Click Sales Inc
917 S. Lusk Street, Suite 200
Boise ID 83706 USA
March 16, 2012
An open letter
Re: NOTICE OF HOWARD JOHNSON MOTOR SCAM USING YOUR SERVICE
To Whom It May Concern:
(Carbon copy to /2012/03/15/9602058_Howard-Johnson_Magnet-Motor_Scam_Hosted-by-Clickbank/)
I am a professional in the Free Energy field, owning http://FreeEnergyNews.com, with a special interest in magnet motors. Our Magnet Motors page is unparalleled on the web. Google "Magnet Motors" and our PESWiki page is the first non-ad, non-video page that appears in the listing.
Here is a photo taken March 15, 2012 of me with a Bedini SG motor I built,
and a Howard Johnson motor shell that a friend sent to me years ago.
Here's a video
(881,000+ views) of me demonstrating another magnet motor attempt (that we
never got to work), as well as the Bedini SG at a TeslaTech conference in
Salt Lake City in 2006.
I'm all for free energy and magnet motors. I've been seeking out and
promoting such technologies for a decade.
I can tell you with 100% certainty that the "The Johnson Motor" plans at http://johnsonmotor.org
being sold through ClickBank by johnmot12 are a SCAM.
Here are some of the totally bogus claims made in their landing page
cost a little under $100 to make
could power your house completely
build in as little as 2 hours
easy to build for a complete newbie
changing thousands of lives
sell power to the grid
You don't have to have a high IQ to see the blatant fallacy of these claims. It's super simple accounting. An inverter, alone, that enables grid tie, costs several hundred dollars, and that's one of the most cheap components in a home power capability. Not very many states will pay you for power you send back. It's the exception, not the rule. Just installing an already-built home power device takes several hours by highly-trained people. It's certainly not something
"newbies" could do. Would you want "newbies" playing with kilowatts of electricity?
To use an analogy, it's like saying the average three-year-old could build a
7-tiered wedding cake in half an hour for just under $10 in supplies.
the claims are about as believable as Obama's birth certificate. No matter how
much someone wants to believe it, it's a fraud, as anyone who honestly looks
Howard Johnson himself did not have a robust device able to power a home. His unusually-shaped and composed magnets are very expensive (thousands of dollars) and difficult to source (China?). Some of the most brilliant people I know have been unsuccessful in replicating his device.
In the decade I've been tracking these things, I only know of one person allegedly powering an entire house with an all-magnet motor (2+ years continuous); and it wasn't based on Howard Johnson's design, and it cost in the region of $10,000 in
parts. He values it at $150 million for someone to buy him out and take it to
market, otherwise he'll do it himself, and he's not in a hurry.
That's the ONLY device I know of that is allegedly powering a house (I've not personally witnessed it). There aren't "thousands" of people out there powering their houses with such a technology. If there were, I would be the most likely person to know about it.
Here are a couple of ads they use on websites for their affiliates to send traffic to their sales page:
Obviously, that is not an actual photo of their alleged device. It is of a standard motor -- a stock photo they found somewhere on the web. Can you think for a second that that device could be built for less than $100 in parts sourced from the local hardware and electronics store, taking a couple of hours to build, and be assembled by
"newbies"? That is an example of the over-the-top exaggerations made by this scam.
Round-About Trip to Download Page
Once you click on this vendor's "buy" button and enter your credit card
info to pay the $47, you are taken to a "one-time offer" page to spend an additional $47 to get plans of how to build your own solar panel "from scratch in your own garage... even if you have NO tech skills... and NO experience whatsoever!"
Do you believe that? And if the Johnson motor really worked as claimed and
is as cheap and easy to build as purported, why build a complicated solar panel when you can build a device to power your home for under $100? Total bullsh*t.
If you pass on that offer, you're next taken to yet another sales page offering plans to 1) Build Your Own House, 2) Build Your Own Batteries, 3) Make Your Own Biodiesel; for another $47.
Still not to the download page. If you pass on that offer, the next page makes yet another offer, this one for a video showing someone building his own solar panel, and that only costs $27.
What's on the Download Page
When I finally got to the download page, and downloaded the
JohnsonMotor.pdf document, here is what I found, briefly:
- On p. 132: "JohnsonMotor Simplified", is actually John
Bedini's patent-protected School
Girl motor plans. I know, because I was given permission by Bedini
in 2004 to publish those for the first time at PESWiki. I was the
first one to replicate it, based on those plans (see above photo). My
mother-in-law, was the second. It took us several days each.
- Background information on Howard Johnson, copied from writings found
on the web, including some of Tom Bearden's work, which I'm sure he
did not give them permission to use. I can't even post Bearden's stuff
without getting in big trouble with Tony Craddock, who owns all the
copyright permissions to Bearden's stuff. He won't let HARDLY ANYONE
use it. Maybe Bedini.
