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. 


  • 1 principal


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

  1. So what if I was in the middle of traveling to the floors in the elevator alone say perhaps when I arrive at floor six and someone (not the beautiful woman expected at floor 5) gets in? I won’t be alone so would I have to try again from scratch once they leave?

    1. I have read it up and she has been known to disguise herself – even as someone you know – in a bid to trap you (by tricking you into thinking you should abort the ritual or that you’re safe to talk to her). I wouldn’t abort I would continue and end the ritual as quickly and efficiently as possible.

    2. If you have done it right which the lady would appear and ride with you for about the time while you enter the other world then she will leave and you will be all alone

  2. Hey everybody
    Anyone who wants to play the game he can just play it and it’s completely SAFE ’cause nothing really happens
    I played the game many times with my friends (taking turns) and nothing actually happened.
    But just be careful of one thing…..
    You may be kicked away from the building because people will start yelling at you for playing with the elevator. So be careful

  3. Alright tried it, but on the 8th Step, coming to 5th floor when a women enters, it didn’t happen but a lil girl entered while wearing headphones (Skullcandy maybe) and maybe listening to Imagine Dragons – Demons. So I thought that the ritual didn’t work, and pressed my flat floor 21 and when I pressed 21 the girl pressed 8 which 21-13 and offcourse it spooked me, now when I reached back on my floor I came out of elevator and looked back at the girl, she was not wearing a headphone and at first I thought she might have kept it in her pocket, but the Headphones were way big for a lil girl’s pant pocket. I was frightened and ran to my flat, rand the bell, my mum opened and I hurriedly went in. I didn’t talked to the girl. While having dinner I asked my mum if she has seen a little girl who lives on 8th floor and she said “Nobody lives on the 8th floor”. The sentence got me choked and I fell ill for a week. Since that day I my Scholastic scores are goin down however I was a good scholar and so does my family and friend relationship. Maybe I am in other world or the curse of the girl.

    1. The girl might’ve been visiting the restroom or something on that floor or you saw wrong or maybe she was playing around?

  4. 😂😂😂😂 I was trying to do that but on the fifth floor someone entered it was the security i thought it will be the women but it was him he took me out and he said what are you doing thus is not a game😂😂😂😂😂

  5. I mean, I can translate the rest of the Korean post. But I’d recommend you not to look too much into this. There’s also several more warnings that are absolutely crucial. If you happen to read this comment, please add these;

    1. You must not, in any case, attempt this too many times. This makes you susceptible to accidental ‘slipping’ through the worlds.

    2. If you do not get out of the elevator on the 10th floor, or if the woman does not get in, you should head straight back down to the 1st floor.

    3. Sometimes, when you’re coming back, the elevator goes back up instead of down. You have to cancel the ascension by pressing any. button. between your current floor and the 10th and get off. The other is pulling you.

    4. If you faint in the other and find yourself back in your world- be careful. You can be pulled there and back at any given moment. This also happens to people with susceptible souls- or 기 in Korean.

    5. There’s also several other, simpler ways to do this- if wanted, I can translate the rest of these for you.

    1. Yes please, translate the rest 🙂 I really want to do this… Some part of me doesn’t believe that this actually works, and the other part of me is afraid that something goes wrong.

  6. Setting: at midnight in a random building.

    I went with my friends and i decided to man up and do it since they all couldnt handle going further after the second step. They waited for me down as i went up the elevator.

    I did exactly the steps. I didnt get to see any girl come in at any stage of the game. However at the 5th floor i heard someone moving at that floor, i exactly heard some plastic bags being moved. I quickly close the door and press the first floor as i was scared shitless at that point and then after reaching the 1st floor i rush over to my friends as i see the relief ontheir faces and told them ill never do dumb shit again.

    To me that ritual felt pretty fake its all psychological in my opinion. Really a thriller if youre that type of person but nothing too serious.

  7. Hi guys a quick question for “venturing out”:
    Can the woman enter the otherworld after I leave the 10th floor? Because the world only has me in it, so I am assuming there is like some “barrier” between the elevator and the otherworld? In that case what would happen if I turn around after exiting the elevator at the 10th floor and then reply her question? Can someone help me try it out because I am quite afraid to do it myself, I don’t really want to die, the last time I tried the elevator ritual I nearly passed out but thankfully made it back from the otherworld, thanks!

  8. I would possibly try this on Halloween. This is the time of year when the veil between the real world and shadow world is at it’s thinnest.

    Also, try a building located on a charged ley line.

    The famous museum in Paris mentioned in the Davinci Code is located directly on the rose line. I wonder if it has 10 floors and an elevator.

    Washington, DC also is situated on some pretty interesting ley lines.

    Also, there’s an additional step not mentioned above. Apparently, you have to have salt water in your mouth as you attempt this ritual.

  9. This is other precautions I’ve read:
    1) if someone who isn’t the woman or is someone you think you know DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THEM. The woman has been known to disguise herself in an attempt to trap players by making them think they should stop the ritual, that it’s safe to leave before it actually is, or that it’s safe to talk to her.
    2) it’s not advisable to use an elevator with reflective surroundings as it’s easier to accidentally acknowledge her presence. If you must use one, focus entirely on the buttons and do not glance elsewhere even for a second.
    3) if you decide to leave the elevator once in the Otherworld, as well as asking where you are going the woman may shriek at you in an attempt to scare you into acknowledging her (looking back in fear/making a noise). Be sure you don’t do this.

    Have any of you heard of Elisa Lam? She displayed odd behaviour on cctv in an elevator shortly before disappearing and mysteriously showing up dead where it was near enough impossible for her to be. One speculation is that she was playing this game as she can be seen talking to someone who isn’t there.
    Please please please exercise caution when playing this.

    1. I was thinking about this for a while actually, but after watching the video a few times Elisa’s behavior isn’t consistent to what you have to do for this game. In the beginning of the video where Elisa first walks in, she doesn’t press the button to the fourth floor like the instructions say, but instead presses four buttons in order. She also doesn’t go to multiple floors like what instructions 1-7 say, but just starts acting strangely on the same floor she enters at. But I feel like it is possible she read this game but misread/interpreted the instructions.

      1. She may have been in the otherworld, trying to get out with no success. This would explain why the elevator door was open for so long, why she pressed buttons, and why she was continuously walking in and out the elevator, looking around the hallways. I think she may have even gotten posessed by the woman for looking at it/talking with it. She may have “kept her for her own” and drowned her? Also her being posessed would explain how she had the power to remove and put the lid back on the water tank. Obviously cameras weren’t able to record the otherworld, so she just seems weird. But I think this would be reasonable.

  10. What do I do if it stops at a different floor in the middle, say floor three, and people get on? Is the game finished then? Do I need to do anything special?

    1. Normal people get in while you attempting ritual? Then you failed. Try playing it at midnight or so. Then no one comes in the room.
      Unless it’s a security ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° )

  11. I read the FAQ for this. Turns out, you’re not safe in Otherworld; not for one second. But that brings up questions: Why are you not safe? Is there “things” coming for you? And, my favorite question: Should you carry a weapon when preforming this (gun, knife, etc….), to ensure your safety if things take a turn for the worst in Otherworld?

    1. For my experiences, Things in other planes can’t be affected by normal means, such as a gun or whatever. in other words ‘things in the shadow realm can usually only be affected by things in the shadow realm, but you are in their realm so they can affect you.’
      Don’t take my word as law though

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