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Regardless of whether The Illuminati (plural of Latin illuminatus, "enlightened") is/was real or fictitious, many people online seems to be claiming that in one episode of Ducktales this scene appears:

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In the corner of the image, one can read "Ask about illuminati".

For example this site has an article called Disney’s Ducktales Exposed: “Ask About Illuminati” where they make the claim:

I’m not trying to prove the existence of the Illuminati with this article. I just wanted to point out a few interesting observations. This episode of Disney’s “Ducktales” was aired in the 1980’s.

And they point out the image, they also link to a YouTube video showing the Ducktales scene, which seems to be the current source.

The publisher of the video (which received 300K views since 3 years), is receiving full advertisements from YouTube, and seems to be linking to for-profit-website, it does raise suspicions of whether this really happened in the show.

Other articles claiming the same thing: here and here

I would like to know if this was really introduced by the producer, Disney.

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    If the source is Ducktales, and judging by the hat and glasses, then the picture probably shows Scrooge McDuck rather than Donald Duck. Also, if the TV series's producers did put in a minor visual gag on the optician's chart then so what? Who cares? Claim seems trivial to me.
    – A E
    Mar 22, 2015 at 17:01
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    Conspiracy theorists will create more conspiracies whether or not this inconsequential joke truly exists in the original TV show. That's what they do. Conspiracy theorists gonna theorise conspiracies. ;)
    – A E
    Mar 22, 2015 at 17:35
  • I think the problem @AE has is that it is entirely unclear what it would mean if the scene is originally from the TV series. You somehow seem to imply that this would strengthen the idea that the Illuminati exist, but I am not seeing why it would. If this is authentic (and I see no reason to believe otherwise), Occam's Razor suggest that the makers of Duck Tales decided to put in a nice, harmless easter egg for their adult watchers. Nothin' more to it.
    – xLeitix
    Mar 22, 2015 at 20:33
  • @xLeitix, exactly. Thanks for clarifying. :) It seems unimportant whether the claim is true or false. Sure it might be important to people who are paranoid, but I'm having trouble seeing why a generic reasonable person would consider it anything more than a factoid about the existence (or not) of a trivial joke.
    – A E
    Mar 22, 2015 at 20:37
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    Scrooge McDuck is clearly rich and powerful enough to be a member of the Illuminati.
    – Simon
    Mar 24, 2015 at 20:17

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There are many versions of Episode "Yuppy Ducks" on youtube alone, along with some on other video-sharing websites, all of which show the exact same in-place (presumed) joke/easter egg.

Unless all those bored video editors have gone to a lot of trouble, I think we can safely say that the answer to your primary question:

I just want to know if this is real or not.

Is almost certainly YES, this existed in the original airing of this particular episode of Duck Tales.

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    More evidence: I have checked the version on a original DVD and it had the same thing, so it is real. Apr 1, 2015 at 22:10
  • When checking 2022, all of the links are all dead. I don't dispute the resolution, just a note.
    – pinegulf
    Feb 7, 2022 at 12:42
  • @pinegulf I noticed the same, cant find any online sources currently
    – Jamiec
    Feb 7, 2022 at 12:43

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