The Most Dangerous Games: Elevator to Another World

OtisPreviously: The Dead Poet’s Game.

This game appears to originate on a Korean website some may recognize as the source of a particular comic that pops up every few months or so on sites like reddit. Unfortunately I don’t speak Korean, so working off of the rough translation found here, I’ve tried to tease out a clearer version of the rules and instructions. It’s unclear whether the Otherworld to which the elevator delivers you is the Shadowside referred to by FableForge in his various games and rituals, or whether it’s something else; regardless as to what it may or may not be, however, as always—play at your own risk. 


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  • 1 building, at least 10 stories high, with an elevator. All three of these conditions must be met in order for the game to proceed.


Venturing Out:

  1. 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.
  2. Press the button for the fourth floor.
  3. When the elevator reaches the fourth floor, do not get out. Instead, remain in the elevator and press the button for the second floor.
  4. When you reach the second floor, remain in the elevator and press the button for the sixth floor.
  5. When you reach the sixth floor, remain in the elevator and press the button for the second floor.
  6. When you reach the second floor, remain in the elevator and press the button for the tenth floor.
  7. When you reach the tenth floor, remain in the elevator and press the button for the fifth floor.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. You will know whether you have arrived at the Otherworld by one indication, and one indication only: The only person present in it is you.

The Return Trip:

If you chose to stay on the elevator at the tenth floor:

  1. Press the button for the first floor. If it doesn’t work, keep pressing it until it finally does.
  2. When the elevator reaches the first floor, exit as soon as the doors open. Do not look back. Do not speak.

If you choose to exit the elevator at the tenth floor:

  1. You must use the same elevator to return as the one in which you arrived.
  2. When you enter the elevator, press the buttons in the same order you did in steps 2 through 8 of Venturing Out. You should finish at the fifth floor.
  3. When you reach the fifth floor, press the button for the first floor. The elevator will again begin to ascend to the tenth floor. Press any other floor’s button to cancel the ascension. You MUST press the button you use to cancel the ascension BEFORE you reach the tenth floor.
  4. After you reach the first floor, check your surroundings carefully. If anything seems off—even the smallest detail—do NOT exit the elevator. If you detect something wrong, repeat step 2 until your surroundings look as they should. Once you are confident you have returned to your own world, you may safely exit the elevator.

Additional Notes:

  • Should you reach the Otherworld, the floor onto which you will emerge will look almost identical to the one from your own world, save for two things: All the lights will be off, and the only thing you will be able to see from the windows is a red cross in the distance.
  • Some say that electronic devices—mobile phones, cameras, MP3 players, etc.—don’t work in the Otherworld; others say they do.
  • Getting back to your own world may be more difficult than it seems: You may become disoriented and forget which elevator in which you arrived; the elevator may seem to get further and further away from you as you walk towards; and so on. Be vigilant, and keep your wits about you.
  • If at any point during the ritual you faint, pass out, or otherwise lose consciousness, you will likely wake up in your own home. However, be sure to carefully examine your surroundings upon waking—the “home” to which you have been returned may not be the one you left when you first set out to attempt this ritual.

Concerning the Woman on the Fifth Floor:

Do NOT speak to her.

Do NOT look at her.

If you do, she may decide to keep you for her own.

Elevator to Another World: FAQ.

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94 thoughts on “The Most Dangerous Games: Elevator to Another World

    1. You know, I’m not actually sure. I suspect that it probably just wouldn’t work, given that the instructions stipulate being alone in the elevator when you start the ritual. It might be sort of interesting to find out what happens if you all enter different elevators in the same building and attempt the journey at the same time, though.

      1. the girl is just playing with your mind , if she is your mom then dont look or talk to her as you do she will choose what to do with you

      2. There’s a movie reference about this ritual.Look up for “Horror Stories 2”. It’s a Korean movie consist of 4 short horror films. The ritual was told in the last movie

  1. Korean elevators have no 4th floor (or 14th, 24th, etc) because 4 sounds like their word for death. look up “Tetraphobia”

      1. actually, the superstition behind the number 13 goes back to Biblical times. At the Last Supper, it is said that 13 people total were present at the table, with the 13th person being Judas who eventually betrays Jesus Christ. As a result, the number 13 was thought to represent betrayal and death, or otherwise just be “unlucky” to have around because it invited betrayal and death. Even though the religious reasoning has sort of faded away over time, it’s a general superstition here in America still that 13 is “unlucky”🙂

    1. No. 4 means death in Japanese too … I even heard that they don’t use that # as a rm. # in hospitals … (don’t know if that’s true tho)

      1. It’s common in East Asia. Many Chinese also believe in this superstition. My grandfather’s generation do at the very least.

