A new fad making the rounds on the Internet is a game that involves summoning a Mexican demon called Charlie.
The Charlie Charlie Challenge, also known as the Pencil Game, has now gone viral after people filmed their experiences and shared them online.
According to Metro, the Ouija-board inspired game works like this: write “yes” and “no” twice in opposing squares on a sheet of paper, crossing two pencils on top of one another.
Summon the Mexican demon by chanting “Charlie, Charlie, are you here?” and watch as the top pencil moves to give you an answer. If it points to yes, you can continue to ask Charlie questions or run out screaming from whatever room you are in.
The game allegedly has ancient origins and that some children have experience strange things happening while playing, such as hearing laughter, or seeing bizarre shadows, according to the Daily Mail.
In an open letter to students at the Saints John Neumann and Mario Goretti Catholic High School, a Philadelphia priest warned them there is “no such thing as ‘innocently playing with demons.’”
He added: “Please be sure to NOT participate and encourage others to avoid participation as well. The problem with opening yourself up to demonic activity is that it opens a window of possibilities which is not easily closed.”
But The Independent explains what actually moves the pencils: “Gravity, and the awkward positioning of some pencils.” Sorry kids, it’s not a demon.
Below are some examples of the questions people have been asking: