Ian Brackenbury Channell gets paid to be New Zealand's wizard. In 1974, Channell moved to Christchurch, New Zealand, and began to regularly speak on a ladder in Cathedral Square while wearing a wizard costume. Though the City Council wanted him arrested, he became so popular that the square eventually became a public speaking area.
Until 2011, he had been speaking there at lunchtimes in the summer months and was even featured in guidebooks. With the help of the mayor, the city hosted a Wizard's Conclave in 1995, where Channell was displayed as a wizard hatching from a giant egg in the city art gallery. There, he sky dove while chanting a spell, and performed various rituals around the city. He even had 42 assistant wizards with him.
The real change came in 1982, when the New Zealand Art Gallery Directors Association decided that he was a living work of art and the city of Christchurch declared him Wizard of Christchurch. Eight years later, the Prime Minister declared him the official wizard of New Zealand. Christchurch City Council had been paying him a small annual sum until he left in 2011 following the Christchurch Earthquake.