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Saturday 3 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C
Magician Paul Daniels dies aged 77
Daniels had been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour.

THE LEGENDARY MAGICIAN Paul Daniels has died, aged 77.

It was announced recently on his website that he had been diagnosed with an incurable brain cancer.

Daniels was world famous for his magic tricks which delighted both young and old for over 40 years.

The entertainer was classed as a world-class magician following his hugely successful shows in the West End, Las Vegas and Broadway.

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However, it was the Paul Daniels’ Magic Show that ran on the BBC from 1979 to 1994 that made him a household name.

His comic timing, humour and attempts to show the crowd how the tricks were done intrigued the audience.

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Daniels was also involved in a number of quiz shows over the years, such as Odd One Out, Every Second Counts and Wipeout, and the children’s television programme Wizbit.

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Over the years, Daniels became just as well-known for his relationship with his second wife, Debbie McGee, a former ballerina, who he married in the 80s.

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Insights into their lives were seen on television in a documentary by Louis Theroux and also in Channel 4′s Wife Swap programme.

Daniels was still very much a working entertainer. In 2011, he was hospitalised after he was hit in the head by a pizza thrown by Sooty the puppet during filming of the Sooty Show. In 2012, he chopped off his finger in an accident.

Before Christmas, he was gracing the stage at Regent Theatre in Ipswich, Suffolk and he was due to appear at the Quayside Cabaret Club in Newcastle in May.

Paul Daniels was a guest on RTÉ’s Late Late Show, with his wife Debbie, in April 2012.


Daniels leaves behind his wife, Debbie, and his three sons.

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