George Clarke

Imagination is more important than knowledge...


4 Million Hits Later...

Posted by George Clarke on October 31, 2010 at 8:02 PM

My goodness, am I exhausted or what?!!


In just over a week, my new Youtube video 'Chaplins Time Traveler' has had over 4 million views (on Youtube alone) not counting other postings on hundreds of other sites and other peoples profiles - and under that very same video, over 40,000 comments which is just amazing! The latest internet sensation!! (Never thought I'd be saying that)


On top of that it has been covered and been the top story on over 1000 news sites and forums, covered world wide in the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Europe and of course the UK and Ireland and many other places. Programmes the story and video (and that I have been interviewed on) include CBS News, Inside Edition, Fox News, KTLA (on location at Manns Chinese Theatre), CNN, CBC News in Canada, Connect with Mark Kelley, BBC News, Weekend Sunrise in Australia, MTV, London radio and many other news shows I havent caught up on...


Its caused global debates from students to scientists, thinkers young and old, conspiracy theorists to rational thinkers, and plenty of assholes who have nothing better to do with their time but insult other peoples thoughts and feelings who have been enlightened by such a mystery! Its had time travel experts and Hollywood stars explaining and twittering, audiences laughing courtesy of Jay Leno's parody, newspapers filling pages and office staff gossiping on lunch breaks and work time.


In the last week, I have recieved around 60,000 emails - mixing personal theories and requests with announcements from Youtube for every comment made. I have been trying hard to answer almost every email sent to me personally, which is a tricky thing to do, and am backlogged quite a bit, but I'm getting there... :)


So - aside from all the news and attention, I'll like to focus on the comments and theories being made about my video. I was hoping to get a new video up talking about it, but right now I'm really just too busy so I'll try and put down here as much of what I want to say as I possibly can. Please keep in mind, that when I first made the Chaplins Time Traveler video, I simply made my point - to me, my explanation of the 1928 footage was that of a time traveler on a mobile phone (or some form of communication device), followed simply by asking for your views on what you were seeing! With this, I will state that until the mystery of our suspect person is solved, there is no correct answer... Not mine, not yours, not the millions of other people that have answers around the world.


We just don't know.


This weekend, Irish production house RTE proposed a documentary on my find which will take me out to Hollywood to try and find more evidence in the Warner Bros vaults, as well as talking to those of you that have sent the best and most interesting theories on the footage. This will be taking place around Jan/Feb 2011, so watch this space for more news...


There is a number of categories of theories on our 1928 mystery being:


1 - The time traveler/Alien visitor...

2 - The hearing aid/Ear horn...

3 - Toothache/Ice pack...

4 - Fake footage...

5 - Government member with advanced technology...


1 - The Time Traveler/Alien Visitor


My original suggestion and claim caused a global debate in less than a week! Within days, googling 'Chaplins Time Traveler' brought up hundreds of links that carried the same title, showed my video, and soon, held a still shot of the suspect beings grip around that device. It was a brave claim to make many friends told me, but as an open minded person free to dream in the film world and create such events, I felt that it represented me best. Yes, I do agree that it sounds absurd to many and makes me seem like a complete nutter, but this very sane mind then asks 'why not?' Why must it always be the safe and simple answer to things?


I've always been a fan of many scientists theories on time travel, and would certainly love to experience such a thing, and in the past week have been flooded with emails from many people claiming that such a thing exsists! These are people that claim to be have been involved in secret Government testing from the 40's, 50's and 60's, experinced time travel and transportation, have had relatives or friends gone missing after their claims of jumping time, and scientists with such evidence to prove. Aside from that, I haven't spent so much time in bookstores reseaching the subject and gaining more knowledge along the way.


One of the questions most asked is that 'if this was a time traveler, why would they be using a device as big as this one (and in public never mind on film), surely they would have a smaller device such as an ear-piece or implant for communication to save attracting attention... - Well, again, I'm not the expert but my answer to that would be that even though I said 'a mobile phone' in my video, I meant a form of communication device in general. The size of 'her' device represents that of todays 'iphone' almost, but thats not to say they have come from this time period or even the next few years possibly. Many people think due to the bizarre shape of 'her' grip, that its a form of flip phone - with one photo of the shot ,colour inverted making blacks - white etc, showing the solid white (black) object in 'her' hand.



Focusing on the grip, it most definately is a strange one... Just notice the seperation in the fingers - a most uncomfortable hold with or without something in hand!

Possibly the most repeated comment is about the lack of cell towers... 'How thick am I to say its a cell phone when I obviously forgot to say how 'she' took a cell tower back with 'her' to 1928!?!? I mean really!! Because this didn't cross my mind at all people!!




