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Address: Cathedral Square, Christchurch 2004, New Zealand

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We saw the Wizard 13 years ago when he lectured in front of the Christchurch Cathedral. He had a VW Beetle that was "chopped" and made to look like it had 2 front ends. We... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2017
TopsideMI
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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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252 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

We saw the Wizard 13 years ago when he lectured in front of the Christchurch Cathedral. He had a VW Beetle that was "chopped" and made to look like it had 2 front ends. We returned this past week and since the earthquake he no longer had a "podium" . He does wander around and talks to anyone who will... More 

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Sydney
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2015

Great to sit and listen to in the shade of a warmish day. Good to see him back. He had one of his apprentices with him

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Thank Robert454
Waiuku
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015

After being bannished from The City for years we met THE WIZARD on his first day back.!! (On The Tram to central square where the annual Buskers week was being held. ) An amazing character who should be mayor Auckland !!

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Thank Rev4
Christchurch NZ
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99 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2014

The popular Wizard is mostly found in New Regent Street, Christchurch, most days from late morning. His tall pointed wizard cap is a giveaway. Also look out for the junior wizard, or the Wizard's apprentice. New Regent Street is on the city tram line.

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Melbourne, Australia
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68 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2014

We were on board the tram as tourists when the Wizard and an entourage suddenly stepped on as well. He was with three other quite young wizards who he said were in training.Fascinating to see such a quirky character on a tram! He is well regarded by those who know of him although he seemed very quaint to me and... More 

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2 Thank gullysue
Christchurch, New Zealand
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91 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Ian has retired and is rarely seen. He comes out to various shows, but I think now lives in Dunedin.

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1 Thank PamAbsolum
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
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35 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2012

He is part of Christchurch hope he gets back to doing what he used to do as he is excellent great for tourists

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4 Thank Yvonne H
Lyttelton, New Zealand
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176 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2012

Heard Ian speak at opening of 2012 Film Festival. Knowledgeable and articulate and well into his post-prime, it was great to hear him talk about his early years promoting film in Perth. Visitors cannot 'go to hear' him speak, as he is retired and attends various functions sporadically, but he's worth listening to. You may not always agree with his... More 

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Thank HelenJG786
Christchurch, New Zealand
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72 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2012

The wizard used to be a tour de force in Christchurch. he then had some controversial years, seemed out of step with the community and sensibly retired. The recent earthquakes have seen him return to the fray but without I think a real sense of what the real people of CHCH want. His championship of things like saving the small... More 

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Thank totarapom
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 April 2012

He's average, doing his thing, having his say. A good character for a laugh.

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