Captain Disillusion: Heroic Feats of YouTube Debunkery - Live at QED 2016

  • Published: 30 October 2016
  • Self-proclaimed superhero Captain Disillusion reveals his cutting-edge techniques for analyzing viral video hoaxes and explaining them to viewers with tragically short attention spans. What visual effects tricks are commonly used by fakers? How can I make my own skeptical YouTube videos a little less terrible? Answers to these questions and more in the Captain’s award-pending talk.

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    This presentation was recorded at the QED Conference 2016 in Manchester, England -
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Comments • 3 438

  • Insta Music Drop by Idmental

    Please take my music ! Im serious!
    I work on Reason too 15 years ago))

    • Pongsathon Boonrod
      Pongsathon Boonrod  1 weeks back

      7:30 Yes, I got a slightly unfair advantage from my nationality.

      • eshol
        eshol  3 weeks back

        What a entertaining, informative and a real representative presentation from alan, i mean captain.

        • ADrunkKoala
          ADrunkKoala  3 weeks back

          You are incredibly brave for going up and talking live. I noticed that you forgot how to breath constantly. This is why you needed to keep taking breaths.

          • Thomas LAURENT
            Thomas LAURENT  3 weeks back

            His presentation skills still blows me, actually my mind

            • Perfect Picture Studio
              Perfect Picture Studio  4 weeks back

              He just Froze at the end himself

              • SoLongSidekick
                SoLongSidekick  4 weeks back

                Jesus Christ this is cringey as fuck. Whether the whole anxious speech pattern thing was a bit or not, get it fucking together. It seems way too exaggerated to be a bit, and just ruins the whole talk. I couldn't make it past 13:30 before I just got annoyed and moved to something else.

                • Lorenz Espinosa
                  Lorenz Espinosa  1 months back

                  If I have the money right now, I would donate a ton of money on this man. He's so freaking genius.

                  • Gabriel Grass
                    Gabriel Grass  1 months back

                    You should make a ted talk

                    • Jackman
                      Jackman  1 months back

                      he sounds like he's having a panic attack

                      • Win090949
                        Win090949  1 months back

                        I discovered this channel from Mark Rober’s drone video, anyone.

                        • broshaman
                          broshaman  1 months back

                          Dude, the captains not cringey, he's wholesome.
                          He's YouTube's Bill Nye the science guy. If you happen to see this, captain.
                          Know that your content is very much needed, and my children and I love your content.
                          You're one of maybe ten channels on YouTube that puts out wholesome, educational, but most importantly substantive works.

                          • Micha Tadema
                            Micha Tadema  1 months back

                            huffing paint

                            • SamiDoes Things
                              SamiDoes Things  1 months back

                              where's the C r o m e?

                              • SuspiciousStuff
                                SuspiciousStuff  2 months back

                                531 illusionists dislike the video

                                • DeRaLD GAl0n
                                  DeRaLD GAl0n  2 months back


                                  • Carl is not impressed
                                    Carl is not impressed  2 months back

                                    You dont press enter to comment on youtube

                                    • Stefan Technologies
                                      Stefan Technologies  2 months back

                                      man, captain disillusion looks weird without any paint.

                                      • Thomas Watts,  Jr.
                                        Thomas Watts, Jr.  2 months back

                                        Most noble Sir,
                                        I have been a fan of your videos for some time but I am not what one would call a social mediaite and so was unaware of your true depths.
                                        This video has granted me an oeuvre that increased my interest in your self exponentially and when you casually dropped a reference to Brazil as if awareness of its essence was a given, that interest went beyond normal bounds.
                                        In this day and age, I feel it necessary to ensure you that my interest is purely filial, intellectual and platonic.
                                        I would genuinely enjoy the opportunity of discourse with yourself, or even with Alan if you find yourself unavailable.
                                        Yours Most Cordially
                                        Eno Nevarraw

                                        • Still Render Production
                                          Still Render Production  2 months back

                                          How did you put a live webcam into powerpoint?

                                          • Tom Moore
                                            Tom Moore  2 months back

                                            He just gave the big D to everyone

                                            • Camamations 1
                                              Camamations 1  2 months back

                                              We must exploit this and add it to our master plan

                                              • Camamations 1
                                                Camamations 1  2 months back

                                                We now know his secret identity!

