The Pencil Game “Charlie, Charlie”

You’ve probably heard of using a Ouija board to contact spirits, but I bet you haven’t heard of using pencils to have your questions answered by supernatural beings! The Pencil Game, also called “Charlie, Charlie,” is a traditional Mexican ritual wherein players (usually children) are said to contact the spirit of a child named Charlie.

To play The Pencil Game, you will need six pencils and a partner. Facing each other, each person must hold three pencils and arrange them as three sides of a box, with the open end facing the other person. It is best to use unsharpened pencils, or to hold the tips so that the eraser ends are pointed toward your partner. The ends of your pencils will need to touch your partner’s to form a complete rectangle.

The Pencil Game

To begin the game, both players must chant: “Charlie, Charlie, can we play?” If the pencils move inward or up, the answer is yes. If they move outward or down, the answer is no. If one side goes one way and the other side goes a different way, it means maybe or the question can’t be answered at this time. You can then ask the spirit of Charlie yes or no questions, and he will respond by moving the pencils. Charlie is kind of like the spirit world version of a Magic 8 ball. To end the game, both players must chant: “Charlie, Charlie, can we stop?” After the pencils move, both players drop all of the pencils on the floor to break contact with Charlie.

Some kids have talked about strange things happening after playing this game, like seeing shadows or hearing a child’s laughter. Others didn’t experience anything at all. Just in case, I don’t recommend trying this with children that are prone to nightmares or with the kinds of imaginations that will have them seeing Charlie’s ghost in their closet until they’re eighteen. I’ve also read that there are other versions of this game. Have you played any of them? Tell us about your experience with Charlie in the comments!

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13 replies
  1. Nick
    Nick says:

    This totally works. There is like a magnetic force pushing the pencils. You’ll feel totally strange and awesome playing this game. Charlie can predict the future tho.

  2. James
    James says:

    It works. I didnt believe until i played it. I also try not asking questions and it stays still.

  3. Heidi
    Heidi says:

    Today me and my friends started to play the pencil game but we didn’t do as specific as the rules suppose to be this Charlie dies buy abuse he was very young thass why people usually hear ah kid laughing this gan isn’t safe safe but it does work but it can’t tell the future

  4. Sks
    Sks says:

    This game is awesome!!!Remember to say goodbye to break contact!!Or else he will follow you

  5. Ana
    Ana says:

    In my class. they say that:
    John: Silly game.
    Lisa: Is it real ?
    Mymy: All fake guys, don’t believe it.
    Max: A bit scare.

  6. Maddie
    Maddie says:

    This works, my friends and I didn’t believe it at first and thought it was the other person moving them but we realized it was Charlie pushing them so we started to freak and we kept talking to Charlie the rest of the day. It’s an awesome game but now 80% of my class thinks we’re crazy..

    • CaptainColorful
      CaptainColorful says:

      Yes in deed, my sister wanted to play and I begged her not to, I really hope she doesn’t. This isn’t a joke this is demonic.

  7. says:

    An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a
    co-worker who had been conducting a little homework on this.
    And he actually ordered me lunch because I found it
    for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanx for spending the time to talk about this subject here on your blog.

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