"Wake up the hornet's nest"

“Wake up the hornet’s nest”

New Zealand lose yours official magicianA quirky 88-year-old figure, with a long white beard and pointed hat, has become a popular tourist attraction in the city. Christchurch.

The city council of this city has announced that the services of this eccentric character who Paying over $16,000 annually since 1998 To “bring witchcraft and other witches’ services” to the community.

For more than three decades, This 88-year-old man, known as Ian Brackenbury Chanel, walked the streets of this city He has a beard and shaggy hair, a long black robe and a pointed hat.

The 88-year-old walked the streets of this city with his beard and shaggy hair. Photo: video capture.

He used to address the masses with the most diverse functions: Punish politicians, stop a project to repaint the city’s red phone booths blue, or Casting spells for casting a rugby match.

The council reports that a letter to the magician thanking him for his services has been sent to Christchurch over the past decades and By telling him they are about to close the book on his contractCouncil spokeswoman Lynn McClelland said.

“It is a difficult decision to terminate the contract.”McClelland added.

The council reported that a letter had been sent to the magician thanking him for his services in Christchurch.  Photo: video capture.

The council reported that a letter had been sent to the magician thanking him for his services in Christchurch. Photo: video capture.

But magic no longer fits the “promotional scene” of New Zealand’s largest city in the South Island, with new programs that will “reflect diverse communities and show a vibrant, diverse and modern city,” he said.

“They are a bunch of bureaucrats with no imagination,” The therapist told Stuff news.

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This man of British origin, a former member of his country’s air force, arrived in Christchurch in 1974 and He began giving his bizarre public speeches.

The authorities’ first reaction was to arrest him His popularity grew so much that when he threatened to leave after ten years, the council tempted him to stay and declared him the “Witch of Christchurch”.

Ian Brackenberry, Chanel, in his early days as a witch.  Photo: video capture.

Ian Brackenberry, Chanel, in his early days as a witch. Photo: video capture.

In 1990, Prime Minister Mike Moore He was officially called the “Witcher of New Zealand”.

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Over time, the image on his character was noticeable and his public appearance diminished. In recent years, their presence in the act has become a rarity. He said it was because the city council hid it and was no longer responding to his suggestions to improve tourism.

After knowing the reasons for his dismissal, the magician confirmed an attempt to change the city’s image “It means I am boring and old, but there is no one like me in Christchurch. The truth is that they don’t like me because they are boring old bureaucrats. “But everyone loves me and they don’t like me,” he said.

NSl The magician said he would keep his looks Regulars at the Christchurch Arts Center, chatting with tourists and locals. The center is hosting an exhibition about his life this month, with support from the city council.

Magic is no longer appropriate "In the promotion scene" It is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand.  Photo: video capture.

Magic no longer fits into the “promotional landscape” of New Zealand’s largest city in the South Island. Photo: video capture.

“They have awakened a hornet’s nest here, it’s funny. The next few months are going to be a lot of fun.” Down payment. When asked if he would slander the council over his decision, he said he’d rather be blessed. “I give children sweet dreams, good health in general, and I want bureaucrats to become more human.”

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