Healthcare/Biosafety

How Stunt Syringe Became Source of Conspiracy Theory

11 March, 2021

On March 9, Facebook user Mamuka Kobaladze posted a video, which shows that when administering an injection, the liquid from a syringe does not penetrate the skin but rather returns to the plunger upon retracting the syringe. The author of the post writes in accompanying comments: “Fake syringe used by the rich and top officials to deceive people.” The video leaves an impression that the syringes used for vaccination do not put liquid into the body, but actually, the process of vaccination is staged when needed.

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The spread post contains a video manipulation, because the syringe used in the video leaving an impression that the liquid is not put into the body, actually is not a medical syringe, but rather a movie prop sold by the U.S. company Crimson Hands FX, along with other items, on etsy.com.
 

Crimson Hands FX is the Florida-based company that makes various movie props. Furthermore, Karl Huber, founder of Crimson Hands FX, artist and cinematographer, offers other services as well, including making props, prosthetics, stage design and so on. The company’s make-up artist covers all make up themed events.

The pops and other items made by Crimson Hands FX can be purchased on etsy.com. Among these items is a retractable syringe needle, with a hollow plunger to give the effect that you are injecting or withdrawing liquid. etsy.com sells the retractable stunt syringe for USD 50. Along with the syringe, one can also buy vampire fangs, zombie face mask and human skull mask.


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The original version of the video was posted by Crimson Hands FX on YouTube on February 12, 2021. According to its description, it is “a retractable syringe needle, with a hollow plunger to give the effect that you are injecting or withdrawing liquid.”
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Other videos posted by the company show how to use zombie face masks, how to transform into Lady Krampus as well as the process of making a deer skull.
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Spread of the video on social media
The video posted by Mamuka Kobaladze on March 9 was shared by Facebook user Davit Maia Davitlidze Dalakishvili to ten public groups.

 

 

 


Prepared by Ani Kistauri


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