UPDATE: Here's what happened to Mad Man Marcum and his Time Machine (Art Bell 1995)

John Daveit

New Member
May 23, 2016
GoDaddy decided to yank this project and suspended my account indefinitely. Not uncommon.
Domain is therefore dead and I can't reinstate it due to some sort of acceptable use violation. This is not uncommon, GoDaddy often shoots itself in the foot and as a result there are lots of consumer complaints.

I signed up for Amazon AWS to host a new website, but it was cost prohibitive in the end.

On my site, I explained in detail my time travel experience, where I had begun and where I ended up and the time frame. The machine wasn't complicated and anybody mechanically inclined and has a good understanding of electricity and multimeters would not have difficulty building such a device that could step forward. More or less, I was basically playing with ideas and primitive versions of what had been done before (Tesla) with a few modern tweaks.

I had planned to give others as much insight as I could, and ultimately wanted to collaborate with others who wished to make time travel a reality. I was interested in building a simpler and less expensive device. Even though I accomplished skipping through time, I wanted answers and solutions to issues I had after completing my journey. Memory loss and understanding the emotional effect it would have on myself, family and friends who thought I was dead isn't something you can ever recover from. It killed an emotional side of me, and a part of my life we all take for granted. And also l had no control over where I ended up. Lol. Anyway it isn't something I'd do again unless I better understood the consequences and didn't leap years into the future. Perhaps a more practical way to look at such a device is to use it for travel. Like a vacation or to and from work.

I got below from godaddy for his link:

Welcome to: madmanmarcum.comThis Web page is parked for FREE, courtesy of GoDaddy.com.

Thanks Mike!

What I think most of the people here want to know is proof of concept. Is it possible to explain about your most basic experiment you did that caused appearance of the little strange sphere above the ladder?

I think it is sufficient for proofing the concept here and sure we can wait until your new website be accessible for full disclosure of final device.

Thanks in advance



New Member
May 2, 2016
Just spent an hour reading all of this. Fascinating stuff yet again. This forum never ceases to amaze me.

Himalayan Hermit

Active Member
Sep 12, 2011
So looks like Mad Man Markum as our dear late Art Bell affectionately named him, was Last seen Sep 24, 2017 on this site. Anyone know what's been new on his front? I was listening to his show with Art Bell the other day.


Senior Member
Mar 31, 2018
Maybe he connected about twenty huge transformers together, created an arc portal, jumped through, and became a cloud of dust.


Junior Member
Sep 2, 2014
this all i have.
the machine, an array of wires attached to two vertical cylinders inside
a rotating magnetic field, 3,000,000-volt arcs of electricity dancing
through them, rose 35 feet above the floor of the Kansas City,
Missouri, warehouse. Mike Marcum stood on a cherry picker 25 feet
above the machine, staring into one of the cylinders at a four-foot-wide
circular heat signature—an event horizon. He knew what that heat signature
meant. He'd discovered it in the little northwestern Missouri town of
Stanberry years earlier, and it was something that no one had found before.
As the electric arcs crackled below him, he steadied himself, sweat beading
on his face.
Marcum was certain he'd built a time machine. So certain, he took a
breath and jumped into the heat signature. Then he disappeared. To
everyone—family, friends and people who followed his time travel
experiments on paranormal radio and in the mainstream press—on that day
in 1998, Mike Marcum was gone. In 2011, I found him.
The First Test
Mike Marcum's story, for our purposes here, began four years earlier.
Marcum, then a 21-year-old with two years of electrical training at Rio
Grande College in Rio Grande, Ohio, followed a girl he'd met in 1993 in
Lancaster, Ohio, to Albany, Missouri, a small community in the northwestern
region of the state. "She made me promise to be there for her birthday,"
Marcum said. "I went and, long story short, I ended up staying there before
getting my own place in Stanberry." Just south of Albany, Stanberry is neatly
hidden under a canopy of tall leafy trees. Cannon sit in the city park, and the
local convenience store sells gasoline, pizza and fishing worms. In 1994,
Marcum moved into a trim white house at 401 East Third Street. In that little
house, Marcum's time travel journey began.
In December, Marcum built a Jacob's ladder—a device that allows


Junior Member
Sep 2, 2014
i got a little more:
electricity to arc between two vertical metal rods. "I'm basically a nerd. I
was making a fancy Jacob's ladder that was started via laser pulses.
Basically, a fancy light show," Marcum said. "Living in a small town in the
middle of nowhere with no Internet or cable, you get bored. Some people
build models or go fishing. I like to build electronic things." But something
happened that he didn't expect…something anomalous. The device created
a ball of heat the size of a dime that floated steadily in the air above the
ladder. "After a few pulses, the laser somehow got stuck in continuous
mode," he explained. "This in turn made the arc stick at the bottom of the
electrodes. I noticed right above the arc there was the usual heat
shimmering, but what was unusual about it was it was circular—sphereshaped
instead of random." Not knowing what to think, he picked up a screw
from the kitchen table and tossed it into the tiny shimmering sphere. "It
vanished, then reappeared a few feet away,"