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Perpetual Motion Machine Perfected

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April 1, 1996:  Perpetual Motion Machine Finally Perfected

The Finsrud Wheel is the first perpetual motion machine built by Norwegian artist Reidar Finsrud.

Perp mot mach

It uses a combination of gravity, magnets, and pendulum effects, which modern physics would say is impossible, to generate continuous motion since 1996  when it was assembled.

Finsrud's notes and proofs of the machine

Finsrud’s notes and proofs of the machine

Finsrud with his Self Portrait

Finsrud with his Self Portrait

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It is presently housed in a vault in a Norwefian gallery featuring Finsrud’s works.

No cats were harmed in this video 😉

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