May 26, 2015

 Want to feel young, fresh, & occult-friendly? Wish the Cinnamon challenge gave you insight into the realms of the undead? Do the following:

  1. Draw a cross on a sheet of paper.
  2. Write some potential pre-set communiques for a disembodied pencil-swinging Mexican demon named Charlie (“yes” and “no” seem to work).
  3. Place two pencils crosswise and say “Charlie Charlie, are you there?”
  4. Wait until gravity kicks in, ignore how gravity works, and have yourself a documented meltdown over the spookiness of borderline-obsolete writing utensils moving slightly.

A Catholic priest has apparently issued an urgent warning about the dangers of “summoning a demon” by performing the weird Charlie Charlie Challenge.

In an open letter to pupils at a well-known Catholic school, Father Stephen McCarthy told told pupils there was no way of knowing what would happen if they decided to invite a Mexican ghoul into their home.

The letter was shared on Twitter by a pupil at the Saints John Neumann and Mario Goretti Catholic High School in Philadelphia, America.

The letter said: “There is a dangerous game going around on social media which openly encourages impressionable young people to summon demons.

“I want to remind you all there is no such thing as ‘innocently playing with demons’.

And we here at want to remind you that there is no such thing as a demon.

“Please be sure to NOT participate and 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.”

Actually, we think that this is a good way for people to realize that there are no demons. It’s just another scare tactic by the religious.

It went on to advise anyone looking to enjoy communing with “spiritual entities” should consider taking part in a Catholic mass. Because that’s not a waste of your time. Right?

The Charlie Charlie Challenge erupted on social media yesterday.

The dubious rite involves placing two pencils on a piece of paper in the shape of a cross, before writing the words yes and no inside the four squares formed by the pencils.


Brave (or gullible) participants must then repeat the words “Charlie, Charlie are you here”.

If the pencil moves and points to yes, Charlie is in the house and you can draw upon his demonic life experience to ask him for guidance in the form of yes/no questions.

The letter has not been verified by Fr McCarthy or anyone at Saints John Neumann and Mario Goretti Catholic High School.

“There’s no demon called ‘Charlie’ in Mexico,” says Maria Elena Navez of BBC Mundo. “Mexican legends often come from ancient Aztec and Maya history, or from the many beliefs that began circulating during the Spanish conquest. In Mexican mythology you can find gods with names like ‘Tlaltecuhtli’ or ‘Tezcatlipoca’ in the Nahuatl language. But if this legend began after the Spanish conquest, I’m sure it would’ve been called ‘Carlitos’ (Charlie in Spanish).”