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Paul Daniels Diagnosed with an Incurable Brain Tumor


Paul DanielsThe Magic Compass is sad to report that magician, entertainer and UK television star Paul Daniels, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Paul is 77.

A statement from his publicist said the entertainer had been diagnosed with “an incurable brain tumour”, and thanked well-wishers for their support.

Daniels’ career has spanned nearly four decades. He found fame in the 1980s with his TV series The Paul Daniels Magic Show. He developed his magic skills while working in nightclubs.

He made his TV debut on talent series Opportunity Knocks in 1970, and came second. He was then given a regular slot on ITV variety show The Wheeltappers And Shunters Social Club, hosted by the late comedian Bernard Manning. As well as numerous appearances on magic shows, he has presented game shows including Wipeout and Odd One Out.

Here is a video of Paul’s version of the classic Cups and Balls from one of his television specials.

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In the world of television, no-one has enjoyed more success than Paul Daniels. From the moment he burst onto the ITV network, and later switched to the BBC, his magic shows topped the ratings. A book on TV facts calls him the most successful TV magician of the 20th century. His creative genius enabled him to produce consistently stunning shows, never rivalled in spectacle, covering the full range of the world of entertaining magic, from small, ‘close-up’ effects, to enormous outside broadcast illusions.

In 1983 Paul was presented with the prestigious ‘Magician of the Year’ Award by the Academy of Magical Arts ( before The Magic Castle) at a star-studded audience in Los Angeles. It was a tremendous achievement for Paul, and he was the first magician from outside the USA to receive the award. He is also the only magician in the History of The Magic Circle in London to receive all three of their top awards.

paul_daniels and debbiePaul’s wife, Debbie McGee simply tweeted “With great sadness”. Paul met the ‘lovely Debbie McGee’ as she became known in 1979 when the professionally trained dancer was hired as his assistant for a tour. Tying the knot in 1988 their enduring relationship helped them become one of the most beloved couples in magic.

In recent years, he has been touring regularly with a magic and comedy show, but a planned appearance at the Leicester Comedy Festival two days ago was cancelled at short notice., as was another date in Nottingham the following night.

His manager said all his future shows have been cancelled. He went on to say “On behalf of Paul, Debbie and their families, we thank you for your kind concerns and support at this sad time and ask that their privacy continues to be respected. There will be no further comments at this time.”

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