This New Zealand man gets paid $10,000 a year to be a city's official wizard

The Wizard and his apprentice Ari Freeman in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on June 2, 2020.

Christchurch, New Zealand (CNN)On a sunny autumn afternoon, two wizards in long, black robes and pointed hats sat down for coffee in one of New Zealand's biggest cities.

It wasn't Halloween, and they weren't on their way to a costume party. And while they attracted attention from passersby, there was no finger pointing or all-out stares.
That's because, in Christchurch, seeing a wizard isn't completely out of the ordinary.
    For decades, the city has had an official wizard. Born in the United Kingdom, Ian Brackenbury Channell settled in New Zealand in the 1970s, where he became known as The Wizard. As if to reinforce how serious he is, he even held a New Zealand driver's license issued to The Wizard, although he says he hasn't officially changed his name.
      The Wizard in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on June 2, 2020.
      Over the years, he became a fixture in the city. On the paved square in front of Christchurch's cathedral, he pontificated on his life theories, wore wizard robes and became such a well-known figure that he earned himself a