What Is the Charlie Charlie Challenge???
What does your teen, 2 pencils, a piece of paper and a…(wait for it)… Mexican demon have in common?
Sounds like someone’s playing the Charlie Charlie Challenge!…..ummm what?
OK, so what’s the Charlie Charlie Challenge?
Basically, it’s a new take on the idea of the Ouija board. Kids use pencils and a piece of paper to create a kind of simple board that they then use to talk to some disembodied spirit.
How do they make the board?
It’s pretty simple. With a piece of loose-leaf paper You then draw a cross on the paper and write “yes” in the top left and lower right corners and “no” in the top right and lower left corners.
Where does the demon come in?
Well, once you make your game board, you place one pencil on the horizontal line. Next, you balance the second pencil on the first over the board’s vertical line, making a cross with the pencils.
You then ask, “Charlie, Charlie are you there?” or, “Charlie, Charlie can we play?”
Naturally, because the pencils are incredibly unbalanced, the slightest breeze will cause the top one to move and point to either the “yes” or “no” written on your game board.
And then you scream like crazy.
If the pencil lands on “yes,” you can ask the demon any question you want. But if you stop playing without asking, “Charlie, Charlie, can we stop?” the specter will haunt you.
So it’s pretty much a Ouija board meets Bloody Mary.
Pretty much, gravity is the reason the unbalanced pencils move. With a Ouija board, it’s the players who unknowingly move the indicator, called the planchette. Basically, the kids are tricking themselves.
In Bloody Mary, you call out to Bloody Mary in a dark bathroom three times, and she’s supposed to reach out and attack you.
Either way, the Charlie Charlie Challenge is just another way for kids to scare themselves.
Why is the demon Mexican?
Most likely because saying it’s a Mexican demon makes it sound more mysterious.
Should I be scared if my kids are playing?
Nope, it’s just kids being kids. Chances are, they’ll move on to some other new fad 10 minutes after trying the game.
Can I play it at work and not get fired?
Good question….you should ask Charlie!