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Charlie Charlie Challenge haunts the Internet

Posted on Tuesday, 26 May, 2015 | Comment icon 59 comments

A YouTuber attempts the Charlie Charlie Challenge. Image Credit: YouTube / SSundee
A strange new viral phenomenon has left social media buzzing with attempts to summon a Mexican spirit.
Although it has been around for quite some time, the challenge, which involves using pencils and a piece of paper to summon a spirit named Charlie, has really taken off this week.

To play, participants are required to take a piece of paper, balance two pencils in a cross shape in the middle and then write the words "yes" and "no" at the four corners of the page.

To begin, those taking part must then clearly recite the phrase "Charlie, Charlie, are you here?".

If the pencil moves then, according to the myth surrounding the game, the spirit of Charlie will have arrived to begin answering your questions.

Despite the widespread uptake of the challenge on social media this week however the mechanism behind this alleged paranormal communication is actually very simple - the pencils will invariably move by themselves no matter what because they are so precariously balanced.

The vibration of a footstep, someone shuffling around in the room or even a subtle draft from a window or door can make it seem as though Charlie has come out to play.

Nevertheless with the "Charlie Charlie Challenge" becoming increasingly popular online it is likely that we will be seeing quite a few reaction videos of pencils moving over the next few weeks.

Source: Independent | Comments (59)

Tags: Charlie, Ghost, Spirit

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #50 Posted by cookemeister on 1 June, 2015, 21:38
I am dyslexic and somehow I summoned Char Grilled chicken
Comment icon #51 Posted by XenoFish on 1 June, 2015, 21:53
I remember the days when all life choices could be made with a magic 8 ball.
Comment icon #52 Posted by Merc14 on 1 June, 2015, 22:13
I remember the days when all life choices could be made with a magic 8 ball. Still very usable. I'm sure some of my techs use it for troubleshooting the equipment
Comment icon #53 Posted by some new guy on 3 June, 2015, 23:15
so it looks like this whole Charlie Charlie thing was a marketing ploy for a horror movie.................................. BEST - Ron
Comment icon #54 Posted by XenoFish on 4 June, 2015, 1:29
Ugh found footage movies. Cloverfield still makes me motion sick just thinking about it.
Comment icon #55 Posted by Merc14 on 4 June, 2015, 12:50
Next horror film of the year : "Charlie, Charlie ! " How close were you to the truth?!?! Well done!
Comment icon #56 Posted by Use your brain on 4 June, 2015, 14:03
so it looks like this whole Charlie Charlie thing was a marketing ploy for a horror movie.................................. http://www.projectca...challenge-fake/ BEST - Ron Nice find, I would have been even more impressed if they had created the game to go with it. Turns out the game is older than the movie, but they did manage to revamp it and take it viral which is still impressive. Google "Juego de la Lapicera" if you would like to see the original(?) version. ETA: here is one from 2011, but apparently versions of this game are much older? It's st... [More]
Comment icon #57 Posted by FlyingAngel on 5 June, 2015, 12:56
How close were you to the truth?!?! Well done! Very close! I predicted the furture
Comment icon #58 Posted by XClashGames on 5 June, 2015, 13:02
Charizard, Charizard are you here? No, but Charlie is, **** you Charlie. -_-
Comment icon #59 Posted by Norbert Dentressangle on 6 June, 2015, 7:19
if you say "je suis Charlie Charlie Charlie", does Bibi Netanyahu pop up and march along, waving at all his adoring fans?

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