John Searl is the inventor of the Searl Effect Generator, which he claims to produce free energy and antigravity effects. Regardless of what you may believe about John Searl’s claims, no one will dispute he is a truly remarkable showman who has dedicated his life to pursuing a technology that he believes in. Culturally speaking, I believe that John Searl is the father of modern antigravity. His work set the tone for what antigravity should look like, how it should function, and what kind of role it should play in future society.

Searl had a marketing machine in place for the Searl Effect before most of us were even born. Back in the early 1960’s, he was producing photos, models, books, and later videotaped lectures that Searl Effect enthusiasts have been purchasing ever since. Those materials, which Searl sold to raise funds for the development of his technology, left an indelible mark on the imagination of thousands of enthusiasts around the world, and the vision that he shared helped to shape our own perceptions of what Antigravity should be.

It was John Searl who established the common belief that free energy and antigravity are related effects, and he’s also responsible for introducing the notion of antigravity arising from rotating magnetic fields. Over time, these beliefs have leaked out of fringe culture and influenced even mainstream media’s portrayal of antigravity. Before John Searl, the idea of antigravity was portrayed through TT Brown’s high-voltage electrical equipment: after John Searl, we have UFO-shaped devices filled with rotating magnets that skyrocket up off the workbench – and take the workbench with them on their way up to space.

It might be too much to say that Searl singlehandedly defined our expectations for advanced propulsion systems, as most enthusiasts will rightfully point out that Viktor Schauberger and many others were proposing similar archetypes long before John Searl. However, what I credit Searl for is popularizing those ideas and driving them home as the means worth pursuing for creating free energy and antigravity. While claims of overunity devices like magnet motors also predate Searl, I can’t help but wonder how much of that research is a direct result of his vision.

John Searl deserves respect for perserverence and tenancity, as well: close to 50 years after introducing the Searl Effect Generator and IGV in Great Britain, Searl continues to work to promote his technological vision and remains involved in the production of media to support it. Even Searl’s media has crossed major technological hurdles: what once was distributed in print evolved into VHS conference lectures, and nowdays it’s distributed instanteously via YouTube to anyone who cares to learn about it.

I didn’t interview John Searl to promote his research: there’s enough coverage of the Searl Effect out there already. What I wanted to capture was the personality and character of a man who’s spent his entire adult lifetime in pursuit of a singular vision. He’s overcome poverty and debt, legal actions and failed business partnerships, and yet he remains just as true to that vision today as when he first started. While critics have pointed to his tribulations as evidence that his personality more suited to developing a vision than executing it, the fact still remains that he has perservered and overcome those challenges, and offers advice to others on how to do the same. To me, that’s what makes John Searl truly remarkable.