Korean Magnetic Perpetual Motion Wheel - 11/18/97
I must apologize for not having all the details of this interesting device but
will update the file when I get more info from the source.
In email communications with John Schnurer, I happened to mention it and he's
been on me since then to send him a diagram, yet I felt like it would simply
be confusing because its operation is not clear or readily apparent from the
information I had.
The information that I have comes directly from long time friend Henry Curtis
of Colorado. We both attended the 1997 ISNE conference in Denver and Henry
was telling about this interesting machine he had seen while on a trip to the
He said there was a free energy conference held there and he noticed a
spinning bicycle wheel that was attached to a stand that sat on a table.
The wheel was running when he first saw it, yet there did not appear to be any
driving force such as a motor, belts, gears, etc..
Henry said he watched it for quite awhile and it never stopped running. On
expressing curiosity about the wheel, he was invited to stop it and start it
up without any outside assistance.
Henry reports the wheel was brought to a complete stop, then he gave it a spin
with his hand and it began moving on its own.
I am uncertain if it followed the tendency of other such devices to establish
its own speed. Some devices like this can be spun up to high speed from an
outside source, then will slow to a speed which is determined by the geometry
and strength of the repelling or attracting forces that operate it.
Henry swears it was the neatest thing he'd ever seen and drew a crude diagram
of the arrangement on my notepad. Unfortunately, we were a bit rushed and I
did not achieve a complete understanding of how it operated. That is why I
did not want to blow smoke about it until more detail had been received, god
knows, we don't need any more of that.
However, perhaps someone can figure it out from the limited information I do
have. The following drawing shows the wheel arrangement, one half was
weighted, the other half had slanted magnets. I do not know whether they are
all repelling, attracting or a mix of these forces.
As you can imagine, the weight of the magnets must equal the weight of the
other half of the wheel to balance out. Apparently the force of the magnetic
repulsion or attaction provides the actual imbalance.
Henry also said there was a patent on this device that is dated January 14,
1997. The inventor is a Japanese man named Minatu. The spelling of this name
is uncertain. I did a search on the IBM server but found nothing even remote.
Henry specifically said this was a United States patent.
So, here it is. Perhaps Henry can come up with some more detail which can be
used to update this file in future. Good luck....
Update and Corrections from Henry Curtis
From: Henry Curtis
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 13:30:46 -0500 (EST)
To: Jerry Decker
Subject: Bicycle wheel correction and update
Again we see that communication is difficult and memories are fallable.
Obviously I am remiss in not having sent this to you months ago as I intended
to, but as a sage of old observed "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is
During the first weekend of May, 1997, a group in Soeul, Korea headed up by
Mr. Chi San Park, held The First International New Energy Conference in
I attended this conference and gave a talk on various approcahes to free
energy. It was at this conference in Seoul, Korea that I saw the bicycle
wheel and had the opportunity to work with it unattended by anyone else.
The inventor is Kohei Minato, a Japanese rock musician, who reports that he
has spent a million dollars out of his own pocket developing magnetic motors,
because the world needs a better source of energy. He has several patents in
various countries. His latest patent that I am aware of is United States
Patent # 5,594,289.
His development efforts have gone in the general direction of the Adams motor
which the above patent is similar to. He had a working prototype of this
design at the conference and reported that it used 150 watts power input and
produced 450 watts output on a sustained basis.
About a year ago CNN (in the US) had a 10 minute segment about him and his
motors. In this video he is shown demonstrating two of his magnetic motors.
I have a copy of this film clip that he gave to me. I will make a copy and
send it to you. Unfortunately, the editors were not attuned to technical
details and the pictures of the running machines show little useful detail.
The Phillipine connection that you mention is completely erroneous. It was
The drawing on the web site is essentially correct with the following
exceptions. The counter weight is a single curved piece of aluminum covering
Each of the several individual magnets on the other half of the wheel are
slightly asymmetric, crescent shaped and nested. They are magnetised end to
end with the N poles out.
The motor is actuated by moving the N pole of a large permanet magnet (the
drive magnet) toward the wheel. As this magnet is moved toward the wheel,
the wheel starts to spin. As the magnet is moved closer to the wheel it
The acceleration of the wheel is rapid. So rapid in fact, as to be startling.
To put it another way I was very impressed. The motor works. And it works
In the film clip a slight pumping action of Minato's hand holding the magnet
is apparent. When I braced my hand so that there was no pumping action, the
motor still ran. In fact it seemed to run better. Pumping action by the hand
held magnet is not the power that drives the motor.
When the drive magnet is moved away from the wheel it coasts rather quickly
to a stop and comes to rest in a manner typical of any spinning bicycle wheel.
Again when the wheel is at rest and a large magnet is moved up to the wheel
it starts to spin. At no time is it necessary to touch the wheel to get it
Simply bring the N pole of a large magnet several inches from the wheel. The
particular orientation of the wheel when it is at rest seems to have no effect
on how well it starts to turn. Irrespective of how the wheel and the magnets
on it are sitting; move the drive magnet near, it starts to spin.
Move the magnet closer it spins faster. Move the magnet further away it slows
up. The wheel was mounted on a stand made of aluminum angle pieces bolted
together similar to the diagram in the above mentioned patent.
