I think I see why we are not understanding each other here. Where does it say "counterbalance?" It's a counterweight not a counterbalance. The counterweight is meant to supplement human power not replace it and the weights of the block and the counterweight don't need to be equal.
The only way this system needs to be in balance is through Newton's 3rd, right?
By any other name, a rose is a rose.
How does it supplement human power? Houdin, also shows a big pit, where he tells you they used it to pull stones up from ? Nile.
Yes, If you dig a deep pit, say 100 ft. deep and you then find and place a 60,000 lb. stone at the top, and then proceed to push it over, it will pull another 60,000lb. stone 100 ft. up from the NIle. OK, you succeeded. Hurrah......!
Now what? Do you plan on retrieving that stone at the bottom of the pit, or by magic, it some how reappears at the top?
Houdin conveniently skips over that portion in his movie...
So, now what? You tell your 160 AE men to pull back up that stone. OR, you tell them, screw this...just pull up the 60,000lb stone on the Causeway. And, oh yes you don't need to stop every 100 ft.
Here are a few other things to consider. He uses Khafre's causeway. So then, why did they build Kufu's Causeway? Additionally, there is no evidence of a deep pit adjacent to Khafre's Pyramid, or of a large ramp. -It's all pie in the sky.
If you choose to believe in Houdin's fairytale, do me a favor and purchase all his books. You will just reassure me that, P.T. Barnum is alive and well.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 26-Dec-16 19:51 by Steve Clayton.