2. Shazaam, Starring Sinbad

Sinbad dressed as a genie

One of the most well-known examples of the Mandela Effect is the movie Shazaam starring Sinbad. Many people remember a movie from their childhoods in 1990s titled Shazaam, in which Sinbad appears as a genie. There is discussion about specific details and scenes, as well as people who vividly remember renting the movie from their local Blockbuster and watching it repeatedly.

All of that is impossible, because Shazaam doesn’t exist. Sinbad himself actually had to take to the internet to clarify the issue, stating that he had never starred in a genie movie, and that Shazaam is not real. Regardless, there are countless voices insisting that they have vivid memories of watching the movie, and those people are utterly convinced that it’s a real movie.

The most plausible explanation is that those people are confusing Sinbad with Shaquille O’Neal, because Shaq starred in a similar movie called Kazaam in 1996. However, there are many who refute the idea, saying that they remember unfavorable comparisons in the ’90s and that Kazaam‘s writing was deemed inferior and that the film was considered a well-known rip-off. Though there’s no proof that Shazaam ever existed, there are many that believe it did, making it one of the most powerful examples of the Mandela Effect.