Bloody Mary Face in the Mirror

Ryan Dube
Scary Urban Legends

Do you believe in the legend of the Bloody Mary face in the mirror? The following outline is one version of the ritual that many people claim will cause the haunted spirit of this female phantom to appear in the mirror behind you. Invite over your friends and dare one of them to follow this guide while closed inside a dark bathroom.

Bloody Mary Face in the Mirror: Just a Game?

Before anyone takes part in the Bloody Mary ritual, it's important that you understand the origins of Mary's spirit and why her tortured soul is trapped within the spiritual world of the mirror. Never put one of your friends in the bathroom unless they have read about Mary's terrifying past. Understanding what the female phantom wants will help you properly protect yourself in the event that the frightening entity appears in the form of the Bloody Mary face in the mirror.

Setting Up The Room

The first step in the ritual is to make sure that the room is set up in a way that will ensure that the border between the physical world and the spiritual world is thin. Most paranormal researchers agree that a darkened room reduces the energy that a spirit requires in order to appear. Secondly, lit candles seem to add spiritual energy to a room and often provide a spirit with the additional energy it needs to materialize. Finally, no one is positive if the phantom that appears is truly evil, so it's important to use a special incantation to protect yourself from any evil that may materialize. Taking these factors into account, setting up the bathroom as follows will help encourage the entity to appear during the ritual, and that the person practicing the ritual will be protected from harm.

  • The ritual must be performed exactly at midnight.
  • Turn off all of the lights in the bathroom and the lights in any hallway or room outside the bathroom.
  • Light one or two candles and place them on the bathroom counter near the sink, under the mirror.
  • Light an incense stick and place it near the mirror; many people believe the smoke offers protection from evil.

The Ritual

Once the bathroom is prepared and one of your friends has accepted the dare, place her in the bathroom and close the door. Before beginning the ritual, she must first repeat the protection chant so that she will be encircled with protection. Have the participant close her eyes and repeat the following words.For thine protection I now pray,
Let all evil turn away,
Protect me night,
Protect me day,
And keep misfortune well at bay.

Once the chant is completed, your friend must stand in front of the mirror and stare into her own eyes for about a minute. When ready, it's time to slowly repeat the following chant thirteen times (some people claim three repetitions are enough) in a row while staring at her own eyes in the mirror.

"Bloody Mary (thinking "one")...bloody Mary ("two")...bloody Mary ("three")..."

According to those who believe in this ritual, upon reaching the thirteenth bloody Mary, an actual female spirit will materialize directly behind the person looking into the mirror. For many people, it first appears as a vague shape, but in only moments the figure of Mary, with her terrifyingly disfigured face, allegedly becomes very clear.

Rules for Ending the Game

At this point, if your friend sees that she has summoned a real spirit, she will most likely scream. No matter what, never keep your friend locked in the bathroom. One claim is that some people have gone insane from the effects of prolonged terror after seeing this female ghost appear behind them. Immediately enter the bathroom with your friends and turn on the lights. According to most stories, it's at this point that the ghost will disappear.

Final Words

Keep in mind that the above ritual is intended for entertainment purposes only. No one has ever proved whether or not this ritual really causes a female entity to appear, but it's important to practice safety whenever attempting to interact with the paranormal. If you're unsure about whether you or your friends will be too scared, try the ritual with two people instead of one. If you do give it a try, be sure to share your experience in the comments box below.

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Bloody Mary Face in the Mirror