“I am not attempting to deceive anyone, my sole objective is to prove to you that time travel exists and that I, myself, am a time traveller. First of all, time travel became possible in the year 2003, it is only used by top-secret organisations. The ability to time travel will not be released to the public until 2028. Well, I have actually predicted multiple things before. Including celebrity deaths, world issues, world events. And the future president of the United States that will be coming soon, who is Yolanda Renee King. Granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr.”
If you believed those words (and many others) when a pixelated young man named “Noah” made them in late 2017 and throughout the next two-and-a-half years on the Apex TV YouTube channel – including one while allegedly connected to a lie detector -- this next statement from him is going to be a big disappointment.
“I cannot believe I’m making this video now. It’s absolutely insane that I’m actually recording this and I’m saying everything finally. It’s been so long oh my gosh. Hello, everyone, my name is Denis and I’m Noah the time traveller, the famous viral time traveller who was all over the internet at one point.“
No, he’s not just coming clean on using a fake name – all of the alleged time travelers do that – he’s showing his face and admitting he’s not from the future or the past – he’s a present-day fraud.
“Well, it's all fake. If you haven't guessed already... I'm not an actual time traveller. It started when I was 14-years-old, I was an obsessive YouTubers and was posting comedy videos on ... my channel nearly every day. Eventually it led me to become friends with the owner of ApexTV and that's where it all started."
And ended … although 16-year-old Denis Bel’s 10-minute long confessional video has been pulled due to copyright infringement by – no surprise here – ApexTV (you can see parts of it here), which is still posting videos of other “time travelers” and soliciting any hiding in closets to come out and partake in the fame and fortune that hooked Denis “Noah” Bel when he was just 14 into making numerous videos where he said things like:
“When you time travel you gain time. When I was in junior high and I was a time traveller, I had to take these pills to make sure I don't grow old while time travelling.”
He also predicted that bitcoin would survive at least until 2030, Donald Trump would be re-elected president (which may explain why so many people are both happy and unhappy Noah is a hoax), “designer babies” will be popular and expensive, Google Glass-style robotics will be common and the Internet of things will make home operations totally independent of human intervention. While Denis made some money and got virally famous, he couldn’t predict what else would happen.
"I was scared every day that people were going to find my home address, visit me, or find my school and start calling in there. I can't do this stupid character anymore. I have to get rid of this looming threat that's above me.”
Besides pressure from Apex TV for him and his parents to sign non-disclosure agreements, Bel says he received death threats from people who already figured out he was Noah. Death threats! Sadly, it doesn’t take a time traveler to correctly predict that death threats have become the new middle finger salute.
What’s next for Denis Bel? He wants to live a normal life and post ordinary videos on his own YouTube channel. Good luck with that. What about Apex TV? While it doesn’t appear to have made an official comment on Denis “Noah” Bel, it will likely continue to post its time traveler videos.
Will anyone believe them anymore? Did anyone believe them before?