“Charlie, Charlie, are you there? has been the most trending phrase on social media in the past 12 hours. In this article, we will be talking about the Charlie Charlie challenge — All you need to know about the Charlie Charlie challenge, is it real?
Several millions of people on the web from around the world have used this hashtag #CharlieCharlie in the last twelve hours.
Some people claim the game is real while others claim it is just another cheap stunt which social media users are just cruising with.
But how did this trend come about? What exactly makes the pencils move to a certain direction? Is it real or there is really some trick behind it? we hope to answer all of these questions in this article.
The Charlie Charlie game is an Ouija board-like game which involves balancing two pencils on top of each other, place the pencils on a paper that has “Yes” or “No” written on it and then ask any question you want to.
Those playing the game will ask Charlie any question and Charlie will respond by moving the pencil in the direction of either “Yes” or “No” written on the paper.
Origin of the game, Charlie Charlie
Although the game is not new, many people are just getting to know about it and they still don’t know where it originated.
In May 2015, BBC wrote an article in the Charlie Charlie challenge because it trended back then.
According to Wikipedia, The Charlie Charlie challenge is a demonic modern incarnation of the Spanish paper-and-pencil game called Juego de la Lapicera (Pencil Game).
Teenage girls have played Juego de la Lapicera in Spain and Hispanic America, asking questions like which boys in their class like them.
Several reports and tweets claim the game is from Mexico. According to the stories that have been going around, Charlie is believed to be a Mexican child that died
Others say Charlie is a Mexican demon, a pagan god or the victim of some kind of violent crime. However, none of the stories is confirmed.
Even though these stories have not been confirmed, many people still believe that Charlie is a spirit or ghost from hell that is able to answer questions.
In any case, BBC Mundo correspondent, Maria Elena Navez has debunked the news of any god bearing Charlie in Mexico.
She said describing the game as a traditional Mexican way to summon dead people is just a way to hype it and make it sound strange.
According to Maria, if the game really originated from Mexico, then it would have been called Carlitos.
“But if this legend began after the Spanish conquest, I’m sure it would’ve been called ‘Carlitos’ (Charlie in Spanish),” she said.
Charlie Charlie challenge
How to play Charlie Charlie game
The players will divide the piece of paper into four quadrants, label each side of the quadrants with either “Yes” or “No”.
Thereafter, put one pencil on one line, balance the other one on top, then summon Charlie, by saying, “Charlie, Charlie, are you there?”
The players have tried to tell us that Charlie “answers” by moving the pencil. It is like a compass, and it moves on either direction.
After charlie has confirmed his presence, you can then go on to ask other questions like “Charlie, will I buy Benz in future? Will I pass my exam?” or “Charlie, will I be rich?” etc.
The rules of the game also involve telling the player to make sure they tell Charlie goodbye after summoning him.
So, what makes the pencils move?
According to Elizabeth Palermo of Live Science, since the pencils are not balanced on the paper, it will be quite easy for a little wind to make it move.
Apparently, it is an unstable structure and setting and it is bound to move.
NaijaHomeBased Editor, Matt Stephens, believes that the pencils do not move naturally. According to him, somebody is definitely at one end of the paper blowing air to it from behind the camera.
Backing his claims with the simple law of motion, he said, “An object at rest, will remain at rest until acted upon by an external force.
Example, see the videos below:
So, tell us what you think in the comment section below. Do you think there is a demonic spirit behind the Charlie Charlie game? have you tried it? did the person really move on its own? Please tell us you experience.