Charlie, Charlie: Contacting a Demon or an Innocent Game?

What’s the big deal?

All my friends are playing it.

It’s just an innocent little game!

Maybe you’ve had some of these thoughts about the latest “game” that’s captured teens’ hearts around the world. The Internet is loaded with videos of teens running, screaming, after asking “Charlie, Charlie, are you there?” and then seeing the pencil move on its own. (For the record, I wouldn’t recommend this Google search. If you’re wondering why, keep reading.)

It’s no game to try to communicate with demons.

It’s no game, though, to try to communicate with demons (some claim Charlie is a Mexican demon, while others chalk the whole thing up to psychological suggestion or to the precariousness of one pencil balancing on another).

Regardless of whether Charlie is indeed a demon or a just a scary game, God is very clear about steering clear of anything even remotely close to “Charlie, Charlie.” Check out God’s words to His people in Deuteronomy 18:9–12,

“When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD.”

Regardless of whether a particular spirit named “Charlie” exists or not, this I do know:

    1. The spirit world is real, and demons are dangerous enough for me to want to stay as far away from them as possible (Eph. 6:12).
    2. God specifically commands us not to try to contact spirits (Deut. 18:10–12).
    3. Spirits like “Charlie” are not “innocent.” They have either chosen to follow God or to rebel against him and follow Satan. They all have an agenda: either to carry out Satan’s commands or to carry out God’s commands (Rev. 12:9).
    4. Satan’s mission is directly opposed to Jesus’ mission; Satan seeks to steal and kill (and scare!) and destroy, while Jesus came to give us life—vibrant, thriving life (John 10:10–11).
    5. Jesus has freed me from darkness. So why would I want to contact someone from the realm of darkness? (Col. 1:13).
    6. Jesus triumphed over evil at the cross, and Satan soon will be locked away forever (Col. 2:15, Rev. 20:10).

So while the rest of your friends are running, screaming in fear—from Charlie—see to it that evil spirits run from you. How? James 4:7 holds the key:

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

How cool is that?! Rather than fleeing in fear, you can actually cause the devil to flee from you, if you are resisting him, submitting to God, and full of Christ’s Spirit (which He freely gives you when you trust in Him and Him alone in order to be accepted by God).

So it’s up to you. Run in fear from Charlie, or have Charlie and his demons flee from you.

Me, I choose the later.

Oh, and I will not be playing “Charlie, Charlie” anytime soon.

About Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula no longer tries to catch guys' attention by swallowing live goldfish, arm wrestling, and jumping down flights of stairs. (She's married to a wonderful man now!) She spends her days caring for her son, Iren, and writing for Revive Our Hearts. She's the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom, and she and her family live in New York. You can catch all her writing on

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  • Archineh

    I love this post Erin, and I totally agree with you. This game is not innocent at all. I think you did well addressing this problem, you did a good job of backing your arguments with God’s Word

  • Becca<3

    Holy cow! My mom told me about this game (and not to play it!) My family has had many talks about the nature of spiritual warfare, it is VERY real!! It’s also very scary. When teens, or anyone for that matter, invite satanic entities into their lives, they stay. You never want to allow Satan a foothold in your life. He won’t just sit there and do nothing, especially if you are a follower of Christ. As Paula said, the Enemy is out to steal, kill and destroy. He will do EVERYTHING in his power to attack believers, whether through depression, and anxiety, anger problems, or other means. Still, Jesus has given us the power to cast out demons through prayer, there is unimaginable power in the name of Jesus Christ! If you know anyone who has played this game, pray for them unceasingly! If you have played this game yourself, confess your sin to God and pray. Also, have another strong believer pray with you, and cast that demon out! Thank you for sharing this truth, and this warning Paula!

    • Elizabeth Williams

      I totally agree with you! As Christians, Satanic possession isn’t possible, but Satanic attack is!

  • Dolly

    So true, Paula! Thank you for the post.

  • Hannah

    I can’t believe people would actually play a game like that! I live in a developing country where games like this don’t exist, but I still can’t believe that a game that revolves around summoning demons is becoming even somewhat popular! Thanks for this post!

  • Tabitha Joi

    I had no idea it was a game kids were playing now; I must be getting old. Thank you for the insight!