In response to all those who think I may have missed that one my answer is simple... If this is a time traveler who transported back to 1928 with a cell phone/communication device, then wouldn't that person surely have the technology to use such a thing without the aid of a cell tower or todays needs?


And on top of that, I never did say 'she' was of this planet - lending to the theory that alien technology has always been seen as being far superior to our own!


So why use such a device in public - and in front of a film camera?? Well, to be perfectly honest, I don't think 'she' see's the camera (at least until 'she' has almost faded out on the crossfade). As a film maker, and from seeing other scenes in that 6 minute premeire film, the shot was set up to get a shot of the large zebra and window behind with the artwork of the films star and title (and the camera isn't as close as you think). The 2 beings that enter the shot (supposed man and woman) are just passers by or going to see the film. Now to add to that, a lot of speculation has fallen on the supposed 'man' who quickly walks ahead of our main suspect. His appearance and walk has sparked more thoughts on an alien pair of visitors trying to blend in. This, along with the weird or simply coincidental, syncronised walking pattern, shows that 'he' does not care to be with the phone user - confirmed a bit more with the fact that 'he' walks straight out of shot, but 'she' stops to go another way even though 'she' was walking the same straight line 'he' was prior to that.


That stop and turn motion is an action we all do when in deep conversation on our phones! Whilst talking, we can manage to cross roads without getting killed, avoid people, climb stairs and much more, without breaking out out coversation to think about it.


It may be that what we don't see as we lose 'her' during the crossfade, is her acknowledge-ment of the camera - giving 'her' reason to hide her device, but before that it is obvious that 'she' is quite happily talking away and smiling...


Many of the emails and comments I have received speculate on alien beings. The actions and appearance of the suspect being have grabbed the attention of thousands of people, with almost every person who has viewed the video agreeing that this is no woman! Among many of those open to the fact that we aren't the only beings in the universe, there has been quite a few psychic's and spiritualists sharing their thoughts and messages from beyond that this person in question really isn't from Earth. The term, trans-dimensional being is one of the most used forms of description, which adds a whole new twist to the story. These focus on the fact that the person looks so out of place with their sense of dress, which includes larger garments to conceal alien bodies and other advanced technologies, the low worn hat (complete with horns) and suspect black glasses to hide their alien eyes, gloves on the bizarrely large mis-shapen hand, the clumsy walk, and the simple fact that they have messed up using such a futuristic device during this time period - possibly communicating with other beings or a mothership of sorts!


It's definately food for thought...


2 - The Hearing Aid/Ear Horn

Definately the most commented rational explanation to this mystery - yet if taken as the answer, opens so many questions!


It has been educational to say the least learning of such devices advanced in technology that were available 100 years ago for the deaf. Many - if not most of - those that have been in touch have either claimed or asked if it could be a certain make of hearing aid that looks incredibly like a mobile phone...



These are pretty cool pieces of equipment, and the black one most certainly does look like the device in 'her' hand! Believe me, I am open to rational explanations, and this is as good as it gets... In fact, its interesting to see so many reports online saying that the mystery is 'solved' and claiming this! Well, lets be honest folks, whether you say yay or nay to this answer doesn't matter, because the bottom line is - there is NO proof and we will just never know! So how can they be claiming that its solved?


Well thats simple... it is of course much easier for many people in life to accept the simplist explanation. Who wants to think of something extraordinary or 'weird' that may get others thinking differently of them?!


The thing is, most people that have an answer or comment on the Youtube video are literally only glimpsing at the B&W footage, not listening to my explanation (I mean FFS, how many of the viewers think she is on a film set when I clearly say its a film premeire?!?!) and seeing the above picture of the device and simply agreeing with the crowd. But let me point out a few things out - again, not debunking this theory as such because again, we'll never know, but simply adding to this rational explanation...


What the most of the hearing aid crowd don't show is this picture of what the set-up of the above hearing aid looks like and involves. See below:



I mean really... what a set-up!! To be honest, and not just from my own opinion, but myself and many others just can't see any evidence of the above being carried by our suspect.


On top of that, the grip is all wrong - that enormous hand would surely be covering the area that any audio needs to go through for them to hear, and then that leaves the most obvious question... Why is she talking? And seemingly in deep conversation!


The second item is an ear horn brought forward by experts as read in the likes of Fox News etc, who say it is what is pictured below:



Hmmmm... Does our suspect being REALLY look like they are holding such a thick device?


