|Charlie Charlie being mocked in Something Positive webcomic|
The "Charlie Charlie" Challenge (Also referred to as the "Charlie Charlie" Game) is a game which was popularized through the Internet in 2015, partly through the hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge. It may have originated from a playground game in Spanish-speaking countries known as Juego de la Lapicera ("Game of the Pens"), although it has also been linked to a 2008 YouTube video entitled Jugando Charly Charlie.
On 29 April 2015, an alarmist tabloid television newscast about the game being played in Hato Mayor Province of the Dominican Republic was uploaded to Youtube, and the unintentional humor in the report lead to the game trending on Twitter, crossing the language barrier to be played by English speakers
The game involves crossing two pens or pencils to create a grid (with sectors labelled "yes" and "no") and then asking questions of a "supernatural entity" named "Charlie". The upper pencil is then expected to rotate to indicate the answer to such questions. The main question everyone asks is "can we play."
The producers of the horror film The Gallows subsequently released a video clip featuring the game. This became viral and people assume that it is a publicity stunt by the film's producers.