      2. In the Philippines too. I’ve only been in a 10+ floor building once, actually many times, but the same building. It doesn’t have the numbers: 3,13, any number ending in 4

      3. It is quite curious. I mean about words in other languages. There is a huge lot of unknown aspects about non-English languages which still remain hidden and un-discussed and undisclosed in English.

        In fact, most Asian/African language and some continental European languages do very dangerous words and usages. However, their effect is more in the material sphere. They can literally act like black magic in a real world scenario.

      1. The Korean word for ‘four’ sounds like the Chinese ‘death.’ Korea used to use Chinese characters (and still do in academic journals) and there are a lot of Chinese root words in Korean. They don’t skip the fourth floor, but rather label it the ‘F-floor.’

      1. It isn’t clear that she was doing the game but she was found dead in the water supply for the hotel which was on the locked roof. There is the video just search it in YouTube. It’s kinda freaky but no it’s not certain she’s playing the game.

      1. The video in question might be the one of Elisa Lam in the elevator of the Cecil Hotel (now apparently rebranded as Stay on Main) — there’s a theory going around that her death was a result of the elevator game. I don’t really buy into the theory myself; I think there are more plausible explanations for what happened, and the whole thing is such a tragedy that I don’t want to cheapen her death by chalking it up to something which may or may not actually “work.”

        Out of respect for both her memory and her family and loved ones, I’m going to refrain from linking to the video here — it’s probably easily found, though, so if you’re curious, go forth and Google.

  2. Personally did it before,it’s untrue. Was really excited about doing it though but it didn’t lead me to another realm so it was sorta disappointing haha

    1. Try a small condo in the middle of a weekday. My condo would be perfect for this any time of day really. If I had the cajones to try this anyway.

  3. Should watch Horror Stories 2, a korean horror movies which has 4 different stories. This “game” was featured in it -The Escape. Really good.

    1. Yea I know,but its kinda funny during “The Elevator Games” Scenes. Somehow theres more strange ritual you need to do in order to go back tp our real world. I mean its funny thou,but its really kinda scarry. Thinking to try this out. Is there any game that we can do more than 4 or 5 peoples other than the game that include the board?The one that we talk with the spirit. Yea like that game that we can play more then 4people. Any game?

    2. Similar elevator also appear in Yami Shibai anime, but without the pressing button ritual. Still, it do sent the passenger to another world.

      1. Hi Lucia.

        I followed all the steps precisely. And I played it at exactly midnight just to add into the atmosphere.

        No lady walked in at level 5. I exited the lift at number 1, and it was all normal.

        Hope this helps🙂

  4. What would happen if someone got on (other than the girl) in the middle of the game, say, I’m on the sixth floor and a resident of the building gets on. What should I do? Not proceed with the game and go back to the floor I’m staying on? Or continue? Or if someone gets on on the fifth and it’s not the girl. Should I look away and not speak In the case that it’s her in a disguise? Or can I end the game because it’s not her and again, there’s someone else, so go back to where I stay? Or can I continue?

    1. If anyone else gets on, I’m pretty sure it will just stop the ritual from working; if, though, you want to err on the side of caution, don’t speak or look to whoever gets on, head down to the first floor, and exit the building. You can always try again later.

    2. I was wondering something similar. If someone does enter the elevator on the 5th floor, Is the player suppose to assume that its a young woman? The instructions say that you can’t look at her. How can you be certain it’s a young woman without looking or talking to her? What if something else enters the elevator? You’d have no idea unless you look.

      1. Given the close quarters an elevator provides, you’ll probably be able to see whether or not it’s a young woman out of your peripheral vision — I think the key is to avoid looking directly at her. DEFINITELY don’t make eye contact.

      2. The directions mention that the person may ask you where you are going. You’ll usually know by the voice. But I would err on the side of caution and avoid looking directly at anyone who boards the elevator.

