★★★★★ (2 out of 5)
Hello, and welcome to my week-by-week review of everything in the world. Today I am reviewing Mr. Wizard.
Despite his name, Mr. Wizard had no magical abilities. It was only a ploy to gain the interest of children. He was a regular mortal who was more of an amateur scientist, but the name Mr. Amateur Scientist doesn’t have the same appeal.
Although he is now deceased (further proof he was not a wizard), when he was alive he hosted his own television show where he would perform science experiments with (not on) children. I feel that he mislead the kids by pretending to be a wizard, and that is the real reason they showed up. That and because they wanted to be on TV. But still, it must have been very disappointing when they showed up to his house and all he did was make a paperclip float on water using surface tension. Because they were on camera and hoping to have a career in acting, they had to feign enthusiasm.
Only kids who lacked the ability to think critically would mistake him for a wizard. For them I guess it’s fine. Why not let a kid believe in wizards if he or she can’t see the truth. I hope that is where Mr. Wizard derived his joy – in making some kids believe they’d met a wizard, and not in seeing the look of disappointment on a child’s face who, when expecting to meet a wizard, met only an old man in a sweater (who wasn’t Mr. Rogers).
There’s no way to know the truth about why Mr. Wizard went by a deceptive alias. Not unless I could find an actual wizard capable of communicating with the deceased Mr. Wizard. Even then, who’s to say if he would tell the truth or not.
Please join me next week when I’ll be reviewing George Lucas’ beard.