New Zealand Council pays a wizard $16,000 a year to “provide acts of wizardry”.
The CIA paid magician John Mulholland $3,000 to write a spy manual of trickery and deception as part of the top-secret MKUltra project, a CIA program that investigated mind control. Mulholland’s 1953 guide was supposed to be destroyed in the 1970s but an archived copy reappeared decades later.
In 2013, police in the Maldives detained a suspect for loitering near an election polling place on suspicion of black magic. The suspect in question was a coconut. A magician summoned by police established that the coconut was innocent. No arrests were made.
Former dictator of Equatorial Guinea Francisco Macias Nguema banned the use of lubricants in Malabo city power plant, saying he could run it using magic. The plant exploded.
Houdini once sued a police officer who accused him of making his escapes through bribery. Houdini won his case when he opened the judge’s safe.
In 2014, a spiritual healer in Pakistan claimed he could resurrect the dead. A 40 year old man volunteered to die. Once the healer realised the volunteer wasn’t coming back to life, he was taken into custody.
There was a magician by the name Jasper Maskelyne who used “magic” to help against the nazis in WWII. He would hide tools and maps in everyday objects and fool the Nazis by using illusions.
A goat was once arrested in Nigeria after vigilantes claimed it was an armed robber who turned himself into a goat with black magic.
Saudi Arabia’s religious police have an “Anti-Witchcraft Unit” who operate a hotline to which citizens can report magic.
The Grey School of Wizardry is a school specializing in occult magic, operating primarily online and as a non-profit educational institution in the State of California. The school is reported to be the first wizard school to be officially recognized as an academic establishment.