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The Wizard and the Bible Lady

The Wizard and the Bible Lady

A figure who has enlivened Christchurch’s streets for decades is Ian Brackenbury Channell, better known as the Wizard. Standing on a step ladder in Cathedral Square he addresses crowds on a wide range of (sometimes mysterious) issues. During the 1970s he and another Square identity – Renee Stanton (the Bible Lady) – would verbally joust about the subject at hand, to the delight of the watching crowd. This picture was taken in 1977.

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Ben Schrader, 'Street life - Rebuilding street life', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/20706/the-wizard-and-the-bible-lady (accessed 12 December 2019)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010