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Mass. official who performed bra trick resigns

October 4, 2011

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ABINGTON, Mass.—The chairman of the Abington School Committee has resigned just days after performing a magic trick before a meeting shown live on cable television that made it appear as if he removed the bra from fellow board member.

Russell FitzGerald said he resigned Monday after a weekend of reflection.

He tells The Enterprise of Brockton ( that fallout from the trick, met with stunned silence and embarrassment, played a part in his decision. He also said he's been on the board 11 years and his term is almost up.

FitzGerald is an amateur magician who started meetings with a trick.

Neither the subject of the Sept. 27 bra trick, nor his accomplice, knew what was going to happen.

Meanwhile, the school department is refusing to release video of the incident.


Information from: The Enterprise,