I don't think so! And this is what the 'experts' are saying. I have to admit, even the general public managed to find a better one than this (as presented in the pictures above this one). And if it is this earhorn (lol) then I return to my other question... Why is she talking? And seemingly in deep conversation!


3 - Toothache and Ice-pack


Many of the comments sent to me say that our suspect being simply has toothache and is pressing an ice-pack on her cheek to soothe the pain... They shout at me for picking on a poor little old 'lady' in pain!!


Really? I mean, really?! Does this look like a (very happy) face of pain of a little old 'lady' who is chatting away to herself or device? 



Let me also mention that those unusally stuck out high cheekbones add to the fact that 'she' is quite happy, as she talks away...


I really don't buy the toothache theory.


*Focusing on this photo though, take a look at the freaky long middle finger... In the video, it slides left to right - something which is physically impossible to do as the knuckle only allows for it to go up and down!!


4 - Fake Footage


First of all, I'd like to start this one off by saying that I have not faked or doctored any of this 1928 footage at all. Many people think I created this 'hoax' in a bid to get some attention... Well, I can assure you that in the few years I have been making movies, I have played them all on the big screen here in NI, had them released in High Street stores across the UK and Ireland on DVD, won awards and legions of fans in the US, gained global media coverage with 2 - 3 page spreads and more, had acclaim from industry professionals as far as Hollywood and Hong Kong, and much more. I'm not looking for attention folks - I just so happened to find some amazing footage that has gained yours!


So - if faked - then that passes the buck to the 1928 cameraman and the guys at Warner Bros. who put the digitally remastered DVD collection together. Let me start in 1928...


When you watch the whole 6 minutes of this event on the DVD extra's, you will notice that the opening shot and closing shot is that of the crowds entering the theatre for the show. The camera is placed on a top floor, or on the roof, of a building opposite to capture the frenzy! Once the crowd starts to die down, the cameraman then returns to ground level to capture some other shots.


These shots are of the vendors and props used for the premiere - the large elephant that moves, the stuffed camel, and of course, the zebra..! Keep in mind, these would have been seen as such lavish props for an event like this in 1928, so it would be wise to capture them on film. Which brings me to another point...


Keep in mind, that events like these would have been filmed for historical use, Chaplins private use, and stuck in the vaults. I can almost guarantee they didn't plan it as a DVD extra back then!


So back to my point - the cameraman has positioned his camera on the large zebra and the artwork on the window behind:



As with the other fixed shots with the camel and elephant, late coming guests and general passers by stroll into shot - some fixated with the camera - some not. And it is here, at the zebra, we see the only 2 beings in the shot... The quick walking man in front, and our phone using suspect!


Now did this cameraman suddenly some up with something - a vision of the future perhaps - and get this passer by to pretend to be on a phone? Well, I highly doubt it! If he was wanting to put something eye catching and perhaps different into this short documentary, I am sure he would have thought harder. And lets also settle this discussion on many of the views that its an extra acting...


If you had watched the video I made carefully, you would know that this is a live event - not a film. So its not Chaplins crazy mind getting an actor to pretend to be on a mobile phone! It is a passer-by or a guest to the show. I've had my own big premieres here in Belfast, and trust me, there isn't a spare minute in the day for the man of the hour to go out and pull something like this off - even in a digital age, so imagine the work involved then!


So from the looks of thing, neither the man in front or the 'lady' seem to notice the camera on them - and if you look closely when the 'lady' stops to talk, she is actually looking off camera and not straight into it!


Moving onto the guys at Warner Bros. who digitally remastered the film, gathered the extras and prepared them for DVD release...


If anyone caught the parody of the footage on the Jay Leno show (as hilarious as it was) you would have noticed how easy it was to add extra people behind that zebra, dressed in an old fashion that 'seemed' to fit in. And if you had half a brain, you would also notice that it was faked/doctored/CG footage that didn't suit the original film. Now thats not saying the boys at Warner Bros. couldn't do better - in fact, I'm sure they could pull it off perfectly - but lets look at this logically... when the Charlie Chaplin films were being remastered for release, there would have been more than enough work to sort out for this project. Its very possible, but I highly doubt it, that the staff involved would take time out to shoot, edit and recreate a scene from 1928 in time for the DVD release. It just doesn't make sense!


5 - Government Members with Advanced Technology


This is possibly one of the most talked about theories. So much so in fact, I don't know where to start... I guess one of the most emailed names would be best - Nikola Tesla.


