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A curious entry into our Most Dangerous Games database: A ritual game called the Whisper Game, which sees players invoking the name of the Devil himself in order to experience something… odd. To hear a voice — a whisper, of course. Whether the whisper belongs to the Devil remains to be seen, but, well… the answer to that question might depend how deeply embedded within Christian theology your beliefs are.
The Whisper Game comes to us via Redditor u/adriangunx, who posted to the r/ThreeKings subreddit at the end of August in 2020. The way this Redditor told it, their nieces had been playing it with their friends and were worried they might now be experiencing… let’s call it lasting consequences.
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For what it’s worth, I think it’s likely that u/adriangunx’s nieces made the game up themselves, or else that it was made up by some of their friends or other kids running in their social circles. I have found literally nothing resembling this game anywhere else online — seriously, if you search for the key phrase required to play the game together with the precise time at which it’s meant to be played, the only result is the r/ThreeKings post about the Whisper Game. It’s pretty remarkable when that happens, given the sheer size and volume of the information available on the internet these days; besides, the game is simple enough that it seems like the kind of thing a small child might dream up on their own. (I’m assuming the nieces are relatively young, as evinced by the way u/adriangunx describes them speaking about the game — generally speaking, the younger the child, the more likely they are to be afraid of getting in trouble with adults for this kind of thing.)
Then again, if you have memories of playing something like the Whisper Game when you were young, do tell; I’d be curious to know what the rules were according to the version you played, and where you may have learned it from.
As always: Play at your own risk.
- At least one principal.
- A dark, quiet room — ideally, your bedroom.
- A pillow.
- A time-keeping device. A digital clock with a large, visible display is recommended.
- Wait until night falls.
- When it is dark, and when you feel ready, go to your chosen game room. Close the curtains or otherwise block the windows, and turn out the lights.
- Get into bed, but do not fall asleep. Keep your time-keeping device close by.
- Remain in bed, but again, do not fall asleep.
- Keep an eye on your time-keeping device. What time is it? Is it before 3am? Good. Stay awake.
- Continue to monitor your time-keeping device.
- Do whatever you have to in order to stay awake.
- Do not fall asleep.
- DO NOT FALL ASLEEP.
- Check your time-keeping device. Is it 3am yet? Yes? It is? Good. You may proceed.
- Put both of your hands over your ears. Block out as much external sound as you can.
- Plant your face in the pillow, making sure you can still breathe as you do so. Also make sure you can still see the time-keeping device’s display in some way, shape, or form.
- With the pillow still over your face, begin repeating aloud the following words: “The Devil lied again.”
- Speak them softly — whisper them, even — but keep repeating them: “The Devil lied again. The Devil lied again. The Devil lied again.”
- Count the repetitions as you speak them.
- Keep whispering these words into the pillow, continuously and without ceasing. “The Devil lied again. The Devil lied again. The Devil lied again.”
- Repeat the phrase at least 66 times. Do not lose track.
- As you chant, keep an eye on the time.
- At 3:33am, stop whispering and take your hands away from your ears.
- Listen closely.
- Listen carefully.
- Do you hear something?
- A whisper — another whisper, not your own — drifting out at you from the darkness?
- Congratulations — you’ve achieved success.
- Just don’t put too much stock in what the whisperer tells you, though.
- There’s a reason the Devil is called the Father of Lies.
Ideally, this game should be played in your own bedroom. If it is not possible to do so, then a place in which it is possible to put together a makeshift bed, or a place in which a bed is already located, will do. The game room must have a bed or sleeping spot of some sort, and the sleeping spot must have a pillow.
The rest of the home or building need not be emptied of other people or pets who are not participating in the game, but you may do so if you desire.
More than one principal may be present in the game room while you play this game. In this case, each principal should have their own bed and pillow, and the players should repeat aloud the incantation as described in The Whispering together, in unison.
However, you may find you achieve best results if you play alone.
Regarding The Whisperer:
There is some debate about precisely who or what may be the source of the whispering that is heard upon the successful completion of this game. One reported experience noted that the whisperer said the words, “No he didn’t, he’s my friend” — a phrase which implies that the whisperer was not the Devil, but one of the Devil’s allies.
Again, though — there is no telling whether the whisperer is speaking truthfully or not.
It is also possible that there is some sort of scientific explanation for the results of this game — psychological priming; the idea that if you go into it expecting to hear something, you will; the possibility that you may be half-asleep and partially dreaming when the whisperer finally answers back; etc.
You must make sense of what you hear — or don’t hear — on your own.
But know, too, that even if you decide what you “hear” is something in your own brain, echoing back at you…
…Your own mind may not be any safer than the alternative.
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