Wizard's back in town

SPRING RETURN: The Wizard of Christchurch back at work in New Regent Street.
SPRING RETURN: The Wizard of Christchurch back at work in New Regent Street.

The Wizard of Christchurch is back in his comfort zone - on a ladder in central Christchurch.

The city's Gothic icon has been frequenting his old haunt of Cathedral Square once again and yesterday held an audience spellbound in New Regent St.

Born Ian Brackenbury Channell, the Wizard has been in and out of the city since the February 2011 earthquake.

As the city is coming to life again, he says he is bringing himself - a symbol of a pre-quake symbol - back to life too.

He planned to go between speaking in the Square and bringing people for a coffee and chat in New Regent St.

"It is such a lovely, pretty street and we are so fortunate it did not come crashing down."

He is also in the process of writing a book "about all the crazy ideas inside my head".

Despite considering retiring for the past 10 years, he still saw a function for the Wizard of Christchurch and intended to stick around. Wizards only get better with age, he said.

He often heads to Oamaru and was recently in the United States apparently training up a potential successor.

At the time, he said "wizards don't generally retire" but that his future was "completely up in the air".

"I promised I'd stay after the earthquakes, so I'm going to stay."

The Press