Originally from Serbia, then moving to the US, Tesla was a genius of inventions, with plans for wireless communication and free energy in the early 1900's. Obviously, with a power hungry and money driven government running the country, this would never do, so Nikola (quite alike Nokia) was brought down and his notes and inventions confiscated by the big bad boys. Talk of government agencies having advanced technology at least 50 years ahead of public use has been in circulation for many, many years, and many people come to the conclusion that it is creations of Tesla that they are using...


Aside from Tesla, more stories have been coming in from people asking not to publish their full story. People that were involved in, or have friends/family that were involved in secret government operations in the mid 1900's that dealt with time travel and transportation, as well as witnessing many new technical devices. Stories of personal trips of time travel, nazi soldiers in time machines, and alien beings that have made deals with government officials to stay on earth in exchange for advanced technology. The list goes on!


Some of the comments focus on the use of such advancements, with our suspect being as an undercover agent keeping an eye of Chaplin after his identification with the left, before he was forced out to live in Europe in the 1950's.




We'll just never know! The mystery of Chaplins Time Traveler will forver live on, unless I can crack this case during the propsed documentary in 2011 with RTE...


But until then, please remember;


'No answer is right - no answer is wrong!' George Clarke


'Imagination is more important than knowledge!' - Albert Einstein


Thank you to everyone who so far has been in touch with their idea's and observations, and even to those of you who think I'm a baldy retarded nutjob! A couple of things just hit me as I was writing this blog, which adds little bits of trivia to it all...


'The latest movie we made was about 2 aliens coming to earth. These aliens walked in a weird syncronised way, much like the 2 figures in the 1928 clip.'

'For my big film premiere in 2008 at Belfast's Odyssey Arena, I turned up to it in a classic Delorean car...'


Weird eh?! (Some more pictures below, and I'm loving the horns at the front of her hat)









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Reply Patty
2:22 AM on November 1, 2010 
Reply WareZwolF
1:51 PM on November 1, 2010 
The pic above is misleading, as that is not the size of the device in later frames.
It is a Lutz Ferrando Ear Trumpet.
Reply The Ghost In The Machine
4:08 PM on November 1, 2010 
Greetings to All ...
Dear Mr. Clarke,
We would like to say thank you for sharing this mystery with the world, it has certainly caused quite a stir!
Is a Frame grab of some parts of this footage available? We have been unable to quickly obtain a copy of the source material. It seems that some further applications of current photo enhancement techniques might help determine additional details of the "People" and device in question. Or is someone already hard at work on it?
Also, it appears that the "People" have been stretched horizontally, Does this effect appear in the original footage, or is it just a 4:3 Frame being forced to 16:9?
(This particularly noticeable on the earlobes of the third man entering the shot after the cross-dissolve, looks like he almost has gills!)

In any event, it is quite a conversation item,
The Ghost In The Machine
Reply Fox Mulder
4:47 PM on November 1, 2010 
Ever heard of Occam's razor? How do you come up with this explanation? Think of it: of all the advanced equipment a time traveler could take with him, he would use a cell phone? C'mon: even the secret service uses ear buds that are almost invisible. Also, remember how awkward it was to see people walking along talking on mobile phones? How long it took till we got used to that? How come no one is looking at her funny then?
Right: because it *can't* be a mobile phone.
Reply Gigi
5:01 PM on November 1, 2010 
May be it is a recording device. The time traveler records what he is seing.
Reply Colm
6:36 PM on November 1, 2010 

This is great stuff! Have you made contact with the US novelist Tim Powers? According to Wikipedia, "In the novel 'Three Days to Never' by Tim Powers, the footprint slab made (outside the Grauman/Mann theater in the Hall of Fame) by Charlie Chaplin in 1928 forms part of a time machine built by Albert Einstein and his daughter." It has crossed my mind that this is advance promotion for a film adaptation of the book but ... hey you tell us!!

Reply The Ghost In The Machine
6:41 PM on November 1, 2010 
Greetings to All,

Occam had a beard ...

The Ghost In The Machine
Reply Abigail
7:37 PM on November 1, 2010 
Patty says...
You need to see this

er he already adressed the point about those hearing aids with that exact same picture. did you read the blog at all?
Reply abbyjay
7:40 PM on November 1, 2010 
Patty says...
You need to see this

