Oct 19, 2021

By Andy Johnson

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He was believed to be the world’s only wizard on a government payroll.

But now comes word, the Official Wizard of Christchurch, New Zealand is out of work.

88-year old Ian Brackenbury-Channell was being paid $10,000 a year to perform “acts of wizardry and other wizard-like services” until earlier this month when, after more than 20-years on the job, he saw his contract go “poof.”

Brackenbury-Channell calls the city councillors responsible “a bunch of bureaucrats who have no imagination.”

The good news, he’s being paid severance through the end of December.

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