Rossi Rejects $1 Million Offer as Stunt

Andrea Rossi has correctly and sensibly rejected the latest offer from Australian “skeptic” Dick Smith. Smith is the character who supposedly offered Rossi $200,000 then rejected it after finding technical flaws with Rossi’s ecat low energy nuclear reaction device without ever seeing it. How Smith achieved this remarkable achievement is still unknown he lives in Australia and the ecat is in Bologna Italy. Neither Smith nor his engineer actually traveled there to examine the device. They apparently looked over some schematics.

This could be the Dick Smith making $1 million offer to Rossi courtesy Wikipedia

Smith’s latest tactic is to offer Rossi $1 million if he can repeat a demonstration he reportedly conducted for Swedish scientists Sven Kullander & Hanno Essen. Note Kullander and Essen are still standing by Rossi. Rossi has rejected this offer and instead asked why Smith simply doesn’t buy one of his 1 megawatt e-cat heating devices. This sell for around $1.2 million a piece, one would assume that somebody who has $1 million to throw away on a demonstration could afford that. Rossi had until Feb. 20 to accept this offer he rejected it.

Smith could buy the device ship it to Australia and have his people examine it there. That should clear up any questions. Note he probably isn’t going to do this. Instead he probably plans to withdraw the offer after finding another fault with Rossi.

Here’s Rossi’s first response to a question about this matter:

Andrea Rossi

February 14th, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Dear Archibald Fields:
This is a Clownerie. If this guy wants to test a 1 MW plant and has 1 million to spend he can buy a 1 MW plant, with a regular contract, that gives him all the necessary guarantees and to us the logic financial guarantees. Our plants are tested by Our Customers and the Consultants they choose. I have not time at all for this clownery. Besides: when Our E-CATS will be in the market, this “millionaire” will have the chance to buy for few hundred dollars an E-Cat and test it as he wants, so why waste money? I do not need his money.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

He then made another statement in which he understandably sounds annoyed by this nonsense. Here’s what he wrote:

-         MILLIONAIRE TEST: I AM THE CEO OF LEONARDO CORPORATION AND RECENTLY LEONARDO CORPORATION BECAME PROPERTY OF A TRUST OF INVESTORS TO WHOSE ATTORNEYS I HAVE TO ANSWER. THIS, COMBINED WITH THE FACT THAT OUR 1 MW PLANTS HAVE BEEN SOLD TO AN ENTITY THAT WANTS NOT TO BE DISCLOSED (WE ARE UNDER NDA) FORBIDS ME TO TAKE DECISIONS ABOUT THIS ISSUE WITHOUT THE PERMISSIONS OF THE ATTORNEYS; THE OPINION OF THEM IS THAT THIS STUNT IS NOT SERIOUS AND THAT OUR TECHNOLOGY DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PROVEN BY A STUNT, BUT BY A REGULAR OPERATION BY THE CUSTOMERS. WE HAVE TO WORK ON MANUFACTURING LINES TO MAKE RELIABLE AND ECONOMIC OUR PRODUCTS, NOT TO MAKE SHOWS.

Note the trust of investors thing sounds like much bigger news than the Smith nonsense. I wonder who they are and what their agenda is. Presumably it is to take Leonardo Corporation Public (sell stock) or to seek venture capital. I also have to wonder why the identity of the investors hasn’t been made public.

As for Dick Smith I don’t see the point in what he is doing. Andrea Rossi has made some very bold claims. If he cannot live up to them by producing a working low energy nuclear reaction device for sale to the public he will be disproved. That would happen without Mr. Smith having to waste any time or money.

Rossi’s right the whole thing sounds suspiciously like a stunt. Unfortunately the media will play along with Smith and the skeptics will tout Rossi’s refusal to accept Smith’s challenge as proof ecat is a fraud. Hopefully Mr. Rossi will let us see a working ecat to silence the super skeptics. I also have to wonder what is next from Mr. Smith? A $10 million offer. Probably? Perhaps the skeptics ought to think about this before listening it but that would be too much to hope for.

If you’re wondering who Dick Smith is, he’s apparently an Australian businessman. He used to run a chain of electronic retail stores down under. He apparently has no scientific training or background in physics so I can’t see how he’s qualified to investigate this. He also runs Dick Smith foods which sells foods only made in Australia. Why he’s got this vendetta against Rossi is beyond me. Smith’s own Wikipedia entry admits his educational background consists of “North Sydney Boy’s High School.”

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7 Responses to Rossi Rejects $1 Million Offer as Stunt

  • Kwhilborn says:

    I beleive the offer is fake. It is fake like the James Randi offer of $1 million for proof of psychic activity. There are many labs that can demonstrate psi phenomenon well above chance but the offer is not open for probabilities. Yet; what other way is there to prove psi phenomenon aside from direct measurement which is not yet a possibility.