  • DM95

    My mom has taught me for years to stay away from things like this. Thanks for the post it is very relevant.

  • Kristy Parks

    Thanks, Erin, for this post. I found out this game existed my senior year (which ended not too long ago). I really didn’t think anything of it until my little sister reported that some kids were playing it at lunch. We attend a Christian school, and this still happens. How sad! My sister was super freaked out about it, and I didn’t know what to think. I knew we shouldn’t do it as Christians, but I wondered if it truly was a demon or spirit. I have never actually seen what the board or thing looks like, but it doesn’t matter. This post gave me great back up if I needed to explain what God thinks of it to any one. Thanks again.

  • miriam

    It’s a horrible game. Please pray for our kids here in the Caribbean. I heard a horrible experience went down with the game in Grenada where teachers and mess got involved. I’m not exactly sure what happened but I do know that the game was involved. They call it ‘Sticks’ down here. Bless your heart for mentioning this. Horoscopes and stuff like that are not to be played with. I dnt need anyone to tell me about my future when God has already planned my steps, plans not to harm but to give me a bright hope and an even brighter future.

  • Elizabeth Williams

    This is great that you address this because I have seen it everywhere! People seriously do not take this stuff seriously enough, with the spirit world and everything. Thanks for writing about this taboo subject 🙂

  • azheni

    I’ve never ever heard of this b4! As if there isn’t enough crazy stuff like this in the world already smh

  • Ronnie

    I clicked the video on YouTube a week ago cause I didn’t know what it was. After 2 seconds of seeing that piece of paper I quickly shut it down and knew it was like a ouiji board. Thanks for posting this to prevent others from watching and participating.

  • Hombre Araña

    First of all the occult is nothing to laugh at and the media always makes light of it. Most damaging is that kids are robbed of their experience form seeking God instead. But you know, this Charlie game is a farce. I proved the game as being a fraud. It is not real. The pencils move through the kinetic energy caused by the simultaneous breaths caused by the students shouting the name Charlie. This was happening at the school I teach and I quickly jumped to a learning moment. I told my students to stop believing in this nonsense. When you block the airflow to the pencils, with a book or pieces of paper, no matter how many times or how loud the kids shout– the pencils will not move. Another deception proven false. So no need for adults trying to believe that ‘spirits’ are actually doing the movement. Because that is not true.

    • Kate

      Hombre Arana, (forgive me if I spelt your name wrong), thank you for explaining the game and what makes the pencil move. My brother and I have this theory about haunted buildings: we think that demons are in that building, and moving things around, and because we can’t see spirits, people think that it’s ghosts.

  • Thank you for this post!!! I’ve been waiting for a Christian blog to feature this subject. 🙂 I didn’t know enough about it to write an article myself.

    I’ve been praying for you, Paula! You’re big day is just a few months away! 😉 🙂

    • phendricks

      96 days, Brooklyn!! 🙂 Thank you so much for your prayers!

  • Branwen

    I’ve had some pretty bad experiences with the demonic. Please, please, please don’t mess with it, if you value your life at all. I come from a long line of missionaries, and they have it a lot worse. Things like rings rolling on their own, debilitating nightmares, knives flying through the air, black dogs with the voices of men appearing, curses, etc. have happened to and around my family ministering in India and in the Inuit lands.

  • Kate

    Hi, Paula! I have never heard of this game. Yet again, I stay away from scary things. This game though, reminds me of the game “Bloody Mary” (Bloody Mary was real, back in the 1400’s or 1500’s.) It is cool that the devil will flee from us when we submit to God! I shall remember that the next time I have a nightmare and I feel scared from it 🙂 God bless!

  • Older and wiser

    As a 7th and 8th grader I was invited to several of slumber parties where the Ouiji board was brought out. BTW, we all went to a parochial school. After a couple games playing Ouiji, watching that game piece move, as if to give an answer to a question; freaked me out enough that I chose not to participate in the game again. It definitely had an overall creepy feeling to it. Looking back, I believe the Holy Spirit nudged me to stay away from the demonic nonsense. I’m glad that my parents never bought my siblings and I the game. They played it safe with Mouse Trap, Parcheesi, and the like.

  • Older and wiser

    Just found out it’s “Ouija” board.