New breed of crisis actors: Fake political protesters

Re-published from Fellowship of the Minds.

Americans didn’t know about a curious species of fakery called Crisis Actors until the Dec. 14, 2012 Sandy Hook false-flag shooting massacre. (See “Remarkable resemblance of Sandy Hook victims and professional crisis actors“)

Located in Denver, Colorado, a business that calls itself VisionBox Crisis Actors provides professionals (“trained players and actors”) who impersonate real-life people in simulations of mass casualty events, such as government drills, shootings and bombings, to help “schools and first responders create realistic drills, full-scale exercises, high-fidelity simulations, and interactive 3D films.” As an Oct. 31, 2012 feature story on the Crisis Actors website once boasted:

A new group of actors is now available nationwide for active shooter drills and mall shooting full-scale exercises, announced Visionbox, Denver’s leading professional actors studio.

Visionbox Crisis Actors are trained in criminal and victim behavior, and bring intense realism to simulated mass casualty incidents in public places.

The actors’ stage acting experience, ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary American theater, enables them to “stay in character” throughout an exercise, and improvise scenes of extreme stress while strictly following official exercise scenarios. […]

Visionbox Crisis Actors can also play the role of citizens calling 911 or mall management, or posting comments on social media websites.

(For more, see my post “Professional crisis actors simulate mass casualty events“)

Curiously, since the phenomenon of crisis actors was uncovered after the Sandy Hook false-flag, crisis actors seem to have gone underground. As Professor James Tracy recently discovered,, the website established to represent the collaboration between the Visionbox professional actors studio and FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute has been dormant since August 2014. (See “Where Have All the Crisis Actors Gone?“)

To add to the insanity, there are even amputee crisis actors, such as those from a business called Amputees in Action, which provides “trained professional amputee actors” who promise to “remain in character” “for the film and screen industries and for emergency and military services training simulations” with “special effects (SFX) make-up, moulage and prosthetic artists use cutting edge technology to enhance and extend the appearance and function of limb-loss scenarios.” (For more, see my post ““)

BaumanAlleged victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Jeff Bauman, is an example of an amputee crisis actor. See the reasons why in “Hollywood producer Nathan Folks says Boston Bombing’s a false flag”.

Now add fake political protests and protesters to the things that crisis actors do.

Jamie Taete reports for Vice, Aug. 6, 2013, that Crowds on Demand is a company that will organize a crowd for you, on demand. The crowd can be fake fans for some celebrity or aspiring celebrity, or fake protesters for a cause.

Since the company’s fake fan events are “super secret,” Taete attended instead “a fake protest” called “Purge Day USA” (to purge mental health problems) which the company organized in Los Angeles “in coordination with a charity” to “raise awareness about mental health issues”. Here’s a photo of the fake protesters:

fake protesters of Crowds in Demand in Los Angeles

Crowds on Demand’s founder and CEO Adam Swart said that there were about 20 protesters at the fake protest and all of them were “provided by me”. The fake protesters were paid $15 an hour. Swart charges “a couple thousand dollars” to organize a fake protest with about 20 actors, but he gives discounts to charities.

To critics who say Crowds on Demand is unethical, Swart, who is only 24 years old , openly and brazenly admits: “Is it misleading? Yes. That’s the idea.”

Adam Swart

A more recent example of fake protesters is an ad on Craig’s List soliciting actors to impersonate protesters at Trump rallies.

As reported by ZeroHedge on March 30, 2016, the ad was placed by “I’m feelin’ the Bern” Bernie Sanders supporters who promise to provide shuttle buses, parking, and protest signs, as well as $15/hour to the actors. Here’s a screenshot of the Craig’s List ad:

Bernie ad for paid anti-Trump protesters

The above ad has since been removed by its author, but the Daily Caller points out the ad is part of a recurring pattern of anti-Trump Craigslist ads soliciting and paying people to protest at Trump rallies. But Daily Caller claims that the fake protesters are hired not by Sanders, but by Hillary Clinton’s people, and paid for by the usual suspects George Soros,, and Progressive Auto Insurance‘s Jonathan Lewis:

The Establishment on both the left and the right, who want to disenfranchise the millions of Republican voters who support Donald Trump, have blamed the staged riots near Trump rallies on Trump or on Bernie Sanders. That’s like blaming the Russians for the Reichstag Fire. Bernie has little to do with these manufactured protests. This is a Clinton operation, a faux protest.

False flag operations have long been common in politics, but these riots are poisonous to the electorate, intentionally designed to turn violent and stifle free speech.

This free speech-busting goon squad operation is directed by supporters of Hillary Clinton. It is paid for mostly by George Soros and and pushed by David Brock at Media Matters for America. It’s also funded by reclusive billionaire Jonathan Lewis, who was identified by the Miami New Times as a “mystery man.” He inherited roughly a billion dollars from his father Peter Lewis (founder of Progressive Insurance Company).

