Bottled Vortices

& Keely's Secret Explained

by Jorge Resines

In this article I want to bring to my fellow Borderlanders both translations of texts from old scientific journals and my personal viewpoint on the secret behind John Worrell Keely’s devices. In this text you will read how an Englishman built an apparatus similar to the “Hydro-Pneumatic-Pulsating-Vacuum Engine” built by Keely (and which is illustrated on pages 2 to 7 of Gray Barker’s book “Photographs and Drawings of John W. Keely’s Machines”) but with the difference that anybody who built it could make it work.

The origin of my information is France, but I think that more data must exist in England and the USA about the work of Mr. James Basset (maker of a Keely-type device), and therefore I suggest those with good public libraries nearby to avail themselves of as much complimentary information as is possible.

Have you ever wanted to hold a world on the palm of your hand? Well I cannot tell you how to do it (rather, write and ask David Rockefeller — he has some experience on the matter) but the next article I do here translate will give you good information on how to reproduce a planet-carrying vortex with materials you can easily put together:


“EXPERIENCES WITH A VORTEX PRODUCED WITHIN A CLOSED VASE — APPLICATION TO A PLANETARY SYSTEM” (Comptes Rendus, November 18, 1918, pp. 678/680) by Mr. Emile Belot, introduced by Mr. Welle.

We know the excellent experiments of Mr. Charles Weyher through which he has allowed us to reproduce by means of water vapor the phenomena of marine water-spouts and by means of air vortices those of attraction and pseudo-magnetism.

They do not allow a vortex to undergo whole motions (such as translation and rotation) and on the other side the theory of vortex vectors is not as safe and well-founded so as to foresee the phenomena produced in this case. The following experiments have been engineered to respond to these questions:

Be it a bottle of Section B (fig. 1) with a flat butt, completely tilled with water, we hold it horizontally with both hands and make it describe rapidly (about 5 turns per second) a vertical closed orbit O.

The liquid will not make any rotating motion within the bottle; but, on the contrary, let us leave an air pocket of only 20 cubic centimeters the vessel, and the phenomena will change completely; at every instant centrifugal forces will tend to move the bubble toward the curvature center of the orbit and the water in the opposite direction. Because of this, both fluids will take into the bottle a rotary motion in the same sense of their orbital circulation, both fluids do not have the same density and their centrifugal motions will be: water toward the exterior and air toward the axis, with a rotational speed minor at the exterior because of friction against the bottle, in short the fluid spires now constitute a physical vortex.

These phenomena are verified equally well if one has introduced within the bottle a few drops of the clear portion of an egg in order to stabilize the air bubbles. Anyway, a vortical tube is not stable if it is not perpendicular to levelled surfaces, therefore it is necessary by a fast motion to translate the bottle from position B’ to vertical position B” (fig. 2). We now see the conical tornado T designed by the air bubbles, the impurities in the liquid allow verification of the rotation speed which is greater as they come closer the vortex’s center.

The fast motion of relocation in the bottle produces a double effect upon the vortex: (1st) The gyroscopic effect which results from the lateral pressure which has the body turning, in a sense perpendicular to the direction of the effort — the vortex partially becomes a sort of water spring coil R; (2nd) The centrifugal effect that is agitated upon the whole of the vortex if the center of bottom A is fixed in space.

The portion R, forming the water spring coil, oscillates alternatively toward the higher and lower portions, which shows well the virtual elasticity due to rotation. But besides this alternative undulation, also verified is an alternative matter translation by particles that rise and descend when the vortex presents both a longitudinal elasticity as well as a transverse one. The vortex’s central attraction is verified by the particles (impurities) that join at the central cone C upon the bottom and it is the “bushing” phenomenon of marine waterspouts, completely reproduced as iris by Mr. Charles Weyher. After sometime, the vortex destroys itself by exterior friction and increasing its diameter as do gyrating tempests. Also seen [8] are the different concentric layers. This diameter increase comes faster when the vortex is inclined from the vertical line, which demonstrates that its instability becomes greater and greater when its axis is deviated from the normal at levelled surfaces.

It is that the matter constituting the vortex (here the air bubbles) tend, even when it is inclined, to traverse along the axis by the action of its weight. On the contrary, within a vertical vortex, weight acts upon the bubbles that go up or down, to leave them at the same distance from the axis in their conservation of the same angular speed, thus stabilizing the vortex.