The axle of the wheel was mounted parellel to the surface of the planet. I
have attached a rough diagram of the wheel.
Apparently the geometry of the magnets on the wheel is very important and
subtle. I have built several small models none of which have shown the free
energy effects of Minato's machine.
The conference in Seoul was attended by several hundred people, most appeared
to be under 40 and evenly divided between men and women. Presenters were from
Korea, US, Japan, and China. Simultaneous translation was provided for all
talks in the 3 day conference.
Jerry, I hope this information is useful. I may be contacted by e-mail at
Henry Curtis or by phone at
Email from Gene Mallove at Infinite Energy;
Hi Folks! Here is a post from Gene Mallove on the Minato demo that is taking place in Mexico City this week, it was posted to the vortex list;
I spoke to Bob Vermillion of Tri-Cosmos Development (Los Angeles, CA 310-284-3250 or fax 310-284-3260) today, just before he left for the three-day demonstrations of the Minato magnetic motor being held in Mexico City, Mexico on July 8, 9, 10th.
Three (3) Minato Motors (MM), covered by US patents 5,594,289 (Jan 14, 1997) and (4,751,486 June 14, 1988), have been brought over from Japan. One was allegedly tested last evening by Grupo Bufete Industrial (supposedly one of the largest power generation construction companies in Mexico and South America).
The company engineers were said (by Vermillion) to have measured an output /input ratio of 4.3 / 1. The printed literature, which I received in a Fedex packet from Vermillion states that the device can put out 500 watts (maximum) with an input of 34 watts.
For those of you who wonder why the device is not self-sustaining -- oral info from Vermillion is that Minato *will* in the course of one of the demonstrations *remove the battery power supply* and let the device self-run -- presumably with a load.
The press release makes no bones about the physics-busting character of the MM: "As rotations per minute (rpm's) increase, the electromagnetic consumption of the stator decreases. This phenomenon is in direct conflict with accepted laws of physics and is achieved through the repelling magnetic fields. It operates without heat, noise, or pollution of any kind. It can be produced in size from ultra-small to very large."
It is said in the press release that applications from cell phones to laptop computers are under development. Vermillion told me of other parties who were planning to attend the demonstrations, which will be conducted both in public displays and with private party measurements. These include: ENRON, Bechtel, Tejas (a division of Shell Oil Corporation), Fluor Daniels, Kellogg Corp. .
He told me that Hal Fox of New Energy News and the Fusion Information Center will be there (I confirmed with Hal that he will be there and will give us a full report.) I considered going myself (I was invited), but I trust Hal Fox to provide a full report -- he should be back this weekend. Mr. Kohei Minato will be there -- he has already arrived, I understand. He hand carried one of the motors that was already tested yesterday.
The wealthy Japanese individual who owns Tri-Cosmos Dev. Co. is Mr. Charly Fujiki. Attendance is by invitation only, but let me here provide the Grupo Bufete numbers: (723-45-78 and Fax 723-47-18 in Mexico City). The exhibition will be in the Grupo Bufete Industrial building.
The invitation says: "Mr. Minato, the inventor, will be present to explain and demonstrate his remarkable breakthrough in technology to government and business leaders in Mexico. He will also discuss the possible use (and) application for various other industries, including a giant generator project, based on the principal mechanism being displayed."
Daily demonstrations are from 10:30 am to Noon, 4:30 to 5:30 pm and 6 to 7:30 pm. A block diagram of the motor indicates that it is about 500 kg. An arrow indicates that its 500 watt output goes to a load -- schematically indicated as an array of light bulbs. The unit is within a cube 1.2 meters on edge.
The diagram shows a solar panel(!!) providing input to the battery that powers the device - I supposes for completeness, but that is obviously silly in view of the claim. Vermillion assured me that this solar panel was not an essential part of the system.
One of the two color brochures in the package shows the Minato motor with its charactersitic coils that have their pole faces toward the perimeters of permanent magnet containing wheels that are stacked on an axle. If you look at the thing quickly, you'd think you were looking at a steam turbine.
The 1997 patent #5,594,289 states in its abstract: "On a rotor which is fixed to a rotatable rotating shaft, a plurality of permanent magnets are disposed along the direction of rotation such that the same magnetic pole type therof face outward. In the same way, balancers are disposed on the rotor for balancing rotation of this rotor.
Each of the permanent magnets is obliquely arranged with respect to the radial direction line of the rotor. At the outer periphery of the rotor, an electromagnet is disposed facing this rotor, with this electromagnet intermittently energized based on the rotation of the rotor.
According to the magnetic rotating apparatus of the present invention, rotational energy can be efficiently obtained from permanent magnets. This is made possible by minimizing as much as possible current supplied to the electromagnets, so that only a required amount of electrical energy is supplied to the electromagnets." It will be interesting, indeed, to learn what comes out of this.
Perhaps the famous white rabbit disappearing down a hole, or maybe the birth of a revolution? We shall see.
Dr. Eugene F. Mallove,
Editor-in-Chief Infinite Energy Magazine Cold Fusion Technology, Inc.
P.O. Box 2816
Concord, NH 03302-2816
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