A march and demonstration against Trump at Trump Tower essentially fizzled Saturday when only 500 “protesters” of the promised 5000 showed up. Infiltrating the crowd, I learned most were from MoveOn or the Occupy movement. Soap was definitely in short supply in this crowd. Several admitted answering a Craig’s list ad paying $16.00 an hour for protesters.

Hillary understands that Trump would lose the votes of certain establishment Republicans if he were the nominee. On the other hand, it doesn’t matter, because of his crossover outreach. In Michigan, Democrats and independents who have lost their jobs because of disastrous globalist trade deals like NAFTA are lining up to vote for Donald.

See also “The Lucifer Alliance: Secret group of powerful leftwing moneybags“.

anti-Trump protests

And so, when you see an anti-Trump protest or another mass shooting, don’t believe your eyes. The “protesters” and “victims” — including amputees! — you see may just be acting.


38 thoughts on “New breed of crisis actors: Fake political protesters”

  1. Thank you, Dr. Eowyn, for another important article.

    I feel that of late that MHB has moved away from the important subjects related to all the false events that have been so thoroughly explored here.

    When I look back on 9-11, I now see “crisis actors” where I never saw them at the time of my study of that event – 9-11-01 to present.

    I now see strong reasons to suspect the Jersey Girls were crisis actors and several other family members of “victims.”

    Do not agree with Simon Shack et al. that there were NO true 9-11 victims but do agree that he presents good arguments for there being vicsims, simulated victims. If that is so, then Mr. McElvane, father of victim that went on all the Internet radio shows was a crisis actor and so was Ellen Mariani who lost her husband on the plane flight who had Phillip Berg attorney helping her. All of that has faded into oblivion but, oh well, it was swell while it lasted.

    I have now a greatly expanded definition of “crisis actor” and think that many of the people who claim to be exposing 9-11 truth with one theory or another but who also glaringly omit a major factor in studying 9-11, like for example the WHO DID IT aspect, are also “crisis actors.”

    Dean Hartwell, author of several 9-11 books including Planes Without Passengers does not even think there were firefighters or first responders of 9-11 who actually were killed. I have never gotten him to elaborate on that but I find it very interesting since his reasoning was so good in concluding that nobody died on the planes of 9-11.

    Did that person actually exist?
    Did that person actually die?
    Is that person a photoshopped creation?

    When searching to verify identities of people involved in these events, you generally come to a dead end very early in your search. Can’t really go back far enough to solidly identify someone.

    But the rabbit whole goes very deep indeed when searching out the truth of of these false events – ever deeper depths of deception.

    1. Correction:


      then Mr. McElvane, father of victim that went on all the Internet radio shows


      then Mr. McIlvaine, father of victim that went on all the Internet radio shows

      It is amazing how Google will not find the name Bob McIlvaine if one last name not spelled exactly correctly.


    2. I first want to point out that, in the description of services for VisionBox they state their actors can, “…post comments on social media websites.” As social media websites don’t have a “drill” or “test” mode, they are basically admitting to instructing their actors to portray false events as real online.

      dachsielady – You’ve touched on how basic “extras” are really just lower grade con-artists that can cause far more damage than some might think. Some are more integral to an agenda than others…

  2. The NSA actually now has software written to impersonate on-line personas to sway, drown out and control discussion groups.

  3. I just read an article in the California Sunday magazine about “crowds on demand” that provides a timely parallel to Dr. Eowyn’s post here. It’s called:

    Crowd Source
    Inside the company that provides fake paparazzi, pretend campaign supporters, and counterfeit protesters
    By Davy Rothbart

    The author, as “naif,” goes inside a crowd sourcing company to relate his experience as a new hire participating in two events.

    In our current state of media manipulation, I think the greater significance of this kind of subterfuge is lost on the author. In fact, he gets stockholmed up pretty quick. In one scenario, he seems glad he was able to make his “cause” the talk of a convention, simply because he agrees with the sentiment.

    It’s a fascinating picture of how non-interested parties can become self-directed enthusiasts for a cause they were only hired to endorse.

  4. Funny, I surmised this was probably happening when I saw the video of a supposed black Trump supporter taking some wicked swings at a white protester. Now what were the chances of THAT, I wondered? First, that there are any real black Trump supporters in the first place. Second that it would be one such extremely rare animals who attacks a protester. Third that it was a black Trump supporter attacking a WHITE protester instead of a black protester. Fourth that all of the racist white Trump supporters just looked on as a black man attacked a white guy? Sure, I believe THAT!

