Stefan Marinov Remembrance
From: Jim Shaffer, Jr.
To: Jerry Decker
Subject: Fw: Jurg Lab Obituary: Stefan Marinov
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 10:35:07 -0400
"I don't want the world -- I just want your half." -- T.M.B.G.
From: Juergen Heinzerling
To: forteana mailing group - firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Jurg Lab Obituary: Stefan Marinov
Date: Monday, September 01, 1997 6:23 AM
Who was he, you might ask after reading the subject of this mail. Well, Stefan
Marinov was one of the prime movers in the *free energy* scene.
Born in Bulgaria, Marinov studied physics and was later incarcerated for his
* odd political thinking *, ie. reluctance to work in the governmental
machinery and choosing the profession of a part-time lecturer and free
From prison, he was soon transferred to a mental institution where they tried
to eliminate his "unorthodox political thinking" by horse doses of
During a toilet break, Marinov met a mechanic who asked him if he had ever
heard of the enigma of the ball-bearing motor. This primitive device consists
of two ball-bearings mounted on an electrically conductive axle.
Low voltage/high current electricity is supplied to the outer shells of both
bearings, which makes the device rotate with incredible torque, though it's
workings are not understood by electric theory.
After Marinov was released, he settled down in Graz, Austria, where he
experimented with the ball-bearing motor and other strange devices.
Marinov was convinced that the ball-bearing motor, whose operation defies
present scientific wisdom, is a thermal motor running on the heat induced
expansion of the balls inside the bearings. He also mused that the device,
though it needs plenty of power in operation, is a net producer of energy, ie.
a perpetuum mobile.
He gave many demonstrations of this strange device, with one of the most
memorable taking place in the workshop of a multi-story building close to the
offices of the editorial staff of Britains renowned scientific magazine
The successful experiment convinced the editor of that Marinov was no fraud,
though his theories still seemed unacceptable.
In the mid-nineties, Marinov wrote a letter to German Federal Chancellor
Helmuth Kohl to inform him of the impending legal action against an investment
firm concerned with financing weird inventions that are claimed to work
outside present science as we understand it.
In this letter of support, Marinov threatened to set himself alight at the
steps of the German parliament if Kohl was not willing to intervene in favour
of Marinov's associates.
While the exact date of Marinov's death is unknown, some assume he has
committed suicide. Shortly before his death, Marinov experimented on a new
means of producing anti-gravitation.
Stefan Marinov will be remembered for his sly humour, but also for his very
sober analysis of many claimed free energy devices which have since been
revealed as frauds or misconceptions.
His sometimes doubtful actions and involvement with dubious religious/new age
cultists like the Swiss Mathernitha Group do not withstand the fact that his
demise is a great loss for those concerned with borderland physics.
The Jurg - Juergen Heinzerling
- Writer and Motormouth.
You got balls? Well, I have flippers.