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You are here: > News > February 11, 2009

The Story Behind The John Searl Story

Comments by John Searl about the film and excerpts from the film log.  Follow-up dialogue about coming film sequel that will address the topic of the powers that be who not only suppressed the technology, but stole it.

by Bradley Lockerman, BKL Films
Executive Producer, Writer, Director, Camera for the The John Searl Story.
Exclusive for Pure Energy Systems News

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“It’s marvelous… maybe people will realize that ALL of it is interesting information...” said John Searl.

“People are more impressed with lies… than the truth.  I can’t (lie) because I’m speaking from the heart… about what I know… and what I do.”

Throughout the making of The John Searl Story there was one distinct, undeniable constant, Searl was telling his truth. 

I spent several years shooting, logging, collecting and then pouring over the sixty plus hours of raw footage in the edit waiting to find a blink or flinch or a stutter that would indicate he was concocting this portion or that portion of his story. It never came.

We were lucky to get permission to enter Saint John’s Hall. This auditorium is where the Sunday lectures were held in the 1960s. Attended by scientists, the press and the public, crowds numbered up to four hundred persons at times, all listening to Searl explain his “flying disc generator”, and his intention to build a “manned craft”.

“The press came… to make mockery,” said Searl. At the end of the ten-hour lecture reporters approached Searl amazed by his continuous delivery.

“They said, we have never seen a man stand there… and talk for ten hours without looking at any papers or references” Searl continued, “And I said, when you talk from the heart… you don’t need papers…”

The anticipation as we approached the locations where Searl had worked or done his research was already high, but that anticipation increased dramatically in Searl himself. Every location was found through Searl’s recognition of the surroundings. “That’s it… stop here,” he said. Then, while walking (and filming) through the field he commented, “I used to have to get permission, to do ‘sort of’ shows (fly the disc!)… they never refused me.” Searl said. "We used to do our take-offs and landings there (pointing to an open area in the field); the audience would be here." He continued, “The people that say it never happened… they're dreaming! Here’s the very field.”

An animated gif from
Professor John Searl revisits the field where he had done many test flights.

While standing in one of the fields where John Searl flew his “levity disc”, I was struck by his demeanor. There were moments when he paused, as if he were reliving the events of the past. The look in his eyes was certain as he examined the geography around him. Occasionally he would glance at the sky, as if he were remembering a particular launch or flight path that he and his team had used.

The documentary states: "The Demo 1 would prove that electromagnetic flying discs were not only real, but that they represent the future in power and transportation."  In the segment of the documentary in which the above image is shown, Searl's voice is played back from that period, saying: "We feel the time is right to go ahead and carry people."  "One day you'll see a [name of] craft, a lone star in the sky; and within a year, you'll see massive giants coming up into the sky taking 2000 people from New York to London in twenty minutes, or fifteen minutes; from London to Sidney in thirty minutes; and we won't think nothing about it."  Then, showing his confidence in the goodness of humanity, he continues: "And I think that this is business; this is really what industry wants: fast movement, cheap price, no noise, and no pollution; and the Levity Disc will give you this."  Later in the documentary he states: "From 1963 until about 1978, ...Demo 1 flew 500 times around the world through the use of ham operators."

As he relived the end of the “Demo 1” effort, his pain from the memory was too much. He broke down in tears. This lasted for a considerable time. I thought I should cut the cameras and give him some privacy because his pain was real. But I chose instead to capture it all. Here was a man who chose his life work over his family. And the memory of that “ripping apart” was flowing out of him.

Searl was pleased with the structure of the dream 1 and dream 2 sequence in the film. "It showed the dreams... that's always been difficult to explain" he said. "Now you can see it... from the hopscotch game, to the Law of the Squares, to the SEG".

He also liked the Crawley Road location sequence. "This is where it happened" (the first model crashed through the roof and destroyed the house)... "It was an accident" he said, "and the house is gone!" The police put him in jail for a few nights after that. "They put me in a place where I won't blow holes through roofs and that again..."

Searl said he thinks the film will help people understand the difficulties he's had to overcome. "Some people are greedy... once they see it (the SEG) they want to own it" he said. "Greed and ignorance... it's a terrible combination."

On the general content and flow of the film. "I hope everyone has a chance to see it... I'll be able to spend more time talking about the (present) development of the SEG" said Searl. "I don't mind talking about the past... just rather talk about how we're doing it again!"

There's more like this. I have phone conversations with him regularly.

Some of the early reviews are in and we are pleased. Seems people like the film. This latest review (five stars):

Guy Thomas... "Awesome Documentary!!!"

"I've bought 2 of these DVDs now and I am really impressed. The documentary builds on the information in the book 'Antigravity: The Dream Made Reality', so you won't be disappointed if you've already read up on the life of John Searl. The documentary provides a fair and impartial view of the SEG / IGV technologies and doesn't alienate its audience in overly-technical explanations. I found the illustrations of the magnetisation process to be particularly enlightening as this is an area many SEG replication attempts have completely ignored. Overall this is an excellent DVD, buy it now!!!"

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Searl's Tech Stolen by Black Ops

On Feb. 10, 2009, Sterling Allan wrote to Brad Lockerman:

Fantastic job. Very well done. You are to be commended. 

What an amazing story! It's definitely a must-see for our generation.

There is one point, though, that I think the documentary missed, which to me is as obvious as the elephant standing in the middle of the room.

John's technology wasn't suppressed, it was stolen and developed by the black-ops shadow government elements that pull the strings of the control structure that presently runs things on this planet. The attempts to marginalize and discredit him were all a ruse to get John off their scent and the public as well.

