02 Mar '11, 6am

The NZ earthquake has another unexpected victim - 'The Wizard of New Zealand' says he'll be hanging up his hat

The NZ earthquake has another unexpected victim - 'The Wizard of New Zealand' says he'll be hanging up his hat

The Wizard of Christchurch, otherwise known by his given name, Ian Brackenbury Channell, casts a 'spell' during a television interview in Christchurch, New Zealand. -- PHOTO: AP EARTHQUAKE-HIT Christchurch has seen another casualty, though perhaps an unconventional one - it's losing one of its tourism icons. Ian Brackenbury Channell, better known as The Wizard of New Zealand, was a regular tourist feature at the now earthquake-damaged Christchurch Cathedral. However, due to the earthquake, he says he's hanging up his wizard hat. 'Almost every building I really love is gone,' he said. My platform is gone. Without Cathedral Square I can't function. I am heart-broken.' Channell has been entertaining tourists at Cathedral Square since 1974, according to a CNN report. Doing so at first to evade arrest, he was later registered by a local gallery as a 'living work of art'. He was...

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