For many years, Christchurch, New Zealand, has employed a paid, official wizard — however at age 87, present black-robed and pointy-hatted office-holder says he’s now prepared for a successor.
Since 1998, the UK-born Ian Brackenbury has been paid $10,400 a yr for “wizardry,” although he began calling himself a wizard quickly after settled down in New Zealand within the 1970s, CNN reported Saturday.
At one level, his New Zealand driver’s license recognized him as “The Wizard,” although he by no means legally modified his identify.
Strolling the city streets in his gown and hat, and regaling any passerby who’d pay attention along with his life theories, Brackenbury turned an prompt icon, even boasting a visit advisory rating of 4 out of 5 stars, prompting the Christchurch Metropolis Council to put him on the payroll.
“Day-after-day the world will get extra critical, so enjoyable is essentially the most highly effective factor on this planet proper now,” Brackenbury stated not too long ago, reflecting how his job will not be about casting spells, however about having enjoyable.
His probably successor – Ari Freeman, 39, who teaches guitar and fronts a psychadelic funk band — has already been noticed round city at Brackenbury’s facet, equally wearing pointy hat and robes, as befitting a sorcerer’s apprentice.
In accordance to the Christchurch Metropolis Council, Brakenbury’s official duties embrace selling native occasions and tourism and greeting and displaying dignitaries round, CNN reported.
Brackenbury was invited to settle for the place by a letter from the then-Prime Minister, Mike Moore, begging him to develop into the first-ever Wizard.
“Little doubt there’ll be implications within the space of spells, blessings, curses, and different supernatural issues which can be past the competence of mere Prime Ministers,” Moore wrote.
“I’ve been the most well-liked man in Christchurch since then, and essentially the most hated man by the bureaucrats,” he says.