Insurer fires employee who performed magic while off sick

It was a case of ‘now you see him, now you don’t’ at Legal and General this week after resource planning manager Peter Hopkins was sacked by the insurer.

His crime? Performing as Mr Hocus Pocus, a wizard – complete with shiny green robe and pointy hat – while being paid on sick leave.

He claimed his doctor had encouraged him to perform the magic shows to help overcome his stress-related illness.

Backchat, meanwhile, is now available to perform at birthdays, christenings and bar mitzvahs……