Mirror Myths – The tale of Bloody Mary


Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman … I dare you to say his name five times …

Countless mirror myths and legends have sprung up over the years, the tale of Bloody Mary is one of the strangest.

Many of you will have heard the story, it has become so famous over the years that the Film Candyman was created based around the fable.

The original story is something of an urban legend which has turned into a ‘truth or dare’ type game that’s been played at sleepovers and the like on countless occasions. Bloody Mary’s famous ghost can apparently be summoned to appear using any mirror.

In terms of the origins of the tale, there are many stories. However, the most widely believed – depicts her as Mary Tudor the notorious daughter of the even more notorious English King, Henry VIII.

There are a variety of reasons for this – Mary was Henry VIII’s first daughter and so experienced a vast amount of death during her childhood. Also, history tells us that she developed something of a penchant for blood and violence herself. This, in addition to her supposed infatuation with herself, love of mirrors and her ‘ghost child’ leave her as a prime candidate for the origins of the Bloody Mary legend … Plus, through her relentless quest to return England to Roman Catholicism and the subsequent unremitting burning of Protestants she had garnered the nickname ‘Bloody Mary’ for herself during her lifetime as well.

Together with the principal myth of Bloody Mary, comes the myth of her ghost baby, which is said to originate from her failure to have children.

She was supposedly pregnant twice; both times looking as if she was with child for 9months. Despite this, she never had a baby. Which gave birth to two rumours; that she had lied, or that her baby was a ghost.

These rumours are where the part of the legend dictating that if you say ‘I took your baby’ 3 times into the mirror sprang from. It is also said that the mirror represents the Queen’s documented narcissism – through this her soul became trapped in the mirror and she’s always looking for a way to get out.

There are a variety of ways that you’re meant to be able to bring Bloody Mary out of the mirror. These range from walking up the stairs in the dark, backwards whilst holding a candle and a hand mirror to saying her name three times whilst staring into a mirror in a dark room.

Whichever method is used, she is said to appear with a thirst for vengeance upon whomsoever was unfortunate (or silly) enough to summon her. She can appear as a corpse, a ghost, a witch or a woman covered in blood. She can then go on to exact revenge in myriad ways, strangulation, blood drinking and eye gouging are purported to be the most common. Or she can follow you until you die a horrible death. It is told, that she will only retreat into the mirror once the person who summoned her is dead.

Personally I don’t believe it, but next time you’re looking into your stunning Mirrorworld mirror, my advice is not to tempt fate – just in case…