is the only step that we will take before mass production
of our units”, Johnson said in a leaflet describing Phase I.
And criticism doesn’t bother Johnson.
“You know who the Wright brothers are. Give me the name of one
of the men who criticized them.
“It’s sure a good thing some of us are
stubborn enough to realize some things are not impossible”.