One of the most intriguing phenomena of the internet age is the Mandela Effect, which refers to the collective false memory of events or facts that never happened or were different from reality. One of the most famous examples of this is the belief that Nelson Mandela died in prison in the 1980s, when in fact he was released in 1990 and became the president of South Africa in 1994. Another example is the spelling of the popular children’s book series “The Berenstain Bears”, which many people remember as “The Berenstein Bears”.
But perhaps one of the most baffling cases of the Mandela Effect is the alleged existence of a 1990s movie called “Shazaam”, starring comedian Sinbad as a genie. According to some people, they have vivid memories of watching this movie as kids, and can even recall specific scenes and details. However, there is no evidence that such a movie ever existed, and Sinbad himself has denied ever playing a genie in a movie.
So how did this mass delusion start? And is there any chance that “Shazaam” was a real movie that was somehow erased from history?
The Origin of the Sinbad Shazaam Mandela Effect Myth
The origin of the Shazaam myth is not clear, but it was recently brought to light again after a viral Facebook post, which pointed out the existence of another 1990s movie featuring a black genie: “Kazaam”, starring basketball star Shaquille O’Neal. The post insinuated that “Kazaam” was a rip-off of “Shazaam”, and that Sinbad’s movie was better and more original. The post sparked a viral debate on social media, with many people agreeing that they remembered “Shazaam”, and others insisting that it never existed.
One possible reason why people may have confused “Kazaam” with “Shazaam” is the similarity of the titles and the premise of both movies. Both movies involved a genie who grants wishes to children and helps them with their personal problems. Another possible reason is the popularity of Sinbad as a comedian and actor in the 1990s, especially in children’s movies such as “Jingle All the Way” and “First Kid”.
Sinbad was known for his humorous and charismatic personality, which may have made him a suitable candidate for playing a genie. A third possible reason is the association of Sinbad’s name with the legendary sailor who encountered genies and other magical creatures in his adventures. Sinbad’s name may have evoked a sense of wonder and fantasy in the minds of some viewers.
A fourth possible reason is the influence of other media that featured genies, such as Disney’s “Aladdin” and its sequels, which were released in the early 1990s. These movies were very popular and successful, and may have inspired other filmmakers to create similar stories.
The IMDB Post That Claimed Sinbad’s Shazaam Was Real and Not a Mandela Effect
Despite the lack of any concrete evidence for “Shazaam”, some people still believe that it was a real movie that was quietly released in the 1990s, and then suppressed by Sinbad himself or by some other powerful force. One of the sources that fueled this belief was a post on IMDB, the online database of movies and TV shows, which claimed to have information about “Shazaam”.
The post, which was made in 2022 by an anonymous user, stated that they watched the “Shazaam” movie in the 1990s. The post claimed that Sinbad was unhappy with his performance as Shazaam, and that he used his connections to make sure that the movie was never released on DVD or VHS. The person claimed that their friends saw the movie as well. They went as far as saying that Sinbad’s goal was to hide the film from our collective memories.
However, there are several problems with this post that cast doubt on its credibility. First of all, the post did not provide any sources or references to back up its claims. It did not mention any reviews, ratings, awards, or box office numbers for the film. It also did not provide any links to images, videos, or trailers for the alleged movie. In addition it did not cite any interviews, articles, or statements from anyone involved the actors in the movie.
However, it’s possible those things no longer exist, since the post also claimed that Sinbad had all these type of things hidden from history. In the 1990s that would have been much easier to do.