Wizard of Oz

An Omaha, Nebraska sideshowman, ventriloquist, and magician, who came to the Land of Oz by accident in a hot air balloon. He tells Dorothy and her friends they must first kill the Wicked Witch of the West before he will grant the favors they seek from him. After accomplishing this mission, Dorothy discovered him to be a humbug (not a real wizard). After being exposed by Dorothy he finds a way to help the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion get what they desire most, brains, a heart, and courage. He then leaves the Land of Oz the same way he first arrived, by a hot air balloon. He returns to the Land of Oz during many of the later adventures. In the story told in Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, he reveals that his real name is Oscar Zoraster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs.

First appears in: The Wizard of Oz

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