Pencil Game

Charlie Charlie: The Pencil Game is an old Mexican tradition. It is a supernatural ritual that is used to contact a ghost. It is sometimes called “Six Pencils”, “Charlie Charlie Are You There?” or “The Charlie Charlie Challenge”. Some people believe that you are contacting the spirit of a young boy who killed himself. Others believe this ritual is dangerous and that you are, in actual fact, contacting a demon.

Charlie Charlie

How to Play Charlie Charlie

You need a sheet of paper and two pencils.

Step 1: Take the piece of paper and draw two lines on it, forming a cross. Write “Yes” in the top left and bottom right squares and “No” in the other two squares, as in the picture above.

Step 2: Place a pencil on the line going left and right and balance another pencil on top of it, along the line going up and down.

Step 3: Say the following chant twice out loud: “Charlie, Charlie, can we play?”

Charlie will make the pencil point to either “Yes” or “No”

You can now proceed to ask questions and Charlie will answer them with either “Yes” or “No”.

To end the game, you must chant “Charlie, Charlie, can we stop?” When you get a “Yes”, you say “Goodbye” and remove the pencils from the paper to break contact. If he says “No”, keep trying until you get a “Yes”.

How to Play Six Pencils

Pencil Game

The Pencil Game can only be played with two people. You need six unsharpened pencils.

Step 1: Each person takes three pencils and arranges them to form three sides of a square (as in the picture above). The ends of your pencils should be touching. You should be holding the pencils at the sharpened tip.

Step 2: Both of you say the following chant twice: “Charlie, Charlie, can we play?”

If the pencils move inwards, the answer is “Yes”.
If the pencils move outwards, the answer is “No”.
If one side moves inwards and the other moves outwards, it means “Maybe”, or that the question cannot be answered.
Also, up means “Yes” and down means “No”.

Step 3: You ask the spirit of Charlie Yes or No questions. He will indicate his answer by moving the pencils.

To end the game, you both must chant “Charlie, Charlie, can we stop?” When the pencils move inwards or upwards, you drop them to the floor and say “Goodbye” to break contact.

Stories and Experiences with the Charlie Charlie Pencil Game

“When I was younger, we used to play a game called Six Pencils… They truly moved! It was crazy. They answered questions that nobody could have known. My Mom told me it was demons we were talking to, so I stopped.”

“My friends played the Pencil Game and they got in contact with a ghost named Charlie that had died of child abuse. But things soon went bad. One of my friends saw a dark figure on her roof when she was home alone. Another heard scratching on her bathroom door and dark laughing. Another felt her blanket on her bed being pulled down when she was sleeping and then she also heard laughing. Another saw a dark shape hanging from her roof. All of these things happened when they were alone. Soon they got scared and stopped playing the game and put up crosses in their rooms and never went near that stuff again and it all stopped.”

“The game “Charlie, Charlie” was a big thing at my school, and I came home and played it with my Mom. My Mom and Dad got all mad and said that the game was just like the ouija board. Supposedly it’s a call to the devil… No offense, but it’s scary… I started hearing things around my house after I played it”

There are no reports of anyone dying or being possessed by demons after playing the Pencil Game so it is considered quite safe. However, we still advise you not to play it, just in case.


  1. Hashbrownfries says

    I remember last year after lunch, my friends and these others kids started playing this game and after they said, “Show us a sign”, the paper blew into the air and all the pencils fell and rolled on the floor. Idk if it was maybe the wind but it wasn’t windy that day… That’s the thing. =-O
    Just some advice: don’t play this game it has to do with demons and horrible stuff like that. :0

  2. Fire Fist Ace says

    I remember when this was big last year at my school, everyone was doing it. Literally every corner you turned somebody was there playing it. There was one time I remember in particular it was like 15 of us watching 2 of us play it and then the lights went out throughout the whole school. I was laughing the whole time because everyone was freaked out. Gotta love this game.

  3. Breeze says

    I was going to play it right now but I read the comment about pet and I got guinea pig… so I rip the paper…

    I am not sure about this but I had bad feeling about this house since I felt like something is trying to make me use Ouija board or other way to communicated with it and it is bad spirit…. I don’t know why though. I tried to not do these kind of stuff.

  4. reklats says

    i tried this on the pavement with chalk and sticks instead of penciles
    it worked but i was a daredevil and didn’t end the game.

    the bad news was i didn’t have any salt to protect myself…

  5. Horror_lovr_123 says

    Me and my friends played charlie charlie last year and my friend was asking questions only a perv would ask. I guess charlie got mad because the paper flew across the room like someone there it o-o

  6. XxJust_RandomxX says

    Me and my friend tried the charlie charlie challenge

    Me:Charlie Charlie,are you here?

    *pencil moves to yes*

    Friend:Jesus Jesus,are you here?

