No industry is safe from the realities of layoffs. Not even wizarding.

After more than two decades as the official wizard of Christchurch, Ian Brackenbury Channell, 88, saw his $10,000 annual contract go poof last week, according to Stuff, a news site in New Zealand.

No longer will the city payroll support “acts of wizardry and other wizard-like services,” as his contract had demanded since 1998. No longer will taxpayers pay for his rain dances, philosophizing and — perhaps more tangibly — his magnetism to tourists.

“They are a bunch of bureaucrats who have no imagination,” Mr. Channell, known most commonly as the Wizard, said of the Christchurch City Council, according to Stuff.

Some fair questions might follow: What does an official wizard do? What are wizard-like services? How does one become a paid wizard?

a surge in tourism by international fans of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” movies, which were filmed in New Zealand starting in 1999.

But the Wizard’s free-flowing oratory has not always landed well. Word that the

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