School Official: Sorry for Playing Bra Trick in Meeting
Russell Fitzgerald thought his magic move would delight...
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2011 4:12 PM CDT
When magic doesn't delight...   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – One for the "what was he thinking?" file: A school committee chairman in Abington, Massachusetts, has apologized for kicking off Tuesday's meeting with a magic trick, in which he seemingly removed a woman's bra. “My intention was to begin a purposeful school committee business meeting in a way which was enjoyable and lighthearted," said Russell Fitzgerald, who the Enterprise News reports apparently opened past meetings with displays of magic.

This time, however, school committee member Ellen Killian found herself an unwitting and unhappy victim; Fitzgerald apparently chose her and a male teacher to participate, from an audience of about 20. "I was just as shocked as everybody else," she said. "I just want to make it clear I had no prior knowledge how his trick was going to end." And oops: Though there weren't many people in attendance, the meeting was broadcast live on cable TV. Fitzgerald will no longer perform magic tricks at meetings, he says. Click to read about the details of his "trick."