MadV (partially found deleted videos from YouTube channel; 2006-2010)

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YouTube user MadV's latest profile picture.

Status: Partially Found

MadV

MadV was an early "Variety" YouTuber, his uploads included illusions, music and hosting collaboration videos which he was most famous for. He is often seen donning a Guy Fawkes mask, although his face is actually briefly visible in one of his videos.[1] For some time he was within the top 100 most subscribed YouTube channels.[2]

Despite his prominence and influence on the platform in its early days, much of his content has become rather obscure or inaccessible. But perhaps more notably, the full extent of content he was able to get the YouTube community to generate through his collaboration videos is unknown, due to a combination of getting his account hijacked and YouTube retiring the Video Responses feature which was used to collect these.

One World and The Message

MadV made an upload on November 16th, 2006, titled: One World. The premise was to see how people would try to inspire and encourage each other if they were given the chance. MadV has stated that he got the idea from seeing his sister write something on her own hand to keep herself motivated.[3]

This is an invitation. To make a stand, to make a statement, to make a difference: ONE WORLD. Join in, be part of something. Post your response now!

People would then be able to participate by using the now discontinued Video Responses feature. In fact, this video would go viral gaining thousands of responses[4], and going on to become the video with the most video responses up until that point.

OneWorldResponses.png

On December 22nd, 2006, he uploaded a compilation of these video responses titled The Message. This would earn him a nomination for most Creative Video of 2006.

Hope you've gotten the message by now.

Following the major success of The Message, MadV would receive a lot of press attention, which now serves as evidence of the video's significance.[5][6]

In October of 2007 he posted a similar video titled Remember which has since been lost. [7]

Thumbnail for Remember

In November, instead of posting another compilation he released his own entry in the form of a video titled Inspire :

MadV draws a circle and spells out INSPIRE using fire.

First Hacking Incident

Tragedy struck in February of 2008 when MadV's account was hijacked, all of his videos were deleted and a single upload was made with the message "OMFG! MadV Haxxord!" over a black background.[7]

On February 7th he'd updated his channel description to explain the situation to his viewers. He stated that YouTube was able to reactivate his old videos, but at the cost of loss in statistics and more importantly the two huge collections of video responses[2]:

Dear All

Thank you for your patience following the recent events concerning my account. It seems that an individual managed maliciously to gain control. The kind staff at Youtube have managed to salvage old videos and reinstate them, though not without loss of recorded statistics and, most importantly, your valued response video contributions.

I'd like to thank those of you who showed your support. I am still overwhelmed by the sense of community here, and am very proud to call Youtube my virtual home.

For now, let's forgive and forget.

Chin Up

MadV

Although the videos would receive a handful of responses following the account's recovery, their number was only a fraction of the original collection. Some of the reply videos in question are still available on YouTube, but they haven't, as of the writing of this article, been recollected.

The "Humans" Project and Later Projects

About a month after the hacking incident, MadV set up a new project, this time themed around describing what it means to be human through community responses[8]:

Thumbnail for The "Humans" Project.

In May he released a collection of these responses titled: The Meaning

What it means to be human.

Next came One World - HD, a remake to take advantage of YouTube's improved upload quality.[9]

We're all in this Together, in HD.

After the release of We're all in this Together, MadV's account seems to have been hacked a second time, resulting in him having to re-upload The Meaning in December. This is also around the time the announcement videos The "Humans" Project and One World - HD disappear for good.

In an interview on Collabdocs [3] where he brings up both hacking incidents, he states that he has plans for another project but does not give any details. This would end up being his final video: You Are Not Alone. This one is unique in that although it is a compilation of YouTube videos, a comment he made on the video suggests that he compiled these from videos he hand-picked personally instead of hosting a video-response collection.

"For a friend".

Departure From YouTube

A fan migrated a lot of MadV's illusion videos and the original One World video to another account under the name of MadV's Backup Channel in 2009. This was likely done as a protective measure to ensure their safety in the event that his account was compromised a second time. Most of the content no longer on his channel survives there. MadV has shown his approval, by linking to these videos from own channel.

