Thursday 12 December 2019

Magician Paul Daniels diagnosed with incurable brain tumour

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Magician and entertainer Paul Daniels has been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour, his family said in a statement.

A statement from his publicist said: "We can confirm that one of our greatest magicians and entertainers of all times, Paul Daniels, has sadly been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour.

Debbie McGee and Paul Daniels
Debbie McGee and Paul Daniels

"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."

Daniels' wife Debbie McGee tweeted a link to the statement on her husband's website with the words, "With sadness".

Daniels (77), whose real name is Newton Edward Daniels, is best known for The Paul Daniels Show, a hugely popular magic and entertainment television series which ran from 1979 to 1994.

He started playing magic tricks aged 11 during his childhood in Yorkshire and continued to pursue magic as a hobby during his national service.

In 1969 he was offered a summer season in Newquay and a year later he came second in TV talent show Opportunity Knocks which landed him a regular spot on a show compered by Bernard Manning.

Daniels' second wife Debbie began working as his assistant in 1979. They married in 1988 and she appeared with him on The Paul Daniels Show.

After the show was axed, the couple appeared on several other TV shows including When Louis Met with Louis Theroux, The Farm, The X Factor: Battle of the Stars, and Wife Swap.

In 2010 Paul Daniels appeared on hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing.

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