  5. I thought I read about this somewhere and apparently there was a korean comic featured this kind of game. not exactly the same though, just similar. it is called ‘The Reset Elevator’ if you want to restart your life this game might give you a chance to do so. anyway this is the comic if you are interested. it is from the same website as boncheongdong ghost cheers!🙂

  6. I was in British Colombia, Canada, in a hotel with 10 floors. I had heard about the elevator game and wanted to try it very bad. At first, I told my sister and cousin about it and we did it together. It did not work. I re-read the rules and saw it said I needed to be alone in the elevator. I did it. Alone. I had my phone to film the whole thing. I was terrified but brave enough to try it. I enter the whole 4-2-6-2-10 combination then when I’m about to press 5 for the woman to come in, I freeze. I press 5 and wait silently. I turn around, as I’m not supposed to look at the woman. When I’m at the fifth floor, I don’t see or feel anyone coming in. I instantly feel relieved. I press 1 and it goes normaly to 1, not 10. This is very fake, don’t worry guys🙂

  7. Roxane have you tried it without any gauge with you? There is a bunch of videos on youtube and of course if something happen, ”they” don’t want us to know. I’ve never tried, however, I’m thinking about doing it. Any thoughts to share?

  8. Something happened. It was horrible.
    I did the steps, and when it came to the fifth floor, I caught a glimpse of her hair. I help my breath, and I tried not to breathe too hard. I’m a pretty tall guy, so she didn’t get in my way. I’m also not big, so I didn’t come in contact with her. She started to hum, and I couldn’t think of the song until I got out.
    She then asked me “Where are you going?” And the elevator started to rise. It went up. I didn’t acknowledge her, and I heard her sigh.
    I got out on the tenth floor, and when I heard the elevator doors close, I looked behind me to see four other elevators. I turned back around, and there was nobody. I smelled surfer and what seemed to be burning rubber. I went to the hotel’s window and the sky was a rusty red and grayish colour. The moon was fogged and it was cloudy. I looked out a different window and to my surprise I was a cross. I then remembered what these steps said and I gasped ever so slightly. I didn’t want to stay anymore.

    I went back to the elevators, which seemed to be farther than I thought and went into the one I came out of. I pressed the buttons in the same order. Again. And again. I went into hysterical mode and every noise I heard scared the f out of me. I was breathing hard and then.

    I appeared in my world. Or. So I thought. I looked around and something was right. The guy at the counter wasn’t blinking and the time on the clock wasn’t right. It was also broken, and it wasn’t ticking. I went back in and did the steps once more, before actually getting back to my time. I ran out and looked around. It was right.
    The counter guy knew me and waved to me. I waved back (mainly bc he’s cute. All the homo.).

    I went back upstairs and saw a woman entering her room next to mine. She was humming “Tiptoeing Through the Tulips”. I remember now. The woman who was in the elevator. Was singing the same thing. The woman looked to me and nodded to me before shutting her door. I went into my room and I saw my sister.

    My sister, you see, is into weird voodoo and sh* t, and she’s usually doing spells or sticking dolls into pickle jars, so when she saw me walk in, her black eyes widened to the size of watermelons. She went over to me and blew on my face. It smelled like mint?
    “Lin. . .” She had said. “You’ve messed with something. Something horrible. And now. Something is going to happen to you. . . Linivier I haven’t figured a way to cleanse, only to conjure. You need to be safe. . . Lin, I fear for you. Your mistakes will have consequences. That woman you saw. She is evil.”
    I didn’t know how she knew the woman was with me, but I knew it wasn’t good.

    I fear for my life to this day. I fear that I will die, for my sister and father did this year. Either my sister, my mum or I die next. . . . .

  9. What do they mean for when it says ”she will decide to keep you as her own ?” Would i be bound to her or something of that sort ? Or would she stalk me and toy with me ?

      1. I think it’s something like the devil? LIke she’ll own our soul or something. Or maybe she’ll just kill us. I wouldn’t want to know xD

        Eitherways, i’ve personally tried it and she didn’t appear on the floor to my dissapointment/relief. Maybe i wasn’t ready to meet her yet. Hehe

  10. So, when I was about 8-9 years old, I entered an elevator to go up to a friends house. Pushed the button for the 4th floor if I recall and I stead I was brought down to the basement. I immediately exited the elevator, ran up the stairs to the lobby and ran home. I dunno what happened that day but I believe it’s linked to this theory

  11. Ok so my friend wants to try it … If she gets stuck …. CAN I SAVE HER BY GOING TO THE DEMENSION or is all hope lost .

    1. well i think if he/she stay there and you do it and she will come and if you enter the demension too i think you will see him/her and be able to rescue him/her

      1. The theory says you will be the only one on the floor… i think it would just be parallel worlds, youd both be there, unable to see each other or communicate

  12. I was once staying at a hotel with my friends on level 3 and we decided to check out the top level. To our disappointment there were just more hotel rooms.

