The Daily Mail is reporting on what some are calling a “mass demonic possession” after the girls summoned a spirit named “Charlie” while playing the popular divination game.
The victims, who hail from the Choco region of Colombia, range in age from 12 to 15. Video footage captured the girls screaming and writhing on the floor, some foaming at the mouth while experiencing hallucinations. One girl claimed to see a “man dressed in black.”
The girls were taken to a medical center in nearby Novita.
“They came in screaming, mumbling incoherently, hallucinating and foaming at the mouth,” described Dr. Jair Ruiz.
Doctors performed a variety of tests and eventually were able to rule out the possibility of disease, intoxication or the use of hallucinogenic substances.
The girls’ vital signs eventually returned to normal, leaving medical experts puzzled as to what had taken place.
Meanwhile, the local mayor, Deyler Camacho, urged local citizens to stay calm. A local pastor began praying against witchcraft.
The “Charlie Charlie Challenge,” as the game has come to be known, is said to have originated in Mexico. Some versions of the game require two pencils to be laid on a piece of paper in the shape of a cross with the words “yes” and “no” written on the paper. The players then repeat the phrase, “Charlie, Charlie can we play?” in order to summon the the spirit of a dead child named Charlie.
If Charlie decides to answer, he moves the pencils to indicate whether he’s in the mood for play or not. If he does want to “play”, participants can then ask questions which he answers by moving the pencils to either “yes” or “no”, similar to how a Ouija board works.
To end the game, both players must chant, “Charlie, Charlie, can we stop?” After the pencils move, both players must drop their pencils on the floor which they believe breaks contact with the spirit.
Teens who play the game report a variety of paranormal activities associated with it, such as hearing voices, sinister laughter, objects moving around, etc.
In 2015, another group of Colombian teens were sent to a hospital in Tunja after suffering a diagnosis of “mass hysteria” with some psychotic symptoms after playing the game.
Some of the world’s most prominent exorcists have warned people away from this game because it involves summoning spirits – erroneously believed to be of the dead – but who are actually demonic entities.