Mr. Wizard – In a Box Under a Tree


Mr. Wizard is a lizard magician dressed in sorcerer’s hat and robes on the ABC cartoon KING LEONARDO AND HIS SHORT SUBJECTS (1960-63.)

“Deep in the forest grows a tall, tall tree. And, of course, it was a short tree but it just grew. And down at the bottom of that tree there’s a little old box. It’s really the home of Mr. Wizard, the lizard.”  – Tooter the Turtle, Opening Narration

A frequent visitor to Mr. Wizard’s home is Tooter Turtle who often ask a favor, namely to experience what it would be like to be a certain historical figure or occupation (“to be something that he is not”).

So, with a wave of his wand, the kindly Mr. Wizard sends Tooter Turtle through time or space to experience what it was like to be a baseball player, football player, gunfighter in the Old West, a gold prospector, steamboat captain, bullfighter, astronaut, sky diver, Stone Age caveman or a famous outlaw like Robin Hoodwink, who took from the bad guys and gave to the good guys.

As Tooter departs on his adventures, Mr. Wizard warns,  “Be careful, Tooter.”


Tooter tries his best to be as successful in whatever endeavor, but by the end of his adventure Tooter gets in trouble and calls to be rescued from his predicament.

When Tooter cries, “Help, Mr. Wizard!”, the lizard sorcerer speaks the magical chant: “Drizzle, Drazzle, Druzzle, Drome, time for this one to come home!”

After Tooter returns safely back to the Wizard’s home, he confesses, “Gee Mr. Wizard, looks like I made a mess out of things again.” This is when Mr. Wizard says, “Always, always, I tell you Tooter, be just what you is, not what you is not. Folks that what is, is the happiest lot.”

NOTE: In the sci-fi flick “The Matrix” (1999), when Neo (Keanu Reeves) calls to get extracted from the Matrix, he says, “Mr. Wizard get me the hell out of here!”

Mr. Wizard
The Woods
Base of a tree


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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