Mary is the children's game of summoning an evil and vengeful witch of
the same name. This is done by standing in a bathroom, with one candle
lit and calling the name "Bloody Mary" into the mirror three times in a
It is only the bravest of children who would attempt to participate in
believed that by taking part in this game, and summoning the witch, it
would have one of the following terrible consequences:
being ripped out by the witch.
with claw marks all over body.
mysteriously from the bathroom and end up in the mirror with
the witch for eternity.
the horrifying image of the witch appear in the mirror.
insane or dropping dead on the spot at the appearance of the witch in
terrible claw marks all over face.
of the game are:
out "I stole your baby Bloody Mary" into the mirror.
out "I killed your baby Mary Worth" into the mirror.
out "I believe in Mary Worth" into the mirror.
around between one to one hundred times in front of the mirror.
the candle out and calling out to summon the witch in the dark.
are also variations on the name Bloody Mary:
Mary (for the appearance of Satan)
names are not so commonly used. The main name used is Bloody Mary.
HISTORY OF THE GAME
history of the children's game Bloody Mary is a difficult one to
extract from the large amount of mixed up legends and history that over
the years has become the main basis for the story surrounding the game.
The most common story told is that Mary Worth was a witch that lived
over 100 years ago who dabbled in the black arts. She was found out and
executed. However this does not tie in with a child or baby which is
often mentioned in the ritual of summoning her.
other story accompanying the ritual is a local woman was involved in a
fatal car accident nearby, her face horribly mutilated. She reappears
in the mirror when summoned with that same horrific face.
largely believed that the origins of the names "Mary Worth" and "Bloody
Mary" came from a slight mix up of characters from history. There is a
lot of speculation as to the names being taken from Mary I, Queen of
England who reigned during the Tudor period. Mary Tudor was also
commonly known as "Bloody Mary".
nickname of "Bloody Mary" became attached to her when she violently
executed and burnt people
at the stake for heresy throughout her reign of a little over 5 years.
also was unable to bear children and suffered two phantom pregnancies,
this is where it is speculated that the Bloody Mary game involving
chanting "I stole your baby" or "I killed your baby" became tangled up
with the now known Bloody Mary game.
is another suggestion that the name "Mary Worth" was derived from a
victim of the Salem Witch trials. There was no person involved in these
trials by the name of Mary Worth.
surrounding additions to the "Bloody Mary" game are derived from the
legend of Elizabeth Bathory, who it was rumored bathed in blood and
took part in other atrocities to save her youthful beauty, of course
her name was not Mary but somehow the stories of this cruel woman have
been inserted into the Bloody Mary game.
this game came about and whenever this game was first invented the one
thing we do know for sure is that the ritual of spinning and chanting
has evovled from quite a long time ago, when young girls participated
regularly in rituals such as this to find who they would marry and when
they would marry. There is also the addition of mirrors which were
known as being portals to another world, especially during victorian
times. Add in a little more of the olde time spiritual beliefs
including covering mirrors while in the presence of a dead person or at
a funeral, some spooky ghost stories told at bedtime, and it seems to
have all somehow combined over the years to form the now famous game of
Will Happen If You Play Bloody Mary?
all the explanations and tales of the supernatural I expect if you've
read this far you are dying to try out the game.
What you need is one candle, a strong heart
and a big bathroom with lots of mirrors.
OUT in the bathroom,
your candle in the bathroom and light it, stand and look into the
mirror, chant slowly "Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary". And see
up to you to believe what you may or may not experience. If nothing
happens try spinning around three times and then look into the mirror -
see anything yet?
believed that most people see something after spinning around furiously
which is usually the result of over indulgence of sugary, high-energy
foods, and lots of friends standing outside a darkened bathroom. As for
those reports and stories you hear from all your friends.....those
stories that involved dark figures, violent slashes, cuts and bruises,
well before you believe anything, ask for the evidence and then decide
then try the game if you dare....but push one of your friends into the