If you were young in the 1990s, you might remember a children’s movie starring actor and comedian Sinbad. In the movie — titled Shazaam — Sinbad played a genie who befriended a child. It was a typical children’s movie, with lessons learned and a happily ever after. Internet message boards are filled with stories from numerous people who have fond memories of watching Shazaam. There’s just one problem — the movie doesn’t exist.
There is no footage to be found anywhere, on any format. Sinbad himself has spoken out more than once, explaining that he never played a genie in any children’s movie. It has no listing on IMDb. The movie simply never happened. It’s called the Mandela Effect, when large groups of people remember the same false memory. The generally accepted theory is that people who think they saw Shazaam actually saw the movie Kazaam — which was released in …
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