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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 June, 2003, 11:40 GMT 12:40 UK
White witch to tempt Nessie
Loch Ness
Mr Carlyon fears a spell he cast two years ago was too strong
A white witch has travelled to Scotland to try to lure its most famous monster out into the open.

Kevin Carlyon, high priest of the British Coven of White Witches, will cast a spell during a ritual on the shores of Loch Ness on Friday.

He wants to invoke Nessie to appear again, claiming there have been few sightings since he cast a spell to protect her.

Mr Carlyon, from Hastings, East Sussex, made the "blocking spell" in April 2001 in an attempt to thwart Swedish scientist Jan Sundberg's plans to trap the elusive creature.

But Mr Carlyon, a 44-year-old former wrestler, now fears his spell may have been too effective and is stopping Nessie - or her spirit - appearing at all.

Loch Ness
Fans say there have been several reported sightings of Nessie this year

He said: "I left the protection spell running and now I want to undo it slightly so Nessie can make an appearance.

"The protection will still be there for Nessie so no-one can cause her any harm but she will be able to come back again and thrill the public."

Mr Carlyon will cast his spell on Friday morning on the shores in front of the Loch Ness Clansman Hotel, about four miles from Drumnadrochit.

Dressed in his white witch robes, he will make a circle of stones and burn incense while casting a spell invoking earth, air, fire and water.

Gary Campbell, president of the official Loch Ness Monster fan club, said: "There have been several sightings of Nessie this year but we would like to see a lot more of her so we're grateful that he's coming to Loch Ness to do this.

"We'll be there with our cameras and we'll be watching very carefully to see if Kevin can coax Nessie out."

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