- Copy of HJ's patents (public info, no problem there).
- Guides about principles to bear in mind when attempting to replicate
the HJ magnet motor, which is gathered from around the web.
- Virtually no references to where the material came from, other than
- On p. 65+ are some photos (e.g. shown just below) of a HJ motor
replication attempt, which closely resembles the HJ motor shell shown
in my photo above, which didn't work. Those machined components
certainly are not something that any "newbie" could build
and assemble, and certainly would cost many times more than $100.
- No photos or video are provided showing an actual alleged
operational Johnson Motor capable of powering a house, or anything
- There are no instructions in the JohnsonMotor.pdf document that
describe how to build the motor that is shown in the "Building
the Johnson Motor" 4-part video demonstration (which is not an
Johnson Motor design, and is thus misnamed).
Regarding the Bedini School Girl Motor, which the "JohnsonMotor.pdf"
document is calling the "Simplified" version of the Johnson
- Those are the only plans in the entire document that could qualify
as "simple", but certainly not "less than 2
hours", unless you don't count all the time it takes to source
the materials, build the stand, etc.
- Those plans have virtually nothing to do with Howard Johnson's motor
or patents, other than that they deal with energy. They cannot
accurately be called "Howard Johnson". They are
"John Bedini's", and are protected by his patents.
- They involved electromagnets and are not an all-magnet motor, as the
Johnson Motor was.
- They take energy from an input battery to charge up other batteries
on the output side, usually with a net loss of energy, so that the
charge capacity in the collection of batteries gradually drops.
- I don't know of anyone powering anything useful with that system --
certainly not the "School Girl" iteration. It was a learning
tool, not meant to be a practical embodiment.
On the downloads page, before you get to a plans download link, you are
first treated to four videos showing "how to disassemble an electric motor in order to begin its transformation into the extraordinary Johnson Motor."
It shows a craftsman, step by step, taking the coils out of an electric
motor and replacing them with permanent magnets, both in the rotor and in
the stator, then reassembling those into its casing, then connecting it by
a pulley to a small generator.
Here is a screen capture of the end result:
Personally, I'm intrigued by this video, as it seems to show how to
build an all-magnet motor by retrofitting a regular motor with magnets
instead of windings. I doubt that the plan compiler is responsible for
that design. It's most likely something they also copied from elsewhere on
the web without giving attribution or getting permission. I'd like to know
The skeptic will say that underneath that light bulb, where the video
showed him cutting a hole in the board, is an electrical source that is
both powering the light bulb and the generator/motor, which is powering
the "magnet motor", not the other way around, as is being sought
to be illustrated. That certainly needs to be ruled out.
In my opinion, this video series is the most redeeming aspect of the
package; but when I know how unlikely it is that these guys are the ones
who truly came up with this, the appeal is lost.
Let me ask you. Does that project (which is not mentioned in their pdf
plans) fit their criteria of 1) costing less than $100, 2) being made from
materials you could get from the local hardware and electronics store, 3)
able to be made in less than 2 hours, 4) able to be done by a
"newbie", and 5) able to power your house.
Regarding that last claim, look at that tiny bulb -- barely being lit.
Maybe 10-30 Watts maximum. A house needs 1-10 kilowatts, 100 times as much as is
illustrated in that video.
Are these tasks something a "newbie" could handle? Cutting the
windings off the rotor; drilling holes in the rotor to enlarge the holes
to fit, mixing two reagents of glue together to create a bonding agent to
fasten the shaft to the inside of the rotor, soldering, etc. The guy doing
the demonstration is a skilled craftsman.
And the result of all that time, materials, and skill? Lighting a small
bulb, barely -- if it's not being powered from under the board by a hidden
Even if that is a real video, it doesn't fit the description of the sales
page. Not even close. And the video is probably a recent addition from
something they found elsewhere on the web.
That motor was less than $100 to obtain. It certainly wasn't found at the local hardware or electronics store. Nor would I call that disassembly something a "newbie" could do. Part of the process involves using a
small saw -- a variety that very few people would have in their home. I don't have one.
Then, "In part 2 of Building the Johnson Motor, you'll discover the easy way to rebuild the rotor for your Motor. Also, you will learn which kind of magnets you will be using, where to mount them, in which position, number and polarities."
One of the steps is to use a drill to enlarge the rotor holes -- a step
that only do-it-yourselfers would be comfortable doing, thus again ruling
out "newbies", unless you want major lawsuits for people hurting
themselves because you said a "newbie" could do these difficult
and dangerous tasks.
I also took a look at the "Tesla Secret" videos on their
download page, which again portray the building of a functional system --
thought not practical one. It results in a unit that has to be staked in the
ground with a tall antenna, hooked up to a power controller and a battery
and inverter before producing a few clean watts to recharge a cell phone.