patty not meaning to be rude but he already adressed the point about the hearing aid and used that exact picture! did you read the blog at all? its up at point number 2
Reply jimmer
7:55 PM on November 1, 2010 
A shy lady, attempting to shield her face with a cigar case (hence the funny grip- to hold the lid on... and the muttering when she realized the futility of her actions). Those are feather's on her hat, not horns--------- all Aok for the time and place.
As an Arcaheologist and SF fan, I'm happy either way. Thanks for the fun!
Reply Lennart Hedlund
7:55 PM on November 1, 2010 
This is a case of the emperors new clothes....because she has nothing in her hand....the red lines marking an object above do only mark something in your imagination. The black parts outside her hand is her hair and shadows. Your mind is creating a mobile. And is she really talking? She opens her mouth, yes, and she is probably chewing or doing some movement with her mouth.
Reply Clint007
7:59 PM on November 1, 2010 
It is definitly an Ear Trumpet or Ear Horn to listen the cue from the director of the moovie.
Any way, it is a very good intrigue on the cyberspace.
Reply Sergiy
9:40 PM on November 1, 2010 
Dude, I see no device!!! The grandma is obviously having ?a conversation? with the man walking ahead, she is an old lady, she is preaching on him, she rose he hand to the head to express her grief.. this is how old ladies do, at least my grandma did..! Again, see no device ? especially in the slow motion ? it is THE SHADOW of her wrist!!! Regards, Sergiy Michael
11:34 PM on November 1, 2010 
Reply Duncan
11:39 PM on November 1, 2010 
One word explains it... "California" (the footage was taken at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in L.A). Probably the crazy old piss head is talking to herself/himself. As my dear father use to say: "California... land of fruits (as in nut cases) and riches, flies and fleas and Japanese and native sons-of-bitches." When I was a kid in Southern California, it wasn't unusual to see some demented old fart, burned out druggie or wino carrying on a conversation with thin air alone.
Reply Corey
11:42 PM on November 1, 2010 
Very interesting video. I have always thought time travel was possible. I have really enjoyed following this progress.
Reply Kayla Johnson
11:43 PM on November 1, 2010 
Have you ever considered it may have been Charles himself in drag? We all know he was not shy of dressing up in women's clothing. Sure, he could have walked to the premiere to his own movie as himself, but by then he was already a huge star and was easily recognizable on the street. He would have got swarmed. To get a unique view of his premiere, dressing in drag would open up a lot of unique opportunities. He was chatting merrily (to keep his cover in tact), and holding a coin purse to his ear to block his face more (just in case the nice old granny routine fell prey to his easily recognizable face), and scratching his wig. Wigs are very itching, in case you have never worn one. Look at that nose. Look at that smile. Does that not say "Charles Chaplin"? I'm an avid fan of his as well, so if you could honestly answer me "no", I'm a little sad.
Reply Tzeph Ahrns
12:34 AM on November 2, 2010 
First, I would like to get permission to use your clips for a non-profit video I'm working on. A documentary about, well, here's a 300+ page outline presentation:

To me, the cell doesn't make sense because even if two people went back in time with cell phones they'de need satellites or cell towers to use them.

The Tesla theory is good, since he did have radio invented in the 1890s, this is 20 years later. (Think 1980s PCs to Windows XP). Yet if this is a gov agent making use of advanced tech you never would have gotten that clip. But then, things do slip through the cracks.

I personally think time travel is rubbish. Our creator of this universe did not allow for it. But things hidden from the public I do. I could go into volumes of this, and of ancient tech that was highly advanced. Just look up Baalbek, Vimana, Piri Rease, Dainiken, Stichin, etc...

What I believe is that you have stumbled upon a proof of what some may term Illuminati, the Watchers, or even if you can believe it, fallen angels residing among mankind, not in the guise of demonic 'grays' and their UFOs, but in a very human-like form.

Cheak out the Ramayana and Mahabharata, compare that to Greek & Sumerian Mythology, then to the Book of Enoch and Genesis 6 and you'll see what I'm getting at.

Good thing you got this out there all over the place, it's probably your only security if you can understand.

Sholom and Yah bless you!
Reply highcue
9:11 AM on November 2, 2010 

its very easy to recognize this woman walking with a gadget? in her hand.
1. do you think that u are the first to recognize this mysterious clip? -ofcourse we do think you are. :)
2. but there might be some possibilities that some bystanders, cameramen, etc. already noticed that "mysterious lady" by the time that the clip was viewed(ofcourse, alot of people already saw this. but hey, none? of them wondered what was that woman holding in her left hand. (maybe because its just nonsense to be talked about)

sorry for my bad english. xD
Reply hr
10:58 AM on November 2, 2010 
It looks like an early walkie talkie, although they were not supposedly invented until 1938 by Al Gross?? It doesn't seem like a far stretch, to accept there were earlier versions out there--esp. used perhaps by gov't. The pose of the woman and what she's holding and doing looks anachronistic, but a radio device (receiver or sender, or both), doesn't seem far fetched for the time period.