Written by Ian Mulgrew
Posted to the Vancouver Sun, July 3, 2012
The lawyer held up a sealed envelope and asked the ICBC accident reconstruction expert to play a psychic and divine the math problem it contained.
A puzzled B.C. Supreme Court Justice Peter Voith prohibited Thomas Harding from going further, but in closing argument the Surrey litigator spelled it out: “Although Johnny Carson is dead, the Amazing Carnac lives on.”
The judge said the lawyer went too far lampooning the professional engineer as the legendary talk-show host’s “wizard buffoon” persona – a “ridiculous, turbaned and bejewelled caricature” known as Carnac the Magnificent.
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