Spooky Slumber Party Games: Bloody Mary, Light As a Feather, Ouija & Spoon Bending

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    headisspinning posted Fri, 26 Aug 2011 21:55:00 GMT(8/26/2011)

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    I bought a book for my daughter called 'The Daring Book for Girls'. It's really cool and has lots of fun stuff in it but there's a section on Slumber Parties where they describe a few games. This has opened up some questions for me...

    The first game described is 'Bloody Mary'. I remember hearing about that game when I was a little JW girl and I was terrified! There are a few variations, but basically you go into the bathroom and turn out the light. Then looking into the mirror you repeat 'Bloody Mary!' anywhere between 3 and 13 times and something scary is supposed to happen.

    The next game is called 'Light as a feather. Thin as a board'. You get a group of 5 or 6 people in a circle around someone lying on the floor. Everyone closes their eyes and places there forefingers and middle fingers under the person and then repeat: Light as a feather. Thin as a board and then the person supposedly levitates.

    So, before giving the book to my daughter I decided to check this stuff out on Google. I really don't know what to think.

    These two games along with Ouija and also Spoon Bending Parties seem to all be topics of conversation with various opinions but no clear answers on how they work, or if they work or what is really going on.

    Since most of us have JW backgrounds, I am very interested in hearing your thoughts, experiences an explanations for all four games.

    Thanks guys!

    F Mickey mouse posted Fri, 26 Aug 2011 22:05:00 GMT(8/26/2011)

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    I remember the girls at school playing "bloody Mary" and "light as a feather, stiff as a board",

    Rites of passage.

    cantleave posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 00:13:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    It's all mumbo jumbo!

    PenelopePaige posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 00:53:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    I don't think it's all a bunch of mumbo jumbo. Sure, most of the time nothing happens but sometimes it will and it's scary as shit. Once my kids and their daddy played the Ouija board on Halloween and that night when I went to bed (alone my husband was at work) something was breathing on me/ right in my face, I sat up, terrified. Nothing happened so I told myself I was imagining things. Went back to sleep / nothing happened/ very peaceful night. The next morning I went to wake my kids for school and when I went to my sons room he wasn't there (his room was RIGHT above mine) I walked down the hall to his sisters room and asked her where her brother was and she said, "He's sleeping on the floor, he came in here last night because something was breathing on him!"

    I hadn't told anyone about something breathing on me and with his room being directly above mine, I believe something "came in" and traveled from my room up to his. :O

    I've also heard of people lifting up with that "light as a feather" game. I mean, I've had honest sincere, normal people tell me they played that as a child and actually hung in the air.

    I know most of you don't believe in the Devil and that's a damn shame. I believe without a shadow of a doubt that he exists. Now go ahead and call me crazy......

    F FlyingHighNow posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 00:58:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    We used to do seances. They never worked. They never worked. They never worked until one time one did, in my house no less. Scary stuff.

    Violia posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 01:29:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    I bought that " daring " book for my girls. It is a very cute book. I recall the light as a feather , stiff as a board one. We were never allowed to play with the Ouija-- now I collect them. I have never had any contact with the other side -that I know of.. I did have some cards once that were like the Ouija and they were very scary- so much so I got rid of them.

    headisspinning posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 01:52:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    To Violia: Why do you collect Ouija boards??

    To Flying High Now: Please PM me. I would like to hear you story.

    To PenelopePaige: I don't think you're crazy at all. Two people that I trust not to be 'crazy' (as you put it) have told me very similar experiences.

    I was just explaining this to my husband tonight... I'm really not interested in the paranormal or anything along those lines. But I was thinking that if there is no scientific explanation and some of these things DO work, then there must be some sort of spirit world in which case there could be a god...

    For those of you who know my story, in the span of 8 months I'm at the point where I really don't know...

    My guess is...

    Bloody Mary is an urban legend

    Light as a Feather is a scientific phenomenon

    Ouija is for real... a gateway to who the hell knows what?

