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Top 10 Craziest Conspiracy Theories About the ILLUMINATI

VO: Rebecca Brayton

Script written by Nick Roffey.

There are a lot of illuminati theories out there: whether it’s about secret Illuminati messages in Disney movies, that the world is run by humanoid Reptilians, or that the Illuminati killed Kennedy, conspiracies about this secret society abound. WatchMojo counts down ten of the weirdest Illuminati conspiracy theories.

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Script written by Nick Roffey.

Top 10 Craziest Conspiracy Theories About the ILLUMINATI

There’s a simple explanation for everything: the Illuminati. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 crazy Illuminati conspiracy theories.

For this list, we’re looking at the most “out there” beliefs about how the Illuminati is behind… well, basically everything.

#10: The Rothschild Family Founded Them

In the 1760s, Mayer Rothschild established a banking business that was eventually handed down through his descendants, and generated what was at one point the largest private fortune in the world. Some conspiracy theorists claim he also helped found the Illuminati, a clandestine society in Bavaria that was banned and dissolved in the late 18th century. Supposedly, the Illuminati survived in secret, controlling world events behind the scenes, with the Rothschild family at their head. This theory has drawn charges of anti-Semitism, however, as it’s sometimes part of a larger claim that Jewish bankers rule the world.

#9: They Orchestrated Watergate

The founder of LimeWire Mark Gorton, a man who was at one time dubbed “the new face of Wall Street,” is also an aficionado of conspiracy theories. In 2014, he allegedly forwarded documents to his employees at Tower Research claiming that a secret cabal is responsible for the assassination of JFK, Watergate, and 9/11 - all theories which we’ll get to in good time. According to Gorton, the cabal framed the overly independent Nixon in order to ensconce George Bush Senior as their new head. Gorton doesn’t identify this group as the Illuminati, but the idea of an elite and mysterious cabal is very similar – and other Illuminati theorists have adopted Gorton’s theory.

#8: Chemtrails Are Their Doing

You know contrails, those white lines left in the sky by aircraft engines? Seems those are actually chemicals distributed either by the government, the Illuminati, or some other sinister group to harm our health and even control the weather. Contrails occur when engine exhaust condensates and creates trails of ice-crystals. But conspiracy buffs point out that some seem to linger, and cite a paper published by the US Air Force in 1996, in which uses for a hypothetical weather modification system were explored. Many Illuminati conspiracists are sure that their guys are the ones behind this nefarious plot.

#7: Disney Films Contain Secret Messages from Them

Get ready to have your childhood ruined. One far-right idea behind many Illuminati conspiracy theories is that they’re hell-bent on corrupting the world’s youth through subliminal sexual and occult messages. The segment of “Fantasia” about Mickey Mouse and a powerful wizard was supposedly used to brainwash subjects in sophisticated mind-control programs. In “The Lion King”, dandelion seeds allegedly form the word “SEX” in the air. And the videocassette cover of “The Little Mermaid” includes a giant golden penis. Wake up and see the phallus, sheeple! Proponents of the theory claim that Walt Disney was a Freemason, and that the Illuminati took control of the organization when they went underground in the late eighteenth century.

#6: They’re Extraterrestrial Reptilian Humanoids

So just who are the Illuminati? If you answered shape-changing reptiles from outer space, you’re not alone. If you didn’t, hold onto your tin foil hat, it’s about to get bumpy. In 1991, David Icke, former BBC sports broadcaster, suddenly announced he was the “Son of the Godhead.” Shortly after, he announced that a hybrid-race of human-reptilians called the Babylonian Brotherhood, or the Illuminati, really rule the world. These aliens originated in the constellation Draco and are the “sons of God” who took human wives in Genesis 6. No wonder some of us like lazing around in the Sun more than others.

#5: They Run the Entertainment Industry

You might think that getting famous is about talent, hard work, and being in the right place at the right time. In fact, according to some conspiracists, there’s one other deciding factor: entering into a secret pact with the Illuminati. You can identify celebrities who have sold out by their tendencies to cover one eye and make triangular hand gestures - signs that refer to the All Seeing Eye of the Illuminati. After all, what’s the point in being in a secret society if you can’t broadcast the fact in music, movies, and social media?

#4: They Assassinated John F. Kennedy

There are a few variations of the Illuminati-JFK theory. Some say the Illuminati had him killed because he refused to invade Cuba. Others point to an executive order allowing the government to create and issue currency, thus threatening the power of the Federal Reserve, which, of course, is just an Illuminati Front secretly owned by the Rothschilds. Or perhaps JFK was assassinated because he exposed the Illuminati in a speech. Purportedly talking about the Soviets, but really about the New World Order, he warned of a “monolithic and ruthless conspiracy”, “a highly efficient machine” with “vast human and material resources.” So of course the Illuminati waited for two years . . . then had him assassinated.

#3: They Faked the Moon Landings

In a 1999 Gallup poll, 6% of Americans doubted the Apollo 11 Moon landing really happened. Five years later, a poll found that 27% of Americans between 18 and 24 doubted NASA had been to the moon. The idea originated with Bill Kaysing, a technical writer for the company, who built the Apollo program’s engines. Kaysing argued that the astronauts would have suffered radiation poisoning, that shadows in the footage appeared unnatural, and that the American flag shook as if from a breeze. Other “moon truthers” claimed Stanley Kubrick had shot the whole thing in a studio. Some blame the government, others the Illuminati. That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for conspiracy theorists.

#2: 9/11 Was an Illuminati Plot

It was a tragic event watched around the world. But while the U.S. government pointed the finger at Islamic terrorists, conspiracists argued the attack was a false flag operation meant to justify invasions in the Middle East, or usher in a global government. Some think that the World Trade Center collapsed due to controlled demolition. At least one conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones, believes Osama bin Laden was part of the Illuminati, and other theorists believe the Illuminati was behind the entire plot and attack. Some even allege that the black cubes at the Memorial Museum represent the Roman deity Saturn, with whom the Illuminati are said to be linked.

#1: They Constitute a New World Order

The gist of these theories is that the Illuminati are behind basically all world events, whether they’re starting wars, manipulating economies, or building Rihanna’s musical career. Their plan? To divide and conquer to create a New World Order. In 2013, Public Polling Policy revealed that 28% of Americans polled believe that a secretive global elite is conspiring to rule the world. 4% think “lizard people” control our societies, and 7% maintain that the moon landings were faked. Is there a single, powerful cabal with a hidden agenda? Is that group the Illuminati? Are they aliens? We’ll let you decide.

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