The Wizard of Oz really just pretends to be a wizard. He's an ordinary old man with no magical powers whatsoever. He is really very kind but likes to trick people. He's able to make the scarecrow think that he got brains, the Lion think that he got courage, and the Tin Woodsman think that he got a heart. The wizard knew he could fool them easily, and since the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Lion believed they got what they wanted, they felt like they had one. The Wizard of Oz thought about taking Dorothy back to Kansas in his hot-air balloon, but he accidentally took off without her! After that, the wizard was never mentioned again. L. Frank Baum came up with the idea for the Wizard of Oz when he saw a man on a train that looked like a wizard. The Wizard of Oz was really a kindhearted person but enjoyed tricking people. When Dorothy and her friends first figured out that the Wizard was really an ordinary old man, they called him The Great and Terrible Humbug. The Wizard was good at pretending to be a wizard, and he appeared to be mean. When Dorothy and her friends found out his secret, he said that he was a very good man, but a very bad Wizard.