A New Zealand metropolis appears to have left itself susceptible to a revenge hex.
The town council of Christchurch introduced that it’s going to cease paying its official wizard $16,000 ($10,400 USD) a yr in December, New Zealand information web site Stuff reported.
Ian Brackenbury Channell (aka the Wizard) has been serving as town’s appointed necromancer for the reason that olden days of 1998. Over the previous few a long time he has made a complete of $368,000 (roughly $258,825 USD) “to offer acts of wizardry and different wizard-like-services — as a part of promotional work for town of Christchurch.”
Council Assistant Chief Govt Lynn McClelland advised Stuff that the council made the “troublesome determination” to fireplace their native mage as a result of the “promotional panorama” of town is altering and it want to fund choices that “will more and more replicate our numerous communities.”
The Wizard, who frankly ought to have used his powers to see this coming, mentioned town council has “no creativeness” and tasks “a picture of bureaucrats consuming lattes on the boulevard.”
The Wizard — who holds a New Zealand driver’s license bearing the title “The Wizard” — moved to the nation within the Nineteen Seventies and has been a fixture in Christchurch ever since, CNN reported. He’s even earned himself a TripAdvisor score (4 out of 5 stars).
He advised CNN that he views himself much less as Gandalf and extra as a goofball or a showman who brings pleasure to town.
“Day-after-day the world will get extra critical, so enjoyable is probably the most highly effective factor on the earth proper now,” he mentioned.
The Wizard additionally emphasised to Stuff that the pink slip from town received’t cease him from being himself throughout Christchurch.
“It makes no distinction,” he mentioned. “I’ll nonetheless preserve going. They should kill me to cease me.”