    Spoon bending... hmmm... it could be science or it could be paranormal but I don't wanna mess with it.

    Any further comments would be appreciated!

    Violia posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 01:58:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    It got one and nothing happened so for fun-- I thought-- I'll collect them. I have 4 or 5, haven't looked recently. They are paper and cardboard. So far nothing has bothered me- so much for demons.

    Now I do believe in the spirit world and have had some strange things happen, but not ever connected with the Ouija board.

    lol now the goggle ads are Ouija board ads.

    InterestedOne posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 02:05:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    headisspinning - To add to your list in your last post, check out the history of the "ouija" board. I recall it being a relatively recent invention and has been explained by something called the ideo-motor effect. Here is a thread where some people posted some info about it.

    http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/jw/friends/211634/1/What-would-you-say-to-a-friend-who-claims-to-have-experienced-demons

    NewChapter posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 02:09:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    LOL---I remember those days. We did Bloody Mary---sometimes called it Mary Worth. You repeated the name several times, opened your eyes, and looked in a mirror. You were supposed to see her either murder her sister with a knife, or she her murdered. It changed from person to person. We even did it under the porch one time. Then we ALWAYS did Light as a Feather at slumber parties. On camping trips, we would do seances under the covers ( we camped in a cabin, and everyone was always up, so this was our way of isolating and blocking out light).

    Nothing ever worked. We always giggled. We always scared ourselves. Sometimes a prankster would do something scary and make us believe it was all true. Sometimes an older brother or uncle would figure us out and scare the snot out of us.

    I played with a ouija board outside late one night with our neighbors. We would go to our parents and ask if we could sleep outside (country living) and not tell that the kids next door were doing the same. Very silly, they always knew. Anyway while playing with the ouija, my neighbor and I caught eyes, and made a silent agreement, and we pushed the needle ourselves. We spelled out Uncle George.

    It was never anything more than young, creative minds playing with fantasy. Scary like a rollercoaster and always ending in laughter.

    NC

    EntirelyPossible posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 02:18:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    I know most of you don't believe in the Devil and that's a damn shame. I believe without a shadow of a doubt that he exists. Now go ahead and call me crazy......

    How do you know it's a he? Why is it a shame? If he exists, he's sure never done anything to me.

    You're crazy...

    PenelopePaige posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 02:41:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    Entirelypossible- YOU"RE CRAZY

    And it is a damn shame! Because the spirit world is entirely real and they love it when you bob along like you have not a thing to worry about!

    And , Headspinning- Thank you :) Hope you have a nice night :)

    NewChapter posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 02:46:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    I didn't know that the devil breathes. Didn't know that dead people did either. If these powerful beings exist, I wish they'd do something more than run around exhaling.

    NC

    Broken Promises posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 02:47:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    If these powerful beings exist, I wish they'd do something more than run around exhaling.

    LOL!!!

    headisspinning posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 02:54:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    I've asked two close non-Jw friends the same questions and I am awaiting their responses too... I will get back to you. I trust both of them completely so it will be very interesting to get their thoughts, experiences and perspectives as well. :)

    "Sleep with one eye open... Gripping your pillow tight!"

    - Metallica -

    PenelopePaige posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 02:55:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    NewChapter- Yes, you're so clever! It really is insane to think such a thing would breathe! But, how many people do you know or how many stories have you heard of people seeing a ghost? And those ghosts are always clothed, but think about it, the "clothes" they're "wearing" really don't exist, they're long gone just like the dead person someone is seeing, so I can't explain why some entity would "breath" and I can't explain why a GD ghost wears clothes, but whatever- alot of you are some narrowminded people- I'm going to bed ....

    EntirelyPossible posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 02:59:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    And it is a damn shame! Because the spirit world is entirely real and they love it when you bob along like you have not a thing to worry about!

    Can you prove any of that? Not only that they are real but that you know what they love? How do you know that they only love that because I am not bothering them all the time? Maybe they DO love me for not beleiving in them so they can live their life in peace, that they aren't bothering you in an effort to not so subtley tell you to leave them alone, like shooing a fly away?

