McGee went on to work with Daniels in his 1980 summer show in Bournemouth and then his London stage show It's Magic before being offered the role of assistant in his long-running television series.

They had three sons together: Gary, Paul, and magician Martin.

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He regularly referred to McGee on his TV shows as “The lovely Debbie McGee.” A phrase that became reference for other magicians’ assistants.eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'dailyentertainmentnews_com-large-leaderboard-2','ezslot_0',110,'0','0'])); Debbie McGee has also dabbled in films and radio shows. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. It comes after the death of Paul Daniels who died from the disease. [6] In 2011, he tweeted that he did not consider the term "Paki" to be any more offensive than the word "Brit" and described those who held the opposite view of being excessively politically correct. [12] In 2004, Daniels and McGee appeared in the Channel 5 reality TV show, The Farm, and in 2006, they appeared in the ITV show The X Factor: Battle of the Stars.

"Then I saw him on TV at a friend's house, on the quiz show Blankety Blank. Climbing the ranks of British show business, the lively entertainer is dubbed the most famous magician of the past half-century. [42][43], On 20 February 2016, Daniels had a fall and was taken to hospital, where he was treated by medical staff for suspected pernicious anemia. In 2010, Daniels appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, where he was paired with Ola Jordan. "He flew into a rage, started calling me all sorts of horrible things. After completing his education at Sir William Turners Grammar School on Coatham Road in Coatham, North Riding of Yorkshire and holding his first job as a junior clerk in the treasurer's office of Eston Council, Daniels served as a conscript in the 1st Battalion, Green Howards, during his national service.

He was awarded the "Magician of the Year" Award by the Academy of Magical Arts in 1982, the first magician from outside the United States to receive it. Newton Edward Daniels (6 April 1938 – 17 March 2016), known professionally as Paul Daniels, was an English magician and television presenter. The TV magician Paul Daniels had recently been diagnosed with a brain tumour. [33][34], Daniels' autobiography, Under No Illusion, includes descriptions of his and McGee's joking life: He drove himself from his home to hospital in Henley-on-Thames, where the index finger was reattached.

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In 2013, Daniels and Debbie McGee toured their 'First Farewell Tour',[21] followed by a tour 'comically' entitled 'Back Despite Popular Demand Tour' a year later. Paul Daniels was married twice. Script error: No such module "MultiReplace". Debbie McGee is the wife of English Magician, Newton Edward Daniels, best known by his stage name Paul Daniels, who sadly died on Thursday. [30][31] The entry was later removed from the blog.

[7], In 1987, Daniels hosted a controversial Halloween live special of his magic show where he replicated a Harry Houdini escape from an iron maiden.

[7] This led to Daniels presenting his own television series, The Paul Daniels Magic Show, on BBC1 from 1979 until 1994. If Paul knew what was going on he would be totally horrified and despairing. They toured 'The Intimate Tour' in 2015.

[33], Following the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal in 2012, Daniels said that while he believed Savile, a fellow BBC broadcaster, was "undoubtedly a bad guy", he questioned whether some accusers were "for real". [8][9] His father was a cinema projectionist at the Hippodrome Theatre[10] and a worker for ICI in Wilton, North Riding of Yorkshire.

Their relationship evolved with time and he popped the question in 1987.

and for his marriage to his assistant, Debbie McGee. Daniels died at his home in Berkshire, just weeks after it was announced he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. He has been widely described as "The Godfather of Modern Magic" and was repeatedly credited with inspiring many top professional magicians to start in the profession.[1][2][3][4][5]. 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. When McGee met Daniels, she was a soloist in the Iranian National Ballet in There's been no-one good since Mike Yarwood.

[9], In addition to his magic shows he hosted other television series during the 1980s and 1990s, including three BBC1 quiz shows: Odd One Out, Every Second Counts and Wipeout (all of which were based off short-lived American game shows), and the children's television programme Wizbit (also for the BBC), about a magician called Wizbit and a rabbit called Woolly, who lived in Puzzleopolis.

[13], Daniels' interest in magic began at the age of 11 when, during a holiday, he read a book called How to Entertain at Parties. McGee is a former ballet dancer and for three years was artistic director of her own ballet company. [12] His first series for the BBC was For My Next Trick, where Daniels appeared with several other magicians and singer Faith Brown. Weather: Heavy showers signal a change in our weather.