Charlie Charlie Challenge: Kids Are Invoking A Mexican Demon for Life Advice

What the hell is the Charlie Charlie Challenge? Kids are summoning a Mexican demon on Twitter for advice on life and dating. For some reason.
Summoning a Mexican demon with the Charlie Charlie Challenge

In my family, we have a tradition of blaming strange noises and other mundane but seemingly “paranormal” activity on Uncle Charlie, a mischievous entity whose origins are a complete mystery to me. Though I can safely assume it most likely had something to do with liquor.

I’m sure my family poltergeist is not related to the Mexican Charlie Charlie demon kids are currently trying to summon from his fiesta to play advice columnist from beyond, but it’s still a better love story than Titanic.

Wait, that’s the wrong meme. What the hell am I talking about again?

Oh yeah, the latest stupid craze to take the Internet by storm, confirming once again that humanity is, in fact, completely and utterly doomed.

The Charlie Charlie Challenge

If you put any stock in Ouija boards, divination or demons, then the latest viral trend will probably send a shiver down your spine. Or, at the very least, invoke a serious facepalm. Using time-honored spirit communication tools such as pencils and loose leaf paper, kids are playing a new game in which they attempt to summon a Mexican demon for advice and dating tips, then share videos of their hair-raising encounters on Twitter with #CharlieCharlieChallenge.

How to Play Charlie Charlie

Here’s the Cult of Weird do-it-yourself guide to summoning a demon for business and/or pleasure:

  • Get a piece of paper
  • Write “Yes” and “No” in the boxes of a 2×2 grid
  • Balance two pencils in a cross in the center
  • Say “Charlie, Charlie are you here?” or “can we play?”
  • Run away screaming.

Like this:

We used to gather in dark, candle-lit chambers with Ouija boards, chicken guts, drug-fueled orgies and human sacrifices. Now we’re using pencils, smartphones and hashtags. Please excuse me while I curl up inside the bloody pentagram in my basement and cry.

Escaping the Grave: Listen to Houdini’s Final Seance on Halloween Night, 1936

Could Houdini escape the grave? After ten years of Halloween seances, this recording was the last attempt to contact him in the afterlife.

It was said somewhere that if anyone could have escaped the afterlife, it would have been Harry Houdini. The famed illusionist could escape from anything, including straight jackets and prison cells.

Later in life, Houdini became devoted to discrediting the rising belief in spiritualism. He felt spiritualists, who claimed to be able to communicate with the dead, were doing nothing more than taking advantage of grieving family members. Houdini made a pact with his wife, Bess, that if he died he would attempt to contact her with a coded message only they would know.

The world’s greatest escape artist died on October 31st, 1926 from a ruptured appendix. Bess held an annual Halloween seance for ten years in an attempt to break through into the spirit world. The secret message never came through – Harry never made contact from beyond the grave.

After years of silence, Bess decided the October 31st, 1936 seance (heard in the recording above) would be the last. She gave up hope and wished Harry a good night.

Houdini challenging a spiritualist at the Hippodrome in 1925

The seances continued, however, and have been performed every year since. Sid Radner, a protege of Harry’s brother Theo Hardeen, resumed the tradition and kept it going through the decades. The small group of people who gather every year have reported some strange occurrences, but so far Houdini has not made his escape.