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John Martin
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Hey Brad,

We Canadians let anyone in here. It helps if you tell the customs officer you have beer and smokes!!!!!LOL Hoped you enjoyed your stay.

All the best,
John
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I arrive in the USA on Dec 26. I leave Nuremberg and stop in Amsterdam. There will be no problem until I, as a US citizen, get to the USA. At least I am arriving in Memphis. They are nicer there, southern hospitality and all. Those custom Goons in big cities like Detroit and DC (the worst) always pull me aside.

The ones in DC detained me for 2 1/2 hours last time. They put me in line with the drug lords and terrorists. (Must be my smile.) Fortunately, I got a Native American Indian Customs guy who finally let me through. Pure luck.
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Autumn

As one of Uncle Sam's Boys in Blue, I travelled all over the world and never had a single problem with customs, unless I was reentering the US. I've never really understood this, and it has always frustrated me, for reasons I know you understand.

So, I went to the Vatican last year, no problems with Italy, come home, a mess. This summer I went to Toronto, same problem. The Canadian's welcomed me and told me about the street fair and art show, coming home, the customs officer put on a fresh rubber glove when she saw me (not kidding). Next time I leave, I may not come back!

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Hey Tony,

Of course being a psychic guy you knew this before you tried to return home to the US!!!! LOL We have a guest room here for stranded American Magicicans who can't cross the border if you can't get back home.

All the best,

John
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Woah, Tony! That rubber glove business is serious. So unfortunate, because you are out there defending the country.

The only time the rubber glove came out was after a tour in Sweden in re-entering the USA. The glove was not for me, but my dancer/assistant. She was carrying sweetgrass and sage, two native herbs for prayer and purification. The drug dog sat down next to her bag and I started sweating. She was only a teen and innocent of what was about to go down. She petted the dog.

The custom freaks roughly separated us and actually strip searched this kid and had her squat naked over a mirror. Two hours later she appeared totally in tears and traumatized. I still have a hard time thinking about that one.

I do hope your experience with the good old rubber glove was not as terrible, but it still gives me the shivers. Your military ID should protect you, but it does not. I truly understand, because I also carry one. The USA does not seem to know how to honor our warriors properly. (Come to any Pow-wow and you will see the beautiful honoring ceremonies for all vets of all colors.)

The customs trigger for you is probably your thin-cut beard, dark hair, dark eyes and olive skin. They rely too much on coloration, because they snag me everytime. Sort of ironic, because my people are indigenous to America and we serve in the military to protect the USA more per capita than any other ethnic group.

Maybe we should start a thread about how to make it through customs and back into the USA. And next time take John up on his offer of the Canadian room! Smile
Wonder is very necessary in life. When we're little kids, we're filled with wonder for the world - it's fascinating and miraculous. A lot of people lose that. They become cynical and jaded, especially in modern day society. Magic renews that wonder.
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When I had the "green card" I had no problem with customs in any place other than the US. Back then I did not have the beard. Smile

The rubber glove came out this last time because I had a tiny piece of foil wrapping from my breath mints in my pocket and it was setting of the wand. When she put the glove on, I turned all my pockets inside out just to make sure, and it fell to the ground. Yes, I was panaking, painful memories of my last visit to the VA hospital came flooding to my mind. Plus, I'm old enough to remember the movie Midnight Express.

To be fair, I no longer carry a military ID, just my VA card and membership card for the DAV. It could be that I do fit a high risk profile, ministers that are diabled vets.

What you have said about the young girl travelling with you is frightening. Hopefully she has overcome some of the trauma.

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A high risk profile: Ministers that are disabled vets! I think we are ALL in trouble. Well, I am sure glad they found that tin foil before it was too late. Thanks for the kind wishes for my assistant. I will let you know how I fare when I fly back in two weeks. Hopefully there will be no stories at all Smile
Wonder is very necessary in life. When we're little kids, we're filled with wonder for the world - it's fascinating and miraculous. A lot of people lose that. They become cynical and jaded, especially in modern day society. Magic renews that wonder.
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I hope there is no new story, but I suspect there may be one.
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I've worked in Canada before. I always made sure I had a work visa. This was back when I was playing in a band. My father had done this before, so he told me what to do to get my props in without any hassles. I had a half dozen musical instruments, an amplifier, and a bunch of other stuff. I took it all to the local customs agency here in Houston, and filled out a registration card that said I wasn't going to sell any of the instruments while I was in Canada.

I got in in less than 5 minutes. The other guys in the band, who were coming in on a different flight, gave one of the customs guys some lip and it took them three hours to get through. One of the agents looked at a microphone and asked, "What's inside here?"

Ray answered, "Hell, I don't know. It's complicated electronics gear."

"Do you have dope hidden inside it?"

"NO!"

"I think I'll take it apart to see if there is any dope inside it."

"YOU DO THAT AND YOU'LL BREAK IT! YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR IT!!!"

Never say that to a customs agent.
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The password to cross into Canada is "Roll up the rim to win."
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I have crossed many borders with ease.... I guess if you have a work visa no problem....
I had a problem with London.... and that was for a holiday.....
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