    And, since they AREN'T bothering me (presuming they are real), how is that any different than them not existing?

    NewChapter posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 04:52:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    NewChapter- Yes, you're so clever! It really is insane to think such a thing would breathe! But, how many people do you know or how many stories have you heard of people seeing a ghost? And those ghosts are always clothed, but think about it, the "clothes" they're "wearing" really don't exist, they're long gone just like the dead person someone is seeing, so I can't explain why some entity would "breath" and I can't explain why a GD ghost wears clothes, but whatever- alot of you are some narrowminded people

    Penelope, perhaps I am not the one that is narrow minded. Narrowminded would be having an experience, and being willing to consider only one possible conclusion. There is absolutely no explanation other than spirits. But for me, my mind is open enough to consider the many possiblities that could explain what happened. This is your son, and you've shared many experiences and conversations with him. Perhaps the two of you saw something on television where a spirit exhaled onto someone. Or maybe you were a bit freaked about what you thought you felt, and in your seemingly peaceful sleep you spoke out loud about a spirit exhaling on you. Your son could have heard that, and his young mind would do the rest.

    The fact is, humans have a long history of blaming spirits when something happens that they don't understand. People once thought that evil spirits made one sick. Today we understand viruses and bacteria. We even understand genetics to a degree. We know illness is not caused by evil spirits. At one time, people thought the Aurora Borealis were dancing spirits or something similiar. Today we understand that it is a scientific phenomena involving photons and electrons and is something I personally don't understand well enough to explain it here, but still, not spirits. In fact, every mystery ever cracked has proven to be not spirits.

    You have a mystery on your hands. I find it curious that you immediately conclude it is spirits, without having looked into any other possiblities. It's an extraordinary claim. It becomes even more baffling when we look at all the mysteries we have solved with science. Yet I am narrowminded for questioning why a spirit would exhale on a person.

    Let's go with your hypothesis, and assume this spirit exhaled on you. To what end? For what purpose? Was it only interested in scaring you? Why? Why did these particular pieces of partical board and plastic conjure up such a spirit? Why doesn't my cheap entertainment center do the same thing? Why doesn't it happen every time for every person? Do you wish to live in fear of spirits without asking some of these question? Do you want to pass that fear on to your son without having thoroughly investigated it? Why?

    If you are very sure of what you experienced, and believe it fully, why should a silly comment by me bother you? If you're right, then I am the naive one. You knew when you posted that some would disagree with you. Why should that matter?

    You are offended because I asked one of many questions that ran through my head. Why would a spirit exhale on a person? CAN a spirit exhale on a person? Even if you are a bible believer, have there been any recorded instances of spirits exhaling on people? You can open your mind, and ask these questions if you like. Or not. I just offer it up as food for thought.

    And for the record, I was not questioning your sanity. I believe you experienced something. I'm questioning your critical thinking.

    NC

    Violia posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 05:03:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    If I was a spirit, I'd ask for a better assignment that haunting junk at garage sales or even haunting an old house. I would want to haunt a star and hang out with the really cool people. Or maybe if I was a spirit I'd come back to haunt someone I hate- yeah, that would be great.

    For years after the garage door openers came out we thought we were haunted bc my neighbors garage door opener would change the channel on our TV or turn it off /on. Other freaky electronic stuff happened before we all knew what was really happening.

    however with that said, I have had 2 or more things happen to me that I cannot find a rationale reason for . so I do believe spirits exist, it just think they might want to hang out in better places than my house.

    sizemik posted Sat, 27 Aug 2011 05:21:00 GMT(8/27/2011)

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    But I was thinking that if there is no scientific explanation and some of these things DO work, then there must be some sort of spirit world in which case there could be a god...

    Seriously? . . . must be spirits? . . . could be a god? . . . simply because a scientific explanation does not currently exist?

    It was the experience of mystery - even if mixed with fear - that engendered religion .
    Albert Einstein

    Some things never change.

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