In the 1890s, an almost totally unknown about inventor in Philadelphia,
John Ernst Worrell Keely (1837-1898), may also have succeeded in tapping
the radiant power of the universe, using sound resonance. The story is
told in Chapter Three of A Breakthrough to New Free Energy Sources, by
Dan A Davidson. It was drawn to my attention on May 15, 2001, when I was
still on the E-letter list of Russ Michael (Source 4).
Many noted men of science of the day thoroughly examined Keely's
inventions, his laboratory, and the scientific demonstrations performed
by Keely and were completely convinced about Keely's scientific
The establishment journal, "Scientific American", would have none of it,
however. After Keely's untimely death they went to his old laboratory
looking for evidence of fraud. They thought they had found what they
were looking for when they lifted a couple of floorboards and found a
large (four feet in diameter) cast iron sphere from which protruded
pieces of broken pipe.
A newspaper article written while Keely was still alive tells the story
of the 3-ton iron sphere. It seems that the reporter had gone to see
Keely and found the inventor in his laboratory tearing a large hole in
the floor. Keely greeted the reporter but did not seem to be in a
This is how Davidson explains what happened next: "After enlarging the
hole, Keely attached a strange belt with several mechanisms built into
it to his waist. He then attached a thin wire leading from the belt to a
large sphere resting in the corner of the laboratory. After a few
moments of intense concentration by Keely the ponderous globe slowly
lifted a few inches from the floor. Keely then 'floated' the iron sphere
over to the hole in the floorboards and allowed the huge mass to settle
gently to the ground below the floor level.
After a few adjustments to the belt mechanism Keely again seemed lost in
rapt concentration. This time the globe slowly but inexorably settled
itself into the earth, buried by the opposite of levitation; namely,
supergravity. Keely had evidently caused the apparent mass of the sphere
to increase to such an extent that it sank into the firm earth much as a
heavy rock sinks into mud. The inventor told the reporter that he was
merely making room in his lab and clearing away outmoded equipment."
The gravity belt was but one step towards Keely's 'airship' or 'aerial
navigator' as he called it. In 1896 he demonstrated a 6-foot diameter
airship to the press and the then War Department. Mounted on it was a
small stool placed before a keyboard. Attached to the keyboard were a
collection of finely tuned resonation plates and vibratory mechanisms.
Keely explained that when these plates were polarized with 'negative
attraction' the craft would rise and float above the ground. The craft
was now under the influence of the etheric polar current. By damping out
certain notes Keely caused the airship to accelerate to any desired
In Davidson's words, "When the War Department witnessed his
demonstration in an open field the airship went from zero velocity to
500 miles per hour within a few seconds. There were no acceleration
effects to Keely who was sitting before the keyboard on the stool in the
open air and controlling the airship. The government officials, although
impressed, could see no use for the complex device so did not pursue the
The controlling mechanism for Keely's airship "consisted of a row of 100
vibratory bars representing the enharmonic and diatonic scales. When
half of the bars were damped the craft would move at 500 miles per hour.
If all the bars were damped, gravity would resume control and the craft
would settle to the earth. There were no moving parts in the ship's
propelling mechanism. It was unaffected by weather as it could rise
above any storm. The instrument for guiding the airship was distinctly
different from the propelling feature."
This was seven years before the Wright brothers demonstrated the first
ever airplane acknowledged by history, in 1903!
John Ernst Worrell Keely may well have been one of the greatest
scientists of all time. Yet he is dismissed as a fake and imposter who
tried to hoodwink the public and scientific establishment of his day.