Reactivating the temporisoscope as well as learning and understanding how to operate it were made possible with the help and dedication of the following individuals.
Benoît Drager restored the temporisoscope to working order, redrew the plans and built its protective case. Once again, his genius won the day. His skill and talent are things of rare beauty.
Messrs Goossens (elder and younger) repaired the Wimshurst
electrical machines and the Spamer current generator.
Scientific apparatus manufactured in 1910 and subsequently restored
(first in the 1930s and again in 1995-1996).
Report: Accounts and simultaneous experiments on 14 August 1910/1997
The symptoms appeared a few months ago.
In the beginning, it was just a passing feeling of vertigo not unlike the feeling one has when one's blood pressure drops. Then the images came, along with a feeling of déjà vu, like the impression of living in two simultaneous 'presents'. I won't even go into the premonitions...
Have you ever had the experience of knowing at any time what would
happen at the very next moment, of having a continual feeling of déjà vu,
of anticipating the end of a film?
It would be great if the feeling allowed us to predict winning lottery
numbers, but unfortunately it doesn't work like that!
Oh, of course, you could impress your friends by guessing what cards
they will be dealt in a game, but soon no one would want to play with you
any more. And casino managers would ask you to kindly leave the premises
if you started winning too regularly. You could also put together a show
consisting of nothing but corny tricks to amuse your kids.
This 'donation' is actually more of a scourge leading to sleepless nights and, at times, pounding migraines and vivid nightmares. No doctor can treat or cure this affliction, because its cause is not actually a 'medical' phenomenon. It is infinitely more complex than that.
But let me start at the beginning.
It was my birthday in January 1995 and I was having a party. The revelries were
still in full swing when an unexpected visitor rang my doorbell.
Intrigued and thinking that it must be the mother of all practical jokes, we opened it.
The case contained a group of tubes, a bizarre typewriter, generators, cables, a collection of deteriorating scientific instruments, tattered newspaper clippings and an extremely damaged set instructions on how to assemble the contraption. All in all, the gear weighed in at just under 100 kg, including dust, and looked like no other machine known to man.
At first glance, nothing amazing - or of any value for that matter!
The 'device', which dated from the early 20th century, was
in very poor condition. Some restoration work had been done on it,
probably in the 1930s.
And then that curious feeling of déjà vu appeared, that disturbing feeling I mentioned earlier. I was somehow familiar with this device, but what gave me that impression?
It took us two years of work to get everything operational again, to
replace the damaged parts and to find out what had happened. Although
since that time, I'm not sure about anything any more - especially when
it comes to the chronology of events.
Team 1: early July 1910 - Brussels
On that day, the Duke of Ursel, General Commissioner of the Brussels World's Fair, received in his private office one of the world's most renowned scientists: Nikola Tesla.
At 54 years of age, Nikola Tesla was famous. In fact, he was one of
the greatest geniuses every known. Born in 1856 to Serbian parents, he
worked for Thomas Edison before emigrating to the United States. He
invented alternating current, the radio, remote-controlled robots
that he operated in Madison
Square Garden, the transmission of energy through the air and the Tesla
turbine, and he held thousands of other patents. Tesla provided the
lighting for the Colombian Exposition in 1893 in Chicago. He also
transformed Niagara Falls into an enormous AC generator, snatching up a
fabulous contract from Edison himself.
In 1889, his good friend Samuel Clemens (alias Mark Twain) published A Connecticut
Yankee in King Arthur's Court, the first novel on the topic of time
(It is interesting to note that in this novel, it is lighting - i.e.,
electricity - that projects the traveller back to King Arthur's court.)
Nikola Tesla knew full well that Marconi had stolen his invention (something which would later be acknowledged in 1943 by the American courts). That was one of the reasons why Tesla registered fewer and fewer official patents.
So, feeling resentful and keen to exact revenge, Tesla travelled to the Brussels World's Fair to present his unique invention: the time travel machine. 1910 was also the year that his friend Mark Twain died; it would be an excellent occasion to pay tribute to him.
The Duke of Ursel, who knew that Marconi had been invited to give a presentation of wireless telegraphy in September, could not decently refuse Tesla's request to present an invention of the same calibre - even if the situation might lead to conflict. (Moreover, Tesla was a friend of Belgium's King Albert I, who had just succeeded Leopold II. Back when he was still a prince, Albert had been fascinated by a demonstration that Tesla had given him in his US laboratory, and he had invited him to visit Belgium and many occasions.)
Since he immediately saw the phenomenal opportunities afforded by the machine and the fortune that its owner could make, he offered Tesla the chance to test the machine in the presence of a small number of witnesses.
He suggested the date of Sunday, 14 August 1910. They would all met at around 8 p.m. in the office of the general commissioner of the World's Fair. The office was right next to the electricity section in the Belgian part of the show.
The experiment was carried out in the presence of a noted Belgian scholar, Professor François de Walque. As a civil engineer, manufacturing engineer, professor at the University of Liège and later the University of Louvain, collaborator with the scientific society of Brussels, honorary collaborator with the Surnateum and shareholder in the World's Fair, this highly intelligent man of knowledge and integrity would be the ideal impartial judge for the experiment. And if the experiment proved a success, then Nikola Tesla would be offered a spot as lecturer at the International Congress in mid-September. As the Duke of Ursel could not attend that day, he delegated his cousin, the Count of Ursel, to serve as a witness. The group was rounded out by a journalist and a secretary.
The temporisoscope - Office of the Duke of Ursel at the World's Fair; 14 August 1910
Tesla, who spoke several languages fluently, including French, called his device the 'temporisoscope', at least that's what we think. This was probably a nod to his French friend d'Arsonval, who must have known something about the invention.