    *pencil moves to no*

    😂😂😂😂Its so funny and Its not real.The window was open and we thought that the wind blew the pencil

  7. S.T.A.L.K.E.R says

    Charlie is not a boy, Charlie is the name of the demon you are contracting during or before the game starts… some say Charlie is a mexican demon…

  8. xX-Eat Rainbowz-Xx says

    I feel so bad for Charlie it’s like every second someone is playing and Charlie’s like “LEAVE ME ALONE! Don’t you idiots get tired of this?!”

  9. Silver Star says

    Me and my friend did Charlie Charlie freaking Charlie wouldn’t leave and one of my friend said we had to rip the paper and flush it down the toilet break the pencils and throw them away and wash your hands Charlie left me and my friend alone

  10. Beto123 says

    I tried it during recess yesterday and it didnt work :( but then again some other people were also doing it in the same place we were is that why it didnt work idk

  11. says

    Now that this game got popular, no one believes that I have played this a year ago. I never did the paper and 2 pencils version but the one witht eh 6 pencils. For me, the paper and pencil doesn’t work but the 6 pencils does.

  12. kimb25 says

    Aint working i have asked alot of questions bn at it for an hour watched and did everything i have seen it just aint working atall any tips ?

  13. demonchick says

    I played it with some of my frends and aplenty he is related to bloody Mary and baby blue and wen he found out my frend had played the baby blue game he sumend bloody Mary who then preceded to poses my frend natana so I broke the pencils in hafe, so loing story short…
    NEVER PLAY THIS GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. scareddead says

    I’m trying to play the game with someone but no one will play with me… I guess that means at a sleepover! õ.õ

  15. DatTitanBeColossalLike says

    It might take me a while to get over that experience to even play another game like that. Haha

  16. DatTitanBeColossalLike says

    I don’t think I can play a game like the Ouija board. I played the Ouija board once and it scared the living daylights out of me. My friend and I were playing and I asked what my deceased grandfather’s name was and it got it right. What made it creepy was that my friend couldn’t have moved it because she doesn’t know who my is. So I’m going to say…. NOPE. :’D

  17. PurpleGirlTheHorrorFan says

    Awesome! I am so trying this! ( It is surprising that I think a ghost game is safe…cuz normally, I don’t…)

  18. fearless620 says

    Totally fun. It works. I done this in class. Just remember day goodbye. My friends got freaked out amd dropped em. I summoned him again and asked if he liked me and said no. It is still fun game to play.

  19. mirai nikki500 says

    I played so many time its quite interesting and nothing has happened to me or my friends since we played but I do believe there is some truth to this game.

  20. KhokoKarkat says

    Guys this game is really AWESOME! I suggest you play it, you know, for fun. I never got haunted. The day I played it my family decided to leave me alone at the house. Nothing happened C:

    Really cool game.

  21. holly1300 says

    Me and my best friend play it a lot he never does anything scary to us he’s like our friend and he didn’t die from abuse my friend asked him only yes or no questions. DONT LET THE PENCILS CROSS THAT’S THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN IF THEY TRY TO DROP THEM don’t try making him mad that’s when they cross. I have tried asking Charlie if I could talk to my favorite uncle he died when I was 10 I still miss him really bad.

  22. El_Orphanato says

    I tried this n it worked but when I asked to stop the pencils moved inwards n made a crossor x n we got scared n dropped them

  23. LovelyEmblem3 says

    I’ve actually played something like this when I was younger but it was different. My cousin taught it to me, we could use our hands and make two L’s with it and connect it like this |__| or use pencils as well but we used our hands more. Instead of saying Charlie, you said Devil three times. You didn’t have to ask if you could ask a question or say goodbye, you just said your question. If yes, it moved into a triangle. If maybe, it moved halfway. If no, then it stayed to the same position. I wasn’t really freaked out playing it since I never experienced anything. I taught some people how to do it with pencils and they thought of it foolish so I stopped playing it but now that I think about, it seems scary.

  24. scare_bear says

    I did it! So fun! Me and mah friend Steph did it. Turns out, Stephs crush loves her and mine does too xD

  25. Maddy says

    I played it with my friend, it was fun, but really, we had nothing happen. We played it at my house two weeks ago, and still nothing has happened.

  26. Miss unknown says

    I agree with XxJessieJuicefacexX i played this game and ignored the comments and played it then a few nite’s passed i was sleeping then °̩ heard whispering in my ear i ran to my mom’s room and slept at my parents feet for a week and i was totally tired then my aunt that is. A paster came to pray. I told her about it and she said that charlie still wants to play we open a door and don’t close it then after she came 2 pray i could sleep again plz i beg υ guys DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME!!!