    This offer is just to generate media attention and no fair judging would ever be allowed. We cannot forget dick smith is the idiot who is claiming NASA and MIT achieved LENR results from plugging it in wrong.

    He accused AR of having the wiring wrong, so that must also mean that the other 16 plus people achieving nickel/hydrogen reactions must also be wiring wrong.

    Or…. How about Oxford University. There are many peer reviewed papers, but Oxford has released a peer reviewed BOOK on LENR.

    Dick Smith has blanketed the scientific community with the notion that they are all a bunch of idiots.

    This from a yahoo that has never seen a LENR device.

    The offer is just an attention getting scam probably from some welfare bum. I am upset he has received as much notice as he did.

    Can we at least ignore him on the ecat websites we know and like.

    • jennifer says:

      Thanks the offer may or may not be real. Labeling something fake by reading a schematic sounds just like the kind of thing Randi likes to debunk. Unlike psi phenomena this is measurable. Hopefully Smith will get bored and move onto the next sound bite opportunity.

  • Penguin says:

    I live down in Oz and have met Dick in person. He’s actually a terrific bloke with a sense of humour. Whilst he never went to university he did start up a big electronics retail chain back in the 70′s called Dick Smith Electronics. He does not claim to be a scientist or expert, but is a very astute investor and business person.

    Dick’s other claim to fame is being the first person to fly solo around the world in a helicopter. He also headed our Aviation department for a short period, and is seen as something of a local hero which is unusual for someone with wealth down here.

    But, Dick does have a history of offering a million dollars for people to prove suspect claims. Back in the early 80′s drought we had a fad of accentrics walking the outback with sticks which (supposedly) would point downwards if water was below the surface, so wells could be dug. These peole are known as water diviners. Dick set up a series of 4 pipes just below the surface and ran water through one pipe at a time. If the diviners could guess >50% they would receive the $1 mill. None did of course, with the average success of 25% being equal to the statistical prediction. It was actually very funny to watch.

    The very fact he is offering his $1 million bet is evidence he is a sceptic of Rossi. The fact that Rossi has brushed off his offer will only make him more sceptical.

    Sadly, I am inclined to side with Dick on this one. Rossi’s responses now appear more absurd than ever and claims of secret investors now owning his corporation, as an excuse for the test refusal, make him sound like he’s making it all up as he goes along.

    And, this is all aside from him being able to spend his entire day blogging and still continue working simultaneously on a ground breaking discovery. Just ask any real inventor how much spare time they have to blog !

    Sorry guys but it’s time to move on from this…..

    • jennifer says:

      Thanks unfortunately I’ve never heard of Dick before. The offer is rather questionable. I think there would be better uses of Mr. Smith’s money than offering to prove something that’s going to be proven or disproved in the very near future without his help.

  • jetmech says:

    How so? Dick Smith Offered Rossi 1 MILLION DOLLARS to have his device tested AS AGREED by BOTH parties! Let us be clear on this and not dishonest! The test and the testers was to be agreed upon by both sides. Rossi refused (again) to be “trapped into having his device tested”.
    Dick Smith put his MILLION DOLLAR neck on the line and Rossi did not take one swing
    at it!
    Ok if I was DICK SMITH I would have replied to his sale offer by saying OK
    deliver your Ecat in one month we will have it tested at ANY internationally known lab. If the test supports Rossi he gets the money and Dick Smith gets an Ecat!
    See how it is the same thing? The Ecat gets tested?
    How can you call this a “trap” either way?
    YOU want things BOTH ways Rossi is right no matter what?
    However it is still XXXXX days and NO Rossi Ecat device is available (except for secret customers) to anyone for any test!

  • jetmech says:

    the James Randi offer is a fake? As it is to all so called “psychics” thats the catch my friend THEY HAVE TO PROVE IT!
    If so called ‘psychic” ability was real – how hard would that be to prove?
    If the Rossi Ecat was real how hard would that be to prove?

    ALL scammers say the “JAMES RANDI CHALLENGE IS A FAKE”!

    I can just go on Oprah Wenfry and prove my claims!

    THEY WILL NOT TAKE IT! (james randi test)

    ALL YOU PSYCHICS _ READ MY CREDIT CARD NUMBER

    WHY DO I HAVE TO GIVE IT TO YOU?

    CMON DUDE!

    • jennifer says:

      I’m not calling the James Randi offer or Skeptics a fake I’m simply wondering about Dick Smith and his offer. When Defkalion tried to take him up on the challenge he was the one to waffle. I also have to know if Mr. Bryce is psychic or not he can examine Rossi’s device from Australia.