Christoph Haizmann (1647 - 1700) was a Bavarian painter active in Austria. He is remembered for signing a diabolical pact with Satan and the subsequent exorcism to free him from the pact.
In 1666, Christoph performed a ritual invocation to summon the Devil in an effort to find relief from his depression. Showing Christoph his true form and swearing to assume the role of his deceased father convinced the despondent man to sign a diabolical pact. Christoph wrote the pact in black ink in his native German language. It was short and simple: “I Christoph Haizmann, am writing to this Gentleman (the Devil) to be his son for the next nine years.” He found work as a painter in the Austrian city of Pottenbrunn and lived there for many years.
Nine years after the signing of his first pact, Christoph again fell into a deep depression. He was remorseful for having turned to the Devil for assistance and wanted to find a way to break the pact before it came to term.