                                                • Tiddler -
                                                  Tiddler -  2 months back

                                                  Darn, if only i heard about the captain sooner i could of made it, im like only 3 years late

                                                  • Adnan Bukhari
                                                    Adnan Bukhari  2 months back

                                                    Soooper doooper.... you've amazing skills and talent with great humor

                                                    • Anthoken
                                                      Anthoken  2 months back

                                                      Lmao he was talking about how to make a good youtube video with PSP, picture sound and pacing but This video is barely 720p, There is a very loud high pitch hissing sound throughout the whole video and the pacing is well pretty good lol Im just messing around though i love captain disillusion just though that would be funny to bring up :P

                                                      • sean m
                                                        sean m  2 months back

                                                        you cant just type a comment and hit enter ...that will start a new line in the comment, you gotta hit tab tab then enter IDIOT
                                                        (sarcasm level 100%)

                                                        • REVO
                                                          REVO  2 months back

                                                          This channel is the best

                                                          • Luk as
                                                            Luk as  2 months back

                                                            That's the best presentation I have ever seen

                                                            • TheBirchWoodTree
                                                              TheBirchWoodTree  2 months back

                                                              Oh my God he freeze framed on stage

                                                              • TheBirchWoodTree
                                                                TheBirchWoodTree  2 months back

                                                                I know it's the intern's character but most all of the presentation was awkward and badly paced.. like the funny bits were funny and the behind the scenes bit was cool, but the intern character felt like an over done joke that no one else gets except the YouTube audience. The intern's sloppy presentation was funny for a minute, and he was explaining actually good stuff that really captures what CD does, but the (really good) acting kind of made it sound like a joke. I feel like if the intern actually explained what was going on and why exactly it was what it was without the awkwardness and clumsiness, it would've been a lot more informational and showed the audience what CD really does.

                                                                I'm getting carried away; the point I'm trying to make is that the intern joke was overdone a bit and, while it was funny at time, failed to actually teach the audience what was happening infront on them. Like if you were told to explain to someone what the shell of an egg was like and you just said "oh well the yolk is yellow and yummy. And it has a bunch of egg white around it." You're explaining what's below the surface before you explain the surface

                                                                Edit: The only time they actually showed what CD does accurately was when they literally showed one of his videos

                                                                • Jack Samoncik
                                                                  Jack Samoncik  2 months back

                                                                  Why is YouTube showing me this now. Two of my favorite youtubers!

                                                                  • Osip Vayner
                                                                    Osip Vayner  2 months back

                                                                    3:19 Cracked me up big time

                                                                    • Zaori
                                                                      Zaori  2 months back

                                                                      Just found your channel and you do an awesome job! Thank you.

                                                                      • Amgalan
                                                                        Amgalan  2 months back

                                                                        29:06 it’s all coming together

                                                                        • Tunquenino
                                                                          Tunquenino  2 months back

                                                                          pt que es bueno este wn

                                                                          • kkonstantinosss2
                                                                            kkonstantinosss2  2 months back

                                                                            huffing paint is always fun after some quick d, did anyone tell you you look just like captain disillusion?

                                                                            • Mr. LeGEND
                                                                              Mr. LeGEND  2 months back

                                                                              Your not wasting your time I love your videos

                                                                              • CRAZYCannan
                                                                                CRAZYCannan  2 months back

                                                                                So that’s what he looks like before spray painting himself

                                                                                • Suresh Babu
                                                                                  Suresh Babu  2 months back

                                                                                  I like you man you is so cool 👍👍👍👍👍😁

                                                                                  • Eli Wallizer
                                                                                    Eli Wallizer  3 months back

                                                                                    Jesus haha perfect outro 😂

                                                                                    • Dux Calcifer
                                                                                      Dux Calcifer  3 months back

                                                                                      like how Dave Brockie was the sex slave to Oderus!

                                                                                      • Michael Adams
                                                                                        Michael Adams  3 months back

                                                                                        huffing paint

                                                                                        • Pro_ Drone61
                                                                                          Pro_ Drone61  3 months back

                                                                                          Yeet! I'm in Thailand!

                                                                                          • Gerald Gehrke
                                                                                            Gerald Gehrke  3 months back

                                                                                            OMG, you paused on stage IRL. Good job! Such precision. Much respect. Quality presentation. Rare occurrence. Must share.

                                                                                            • Gerald Gehrke
                                                                                              Gerald Gehrke  3 months back

                                                                                              Apparently I. Like to. Talk in. Sentences of. Only two. Words, um...

                                                                                          • Stroke It
                                                                                            Stroke It  3 months back

                                                                                            He's not really half silver? My life is a lie.

                                                                                            • Allen Huffman
                                                                                              Allen Huffman  3 months back

                                                                                              These are really well done. I’m glad YouTube decided to put one in my feed a few months ago.

                                                                                              • e-clecticism
                                                                                                e-clecticism  3 months back

                                                                                                Absolutely fabulous. I didn't want it to end.