Magician Paul Daniels dies

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Television magician Paul Daniels died today aged 77 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, his publicist has said.

Paul Daniels was a performer with a magic touch who entertained TV audiences for decades.

The Paul Daniels Magic Show regularly attracted 15 million viewers in the UK and was sold to 43 countries.

One of the most popular magicians of the 20th century, his success was unrivalled in the magic and entertainment world.

Daniels, born Newton Edwards Daniels in Middlesbrough. England in 1938, became interested in magic as a young child.

But it wasn’t until 1969 that he became a full-time magician when he performed a summer season at Newquay.

The following year Daniels came second in talent show Opportunity Knocks, which led to him being offered a regular slot on the ITV variety show The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club.

Then in 1979 The Paul Daniels Magic Show hit UK screens on the BBC and Daniels became a household name.

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