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Bowman Permanent Magnet Motor Plans Pulled then Reposted After Scam Alert
Back in 2003-2004, PES ran a Bowman Permanent Magnet Motor open source project, but as far as we know, no one was able to get it to work. Recently, a group out of Panama was fraudulently selling plans for the motor online, characterizing it as a cheap and easy energy solution, until we stepped in to point out at least seven counts of fraud.
A screen shot from the last
video from the bogus plans.
and Hank Mills
Pure Energy Systems News
More and more often, plans for various "free energy" devices are fraudulently sold online by groups that dramatically overstate their potential, and often flat out lie about what the average person could accomplish with them. See our
page for our coverage of such scams.
Lest newcomers to PESN mistakenly think I'm against magnet motors in general,
just go visit our directory
page on that topic at PESWiki, which, synchronistically, in the course of
this coverage today could hit the 1,111,111 visits milestone.
Until June 22, plans were being sold online for the Bowman Permanent Magnet Motor, claiming it to be simple ("anyone can do it") and cheap (less than $200) to build, and completely safe -- all obviously untrue statements. They claimed the device can self-sustain with power left over to lower your electric bills and gain energy independence from the "greedy electric companies", who, allegedly, have been daily sending threatening emails to them to have them stop. The splash page said that if you don't buy right away, the plans might be taken down tomorrow -- as they were allegedly forced to do not long ago. And the "sale" is posted to expire on midnight (resetting each day).
It turns out that the plans have now been pulled (as of about 3 pm MDT on June
22), though not due to the "greedy power companies", but because I contacted the webmaster and convinced him the operation was most probably a complete fraud, so he pulled the site with an "undergoing maintenance" message, pending the plan preparers giving more substantial evidence to back their claim.
In reality, the average person who purchased these plans most often probably just filed them away because, while looking somewhat simple, in reality, the task is just too difficult for them. Those few who actually wanted to build the device would find that the plans are incomplete, not providing the dimensions for the parts that have to be machined
(and machining would cost much more than the "less than $200" claim in the splash page, just for the machine shop's time to set it up and cut them out). And the tiny fraction of customers who dig out that information elsewhere and actually build the device as shown, are going to find that it will not run by itself as advertised.
If this design truly worked, then there would be a kit available with those gears, rotors, bearings, shafts, and magnets. That no such kit is available is a blatant indicator of the fraud of their claim. The primary expense in machining is the first set-up. Thereafter, the cost is much less, so it would make total sense for someone to take advantage of that and make a kit available for others wanting to replicate the effect.
In the decade that I have been providing news coverage of free energy technologies, including magnet motors, I have never once seen a convincing video of a Bowman motor running, let alone seen one in person. If a plan's success were measured by the number of fruitful replications that result in power generation, with satisfied customers posting videos to YouTube and other social media, then these Bowman Motor plans are a dud.
To illustrate the quality of workmanship that
went into many of the replications during our open source project, here's
the replica by my friend, Ken Hegemann. Surely, if this motor design really
worked, one of these guys would have been able to achieve eureka.
The Bowman Motor can be read about extensively online (unsuccessful attempts), and diagrams for it can be found on multiple websites -- for
free! A great site that has a wealth of information about it is the
Flying Dutchman website by Eric
Vogels. At that site, you can read about the history of the motor, get information on how to build one, and read how not a single replicator seems to have been able to successfully get a device to self sustain.
That collection of information was done in conjunction with a Bowman
Motor open source project we at PES coordinated in 2003-2004, in which, despite many talented people giving it a try, no one was able to replicate the alleged effect. Douglas Mann, who got the project rolling with his claim to having successfully replicated it, never produced a video or allowed a third party witness to substantiate his claim.
It seems the concept originally came from the Peter Pereginus motor
that was designed in 1269 AD. Then, centuries later in 1954, Lee Bowman built a motor utilizing the same basic concept. It utilized three rotors, each containing magnets and connected by gears. The magnets on one side of the central rotor would be repulsed by magnets on the first outer rotor, and the magnets on the other side of the central rotor would be attracted by magnets on the second outer rotor. A stationary actuator magnet would somehow create an imbalance that was claimed to allow for self-sustaining motion. However, it seems that Bowman was never able to prove that his motor could self-sustain, much less produce excess power.
Recently, we were asked about the aforementioned set of plans for the "Bowman Motor"
http://bowman-motor.com that were being sold online for $97. Wanting to give them a chance to prove their case
that they were real, I sent them an email on June 15, asking for evidence:
- Could you send me a copy of your plans for review?
