William Osman

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William Osman
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Born (1991-06-08) June 8, 1991 (age 30)
Los Angeles, California
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationMechanical and electrical engineering
Bachelor of Science
Alma materFoothill Technology High School
California State University
OccupationYouTuber, internet personality

William Osman (June 8, 1991, Los Angeles, CA) is an American YouTuber and internet personality, with a degree in mechanical and electrical engineering.[1] He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California, creating videos that combine his engineering knowledge with his film and VFX experience.[2] William often works with “Cameraman John,” his cameraman and assistant editor.[1] As of February 2020, William’s main channel has amassed over 1.83 million subscribers.[3]

Early life and education

William got his high school education from Foothill Technology High School.[4] He created short skits with John throughout high school.[1] During his senior year, William made a Stirling Engine that could turn heat into mechanical energy for the 2009 California State Science Fair.[5]

William earned his Bachelor of Science from California State University, Northridge in 2014, majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in electrical engineering.[6][7]

Internet career

William created what would become his main YouTube channel on November 25, 2013.[3] On August 29, 2016, he uploaded the channel’s first video, titled “Laser Cutting a Skateboard.” The majority of his early videos centred around testing his 80 watt laser cutter named “Retina Smelter 9000,” in which different unconventional materials were examined for their ease of laser cutting.[1][8] He also tested whether it could pop popcorn, melt sand, make toast, and other similar feats.[9][10][11]

Early in December 2017, William and his wife, Chelsea, lost their studio apartment to a tragic house fire.[12] A GoFundMe account was started by his family friend to help pay for the damages.[12] William posted a YouTube video about the house fire on December 5, 2017, and it quickly began to go viral.[13][14] The GoFundMe campaign had a goal of $10,000, but surpassed $120,000 from more than 6,300 donors in 20 hours.[13] William’s channel gained a lot of attention in the period immediately following the house fire.[3]

As of February 2020, William has posted over 130 videos and accumulated over 210 million views.[3] Some of his most popular videos include “Can a Car Window Break Your Finger?,” “Training My Roommate To Walk Quietly,” and “How to Get Banned From Boat Club.” He has collaborated with other YouTubers like Mark Rober,[15] iDubbbz,[16] Game Grumps,[17] Michael Reeves,[18] Bobby Duke,[19] Ian Hecox,[20] Allen Pan,[21] Simone Giertz,[22] and Peter Sripol.[23] His channel has seen a switch from straightforward tutorial and build videos to his egg drop series, collaboration videos, and an assortment of fun projects of various scale. William’s channel hit 1 million subscribers in June 2019.[3]

On July 19, 2019, William created a second channel for behind the scenes footage and snippets of his life.[24] On September 16, 2019, he uploaded the channel’s first video, titled “THEY SENT ME A BOX!!!” His second channel now consists of videos of ranging topics. As of February 2020, it has amassed over 268 thousand subscribers.[24]

In the media



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Clinton Matos (August 30, 2017). "We interview William Osman: The funniest maker channel on YouTube?". Hypertext. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  2. Alex Swerdloff (March 29, 2017). "Man Uses Lasers to Carve Bust of Vin Diesel Out of Ham and Cheese". Vice. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "William Osman's YouTube Stats". Social Blade. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  4. "CSSF Project Listings: 2009". Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  5. "California State Science Fair 2009 Project Summary" (PDF). Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  6. "2014 Senior Design Project Showcase" (PDF). Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  7. William Osman. "William Osman". Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  8. William Osman. "Laser FAQ". Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  9. William Osman (January 16, 2017). Can a Laser Pop Popcorn?. YouTube. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  10. William Osman (November 21, 2017). Can a Laser Melt Sand?. YouTube. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  11. William Osman (January 23, 2017). Can a Laser Make Instant Toast?. YouTube. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Taylor Heyman (December 6, 2017). "The internet raised more than $100,000 for this YouTuber who lost his home in California wildfires". Independent.ie. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Maria Vultaggio (December 6, 2017). "Who Is William Osman? Youtuber's House Burned by Ventura Fire, GoFundMe Campaign Goes Viral". Newsweek. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  14. William Osman (December 5, 2017). My House Burned Down. YouTube. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  15. Jenna Alton (June 26, 2018). "The Clean Cut: BYU grad makes world's largest lemon battery to help power Pikes Peak race winner". Deseret News. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  16. William Osman (May 7, 2019). EGG DROP - iDubbbz vs William Osman. YouTube. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  17. Clinton Matos (May 9, 2018). "William Osman makes a ridiculous N64 controller for the GameGrumps". Hypertext. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  18. William Osman (February 27, 2018). Voice Activated Hot Dog Blaster. YouTube. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  19. William Osman (May 16, 2019). EGG DROP - Bobby Duke vs William Osman. YouTube. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  20. William Osman (October 22, 2019). EGG DROP - Smosh Ian vs William Osman. YouTube. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  21. William Osman (November 22, 2017). I Invented a Real Gravy Train. YouTube. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  22. Sophie Weiner (February 18, 2018). "This Inventor Turned a Car Into a Giant Computer Mouse". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  23. William Osman (June 11, 2019). EGG DROP - Peter Sripol vs William Osman. YouTube. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  24. 24.0 24.1 "William Osman 2's YouTube Stats". Social Blade. Retrieved February 28, 2020.

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