In yet another strange online teen craze, participants of a new Twitter game are attempting to connect with a dead Mexican spirit known as Charlie.
The ouija board-inspired Charlie Charlie Challenge has surged across social media, prompting vast numbers of youngsters to claim they have successfully communicated with the spirit.
A Twitter storm has erupted after players posted several videos purporting to show supernatural goings-on.
The game involves placing two pencils on a piece of paper in the shape of a cross with the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’.
Participants then repeat the phrase “Charlie, Charlie can we play?” in order to connect with the demon.
If Charlie is there the pencils will move to indicate his answer.
— Salvador Raya (@SalvadorRaya) May 25, 2015
Several warnings have also been circulating about the challenge, which could go badly wrong for unlucky necromancers, the Mirror reports.
Anyone who contacts him must chant “Charlie, Charlie can we stop” before calling his visit to an end or risk “leaving a portal open for demons to come in and out of your house as they please”, a Twitter user posted.
“Some people are coming into contact with demons. They may seem friendly at first, but have sinister plans.”
— minaj (@iamChanceMcKey) May 25, 2015
The roommates are doing the #CharlieCharlieChallenge aka I’m going for a walk
— Nicholas Laws (@Nickalaws) May 25, 2015
This comes after another online teen craze ‘Game of 72‘ which was described as potentially deadly by police.
The Facebook-based fad reportedly involved teenagers in the UK and France going missing for 72 hours – or three days – without contacting their loved ones, and then returning home again without explanation.
While some social media trends are quite harmless, like the Ice Bucket Challenge raising funds and awareness for motor neurone disease, others are not.
In 2014, French youngsters took part in ‘A River or a Restaurant’ in which they challenged each other via Facebook to throw themselves into water or face the ‘fine’ of purchasing meals for that nominator.
The fad led to tragedy when a teen drowned after tying his bicycle to his leg before riding into a river.
Before that, Neknominate – which saw people posting videos of them downing alcohol before tagging a friend on Facebook to do the same – is thought to have claimed the lives of up to five people in the UK and Ireland.