- Could you send me a photo of the device you built? Several photos would be better.
- Could you send me a video showing it running and powering a load? Several would be great.
- Could you send me a photo and video of a device built by a customer? Several would be better.
- Could you send me a receipt from the power company before/after this device was helping to reduce the consumption on the home. Several such copies would be great.
- Could you send me a copy of one of the angry emails you are getting from the powers that be? Several would be better.
- Could you send me a sales receipt from the parts you ordered to build the device?
- Could you send me a copy of the email or other correspondence ordering you to take your site down?
Other than the auto-responder, no other response was given. So on June 21, I purchased the plans, downloaded the pdf and video files. A day later, I received a full refund. At least they are honest in that regard. If they weren't, then there is no way they would be able to run their scam through services like PayPal, who would immediately disenfranchise them if they didn't honor refund requests. It was actually my threat of notifying PayPal of this being a scam operation that got the attention of the webmaster to have him pull the site. He didn't want to jeopardize his ability to use PayPal for other business endeavors he has going. He noted also that he had thought it strange that the group in Panama wanted him to use his PayPal account, rather than them running that portion of things.
As I reviewed the videos and the pdf, the inconsistency between what was claimed on the splash page and what was actually true began compounding.
Here's the last of the eight videos
available when you purchase the plans.
I've added annotations to point out the fraud. Note that this is a copyrighted
video, but I'm posting it under Fair Use per U.S. Title 17
U.S.C. Section 107, making it available "to advance understanding of ecological, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, moral, ethical, and social justice issues, etc."
First, the claim that "anyone can build it," is immediately ruled out when the guy pulls out a jig saw to cut the boards for the motor. Other tools included a drill, which likewise requires training to learn to use, not to mention that even something as "simple" as marking a line for cutting or drilling takes training and practice as well, knowing how much to offset the mark to take into consideration the width of the marker. Saying it is easy enough that anyone can build it, when
intermediate handyman skills are required, is fraud, not to mention very
Second, it was obvious that the people selling these plans had no idea about building things because the video described a set of plans that contained specs for machining the rotors, yet no such plans were included in the short pdf file. I provide a link
here for those plans as evidence of the scam. Advertising that you have plans, when the plans are inadequate, is fraud.
Third, even before they showed the motor "running" in the last minute of the 1.5-hour video (more on that later), it was clear to me that this device was not actually intended to power a load. First of all, the shafts were only long enough to hold the gears and rotors. None of them protruded far enough to be used to hook up to a generator. Nor did the gearing mechanism in back include a way to fasten a gear or transmission to power a generator.
Additionally, when the guy attached the "actuator" that is supposed to create the imbalance in the motor to cause it to turn, he used two wood screws to permanently attach it. If this system were genuine, then they would create a way to engage and disengage the actuator, not fasten it permanently (which would be the "on" position).
Forth, in the final minute of the video series (less than two minutes of the 1.5-hour demonstration of how to build it, showing every single
step [not including the machining of the rotors], including the gluing of each magnet in place), they show a system that is turning at about 36 rpm, with no load attached. It is hard to imagine that if it really did work, that it would power more than a few watts -- certainly nothing in the kilowatt range that would be required to begin offsetting grid power. Most generators need to be spun at more than 3,000 rpm -- nearly 100 times faster -- in order to work properly, and if the prime mover is going that slow, then you're going to have losses from the gearing up. So, even if they did have a working motor, at that configuration, they are obviously grossly exaggerating the output capability, which is fraud.
Fifth, and most significantly, the person shooting the video does not show the whole motor in one view but only shows one half, keeping the back side out of view, where a cheater device could easily be in play to cause the rotation. On the front view, all that would be required to turn the motor would be a gear fastened to a drill to then turn the gear mechanism in back. As you watch the front view, there are three things that are consistent with this.
1) The operator is holding firmly to the motor box, which would be required in order to hold the drill gear in place. If the motor was truly self-running, the box could be let go of and it would spin by itself.
2) You can see small vibrations of the box, stemming from the interplay between the drill and the gears and the operator.
3) The rotation speed is constant, whereas if this were truly a magnet motor, you would expect it to speed to destruction or at least to a steady state at a fairly high rpm where friction outweighs torque. A drill causing the rotation would give it a constant speed at a low rpm. This is fraud.
The same holds true when the back view is shown. You can't see the front. All the operator would need is some kind of rubber fixture on the drill to get the shaft to turn. You can see his hand on the wood, again holding it stable while he pushes against it with the probable drill.