  27. Bookygamey says

    There’s a similar ‘game’, and it is kind of… well, really creepy.
    You see, two months I went to the annual school trip to celebrate the start of the school year. We were eating in the assigned ‘huts.’ However, mostly everyone left quite quickly, leaving my best friend, another girl and me alone in the hut. My best friend and I were about to leave, but decided to talk to the other girl. She was holding a book and scissors. She kept talking to herself and pointing at certain lines with her scissors. My friend approached her and asked her what she was doing. She explained she was asking question to the book. We got curious. She explained that, just like the pencil game, we have to ask if we can play first while turning the book two times. Then we had to open the book at a random pahe and put the scissors on a random line, which would supposedly have the answer. My friend tried, and it kept saying ‘no’. It was really creepy, and when another friend tried later on, he pointed to a line that said ‘yes, with a friend…’ needless to say, he ran out of the hut… I wouldn’t recommend playing it either of these games.

  28. OZZII says

    You are the stupidest person ever if your gonna put this up at least get it right nothing you said here is accurate information so get your information right before you try putting this in the Internet and again I say your an idiot

  29. iamscared says

    i tried it it answered 1 question but no nothing happendes i never seen anything thats got to do with ghosts

  30. beachgirl says


    ok. before you play what you want to do is pray for protection and say “yet only the good and holy answer our questions in the name of God and all good in the universe. and let none be harmed by this game!” after doing those things you should be good. AND also wear a cross necklace while playing.
    if you are still nervous burn a WHITE candle, bless the pencils, have Bible near for safty,bless the room and yourselves, burn incence, you get the point.

  31. xXUNINSTALLXx says

    I’m going to try it but I’m having second thoughts though after reading XxJessieJuiceFacexX’s comment.

  32. cloudsafe_74 says

    this worked my uncles tryed it in front of me but they screwd up alot the first time i think they are going to haunted by ghostes

  33. XxJessieJuiceFacexX says

    me and my friend chloe played this at my house in my room and she decided to take my cross off my door. the day after that she decided to show a few people it. the people wanted to play it so the next day she brought 6 pencils and played it at recess (were going into 6th grade so we still have recess) but i stayed away.what the other kids didnt know was what happened to me the night before.when i put my cross back on my door i felt something watching me from my closet,my door kept opening by itself, and i felt something pull my blanket at night.something scratched chloe on the back so hard she started bleeding and its scarred over know but it was friends brothers arm was broken after they played it at his house and he woke up on the floor in his kitchen.i suggest u dont play it if ur scared easily.the only way we got rid of it was we put crosses up in our rooms.

  34. creepygirldemond says

    i hate that charly guy i love cats and there death is just like saying ok i am here come and get me BURN IN HELL I HATE ANYONE THAT KILLS CATS

  35. Natascare says

    Did what happened to Jrockangel happen to anybody else cos ive got a cat i love and i wouldnt want that to kill her? HELP i want to play and instead call my dead nan who was very spiritual xoxox

  36. Jrockangel says

    If you got any pets DONT CALL HIM!!!!
    i called him 3 times with my lil bro and he killed 3 my cats!! BURN IN HELL CHARLIE!!!

  37. babycakes_57 says

    I played this with my friend Emily and it worked and freaked out you guys should really try it.IT WORKS :) GOOD LUCK!!

  38. residentevil5589 says

    imma play it…… and i looked and it said u need 6 UNSHARPENED pencils,so i was all like okay,but then it says to be held at the SHARPENED tip and i was all like I DONT KNOW WHAT TO BELIVE ANYMORE………..*epic facepalm*

  39. Lari-sempai says

    i played other versions of this game with a friend many times..then we stoped becouse another friend of mine told us it was wrong and that we where calling the devil. She quite overreacted, but we never tried the game ever again. It really answers the questions right, if you guys will play it, i recomend you to ask things just YOU know the answer, so, if it answers right, there you have. Also, make sure your friend is not moving it, it happens sometimes hahaha

  40. jademahone123 says

    so me & my friend played, and at first instead of charlie , we said esa esa can we play? and they both moved up. The second time we said marshall, just because we thought of eminem and wanted to joke around; it still worked. then we said mikey, which is my cousin who passed, it worked. we asked if the mikey we were talking to had the same last name as my cousin and we asked if i’ve known them and it said yes. im so creeped!

  41. htfnutty4575 says

    I told my friend this.she said their Is a game called victoria and this game you have to play with sissors

  42. Duality says

    I’m gonna ask; if one part says they need to be unsharpened but another says you hold them at the SHARPENED tip, who the hell wrote this? Now I don’t know what to believe… *facepalm*

  43. gerbilcrazyyy says

    OMG we played that game and it worked for all the questions we asked. we said have you ever killed anyone and it didnt reply. then we said is that a yes and it said maybe. we asked it if it was in the wardrobe and it said maybe. we freaked out and legged it out the room! totally freaky

  44. scarybeary bloodymary says

    vanssalovesscary666 and Midnight Sprirt must b all like “Ghost Whisper” u no Melinda and Eli and ppl. one of my friends cn sorta do tht but they dont like it so wutevrs but great story and it seems to me also like a wuigi board

  45. Xx Death Bolt xX says

    I can see ghosts, believe it or not, or I can feel their presence so I should play this game and see whats going on…

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