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The Charlie Charlie Challenge

Massimo Polidoro is an investigator of the paranormal, lecturer, and cofounder and head of CICAP, the Italian skeptics group. His website is at www.massimopolidoro.com.

“Charlie, can we play?”This simple question— and two pencils put on a cross drawn on a piece of paper—should allow you to evoke the spirit of a child or even a demon.

This is the latest web craze known as the “Charlie Charlie Challenge,” perhaps dating back to an ancient Mexican tradition, an experience that intrigues kids and scares adults. Through a sort of séance, some claim people can ask questions to some unseen entity that should be able to reply.

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