Oct 19, 2021
By Andy Johnson
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.