Saturday, 22 September 2018

Magician back on the road for ‘final’ time

WITH a title like “First Farewell Show”, you’d think Paul Daniels’ new nationwide tour might be his one of his

WITH a title like “First Farewell Show”, you’d think Paul Daniels’ new nationwide tour might be his one of his last.

Not a bit of it. The 75-year-old Wargrave magician tells me that he has no intention of hanging up his magic wand just yet.

He says: “I called it the First Farewell Show because that’s what the Rolling Stones and everybody else call their shows and how many ‘final’ shows have the Stones had?

“I have a problem with retirement, although there’s plenty of other things I want to do in my life. I get paid for playing with my toys, which is great. Why would I give that up?”

Daniels, who has been performing his brand of magic and comedy on TV and stage for more than 40 years, has scheduled 47 dates on this tour, which begins in Darlington next Friday and ends in Burnham-on-Sea on February 7. He is promising a few surprises and some new tricks in the show, which he previewed at the Wargrave Festival in June in front of a sell-out audience.

Daniels says: “They loved it at Wargrave Festival — it went really well. Some people couldn’t get in as we were sold out in 20 minutes. I had just walked off the stage when they said, ‘You’re coming back for the next one, aren’t you?’”

Since making his breakthrough on Opportunity Knocks in 1970, Daniels has starred in his own TV show and toured extensively with his wife of 25 years, Debbie McGee.

McGee who traditionally serves as Daniels’ assistant, is set to have a bigger role on the latest tour with her own routines.

And the magician will have to take a break over the Christmas period as his wife will be playing the queen of the flower fairies in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Hexagon in Reading. Perhaps he will appreciate the rest.

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