Sixth, as you see the motor turning, with gears exposed, no one in their right mind could agree that that configuration is "safe" for kids and pets. Furthermore, their saying it is "completely safe" defies their statement that it could offset your power bill. Anything that provides enough power to offset a home power bill is by very definition not going to be "safe" in its raw form but would have to have safety features to prevent access to it; and the device shown in the video has no safety features whatsoever. Even in its non-functioning mode, the very fact that you have gears and leverage means that you have the potential for pinching or worse.
Also, bear in mind the first point above about them saying "anyone can
build this", when dangerous tools are involved, thus encouraging novices to
use these dangerous tools with no training. This claim of "safe" is fraudulent as
well, not to mention criminal.
Seventh, the name of the operation given in the video's "copyright" information at the beginning and end of each of the eight videos, was "Magnets 4 Energy", available from
http://Magents4Energy.com. If you go to our
"Magniwork" expose at PESWiki, you will see that from years back we listed Magnets4Energy.com as one of the affiliated websites involved in that well-documented scam, which we were finally able to get Clickbank to stop hosting.
They are probably also behind the Tesla's
Secret scam which is no longer in play, though some of the promoter
affiliates still have their pages up.
As a point of humor, I must mention that at time stamp 18:22 in the first video,
the following statement is made: "The screw heads are embedded in the plywood to
make sure the magnets won't interact with them." Can you believe someone
has built a working magnet motor who doesn't know that magnetism is oblivious to
Gratefully, the person from Romania that was operating the websites for the Bowman Motor scam could see the logic of my arguments about this being a scam, and he pulled the
websites he was running for the Panama gang.
He said that the people running this operation in Panama were the same as had done the HoJo and Howard Johnson Magnet Motor plan
sites, as I had suspected. They have all the same fingerprints. He volunteered that information. I didn't ask him first.
He said that the person writing the script for the splash page content "knows how to tell people what they want to hear."
Apparently truth has no requirement in their operation. It's all fabrication based loosely on previous attempts at free energy.
These same people have been running a stream of scams, including: Manigwork,
Howard Johnson Magnet
Motor, and now this Bowman Motor. Each one of these used plans for things I
am intimately involved with, so the scam is immediately obvious to me.
I asked our attorney about this to see what kind of recourse we might have in getting these guys shut down. He said that even though they are clearly violating all kinds of laws, the primary issue is one of jurisdiction. When you have an international scam, it becomes very costly to pursue, and when the amount of money is relatively small, such as it is here, and where they have a money-back guarantee that they honor, then it becomes even more difficult. Basically, these guys are preying on people's ignorance and good desires to gain independence from the grid.
If someone from Panama could pursue this, that would be the best way to get this shut down, because then the jurisdiction is not an issue.
That gang should be behind bars, not skimming money from people's pockets with
Meanwhile, we do have leverage in that we can notify the providers that they use (such as PayPal, Clickbank, and advertisers) that this is a scam, and get the providers to withdraw.
P.S. Romanian Accomplice Reneges
Before linking to this story from our news, I sent the link to our editor, with
BCC to Alex Alexander from Romania, the webmaster for the Panama group
who composed the plans. Within minutes, I was engaged in a heated conversation
with him. He thought that if he pulled his site, pending more evidence from the
Panama group, I wouldn't publish a story.
What I had told him was that I wouldn't report him to PayPal because he pulled
the site, pending more evidence.
He said he would 1) repost the websites, 2) report to YouTube that I posted a
copyrighted video (which I posted under terms of "fair use"), 3) block
my emails and Skype communications [except he's back on chiding me some more
about American gullibility, etc., and wondering how I could possibly be motivated
by such paltry traffic and revenue, and revealing that he doesn't believe in
free energy technology. This one captures his essence:
[7:11:51 PM] Sterling D. Allan: Your conscience is about a 2 on a scale of 1-10
[7:12:02 PM] alexander1560: I think it's zero my friend..
[7:12:18 PM] alexander1560: I sell everything as long as there are buyers..
[7:12:30 PM] alexander1560: if there are not.. and I have a hard time promoting that..
[7:12:33 PM] alexander1560: like on bowman case..
[7:12:36 PM] alexander1560: I move on..
Apparently, that was the real reason he pulled the plans.
You can contact him via:
Gradea Alexandru Stefan
Location: Galaci, Galati, Romania
Phone: +40 751584543
Let him know what you think about this scam and his now oabvious witting complicity in
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