On the reproduction of the Beam Ray Clinical Instrument

I’d like to begin by saying that, in reconstructing this instrument, I proceeded according to the practical information I had obtained from J. Graff’s book titled A History of Rife's Instruments and Frequencies .

A few years ago, a group of electric engineers examined the existing Rife Instruments (these were copies made after the original) and collected information about their components. The Rife laboratory built at least four different copies those instruments, even though none of them survived. The one I have built is the replica of the Beam Ray Clinical Instrument (1938), the original of which has been destroyed. I only had a photo from Graff’s book at my disposal, but the book contained some information about a similar instrument.

I had a photograph and a description of that instrument, therefore the casing could be reconstructed on the basis of photos and articles published in the San Diego Tribune . The oscillators were built according to the information I found in the book. These two components were reconstructed simultaneously. 


According to Graff’s book, the instrument had two oscillators: one made for the carrier frequency that was set to 3.8 MHz and one designed as a variable oscillator with a wide frequency spectrum, which directed the lower frequencies towards the harmonics of the carrier frequency. After hitting the harmonics, these changed and finally the re-set harmonics killed the bacteria.

I had to find ingredients for the two oscillators. Using the current oscillator technology, I managed to reach the high frequencies but I wanted to use the old technique based on tube oscillators. I stared a project with electrical engineer Martin Nawrath to build the tube oscillators. First, we bought a tube kit radio that had a tube inside. Martin transformed the radio into a 3.8 MHz oscillator, so we had an oscillator for the carrier frequency. Then I ordered more tubes and we built another oscillator for variable frequencies. The second one was more complicated, therefore we decided to set its frequency to 139 000 Hz. This was one of the frequencies used in the Clinical Instrument for Anthrax. We used low voltage power to build the power supply unit and I also wanted to have a Magic Eye installed.

The Magic Eye is an old-style tube we used to have it in radios for tuning. Such tubes are very rare nowadays because of that I contacted a person from Hungary who had a collection of such tubes and he sent me a Magic Eye of the Russian type. At that time, the instrument casing had already been done so the Magic Eye—the small green light in the center of the case—was the last piece to be installed.

Instrument casing

From a photograph of Rife, an electrical engineer Philip Hoyland and the instrument in Graff’s book, I estimated that the box was about 55 cm high/wide. Another photograph of the electric panel showed that the box was also very deep. These estimates were only approximate. I decided to build the casing from layered plywood. To have cooling panels on both sides I cut out the gaps, and the cover of the cooling gap were made form layered plywood cut by a CNC mill.

The vector graphics of the front panel was designed in Illustrator and cut it out from aluminum, it was ordered from a shop where they were working with aluminum on a CNC mill. Some of the knobs were available in an Internet shop; some of them were of very old designs so I had to make them in a 3D software. They were all printed by using a Makerbot Replicator 2 a consumer grade 3D printer.

To be able to cover the wires, the two oscillators and the Picoscope instrument inside the casing, I designed two aluminum boxes in the back part of the instrument. The Picoscope is a digital oscilloscope which was used when Rife’s frequencies were measured by Graff. To get the same result, I used the same instrument to measure the frequencies produced by my replica of the instrument.

The iron arms on the sides came from a medical company. The glass bulb was ordered from Hungary, from a glass technician I had been in touch since I started the research.

The Clinical Instrument

The original Beam Ray Clinical Instrument created by Rife was developed for healing purposes. It used specific frequencies to kill bacteria and viruses in the human body. The instrument was equipped with two different oscillators: a tube oscillator for the main or carrier frequency (3.8 MHz) and a variable oscillator designed to change the carrier frequency and convert the device into a variable frequency instrument. According to J. Graff’s A History of Rife's Instruments and Frequencies (2003 and 2010), the cathode ray helium tube was responsible for projecting the end-frequency and for generating certain harmonics to which the healing process can be ascribed. My copy of the instrument has a 3.8 MHz oscillator and a lower frequency oscillator designed to change the frequency harmonics, but it does not allow the cathode rays to be emitted. To conduct a real experiment, I would need an instrument with this functionality enabled. The last thing that would make my device fully functional is missing.

In operation, therefore, the object is dead; the visitor receives visual feedback about the frequencies used, through a built-in oscilloscope (Picoscope), but this only generates further ambiguity about the real content of the work. I think the real content depends on the mystifying gap between the unknown and the unfamiliar, and my interest in bringing awareness to it.



I. J. A. Graff. History of Rife's Instruments and Frequencies (self-published PDF, 2003 and 2010). Retrieved from: http://www.rife.org

II. Numerous replicas of the Beam Ray Clinical Instrument and versions of the other healing instruments operating a cathode ray tube exist all around the world. These reproductions were created by enthusiasts, who according to my understanding obtained their knowledge about these instruments from scientifically unproved sources.

III. The Rife Laboratory was a medical research laboratory associated with Raymond Royal Rife and it was located near to the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla San Diego. The laboratory was inside one of the Scripps Cottages now they are part of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

IV. Jones Newell. “Cancer Blow Seen After 18-year Toil by Rife”, The Evening Tribune 05. 06. 1938, Retrieved from: https://www.rife.org/newspaper.html

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Image: Blazsek, A. (2013). Reproduction of the Beam Ray Clinical Instrument in the Cologne studio [Digital image]

Image on left: Blazsek, A. (2013). Picoscope set on 3.8 MHz and 139.000 Hz frequencies. [Digital image]
Image on right: Nawrath, M. (2013). Rife_1. The Rife tube oscillator. [Circuit Diagram]


Image: Blazsek, A. (2013). Knob. [3D visualization]

Image: Blazsek, A. (2013). Reproduction of the Beam Ray Clinical Instrument in the Cologne studio [Digital image]

Grove, Lemon, Great Interest Is Shown in Rew Rife Ray, California, 09. 23. 1938.

Image: Blazsek, A. (2013). Reproduction of the Clinical Instrument at the Year Exhibition at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Klanglabor, 2013 [Digital image]