Me llamo Carlos. Encantada de conocerte.

What I want to know is: Why is a Mexican demon named Charlie? It strikes me that the demon should be called Carlos. Isn’t that Spanish for Charles?

Charlie Pencil has been around a long time before it linked to malignant Mexican spirits. It’s easy to play. Draw two lines on paper making a cross. Put “YES” in the top right and bottom left square and “NO” in the remaining two. Put a pencil on the horizontal line then balance a pencil on top of that along the vertical line. Then do whatever incantation your version calls for and the pencil will point at the answers.

“Charlie, Charlie, can we play?”

Nobody is touching the pencils but all sorts of factors can make them move. It’s physics not a supernatural manifestation. You just can’t balance that top pencil perfectly unless you’re some kind of Zen master.

So why are priests warning that Charlie Pencil is demonic activity? I’ve never been sure. We’d be overrun with demons if every set of awkward teenagers with a Ouiji board could summon one. I’d like to corner Father McCarthy and ask him why the infernal regions don’t have typing classes. Wouldn’t it be easier just to manifest physically on a keyboard instead of moving pencils around? I’ll even draw a pentacle on the back or something if it will help.


So why are scary things happening after people play Charlie Pencil? Taking off my logic hat I’m wondering why you weren’t polite to the demon in the first place. Putting it back on we’re human and are hardwired to see the tiger hiding in the grass. Most of the time it’s just a spooking feeling that causes you to be hyper vigilant. It works. How many times have you been eaten by a tiger?


Did you know the mailman is named…CHARLIE!

If you feel a little red faced for getting scared when the pencil moved don’t worry. That scientist who scoffed at Charlie Pencil decided the collapse of the universe is imminent. They’re playing a larger version of Charlie Pencil using Superconducting Super Colliders. Some days I think the old reliable No. 2’s from Miss Beecher’s Fifth grade math class can be just as accurate.