A Vanishing Act
Five years later during the next Census I informed the government that I would vanish at midnight and would reappear the next day so I would not be in the country during the Census. After completing my vanishing act I put adverts in the papers all over NZ, circulated stickers etc. and invited the public to sign forms stating that they believed I had vanished. I explained that if they did not believe in my powers, the Wizard would die like Tinkerbell, and return to being just another bloody sociology academic. Thousands signed, including mayors and senior politicians and the “I Believe the Wizard Vanished” stickers were everywhere. Once again the thousands of well-paid control freaks working for the Statistics Department retired from the fray licking their wounds.