After the release of You Are Not Alone, he would occasionally show up on his channel, either participating in comment sections or by editing his channel description. Such was the case until April 5th, 2020 when he re-uploaded We're all in This Together under the name Remember - We Are All In This Together [10]

His legacy is upheld by his fans who have worked hard to document his uploads and account activity, and any response video uploads which have remained relatively untouched ever since YouTube discontinued the feature on September 13th, 2013.

List of Videos

Video Title Originally Uploaded Status Notes
Mad Guitar Solo 11 April 2006 Found Reuploaded to Fan Backup Channel
Mad Air Guitar Solo 12 April 2006 Found Reuploaded to Fan Backup Channel
To Tha Haters 12 April 2006 Found Reuploaded by YouTube user Zerhynn
Anti-Gravity 13 April 2006 Found Reuploaded to Fan Backup Channel, aka 'Teh Maddest Skillz Ever!!'
The Third Best Card Trick Ever 13 April 2006 Found Reuploaded to Fan Backup Channel, aka 'Teh Maddest Skillz Yet!!'
Black Floater 14 April 2006 Found Reuploaded to Fan Backup Channel
Where's Your Head At? 17 April 2006 Found Reuploaded to Fan Backup Channel
The Brain 18 April 2006 Found Reuploaded to Fan Backup Channel
Don't Try This At Home 20 April 2006 Found Reuploaded to Fan Backup Channel
String Theory 28 April 2006 Found Reuploaded to Fan Backup Channel
Unplugged 5 May 2006 Found Reuploaded to Fan Backup Channel
The Fix 8 May 2006 Found Reuploaded to Fan Backup Channel
Goodbye 9 May 2006 Found Reuploaded to Fan Backup Channel
Fusion 8 June 2006 Lost 'the FUture of illuSION', this was a short video which is reported to have only been on the channel for a day. [11]
One World 16 November 2006 Found Reuploaded to Fan Backup Channel
The Message 22 December 2006 Found Most Video Responses on a YouTube video at one point
Let there be loVe 13 February 2007 Lost A Valentine's Video of MadV playing piano, likely removed by himself. [11]
Remember 4-5? October 2007 Partially Found Deleted, reuploaded together with Inspire on December 27 2008, before being deleted again. The text found in the video has been preserved on wikibin. [7]
Inspire 5 November 2007 Found Reuploaded to channel following deletion, On December 27 2008.
The "Humans" Project 2 March 2008 Lost
The Meaning 27 December 2008 Found
One World - HD 2 September 2009 Lost
We're All in This Together 5 November 2009 Found
You Are Not Alone 18 August 2010 Found
Remember - We Are All In This Together April 5 2020 Found

Gallery

Response Videos for One World

Response Videos for Remember

Response Videos for The Humans Project

Response Videos for One World - HD

References

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]

  1. 1.0 1.1 *Fire Dance Retrieved 04 Apr '20
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 *Waybackmachine Snapshot of MadV's Channel from 2008. Retrieved 04 Apr '20
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 *Interview on Collabdocs Retrieved 04 Apr '20
  4. 4.0 4.1 *Waybackmachine Snapshot of responses on One World Retrieved 04 Apr '20
  5. 5.0 5.1 * YouTube's "The Message" Video Sends Message of Hope to "One World", Associated Content Retrieved 04 Apr '20
  6. 6.0 6.1 *Voice's Magazine Interview Retrieved 04 Apr '20
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 * MadV on Wikibin Retrieved 04 Apr '20
  8. 8.0 8.1 *Waybackmachine Snapshot of Video Upload for The "Humans" Project. Retrieved 03 Apr '20
  9. 9.0 9.1 *Waybackmachine Snapshot of One World - HD Retrieved 09 Apr '20
  10. 10.0 10.1 * Fire Dance Retrieved 08 Apr '20
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 *Wikitubia Page for MadV Retrieved 03 Apr '20