If we include a little olive oil inside the bottle, it can assume within the workings of the vortex many forms of equilibrium in the rotating liquid. Therefore it is a centered cylindrical-conic form upon the vortical axis and terminated high and low by spherical heads and later we observe an oily helicoidal spire at a certain distance from the axis.

When we apply it to the planets, within the hypothesis of their vortical origin, the precedent results concerning the vortices’ stability we find: The primitive ecliptic, plane of maximal density, must be a levelled surface within the nebula, any perpendicular planetary vortex (to the ecliptic) must be much more stable than an inclined vortex.

In fact, the constituent of normal attraction to the ecliptic does not tend but to condense upon itself the layers located at the same distance from the axis without mixing them among. The component of central attraction does not have a differential action tending to dislocate by stretching the portions located over and under the ecliptic. Alone among all the planets of our Solar System, Jupiter and the Moon have their axes (those of the generating vortex) perpendicular 2° close to the ecliptic. Having had more stability than inclined vortices, as those of Saturn and Earth which make the ecliptical axis a respective inclination of 28° and 23° 27′, they could put together more matter. It is so that Jupiter has a mass of 3.4 times larger than Saturn, even if this latter has a perimeter 8.83 times larger within the nebula: For the same reason the Moon has a relative mass in proportion to Earth, and the notion of vortical stability is enough to explain within our System the alleged mass anomalies that, for the Moon, have led Darwin to search its origin as an excrescence from Earth.


Somebody whose works are not so easy to duplicate was the late John Worrell Keely, who he alone (or somebody whom he touched) could make his devices work. Despite the many criticisms levelled (in his time and later) against him, nobody can deny Keely being a pioneer in the field of Physics: By the time he began his experiments, he theorised that matter and energy were only two different aspects of the ether. All the scientists of his time believed otherwise and only with the 1896-1904 experiments of the Frenchman, Dr. Gustave Le Bon (a physician turned physicist who discontinued his works because of economic pressure) this position changed.

In the case of Keely himself we see that he chose as prime mover for his machines the manifestation of ether known as sound. By striking a resonant chord at his devices, he set them in motion and as soon as the machines collected ether from the immediate environment this kept them working until either their parts collapsed due to wear and tear or the operator struck a dissonant chord and stopped them.

One thing I did find while calculating the sizes of Keely’s devices from the data I was given (thanks to the kindness of Richard Toronto [of the USA] and Ray Archer [of England] who sent me additional information), was that they had been built according to, the mathematical parameters given out by Bruce Cathie in his books on the grid. Also, something else I found was that Keely was employing (how he found the former and this I do not know) the “metric theorems” first published in our century by the Argentine scientist Dr. Jose Alvarez Lopez in 1950 (at “Fisicay Creacionismo”, partially quoted by Peter Tompkins in “Secrets of the Great Pyramid”) and which he (Lopez) derived from the work “Dimensional Analysis” by Percy William Bridgman; both of which are the key for the mastery of the grid and the ether and must be used jointly.

Hence, the more I delved into this, it became clear that Keely had understood both kinds of parameters and used a “little trick” to keep his inventions and ideas to himself, to wit: I am of the opinion that while the metal composing each portion of his devices was cooling inside the crucible, Keely connected it to a “resonator” of a certain kind (violin, clarion, etc.) and while playing it to a certain note he also “wished” his own personal energy into the metallic piece; after this process had been accomplished (the duration of this deed remains unknown to me) the piece was tuned to Keely and just to him. As the resonating part could be used as a better resonator, it is obvious that the process feeds on itself and successive generations of devices are better than their parents but worse than their children.

I am of the opinion that, to activate his devices, as a prime mover, Keely approached them while mentally projecting the image of the device working upon the apparatus he was about to set in motion, he struck a resonant chord/timing fork, etc, and this made it work. But this simple deed included a great danger for the operator for he himself was included into the field generated by the apparatus, and this was, in my opinion, the reason for the accident Keely suffered when in the early stages of his researches. He was in bed for six weeks, with some broken bones and half his body paralyzed, while his laboratory suffered widespread wreckage and pipes 12 inches in diameter broke as if they had been of paper instead of steel. After his recovery, and in order to prevent the energies from harming him more, Keely went to work but used water as a cushion for the unleashed etheric fields.

