Magician, performer, political figure, and university professor better known as the "Wizard of New Zealand." He often gave public speeches while dressed in a wizard's hat and robe.
Before studying sociology and psychology at the University of Leeds, he was a pilot in the Royal Air Force.
He taught at Sydney's University of New South Wales and later became an un-salaried cosmology professor at Melbourne University.
In 2009, he appeared on the Birthday Honours List of Queen Elizabeth II.