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Now you see him, now you don't - visa-less magician is removed from the UK

UK Border Agency officers at Liverpool's John Lennon airport were far from spellbound when a Turkish man tried to get past United Kingdom border control without a visa, claiming to be on his way to the Intercontinental Stage Magic Championships in Blackpool.

The 35-year-old Turkish man arrived on an evening flight from Gerona, Spain on 18 February, with a number of luggage items including a large magician's box stage prop.

 

However, inspection of the man's passport revealed that he did not hold a valid visa to come to the United Kingdom.

A UK Border Agency spokesman said:

"Visitors to the UK must play by the rules. If they need a visa to come here and they haven't got one, there's no magic wand they can wave to get in. They will just be sent back.

"Nationals of over 100 countries - three-quarters of the world's population - must apply for a six-month visitor visa if they want to come to the UK. Our visa checks now require everyone to be fingerprinted, locking them to one identity, and checked against government watch-lists. They are then screened and counted in and out of the UK using the UK Border Agency's e-Borders system."

The man was denied entry and removed from the United Kingdom.

UK Border Agency officers at Liverpool's John Lennon airport were far from spellbound when a Turkish man tried to get past United Kingdom border control without a visa, claiming to be on his way to the Intercontinental Stage Magic Championships in Blackpool. The 35-year-old Turkish man arrived on an evening flight from Gerona, Spain on 18 February, with a number of luggage items including a large magician's box stage prop. However, inspection of the man's passport revealed that he did not hold a valid visa to come to the United Kingdom. A UK Border Agency spokesman said: "Visitors to the UK must play by the rules. If they need a visa to come here and they haven't got one, there's no magic wand they can wave to get in. They will just be sent back. "Nationals of over 100 countries - three-quarters of the world's population - must apply for a six-month visitor visa if they want to come to the UK. Our visa checks now require everyone to be fingerprinted, locking them to one identity, and checked against government watch-lists. They are then screened and counted in and out of the UK using the UK Border Agency's e-Borders system." The man was denied entry and removed from the United Kingdom.

[via UK Boarder Agency]