    1. PeaceFrog,

      Did you ever occur to you that VisionBox revised its website after its crisis actors became public knowledge because of Sandy Hook? My quotes from and references to VisionBox are from a post I did on Jan. 1, 2013. In retrospect, I should have taken a screenshot of the website as proof, with the time & date when I took the screenshot. But I was more naive then. However, here’s a video on VisionBox uploaded to YouTube on Dec. 23, 2012, which reported on what I also found:

        1. There are a few captures of the VisionBox site available at the Internet Archive:

          The one image referencing “Crisis Actors” was captured in December 2012, and scrubbed from the site a few weeks later in the wake of coverage of Prof. James Tracy’s analyses suggesting possible use of crisis actors at Sandy Hook.


    2. Here ya go… take your screenshot now:

      Visionbox and Crisis Actors | Visionbox

      “Crisis Actors is a professional group of actors trained at Visionbox to develop and portray characters in emergency training scenarios. The intensity at which they work recreates real life pressures that first responders going through the training must cope with.

      Crisis Actors, at this time, consists of two teams.

      The first team is the same group that makes up our professional acting ensemble and is the initial group to work on this project. Our actors with the guidance of filmmaker John Simmons, school safety expert Steve Hoban, and Executive Artistic Director Jennifer McCray Rincon, have developed scenarios aimed at training first responders (teachers, administrators, custodians, etc) how to effectively manage an emergency with quick and powerful decisions. This special group has sessions with police officers, 911 operators, school administrators, mall security, radio experts, and school safety training professionals. There is an endless amount of scenarios this group can tackle, which range anywhere from weather issues, to a missing child, to an unknown intruder.

      The second team is a group of highly talented actors that have been working on their acting craft by training with Master Acting Teacher Jennifer McCray Rincon on classic material written by Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, Shakespeare, Brecht, and other influential playwrights. Eventually, the second team will go through the same training the first team went through. This intense work will eventually be applied to portraying characters in a Crisis Actor training scenario.

      For more information please visit the Crisis Actors website, call us at 720.810.1641, or email us at

  5. Fake protestors are nothing new. Remember the near-riots in Miami when the Gore/Bush votes were being counted? Bus loads of GOP functionaries from the midwest. Some were identified by photos from their home states and from Miami, side by side. In fact, it may have been on this website, I just don’t recall where I saw it. And now we’ve had bused in protesters in Ferguson and Baltimore too.

    But the idea that I can go out and hire a company to provide trained protestors to disrupt a political event of a rival? That part is rather new. And of course, without hacking the companies’ servers and looking at contracts, we can’t know if protestors at a Trump event are being paid with red or blue dollars, because both parties want to sink him. Maybe our news media should be asking that ‘man in the street’ question when they are covering the protests – are you an actor? Who paid for (not ‘who bought’) your travel?

    Too bad the cops don’t investigate more of this kind of thing – anybody who’s been charged for incitement, trespassing and such should probably have their checking deposits investigated, as well as their travel arrangements and who paid for those. I’m all for a ‘right to protest’, but not for the ‘right’ to create a ‘performance’ to influence politics without it being clearly identified as a performance. I don’t think localities should require permits for protest groups, but I also don’t think it’s a violation of rights to be investigated if I, for example, travel half way across the nation just for a protest at a political rally. Maybe we all have a ‘right’ to know when some protest is phony….

  6. Reblogged this on happytailswag and commented:

    CRISIS ACTORS HIRED BY THE CFR ( counsel of foreign relations) – just like your TV script readers / “news people” ” weather people” ALL READING SCRIPTS / TELEPROMPTERS- paid to DISTRACT- CONFUSE & CAUSE TURMOIL FOR THE AGENDA .

  7. We are at the point where most Everything is fake.

    All Network, Cable and Local News.

    All Newspapers and Magazines.

    Protests and Rallies with actors.

    Even down to these stupid award shows and music shows where when the camera pans to the crowd there’s always some hired bafoons pretending to be “Fans” and can barley even fake mouthing the words of the song.

    It’s just got beyond ridiculous to watch this Circus.

    Even the “Alt” media is full of paid disinfo warriors and people that are so far down the “Rabbit Hole” it would be comical if not so worry some.

    “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” William Casey (CIA Director)

    We are almost 98% there……………..

    1. The screaming, swooning teenage girls at Beatles concerts in the 60’s were paid. This is a long, long-term operation.

  8. Reblogged this on 50 Shades of Pissed Off and commented:

    Hahaha! The subject of crisis actors can keep me entertained for hours.
    The other day Sean Hannity was interviewing Trump protesters and they didnt even know why they were protesting besides getting paid to do it. One drunk was holding a Union sign and was asked if he was for the union and he says “No..absolutely not.” Hahahaha!! Doesnt even know what the sign was he was being paid to hold.