    However, there was a huge mirror and thinking it’ll be funny, i decided to say bloody mary 3 times

    We entered the elevator and we pressed level 3. It was on its way to level 3, got down to level 5 and then the lifts stopped. We tried to open the door but it wouldnt open..

    Then the number on the lift turned to 4 … (later on we realised it meant death)

    Fortunately we ended up going all the way to the lobby level and had to walk up back to our room

  13. I did something similar when I was younger and I definitely remember there was something off. When I did it and went to every floor it stopped at, the whole building seemed deserted. No one was around and no one ever got on the elevator and so I canceled it out by going back to the lobby.

    I want to try this

  14. I saw her

    This is a death trap do not do it I’m urging you. I looked at her for a split second and I’m not sure if it was just a random woman but I can still see her face in my dreams every night and it scares me so much I’ve had to take medication for it. Please this isn’t a game and if your thinking about playing I beg you not to put yourself in that position

  15. Oh. My. God. One of my best friends did the challenge and at level 5, the corridor was dark, anda person with long hair appeared and entered the lift. So he turned around, and did not look and speak to her. He pressed 1 and it went down, lucky for him. Then at lvl 1, the lady asked him where he was going when he was running out. He was scared shitless.

  16. Was looking forward to trying this in my building but then realized the buttons go G-3-5-7-9-11-13-15, yeah there are 15 floors but only 8 levels… don’t ask, it was designed by an Italian architect on crack. I wonder if there is still a way to do it with a different combination to unlock the secret level of a world beyond… would be appropriate too because this building is really creepy. Any suggestions?

  17. I tried 3 times:

    1st: I chose the building next to mine. When I was on the 2nd floor, I pressed the button for the 6th floor but ended up on 1st floor. I slipped my mouth and said: “What…”. Nothing was really different except for the sky (it was really cloudy before I proceeded the game; but I guess the sky can change)

    2nd: The same building. When I was on the 2nd floor, I pressed the button for the 6th floor but ended up on 1st floor again.

    3rd: I switched to my own building and played the game. On the 5th floor no one got in, and the elevator descended to the 1st floor.

    !: I brought a knife with me all the time just in case. Was it the reason why the game didn’t proceed properly?

  18. I’ve played this game a few times now, and only encountered the young woman twice. One time though, she came on at the 2nd floor. She never asked me where I was going, and I never saw the red cross on level 10. Any theories as to why she shows up only sometimes?

  19. I followed the steps exactly in my friend’s apartment building. At the fifth floor I didn’t see anyone come in – I was trying to look at the wall so I wouldn’t look at her if she showed up. But I swear to God, I FELT someone come in. She didn’t say anything but I knew there was someone in there with me. I didn’t look. I was scared stiff. It went back down to the first floor and I left and didn’t look back.

  20. As a female, now I just want to start entering elevators from the 5th floor in hopes of freaking some people out🙂

  21. Why do the buttons have to be pressed in that specific sequence? Is there some sort of message behind the numbers? Is it a religious thing, or is it totally random?

  22. People, don’t try this. I was stuck in the “Otherworld” for 4 years. And I am still not sure if I am back in my “original World”. When I left, my wife and I had only 1 boy, he was 1 year old. I came back last year, and he was 5, and my wife was pregnant. She didn’t mention me anything of me being out for 4 years. When my second boy was born I tested him and the DNA test shows I am his father. I had a dog called “Mechas” (Shaggy in Spanish), she died a few weeks before I went to the “Otherworld”, and now that I am back, my wife doesn’t recall her, and she often talks about our cat that died 3 years ago. Our car is the same, but different color and she says it has been the same color since we bought it. The city is almost the same, but I remember the main Catholic Church being a really old building (1823) made out of stone, and this “other World”s Church is 20 years old, made out of concrete.

    The women you refer in step 8 came into the elevator, but IT was a girl (4/6 years old) talking in Spanish, my native tongue, even though I did this in Munich, Germany while on a business trip.

    I would like to try it again to see if I can go back to my real world, but I am afraid I get stuck again, and I really love my wife and kids. I am fucking scared.

  23. man once i was at a disney hotel (thanks disney lmao) that brought me to the fourth floor when i hadnt pressed it at all and was alone and no one was there?? mighta been an elevator ding dong ditch but god dam that spooked me

    anyways i wanna do it but tfw no opportunity

  24. I would never try this game simply because of what I have experienced as a child and even when my husband went to look it up I told him not to, even though I have never heard of it before.

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