Creepy ‘Charlie Charlie Challenge’ spreads across Twitter as children urge each other to ‘summon Mexican demon’
Ouija board-inspired craze is taking the internet by storm – but what is it and how does it work?
Here’s everything you need to know about the bizarre internet craze
- Challenge is a ritual that allegedly makes it possible to contact a ghost
- ‘Charlie’, described as a Mexican demon, will then answer questions
- Children and teens have begun playing the game, which requires just a pencil and piece of paper, and posting video of it on social media
The newest fad for children and teenagers is to try to summon a Mexican demon.
The so-called ‘Charlie Charlie Challenge’ is described as a supernatural ritual that allegedly makes it possible to contact a ghost.
It involves writing ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ twice on a sheet of paper, crossing two pencils and then asking if the spirit is present – and many are now filming their experiences and sharing them online.
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All the rage: The so-called ‘Charlie Charlie Challenge’ is a supernatural ritual that allegedly makes it possible to contact a ghost using paper and pencils (above)
Individuals are supposed to first chant ‘Charlie, Charlie, can we play?’ twice, and wait to see if the crossed pencil points towards yes or no.
If the pencils point towards yes, they ask the spirit questions.
— Salvador Raya (@SalvadorRaya) May 25, 2015
People are filming and sharing their experiences of playing the game on Twitter (an example is shown above)
Rumour has it the game, which is said to have similar psychological effects as using a Ouija board (stock image), has ancient origins and that it’s almost a rite of passage for Mexican children to play it
They must then drop the pencils to the floor so ‘the demon portal to his or her own home hasn’t been left wide open forever,’ pencils.com reported.
RULES OF THE CHALLENGE
They then place two pencils on it, with one balanced on top of the other.
To begin the game they must ask Mexican demon Charlie, if they can play.
If the pencil points to yes, they can ask the spirit questions.
It’s likely the top pencil will eventually topple off another one, particularly if nervous players jolt a table, for example, to create ‘answers’.
To stop the game, they have to chant ‘Charlie, Charlie, can we stop,’ and wait for the answer of yes before dropping the pencils to the floor to sever the ‘supernatural connection’.
Every time a pencil does move – possibly because of gravity and nearby movement rather than supernatural forces – most teenage players scream and, on some occasions, run from their room.
A group of friends from East Preston, who claim to be playing the game in the video with pink pencils shown above, told MailOnline: ‘It was so scary but everyone thinks it’s fake because of the paper moving!’
I b****y wish it was fake believe me [it’s given us] nightmares.
‘We just decided to do it for a laugh but never thought it would work freaky.’
There is also a two-person version of the game that uses six pencils.
Rumour has it the game, which has similar psychological effects as using a Ouija board, has ancient origins and that it’s almost a rite of passage for Mexican children to play it.
It’s been reported that some children claim strange things have happened while playing the game, such as hearing laughter, or seeing bizarre shadows, while others have been left disappointed.
And yesterday, a priest in Philadelphia wrote an open letter to pupils at the Saints John Neumann and Mario Goretti Catholic High School warning them there is ‘no such thing as ‘innocently playing with demons’.
He continued: ‘Please be sure to NOT participate and and encourage others to avoid participation as well,’ reports The Independent.
‘The problem with opening yourself up to demonic activity is that it opens a window of possibilities which is not easily closed.’
What happens if you don’t speak to Charlie politely?
Charlie is a stickler for politeness, it has been claimed. Anyone who contacts him must chant “Charlie, Charlie can we stop” before calling his visit to an end or risk “leaving a portal open for demons to come in and out of your house as they please”. Charlie’s demonic friends are also interested in contacting the living – and are much less charming than our fajita-munching phantom.
— minaj (@iamChanceMcKey) May 25, 2015
“If you do not say goodbye to Charlie, you will experience paranormal situations such as hearing voices, things being moved, shadows, sinister laughing and more.”
Shouldn’t it be the #CarlosCarlosChallenge if he’s Mexican?
We would have thought so, yes.