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Most Pierced Man Barred 'Over Black Magic'
The world-record holder for the most piercings has been refused entry to Dubai - claiming officials were worried he may practise black magic.
Rolf Buchholz, who has horn implants and more than 100 piercings on his face alone, said he was forced to cancel a nightclub appearance in the emirate.
He told the Associated Press that immigration agents initially stamped his passport and let him through, but that he was stopped again before he was able to exit customs.
The club said airport authorities cited "security reasons" in denying him entry, but the heavily tattooed 55-year-old said airport workers told him officials were concerned he could be a practitioner of black magic.
"I got never an official answer," he said.
"They are friendly but nobody answers your questions."
In addition to his body art and faux horns, Mr Buchholz has a record 453 piercings, many of them on his face and genitals, according to Guinness World Records.
Airport and immigration officials referred questions to the police, who could not be reached for comment.
Mr Buchholz, an information technology professional from Dortmund, Germany, had been scheduled to appear at the Cirque le Soir nightclub in Dubai's Fairmont Hotel on Friday.