Paul Daniels (b. 1938 - 2016)


Paul Daniels' Real Name

Newton Edward Daniels





Place of Birth

South Bank, Middlesbrough, England


5' 5"






Paul Daniels possesses the ability of extraordinary entertainment, comedic and prestidigitation skills in the magical arts. His creative genius enables him to produce consistently stunning and lavish shows.

Interesting Fact

Daniels owns an Isuzu Trooper for hauling props and show material with the customized license plate that reads "MAG1C."


Paul Daniels was born Newton Edwards Daniels on April 6, 1938, 51 North Street in South Bank, Middlesbrough, England.

Daniels, the son of cinema projectionist, Handel Newton Daniels and Nancy Lloyd, got his first exposure to magic at the age 11, when he read a book, entitled, "How To Entertain At Parties."

From that moment on, he began studying magic, occasionally entertaining at youth clubs and parties.

He left school at 16, and joined the local government, working as a junior clerk in the treasurer's office of Eston council.

Two years later, he was summoned for National Service. He served as a conscript in the 1st Battalion, The Green Howards and was sent on active duty to Hong Kong, before training as an accountant in the Civil Service.

There, he found himself entertaining American servicemen who were also stationed in the colony. Daniels began to build a big reputation for himself as a resident magician.

After working as a junior clerk and then as an auditor in local government, Daniels joined his parents in the grocery business they were running at the time, and later set up his own shop – at one point a mobile shop.

He continued to develop his magic by performing in clubs in the evenings while working at his grocery business during the day.

At one point he worked with his first wife, Jacqueline Skipworth, (whom he married in 1960) under the name of 'The Eldanis', an anagram of Daniels.

It was while working the clubs that he developed what would become his long running catchphrase, "You'll like this...not a lot, but you'll like it." He has stated that he first came up with the line at a club in Bradford as a way to deal with a heckler.

A major turning point in Daniels' career came in 1969 when he was offered a summer season at Newquay.

He decided to sell his grocery business and try magic as a full time career. He made his television debut on the long-running talent show "Opportunity Knocks" in 1970, and came second.

Television producer Johnnie Hamp saw Daniels in that show and later gave him a regular spot on a show compèred by Bernard Manning "The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club" for Granada Television.

His first series for the BBC was For My Next Trick, where Daniels appeared with several other magicians and singer Faith Brown. This led to Daniels presenting his own television series, The Paul Daniels Magic Show, on BBC1 from 1979 until 1994.

Daniels starred in his own stage show, It's Magic, at the Prince of Wales Theatre from 10 December 1980 until 6 February 1982. At that time, the show was one of the longest-running magic shows ever staged in London.

By this point he was already working with his future wife, Debbie McGee,(married in 1988) whose role as his assistant would become a major feature of his act. She had first worked with him on his summer season show in Great Yarmouth, London, in 1979 where they first met.

Throughout the 1980's and 1990's he hosted a number of television series, including "Odd One Out;" "Every Second Counts," "Wipeout" and the BBC's children's television program "Wizbit"

As the 1980's drew to a close, Daniels' appeal diminished, and in the 1990s the ratings for his TV show slumped. A 1995 magic show for the BBC entitled Secrets, set in a variety club, failed to catch on and was not renewed.

He has, however, made several guest appearances on television, though this has often been as the unsuspecting butt of the joke on satirical comedy shows, such as the Chris Morris show and Brass Eye.

During 2009, he toured a number of more intimate venues, and In September 2010, it was announced Daniels would be participating in the eighth series of Strictly Come Dancing. His dancing partner was Ola Jordan. They were the second couple to be voted off on 17 October.

Daniels was awarded the prestigious "Magician of the Year’" Award by the Hollywood Academy of Magical Arts in 1983, and was the first magician from outside the US to receive it.

An Easter special of "The Paul Daniels Magic Show" won the "Golden Rose of Montreux" Award at the International TV Festival in Switzerland in 1985. He was also the first recipient of "The Maskelyne," awarded for services to British Magic by The Magic Circle in 1988.

With a reputation as one of the most popular society and show-business entertainers, Paul has entertained The Royal Family including princes William and Harry, The Sultan of Brunei, The Sultan of Oman, Prince Rainier of Monaco, Barry White, John Major (Prime Minister), James Callaghan (Prime Minister), Princess Michael of Kent, The Duke and Duchess of Wessex, and countless others.

In the world of TV no-one has enjoyed more success than Paul Daniels. From the moment he burst onto the ITV network, his magic shows topped the ratings. A recent book on TV facts calls him the most successful TV magician of the 20th century.

In January 2011, a wig belonging to Daniels was sold for charity on Ebay for £1,100. He and Debbie also launched his "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow" show, tours various venues across the UK.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia.

For more information, visit Paul Daniels' official website.

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