Invisible bank robber captured

A bank robber who paid a wizard $450 to make him invisible was nonetheless detected and overpowered during his Tehran heist. [Metro]


    1. And setting fire to invisible robbers makes them reappear which proves they have been bewitched and must be drowned.

  1. Interesting the article has to distinctly describe “fake sorcerer”. I guess we should infer that we all consult reputable genuine sorcerers to not fall into the same trap.

    1. He should have asked for Sorcerery Certifications. Any reputable sorcerer should have at least a handful of them.

      1.  A good rule of thumb would be to ask the wizard for a demonstration before the sale was final, I think.

        1. He probably did.
          “So did it work? Am I invisible?”
          “Yes! I can’t see you at all.”
          “But I can see myself in the mirror.”
          “Well, of course you can see yourself. That’s how the spell works.”
          “Oh…. Well…. That’s all right then.”

  2. I’m getting a sudden sense of deja vu. Is it just me, or was this story already posted to BoingBoing previously?

      1. No, that’s not it. I guess in the almost 7 years since it happened it may have been posted before, or else I saw it somewhere else.

  3. $450??? Invisibility sure comes cheap these days! (Perhaps it is a scam, and you have to pay an obscene amount to be turned visible again.)

  4. $450 only pays for about a half hour of invisibility.  It’s not the wizard’s fault if the robber wasn’t prompt.

    1.  surprisingly that’s quite accurate.
      the standard formula is Spell level x caster level x 10$ + XP cost x 5.

      so that’s 2 x 4 x 10 x 5 which is 400 bucks.

      He must have given him a discount seeing that he’s level 5.

  5. Sheesh… Obviously this was a *good* wizard. This guy was trying to use his power for *evil*.

    So while the wizard might have been slightly naïve (next time, please ask *why* he wants to be invisible… Hint: women’s locker rooms and banks are not good reasons!) but at least he cancelled the spell as soon as he found out.

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