    1. It strikes me as strange that the American public does not scream en masse about these blatant false flag cum chaos actor fiascos. Then again, the public, on a percentage basis, is ill read, convinced the 6pm talking heads tell only the truth. Crisis actors would not exist save for the pathetic state of American illiteracy. Ignorant Americans make these events all the more likely and, ostensibly, successful. Our schools are failing miserably and the taught ideology is a disgrace to the former land of the brave and home of the free. Collectively, we’ve lost the winning edge and if you think Hillary or some other complete Israeli sell-out Republican excepting Trump will do anything to remedy anything, my Florida swampland is available for you to purchase at a price best described as a steal.

  9. Excellent work, Dr. Eowyn. However, the concept of a “claque” (hired fans) is a rather old one. Paid to sway the mob sensibilities of 19th century audiences, these strategically-placed “clappers” would elicit a seemingly natural applause from otherwise indifferent audiences for mediocre opera performers. –Paul

  10. Thanks Dr. Eowyn for an interesting article. I met Jeff Bauman at a book signing for his book Stronger (stronger bank account.) I found him peppy, cordial and he had nice diction. What he was missing was the most important quality an actor can have – congruency. It doesn’t matter how much training he completed in Shakespeare and Chekov, if he can’t convince me of his complete transformation into the character he was supposed to be playing. To be precise, he had no talent. I’ve posted before about meeting Jeff and here’s a bit from that –

    I asked him, “You don’t appear to have any shrapnel injuries and the FBI said there was shrapnel, how is that? Jeff answered, “There was a lot of debris and I have some scars on my back and side. There was also so much heat from the blast that my artery was cauterized and there was debris in it.” I repeated that there was actually no shrapnel and he didn’t really know what else to say.

    The handlers jumped to attention and stated, “We’re all going to take a picture now with the staff.” So I backed away. . .

    1. Interesting. Jeff Bauman was played by at least two different actors and possibly three.

      ” There was also so much heat from the blast that my artery was cauterized …”

      I guess this fiction was created after the fact to explain the almost complete absence of blood initially at the scene when there should have been copious qualities of blood from bilateral amputations.

      Also, I would say that it is a physical impossibility for “my artery”, i.e. one single artery, to be cauterized, ergo closed off to bleeding out, for a blast or explosion to do that. Cauterization is a tedious procedure performed by a surgeon in an operating room.

      1. Yes, I had keep myself from laughing when Jeff said that. It was so ridiculous. He showed me a photo from his book when he was wheeled out sitting in a wheelchair to a medical van claiming, “I did get medical treatment right away.” Also quite silly.

  11. Thanks Eowyn for the article. In response to a few comments. Yes, the agent(s) provocateur is ancient. But how many are aware of this? Certainly not the average TV viewer who is mesmerized by the flickering images and enchanted by the auditory vibrations. What is important about this article is proving that there are companies that provide ‘crowds’ for hire. That these ‘for hire’ crowds are not legitimate, they are not organic or authentic. They are used in order to create an illusion. Toni down in the comments links to this article;

    Then we have proof of companies that provide ‘Crisis actors’ and ‘amputee actors’.

    So what I see is that the crowds for hire angle is an excellent way to convince doubters of manipulation, with lots of participants and media coverage (reported as authentic). And if people will hire fake crowds to manipulate opinion, then is it not a small step to get people to consider that unscrupulous, greedy, immoral people would use crisis actors to create a fake terror event to manipulate opinion?

    I’m reminded of the challenge today of discerning what is ‘real’. I hesitate or struggle with using that word. A ‘for hire crowd’ is real. Real people, real numbers, real yelling, real clapping. But they are acting. The crowd is an illusion, a deception. It is not authentic or organic. Their actions really happen, but their motives are false.

    We can have a ‘real’ event that is either fraudulent (false-flag) or authentic (actual suicide bomber), and have eyewitnesses. As opposed say to a completely fake event, in which that which is reported never occurred, or a completely CGI generated event, therefor no eyewitnesses.

  12. Good comment. Even the word “real” requires qualifications these days.

    “We can have a ‘real’ event that is either fraudulent (false-flag) or authentic (actual suicide bomber), and have eyewitnesses. As opposed say to a completely fake event, in which that which is reported never occurred, or a completely CGI generated event, therefor no eyewitnesses.”

    Maybe there is another category. What if the “actual suicide bomber” is a Manchurian Candidate?

    I am reminded of a sign my brother had on his house…

    This House Is Protected By Smith & Wesson 6 Days A Week… You Guess Which

  13. Latest Fetzer show, 1h 52m; advance to 1 hr mark for top of “3 Jeff Bauman actors” discussion. You’ll want to go full screen, it’s mostly photo analysis.

    “The Real Deal Ep # 185 Trump vs. Hillary vs. Cruz / Gary King on the 3 ‘Jeff Baumans’ ”

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