Jana, the daughter of the Czech researcher Robert [9] Pavlita, underwent a similar, though much less serious, incident when she was a child: She touched one of her father’s psychotronic generators and had her arm paralyzed; her father discovered it upon his return home and worked for three days in a row to construct another device and thus healed her.

I do not know whether Mr. Basset knew or not about Keely and his researches, but after a close analysis you will notice the great resemblance (only some of the shapes at the upper portion of the devices differ) between the device to be now described and Keely’s “Hydro-Pneumatic-Pulsating-Vacuum Engine,” first built between 1882 and 1885:


“APPARATUS FOR MAKING PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL EXPERIENCES AT ALL TEMPERATURES VARYING UNDER LIQUID PRESSURES OF 1.2000 kg/cm2 by Mr. James Basset, introduced by Mr. C. Matignon, (a translation from an article that appeared in “Comptes Rendus a L’Academie des Sciences de Paris,” session of August 1st, 1927)

The apparatus constructed allows to produce, within the enclosures formed by the experimental chambers, permanent pressures upon liquids, regulable from some hundreds of kilograms up to over 20,000 per square centimeter:

Figure 1 shows schematically the general device employed for obtaining very high pressures: A pump A compresses at 1000 kg/cm2 within the auxiliary reservoir B
which is an accumulator, a liquid destined to feed the primary pressure vessel C.

The set that generates very high pressures is composed of the main press F rigidly coupled and with perfect centering with primary press C.

The piston G of the press carries a centered adjustment H upon which comes supported a secondary piston J built in extremely hard steel, thermally treated and rectified with a grinding stone for adjusting perfectly upon the core K of the main press F.

This main press is constituted by a succession of cores with increasing diameters in special steels, of the right qualities, which underwent a series of treatments for allowing them to resist without deformation, the enormous effects to which they will be submitted.

The proportion of the squares in the diameters of piston J and the piston of press G give the proportions of pressures at K and C. These two ratios are not rigorously the same ones, the frictions of piston J intervene for modifying the proportions of pressures K and C within one way or the other, be it that pressure is raised or diminished. The margin of error is in the order of 2 to 5% according to the intensity of pressures employed, but this approximation is enough within most cases.

The very high pressures obtained within chamber K are used within experimental chambers L which are built analogously to the vessel of press F, but specially arranged for containing the reaction crucibles and the electric heaters necessary for the experiments.

The closure of these experimental chambers is assured by some perfectly adjusted blocks, giving the employed joints an absolute hermetic seal. These closure blocks employed are supplied with isolated electrodes allowing the introduction of an electrical current within the enclosers under pressure thus assuring a heating of the reaction tubes, or it can make electrolysis under the elected pressures.

Experimental chambers L are related to chamber K by means of pipes O formed by many arranged concentric tubes. The inferior hole, through which the communication between chambers is made, is 70⁄100 of a millimeter in diameter, and the outer diameter of the tube is 22 millimeters.

The perfection of the sliding joints is such that the pressures employed can be maintained for the duration of many days without it being necessary to touch the apparatus to compensating for potential escapes, which are absolutely nil.

Figure 2 represents the photography of a complete set with the experimental chambers for permanent working up to pressures of 15000 kilograms per square centimeter. Perceived behind the cylinders are the devices for heating the electrical ovens which occupy their places within the experimental chambers. The device measures 1.5 meters in height and weighs about 300 kilograms.

The formidable efforts that the walls of chambers and vessels of presses must endure are illustrated by Figure 3, which shows, from one of the first essays, a cylinder pressed up to 14000 kilograms. The chamber’s diameter is of l2 millimeters, the cylinder’s outer diameter is of l00 millimeters, and the metal’s rupture limit (in the material employed) is over 200 kg/cm2.

It is after long essays that the fabrication methods have been perfected, the qualities of the steels employed and the details of construction and assembling, and allow as of this day the usage of such devices with a complete security and without any danger.



  1. Barker, Gray. Photographs and Drawings of John W. Keely's Machines. Saucerian(?). Print.
  2. Tompkins, Peter. Secrets of the Great Pyramid. Harper & Brothers, 1971. Print. <http://amzn.to/MQYIPN>
  3. Bridgman, P. W. Dimensional Analysis. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1922. Print. [Digital: <http://archive.org/details/dimensionalanaly00bridrich>]