Captain Disillusion is Amazing

By Phil Plait | June 19, 2009 7:29 am

I love me some Captain Disillusion. He does a great job debunking the bunk, and his sense of humor slays me. And in this particular video, well, he’s simply Amazing.

Captain D will be at TAM 7, I hear. Doesn’t that make you want to attend even more?

In the video, you can see my book over his shoulder. Awesome! And I’m dork enough to know he got the music at the end right, too.

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  1. Captain Disillusion | June 21, 2009
  1. Stone Age Scientist

    He looks like one of the guys in Watchmen.

  2. Phil, that’s so freaking cool.

  3. Matt S.

    “Charles Darwin!” “Well, not exactly.”

    Haha, awesome!

  4. Sarah

    Hahaha. When he wakes up on the table and sees …. “Charles Darwin?” Good fun.
    And what was the music at the end?

  5. IVAN3MAN

    Vous avez écrit un livre, Phil?
    :cool:

  6. Tim G

    Love with your heart but use your brain for everything else.

  7. Simon C.

    Awesome! This is Contact! They copied scenes from Contact! =D

    This was a really great video.

  8. Greg

    Man, I want my Skeptic wristcom.

  9. Stone Age Scientist

    你有寫過一本書?真的嗎,菲爾?

    (nods to IVAN3MAN)

  10. Jim Shaver

    What a great video! I just love Captain D (and Randi, too).

    Cool, we can edit now! :)

  11. Yeah, I’ve got Capt. D and JREF as YouTube subscriptions….

    Better way to waste time than most of the interwebtubes….

    J/P=?

  12. “Charles Darwin!” “Well, not exactly.”

    Haha, awesome!

    I guess it’s an old joke for Randi. My James Randi doll is actually a modified Darwin doll. It looks like Randi bought a bunch of CD dolls and added glasses, handcuffs, and hidden aces (mine is also autographed; I don’t know if all of them are).

  13. Colin J

    Holy crap. That. Was. Awesome.

  14. Gary Ansorge

    Hilarious and I believe the music was from Contact???

    GAry 7

  15. that was really brilliant … I love Contact!

  16. It’s been a while Cap’n D but totally worth the wait. I had a big dopey grin the for the entire thing. Sweet cameo from Chuck D too.

  17. I noticed your two books when I watched it earlier this morning too. :P Great video!

  18. That was a wonderful tip of the hat to CONTACT, and the Captain’s shameless aping of Jodie Foster’s “poetry” moment was mercilessly hilarious if you’re a fan of the film.

    Even the mock-Silvestri soundtrack at the “Maybe I can deal you back in,” reveal was bang on.

    Oh — and the debunking. The debunking was solid, too.

  19. The Science Pundit,

    “Charles Darwin!” “Well, not exactly.”
    Haha, awesome!
    I guess it’s an old joke for Randi. My James Randi doll is actually a modified Darwin doll. It looks like Randi bought a bunch of CD dolls and added glasses, handcuffs, and hidden aces (mine is also autographed; I don’t know if all of them are).

    Wow, how can I get one of these James Randi dolls that are autographed by Charles Darwin. I wonder how Darwin did that. ;-)

    Maybe you meant Captain Disillusion – Charles Darwin = CD, Captain Disillusion = CD!

    CoinciDence?

    Not likely. To believe that, I’d have to believe that it was a CoinciDence that he took the same trip as Jody Foster.

  20. Stone Age Scientist

    Can’t wait for the second part.

  21. Actually, Randi’s point about digital effects vs. old fashioned trickery is spot on.

    I don’t know how many UFO nutters step up to the plate swinging that old line, “But they didn’t have access to computers!!!” Hint: the world existed before the digital age.

    I thought it was obvious from the get-go that “ghost” was someone pressing themselves up against the glass door of the pantry.

  22. “It’s… Vega(s)!” — lmao

    That was really well done and awfully entertaining :D

  23. Mitchell Atlas

    YES! CONTACT! AWESOMENESS!

  24. Sili

    Haven’t seen the captain in ages.

    Thank you.

  25. Tim G

    I see Phil’s books now. They are at the 3:30 mark (watch in HD mode using the link)
    near the top right corner of the screen.

  26. Chris

    Hate. I really hate you all now! I really really really want to go.

    But I can’t!

    Stupid commitments. Plus I am going to Europe at the end of summer.

  27. OtherRob

    Okay, guess I get to be the designated curmudgeon for this post. This is the first time I’ve seen one of his videos and I just found the makeup distracting. Not sure what it’s supposed to add, but I really think it actually took something away from the video.

    The Charles Darwin line was funny, though. :)

  28. Navneeth

    “It’s Vegas!”

    HA!
    :D

  29. Gary Ansorge

    28. Navneeth:

    ,,,and for all those who have never been and likely will never go, it also looks a great deal like AL Khobar, Saudi Arabia, as in “OMG! So many lights,,,they’re blinding!!!”.

    GAry 7

  30. owlbear1

    I guess in the next video Capt. Disillusion is going test Randy’s hypothesis?

  31. 18. Cheeseburger Brown Says: “That was a wonderful tip of the hat to CONTACT, and the Captain’s shameless aping of Jodie Foster’s “poetry” moment was mercilessly hilarious if you’re a fan of the film.”

    I knew something was up when Randi said “Clever boy!” (that’s close to the line that Hadden gave Ellie Arroway, “Clever girl,” when she realized that Hadden had figured out the message key).

    The scene you are referring to actually has a bit of surrealism added (as if it needed it!). As Jodi Foster’s Arroway is glancing up in wonderment, Robert Zemeckis (the director) has Foster’s face slowly morph into Jena Malone (the actress that played Arroway as a young girl) and then back again. It’s done so subtly that it stays mostly subliminal. You just realize that there is something “special” about the scene. If you don’t believe me, go watch it again.

    - Jack

  32. Revyloution

    I was wondering when Capt D and James Randi would hook up. I was lucky to find him when he started on Youtube. It was an instant subscribe. He has an engaging personality, and I love his tag line.

    “Love with your heart, use your head for everything else.”

  33. John K.

    As soon as he said, “I can deal you back in”, I knew they were going to start parodying Contact. hahahaha. Great.

  34. UmTutSut

    Very entertaining video.

    Probably just the anti-skeptic in me…but I don’t think Randi proved that IS how the video was done, only that it COULD have been done that way. My pantry doesn’t house a fake door, nor does any of my friends’ pantries.

    BTW, I’m not convinced at all that the video is of a “ghost.” I just think Randi’s explanation requires a bit of a stretch.

  35. Patrick Doyle at Haunted Hoax debunked this video a year ago! And correctly the first time. Check it out at his website. DOn’t get me wrong I like CD, but give credit where credit is due.

    - k

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