Again, it's interesting science, but it's not practical, not cheap, and
not "newbie" easy. And it's probably not the intellectual
property of the compilers. They most likely took that without permission as
Given these points of violation of your terms of service . . .
- False advertising
- Using copyrighted/patented information without permission.
I request that you remove johnmot12 as an unethical vendor. There is no doubt they just made
up most of
the stuff in their sales page to sell their e-book, and they know full
well that it is a scam.
You are hereby publicly put on notice that you are participating in this scam by allowing them to sell their book through
ClickBank. You are now culpable.
ClickBank's History of Ignoring Scam Evidence
The reason I am making such a public spectacle of this correspondence with you is that
the last time I tried to bring a scam
(Magniwork) to your attention,
almost a year had passed before you finally took action. (This present
scam has a lot of the same ear markings, including using the Bedini SG
plans, as the Magniwork scam. I wouldn't be surprised if it's being run by
the same group.) I'm tired of seeing this
JohnsonMotor scam plastering their bogus ad all around the web, and I want this taken care of right away.
If you had done even the smallest due diligence, you would have seen our previous article published on October 4,
2011 about what previously was called the
"HoJo Motor" at /2011/10/04/9501926_Letter_to_Hojo_Motor_Plan_Scammers/
Plenty of other people are finding it before purchasing the present scam
e-book. We're averaging over 600 visits a day on that page from people searching for information on it and finding our page. That is an astonishing
number for a story half a year old. We have not posted any recent links to
that page -- not since we ran it last October.
Please take quick action to both remove this vendor and ban them from ever posting a similar ad on your service again.
Why Customers Don't Complain Much
I'd be curious to know how many people get the plans and then ask for the refund, realizing they
are bogus. Here are some likely reasons why people have not been seeking
refunds (those who haven't):
- The marketing is brilliant. Those who don't know much about energy
will feel like they made a good investment; and "some day"
they might actually try to understand it and build it.
- The download page has some interesting info, so they feel like they
got their money's worth; even though the plans do not deliver on their
ultimate promise (cheap power for your home).
- The story of Howard Johnson is amazing, so people feel satisfied
with the product and the idea of what "might be", but they
decide not to give it a try themselves.
- It's conceivable that a very motivated, skilled researcher could use
those plans and actually get a Johnson Motor to function, though it
probably wouldn't put out much power.
- They see the "Simplified" plans, agree they are simple,
but realize that they are not going to be powering anything
significant, so they don't attempt to build it.
- They build the "simplified plans" and enjoy the learning
experience, even though it doesn't result in a power-generation
- Too embarrassed that they were had, and just write off the $47 as a stupid
Same Warmed-Over Scam
I asked John Bedini's associate, Rick Friedrick, about this scam, to
confirm that they did not give these people permission to use their
material. He replied:
"Yes, this group of people or similar people do the same thing every year or so. They copy the stuff we put online for free or copy my kits or our videos and present it in an oversimplified form with exaggerated claims. This latest has reached us many times. Unfortunately they are not accessible and it is usually a waste of time to try and go after them. They prey upon gullible people and will just change their names the moment you go after them."
I would encourage anyone who is reading this, who has purchased those plans in the past 60 days to send them a link to this story and request a full refund.
I will be encouraging people to contact ClickBank as well, to lodge their displeasure at
ClickBank's complicity in this scam. And I will be encouraging them to notify any affiliates/advertising
platforms about this scam as well, to have these ads removed from their sites.
Giving Free Energy a Bad Name
It does not serve the purpose of free energy propagation to allow such scams to run so rampant. When something genuine comes along -- and there are several things percolating (take a look at our Top 5 Exotic Free Energy Technologies listing at
http://Top5Energy.com) -- people are going to dismiss it, thinking it's just another scam. Shame on you for contributing to
that calloused skepticism.
Because there are legitimate free energy devices emerging that will be
much cheaper than present grid pricing for energy, and because there is so
much corruption by the present establishment, and because the advertising
pitch is very well done (putting the brain on pause), many people are
falling for this Howard Johnson Motor scam being hosted on your service.
I got the below (and above) ad image from the CoasttoCoastAM.com website, where I've been a
guest three times to talk about free
energy; which, I would imagine, is why they accepted the ad, not realizing it is a scam. Millions of people are seeing that ad alone.
I sent C2C an email a couple of weeks ago, informing them that
this Johnson Motor thing was a scam, but apparently they didn't receive
it, or they thought this ad was different from the HoJo scam.
But they will be seeing this story, I'm sure.
Many of my readers will make sure of that.
Do you want this kind of reputation? I hope not.
Sterling D. Allan