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New Zealand’s official witch fired after more than 20 years of service: “They are unimaginable bureaucrats”


16 October 2021 17:01 GMT

The 88-year-old was hired in 1998 to promote tourism in New Zealand.

Ian Brackenbury Chanel, 88, of Britain, has been working as an official New Zealand magician in Christchurch for 23 years, practicing witchcraft and sorcery because he does not fit into “modern” film. From the city. Christchurch Council Deputy Managing Director Lynn McGleland confirmed to the local portal Subject He insisted that the final payment for the witch’s services be paid to him in December, and that he was grateful for his services “over the past decades.”

Brackenbury Channel Fue British Air Force pilot Before graduating in Psychology and Sociology. He began practicing magic after moving to New Zealand in the 1970s, where in 1998 the then Prime Minister Mike Moore was given the title of the country’s official magician.

For the past 23 years, Chanel has been responsible for promoting tourism in Christchurch through magic tricks and other similar services. NZ received $ 16,000 (Approximately US $ 11,293) per year. During his career, the person received a total of NZ $ 368,000 (US $ 259,750). Also, the magician He received The Queen’s Service Medal was presented to her by Queen Elizabeth II.

“A bunch of bureaucrats they can’t imagine.”

McClelland acknowledged the difficulty in shooting the wizard because Chanel will “always be a part of history” in the city. Regarding the reason for the layoffs, the city council says Christchurch’s advertising landscape is changing and they seek to fund concessions that reflect the diversity of its communities, and “show residents a vibrant, diverse and modern city that attracts national visitors and international, start-up and talented migrant workers.”

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According to the witch, the city council decided to stop paying him because Does not match the “vibrations” of the city. “They don’t think of ways to promote Christchurch abroad, they just keep an image of bureaucracy late in the boulevard,” Chanel tells Stuff. “They are unimaginable bureaucratic groups,” he adds.

Hundreds of people wanted to show their support for a witch Petition In it they demand that the city council reinstate him on the state payroll. “Christchurch’s magician a The iconic symbol of the city D. Christchurch. […] He is on the good side of humanity, he is kind, playful and carefree: we need more of this. “