of you may have heard of a “satanic ritual” called The Elevator
Ritual that went around the internet a few years ago. For those of you who
don’t know, it’s basically a game where you enter an elevator by yourself in a
building with at least 10 floors and press the buttons in a certain order. When
you reach the final floor, you’ll be in an alternate dimension which is the
same as Earth, except there’s a large red cross in the sky and you’re the only
Obviously I assumed this was just another Reddit urban legend,
but since me and my friend John are really into this kind of stuff, we decided
to give it a go. There’s a hotel just down the road that has over 10 floors, so
we psyched each other up and went down there at 1am back on a cold night in
March. Luckily there was no one around, which made it easier to play the game,
but it also made it creepier so we could scare each other easier, which is
something we’ve always done, and we’re still great at it despite the fact that
we always expect it.
we reached the hotel, we crept through reception and made our way to the
elevator, which wasn’t hard to find since it was almost in sight from the
entrance to the building.
Since The Elevator Ritual states that you have to be
alone in the elevator when you perform it, we tossed a coin to decide who would
go first. Heads I went first, Tails he went first. Unfortunately it was Heads,
so I had to be the first one to test this satanic ritual alone in an elevator
in a gross hotel. I got in, waited for the doors to close, and began the
got my phone out and looked at the notes I’d made as to how to perform the
ritual, as it’s pretty complicated, but these are the rules: Enter your chosen
building and get into the elevator on the first floor alone. Do not proceed if
anyone else is in the elevator with you. Press the button for the fourth floor.
When the elevator reaches the fourth floor, do not get out. Instead,
remain in the elevator and press the button for the second floor.
reach the second floor, remain in the elevator and press the button for
the sixth floor. When you reach the sixth floor, remain in the elevator
and press the button for the second floor. When you reach the second
floor, remain in the elevator and press the button for the tenth floor.
When you reach the tenth floor, remain in the elevator and press the
button for the fifth floor.
When you reach the fifth floor, a young woman
may enter the elevator. Do not look at her; do not speak to her. She is not
what she seems. Press the button for the first floor. If the elevator
begins ascending to the tenth floor instead of descending to the first,
you may proceed. If the elevator descends to the first floor, exit as soon
as the doors open. Do not look back. Do not speak.
If you reach the tenth
floor, you may either choose to get off the elevator or to stay on it. If you
choose to get off, and if the woman entered the elevator on the fifth floor,
she will ask you, “Where are you going?” Do NOT answer her. Do NOT look at her.
You are now in an alternate dimension where you are the only person on Earth.
began the ritual. I pressed the buttons in the correct order, and began to
ascend and descend the floors of the hotel, all the time knowing that nothing
would actually happen. I was planning my made up story that I was going to tell
John to scare him after I got out the elevator, about how the ritual worked and
that I was in an alternate dimension. I was laughing to myself at the thought
of seeing his terrified face, but then something happened that turned my smile
into a face of pale horror, made my blood run cold, and made me start shaking
I reached the fifth floor, and a woman in a white dress entered the elevator. I stood frozen for about 5 minutes before my brain kicked into action
and I remembered that the only way to escape this was to finish the ritual, so
I pressed the rest of the buttons. I hit the final button, praying that I would
descend to the first floor and go back to the normal world rather than
ascending to the tenth floor and entering the alternate dimension. But to my
horror, as my trembling finger pressed the final button, the elevator began
ascending. I almost broke down, but I managed to keep it together because I
knew that if I stayed calm it would be easier for me to escape.
I decided that
as soon as I reached the 10th floor I would step out of the elevator, then get
straight back in and repeat the ritual (as this is how you return to the real
world). The doors opened, I stepped out and was momentarily fixated on the
glowing red cross in the sky, then I turned around to step back into the elevator, but was stopped stone cold in my tracks. The elevator wasn’t there.
In a panic I began to hyperventilate and collapsed to the floor. When I
finally got up, I noticed an elevator to my left at the end of the corridor
about 100m away.
wasn’t prepared to waste any time or explore this dimension, so I just sprinted
to the elevator. I repeatedly slammed the button to open the doors, but it felt
like it was taking a lifetime. Then, I heard something that made me slam the
button even faster… footsteps coming towards me from behind.
elevator opened when it sounded like they were right behind my back, so I
stepped in and frantically pressed the buttons to undo the ritual. When I
reached the first floor, the doors opened and I laughed through relief and
happiness when I saw John standing there, telling me to be quiet so the
receptionist didn’t hear us.
“What happened? What was it like?” John
asked me. I told him that it didn’t work and it was just a waste of time, then
asked if he wanted to go grab a burger.
To this day, 6 months later, I’m
still paranoid that I never left the alternate dimension, and every time
something seems just slightly off it petrifies me. Hopefully it’s just a phase
that will pass soon, but if there’s one thing I could say about my experience
with The Elevator Ritual, it would be this: It isn’t just another internet
Urban Legend. This is something else. The Elevator Ritual really works, I have
no explanation for it, perhaps there’s a logical one, but for now all I can say
is DO NOT PERFORM THE ELEVATOR RITUAL.