The documentary, in my opinion, made this all the more evident. The gap represented by the diminishing of Searl's work was simultaneously marked globally by an intense rise in UFO sightings. Some of those may have been extraterrestrial craft, but certainly some of them, perhaps most of them were of human origin of this world -- spinoffs of the Searl Effect.

I might add that perhaps you were able to hint at this aspect during the train station segment at the beginning of the film, in which the policeman walks by Searl, giving him a very scrutinizing look, even turning and staring, as Searl pretends to not see him.

Now that John is approaching the re-emergence of the technology, may actually mark a confluence in time when the powers that be are finally ready to stop hogging the technology for their black-op purposes only, and will allow it to finally make it into the light of day for the blessing of humanity. I'm sure there are plenty of power plays behind the scenes on this subject, but I happen to believe the good will win out.

* * * *

On Feb. 10, 2009, New Energy Congress advisor, Jim Dunn, replied:
(with Cc to NEC advisor and Hollywood film-maker, Chris Patton)

Wow – Could be a great storyline for a new movie.

* * * *

On Feb. 10, 2009, Dr. Terry Moore <drtm {at}>, Searl's associate, replied:

The additional point you make is very valid. It is almost certain that many of the modern military aircraft have used this technology for years. For example, if you look at the tiny Stealth fighter and consider its operating range, there is no way it could carry enough fuel to sustain the distances it is known to fly before refuelling. It is almost as certain that the military in a number of countries have experimented with John's technology and already fly disc shaped craft. It is a useful cover to blame these sightings on UFO's from other galaxies.

John has confirmed that work has already started on a sequel to the first DVD which is to cover the completion of the new SEG prototype and the work out in Thailand. If you enjoyed the first DVD.....wait until you see the second!

Brad is recording footage for the sequel.

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On Feb. 10, 2009, Bradley Lockerman replied:

Yessir... the art of "stating the obvious"... without "stating the obvious" or "bringing the elephant into the room, then having tea and talking about the weather"...

I too, am a strong believer that the good will win out. As the motivation for change in these areas must come from within each free-thinking individual, the choice was to provoke the viewer by (at times) not stating the obvious. Excellent "catch" on your part by the way (policeman scrutinizing Searl).

One important correction... the 'three seater' craft... "It will be a ninety foot diameter vehicle. It will weigh roughly ninety tons upon completion." The weight of the SEG to power this diameter would be large. Searl states that to control it they used... "very large 'bottles' (glass 'tubes' like the ones used in early television sets) and massive 'relays' (the GPO type then in use) all constituting the tremendous weight of the Levity Disc.

Thank you Sterling for forwarding this to the others. Particularly George Noory and Chris Patton. We share the same thoughts in developing this into a full length feature film. I have written a screenplay already and have quietly "shopped it around" in our business. The response is positive thus far.


* * * *

On Feb. 11, 2009, Chris Patton replied:

Hi Sterling, 

Great coverage!

Looks like I need to pick up a copy of this documentary....

I agree with Prof. Searl...don't stop, always move forward. If there is genuine suppression against this specific technology you'll burn up a lifetime trying to expose it. In the end the only thing that matters is: does it work and if it does can it be duplicated? Let's hope so. 

I can point out a few brave countries who will play fair if it works.  There are individuals out there with deep pockets who don't like being told what then can or can't produce. It can get manufactured, just don't look for in this country. 

I'm intrigued by the idea of making this a feature film and hopefully it has a happier ending than Amadeus. 

* * * *

ACTIVIST: Where Do We Protest Searl's Treatment?

On Feb. 10, 2009, Sterling Allan wrote:

It seems to me that there ought to be a page listing the various offending parties, with names and contact info, where we could send people to complain to those parties about their treatment of Searl.

This might give anyone pause who is contemplating such actions. If they know they're going to be hounded by a lot of very upset people, it would deter a lot of such actions in the future.

My question is who should we list on such a page?

- Utility board that accused Searl of stealing electricity
- Slandering parties
- etc.

Please send me whatever names and contact info you have, and I'll post a page at PESWiki with that info. Maybe we could launch a petition or two as well, that people could sign publicly to govt. officials.

* * * *

On Feb. 10, 2009, Professor John Searl replied:
(slightly edited)

Creating such a list would only build up more anti action, thus serve no purpose.

What is out there now will soon die out as news spread [about] the work....

I do appreciate the concept at the same time.  Surely when the SEG hits the market [...] that surely will be rewarding enough for the past.

Thank you again for your help and faith in this development work.

Yours in the work to create a better world for all mankind regardless.

By the way there is an error in that DVD.  I was never arrested for stealing electricity but was on suspicion of dismantling a very high voltage pylon but minutes later returned home when it was announced that two of them had been dismantled, as they said that was impossible for me to have done it.

* * * *

On Feb. 10, 2009, Dr. Terry Moore <drtm {at}>, Searl's associate, replied:

I agree with John, the demonstration and production of the SEG will stop all the negative comment and attack!

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Movie Still Shots Gallery

Tumnbnails from: Facebook Group: The John Searl Story -- DVD Grabs 

Previous Coverage by PESN

56 min
13 Mb

Searl Proof of Concept Video Posted (Interview) - Mock-up completion marks the first time since 1968 that a roller has rotated about a ring continuously. To be followed in a few months by a full 15 kW SEG generator capable of cheaply and safely producing electricity without fuel, pollution, friction, or noise. (PESN; February 21, 2007)
  • Searl Effect: a tantalizing technology and a sad coda - An elderly Searl recalls achievements, blames former associates for stealing Searle's Electromagnetic Generator (SEG), and outlines the basis of both the generator and flight without pollution or G-forces. (PESN; May 22, 2005)

See also

Page composed by Sterling D. Allan Feb. 10, 2009
Last updated November 21, 2014




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