As odd as it might sound, a substitute teach was recently dismissed from his assignment, possibly putting his career in jeopardy, for showing his class a 30-second magic trick.
Or according to reports, as his superiors put it: wizardry.
Substitute teacher Jim Piculas does a 30-second magic trick where a toothpick disappears then reappears.
But after performing it in front of a classroom at Rushe Middle School in Land O Lakes, Piculas said his job did a disappearing act of its own.
I get a call the middle of the day from the supervisor of substitute teachers. He says, Jim, we have a huge issue. You cant take any more assignments. You need to come in right away, he said.
When Piculas went in, he learned his little magic trick cast a spell that went much farther than hed hoped.
I said, Well Pat, can you explain this to me? Youve been accused of wizardry, [he said]. Wizardry? he asked.
For the record, as confirmed by the video that accompanies this story on the website, this looks to be the same trick explained by Criss Angel on a few television appearances including his spot on then-nationally syndicated Megan Mullally show.
In other words, its not exactly a top secret.