Charlie Charlie demon game goes viral having freaked out countless teens
Published 27/05/2015 | 08:42
You've probably noticed Charlie Charlie trending on Twitter and wondered what all the pencil crosses are about.
It's a game being played mostly by teengers who believe they can connect with a dead Mexican spirit known as Charlie.
Some have posted videos of what they say are interactions with the spirit in a game which involves placing pencils in the shape of a cross with the words 'yes' and 'no'.
Players repeat the sentence, "Charlie, Charlie can we play?" to summon the 'demon' who then answers questions, in a similar way to a ouija board.
One reddit user believes he has found a full explanation of the game:
"The best explanation I have found is here.
You’ve probably heard of using a Ouija board to contact spirits, but I bet you haven’t heard of using pencils to have your questions answered by supernatural beings! The Pencil Game, also called “Charlie, Charlie,” is a traditional Mexican ritual wherein players (usually children) are said to contact the spirit of a child named Charlie.
To play The Pencil Game, you will need six pencils and a partner. Facing each other, each person must hold three pencils and arrange them as three sides of a box, with the open end facing the other person. It is best to use unsharpened pencils, or to hold the tips so that the eraser ends are pointed toward your partner. The ends of your pencils will need to touch your partner’s to form a complete rectangle.
To begin the game, both players must chant: “Charlie, Charlie, can we play?” If the pencils move inward or up, the answer is yes. If they move outward or down, the answer is no. If one side goes one way and the other side goes a different way, it means maybe or the question can’t be answered at this time. You can then ask the spirit of Charlie yes or no questions, and he will respond by moving the pencils. Charlie is kind of like the spirit world version of a Magic 8 ball. To end the game, both players must chant: “Charlie, Charlie, can we stop?” After the pencils move, both players drop all of the pencils on the floor to break contact with Charlie."
Not everyone is convinced it's down to the supernatural and there are plenty of videos making a joke of the situation. However, for those who do believe they've contact the dead, there's a way to 'say goodbye' to Charlie (see tweet above).
Here's how Twitter has reacted: