Jim Piculas, a substitute teacher at Rushe Middle School in Florida, has been fired after being accused of Wizardry. Piculas performed the disappearing toothpick trick in January, traumatising a student so badly that the student's father complained.
Pat Sinclair, supervisor of substitute teachers in the Pasco County School District phoned Piculas about the complaint. "She said, 'You've been accused of wizardry,'" Piculas said. He then told Sinclair "It's not black magic. It's a toothpick."
The school district denies calling it wizardry and said his overall work performance was not acceptable. Other reasons include not following lesson plans and allowing students to use computers after another teacher forbade it.