Discoveries by Planck in 1900 and Einstein in 1905-1906 allowed Nikola Tesla to conceive the following theory. If one takes a wave that moves faster than light and makes it carry information (what we now call 'tachyon'), this information will travel through time. Provided we have the right receiver we can therefore receive a message from the future or the past. Unfortunately, no time displacement or travel is possible before the date on which the machine was first operated.
This theory was restated under the name 'tachyonic antitelephone' by Professor Benford and two colleagues at the University of Irvine. The machine combines multiple magnetic fields to open a breach in time. (Actually, a small black hole. The creation of negative energy out of nothing prevents the black hole from collapsing in on itself.) The time capsules are brass cylinders, which seems to confirm the contemporary theory of Michio Kaku (Hyperspace: Michio Kaku, Anchor Books) which states that the cylinder is the ideal shape for a time machine.
This theory unifying quantum mechanics with the theory of relativity is currently being researched by Stephen Hawking. (Nikola Tesla stated that Albert Einstein was wrong about part of his theories and that the speed of light is not an insurmountable limit.) In February 1994, two researchers at Yale University successfully created negative energy without positive compensation (positrons), by drawing it out of nothingness. This made time travel physically possible. (This energy makes it possible to prevent a black hole from collapsing and keeps the portal from one era to the next open. This is known as the Casimir principle, first expounded in 1940.) Our temporisoscope uses a similar principle, but it was designed in 1910.
In 1906, Professor Korn sent the first photograph by radio. Was the temporisoscope going to be the next stage?
The protocol established by Professor de Walque suggested sending a chosen code and two or three small items unknown in 1910 back in time five years (the starting date was 1915).
After being operated in 1910, everything saved from the machine was
carefully packed away in a sealed case and handed over to Professor de Walque
for safekeeping. His instructions were not to touch it until 14 August 1915.
Unfortunately, he could not predict that World War I would prevent the
experiment from taking place.
And that part of the machine would be destroyed during the experiment,
but partially reconstructed in the early 1930s.
When they turned the machine on, they were very surprised indeed to receive a message from 1997, along with my contact details. Unfortunately, as the message was garbled, they were unable to absolutely confirm that the temporisoscope actually worked. Accordingly, Professor de Walque decided to have it brought to me by his future descendant, thus provoking the condition which I currently suffer from. This is linked to a change in the past, which affects me first and foremost. (Apparently Tesla suffered from similar problems.)
The centre page of this journal from the 1910 World's Fair (dated 20 August) shows a map of the Fair, allowing us to locate the
place where the experiment took place.
There is no mention of whether our experiment was a success or
The various components are correctly connected and everything is
working perfectly. Only the receiving case is showing signs of
This is the case that is to receive the 'well of light', the output
from the minute black hole that we are going to create.
Experiment report (cont.): 15 August 1997
Now that it is over and we survived, I will attempt to sum up our trial.
We began by testing the various devices in the case and then connecting them.
According to the protocol, we were required to first transmit my coordinates and the means, date and place of acquisition, the date and place of the machine's operation, as well as two historic events that took place in 1912 (i.e., two years after the experiment).
We reported the sinking of the Titanic (14 April 1912)
and the fact that on 14 October 1912 John Schrank attempted to assassinate
At the very instant we sent the document, it transformed as it passed through
the device and we were able to instantaneously read the response from
the team in 1910.
Under the terms of the protocol, they then had to confirm that this was not a hoax.
So they sent us an object that was unique to 1910, something that it would be impossible to duplicate today.
Suddenly, there appeared in a flash (a kind of well of light) a ticket to the World's Fair from the Duke of Ursel, who witnessed the 1910 experiment. (We had it checked by an expert and it is indeed authentic.)
At the same time, we also sent ourselves two objects: the independent supervisor borrowed a new 200 franc note (we noted down its serial number) and a plastic earring (since metal does not travel well through time).
These two items of physical evidence disintegrated and the machine suddenly exploded.
When the smoke cleared, the contents of a newspaper on the World's Fair dating from 20 August 1910 had changed. We had used it to show the map of the Fair.
It now explained that the World's Fair had been destroyed in the evening of 14 August 1910 by a mysterious fire that devastated the office of the General Commissioner, the electricity section, the Belgian section, the British section - the entire fair. All the animals in the Boskop menagerie perished, but thankfully nobody was killed. Once again, our past had changed - and so had history.
What had we done?
There was one thing left that we could only do at the end of the experiment. In the box amongst the objects received was a sealed iron box that was not to be opened under any circumstances until the end of the experiment; any earlier, and we would be running a serious risk. When the supervisor removed the seal, he saw that the box contained the borrowed banknote and the plastic pearl - both showing signs of nearly 90 years of ageing.
Then, that part of the machine undamaged by the explosion started working again, and a curious message from another place and time appeared:
We ran a number of checks:
The Titanic did sink; but the ship's owner, Pierpont Morgan, refused to go aboard at the last minute - unheard-of behaviour on the occasion of a ship's maiden voyage. He was Nikola Tesla's friend and employer. In the end it did not really matter, as he died the following year. The Reaper had caught his prey.
Schrank did shoot at Roosevelt, but missed. Had the president's Secret Service bodyguards been warned?
Tesla did quite a bit of business with Belgium. He was paid $10,000 for the rights to use his Tesla turbine.
Hitler survived many attempts on his life, but there is no evidence that anything in his history changed.
A historian who witnessed the experiment from a distance of 10 metres confirmed that the World's Fair had indeed been destroyed by fire on 14 August 1910, and that that had always been the case. Only those individuals who were within a perimeter of 10 metres from the machine still have two memories of events - one from before and one from after the experiment.
Since history had been changed, we find ourselves in a situation
where it is impossible to prove that it used to be different.