June 1st, 2011
04:24 PM ET

Dad behind 'balloon boy hoax' offers up flying saucer in online charity auction

Do you believe flying saucers have been around for "many years?" Would you like to see people travel in flying saucers as part of their daily life?

For reasons not immediately apparent, you'll have to answer these two questions, among others, if you want to bid online on the flying saucer that was used to temporarily trick authorities into believing a 6-year-old boy was floating above Colorado.

Richard Heene's claim in 2009 that his son was in the balloon prompted live coverage nationwide of authorities tracking the craft while they grappled over how to rescue the boy inside. When the balloon came to rest in a field, however, Heene's son was not inside. The boy later was found hiding in the family's house.

Now, the self-styled scientist behind the "balloon boy hoax" is offering up the saucer in an online auction to benefit relief efforts in Japan, according to the website, balloonboyflyingsaucer.com. The site, which claims to be the work of California lawyer Perry Rausher, assures potential bidders that Heene will not receive any money from the auction.

"The winning bidder’s funds will go directly into the Trust Account of Attorney Perry H. Rausher of Calabasas, California. Mr. Rausher will then write a check to a selected charitable organization that is helping the Japanese cause. The Heene family will not receive anything from the sale," the site says.

Rausher did not immediately return calls for comment.

The site says visitors can purchase the saucer outright for $1,000,000 or submit a bid online. In addition to the questions mentioned above, the form also inquires of "your main interest" in the craft, how it will be used and whether you have read Heene's paper, "Electromagnetic Fields Recorded in Mesocyclones."

The site also contains a link to a YouTube video of Heene and his wife, standing outside in front of a deflated silver balloon while they explain their motives and the craft's functionality.

"We went on the Internet and we saw that over 18,000 people have perished over in Japan because of that tsunami," Heene says in the video. "We thought, how can we help out? We can't with our hands but we have something that we think could help."

"Funds raised by the sale will go to charity to help Japanese in their recovery," his wife, Mayumi, says in subtitled Japanese.

Heene did some jail time on a felony charge for the hoax and was ordered to pay $36,000 in restitution. Since then, he has managed to remain in the public eye through stunts that included a rock band and back scratchers.

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  1. FX_2

    I would like to buy this balloon. It's precious. I'd like to fold it and fold it and fold it and then finally stick it up his ... you know where!

    June 2, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • clepto

      really?...why do you even care?

      June 2, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • vivek

      and then blow it back up, LOL

      June 2, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. keith

    Only a million bucks? They should be asking at LEAST a 1.5 billion.

    June 2, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. a

    i like balloons

    June 2, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    while they intentions "might" be there ... I wouldn't give them 50 cents for that shredded piece of junk!

    June 2, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • vetter200

      The only INTENTION here is for publicity for this LOSER. Amercia has made oberving mentally ill people a profitable and sustainable source of entertainment.

      June 2, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Judge Dredd

    The law shall not pay for this balloon.

    I am the law

    June 2, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Alex

    even though the stunt went too far and it could have caused harm, i have a feeling deep down that we all think it was pretty funny. well, at least i do. just sayin'. i'm being honest.

    June 2, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. BustinChips

    I bid 1 billions dollars hahaha

    June 2, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bigred

    Who would want to bid on worthless and torn tinfoil covered mylar? Ridiculous flim flam.

    June 2, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. busted bubble

    boo this man...boo

    June 2, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. unowhoitsme

    Another publicity stunt...

    June 2, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. PJ

    What a fool. He will do anything for attention. I pity their poor kids.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ryan

    This "lawyer" page is prob set up by this whack job of a father. I clicked on a random link once I got to their webpage & I noticed pretty major grammatical errors. Not to mention, the site looks like it was built by someone that has 0 knowledge of building web pages. I'm sure this is just another scam by this guy......

    June 2, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. MBiggenson

    How offensive. I know many priests who wouldn't touch a 6 year old boy. That's far too old for them. Crash Boom! We're here all week folks, try the veal!

    June 2, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Garth Bock

    Oh no!!! The evil super villain is back in the news again.....its the adventures of Narcissistic Guy and he's using Balloon Boy again! He's taken his 15 minutes of fame energy pill !!! ....Holy Dr. Phil !!!! He gets to be in the news again ! Quick everyone there is only one way to defeat him.....use your Lack of Interest Powers.....shrug your shoulders, turn your back and ignore him. He will wither away in no time.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rudi

    Look on what silly stuff we spend our time….is this our advance society? If you wish to know better and want to read what the future hold for us go to the sensational book at www TheDimensionMachine dot com…you can read the chapter summary.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
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