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Posted by abeodbart January 30, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Land O’ Lakes, Florida — The stories in the news about inappropriate relationships between teachers and students have been overwhelming. There was even a substitute teacher in New Port Richey who got in trouble after investigators say she had a relationship with an underage student.

Well, another Pasco County substitute teacher’s job is on the line, but this time it’s because of a magic trick.

The charge from the school district — 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.


January 30, 2009 at 7:02 pm
Katherine says:

Think he’s after a job a Hogwarts. Don’t think making toothpicks disappear would really impress Dumbledore at a job interview though.

January 30, 2009 at 9:20 pm
vampirebloom says:

-.- … only in a America !

January 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm
Nopke says:

The truth is in the article .. but where .. LOL …as usual the headlines are just there to get your focus .. just scrape a few sentences here and there and what’s left is the truth I guess .. and above all read between the lines .. that’s where the real content is .. the printed letters are the illussion created .. so in fact these articles are a magic trick …. words are magic …

January 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm
ReliegiousMarie says:

O o o o oooh

January 30, 2009 at 11:21 pm
FigaroTheParrot says:

Didn’t this happen several months ago? Also I think after more investigating it turned out he was also using school resources inappropriately or something. I’m not sure…

January 31, 2009 at 12:41 am
Harry says:

Yeah it’s fairly old news.

January 31, 2009 at 1:49 am
Emily says:

SO not fair! I always thought my year 12 co-ordinator was a witch. I could have got her removed under religious grounds. But no, she stayed . And she made whole students disappear!

January 31, 2009 at 3:49 am
Lux says:

Hey, that’s the Wizard of Christchurch!

I Guess you’d have to be from New Zealand, or specifically Christchurch to appreciate that.

January 31, 2009 at 11:51 am
Flapjack says:

I can also make a toothpick disappear… my teeth are pretty abrasive. It does leave a residue of sawdust in my mouth though.

January 31, 2009 at 12:02 pm
don K says:

Is that him in the pic.? If so he was kind of askin for it!

January 31, 2009 at 2:47 pm
Lux says:

^ No, that’s the Wizard of Christchurch (NZ), or it’s Ian McKellen but I’m going with the Wizard of Christchurch.

January 31, 2009 at 3:53 pm
LG says:

That’s fantastic, I love America.

Although you didn’t say where the toothpick appears and disappears and I fear this may have had something to do with the resultant job disappearance…

January 31, 2009 at 4:50 pm
John says:

This is an old story from a year ago, saw an interview with the headmaster. He wasn’t fired for wizardry, he was fired because he was always late and bad a his job. The school and other teachers got a mountain of hate mail for weeks after the rumor about wizardry which he started by putting it up on his own blog

February 1, 2009 at 12:24 am
don K says:

Old story or not. Just goes to prove that even in worlds most advanced country were still a bunch of yards when were given power.

February 2, 2009 at 1:43 am
laania says:

Lux, that’s definitely our Archwizard! i love that guy. Is he still doing his thing, didn’t he go into semi-retirement at one stage?

February 2, 2009 at 1:45 am
Ken says:

Bob Bless The United States of America!

Was the toothpick the One True Toothpick? Would in the darkness bind all the other toothpicks? Did the toothpick come with instructions? Could he do the same trick with a cigarette without being arrested for gratuitous use of tobacco in public?

Answers on a toothpick and to Ken, C/O Bolton Post Office Box ****
(can you guess the box number?)

February 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm

If all the teacher did was make a toothpick disappear, then his firing is ridiculous. What is wrong with doing a quick magic trick? Sounds like someone higher up was on a power trip.


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