Paul Daniels has died, aged 77, in his Berkshire home just after midnight on the morning of 17th March 2016.

Paul was recently discharged from hospital, after his diagnosis. It was initially suspected he had suffered a stroke after he fell at home, but it was then discovered he had an inoperable tumour. The family announced this via Twitter and his web page on February 20th.

Over the last few weeks it is understood that Paul slept a great deal, whilst his family gathered to say their goodbyes. He was receiving 24 hour care during the last few days. Neither Paul, or his family were told how long he had to live, and they didn’t ask, preferring to not know.

The news of his death has brought many heartfelt tributes both from magicians and friends around the world. Debbie has said that she wished she could reply to them all individually, but there are so many. Facebook is full of tributes both from people who knew Paul well, and those who simply enjoyed watching his performances on television and in theatres and private events.

Magician Ian Keable wrote on Facebook:

It’s almost impossible for the younger generation of magicians to realise the impact that Paul Daniels had on us at one time. My friend Brian King used to say that when he was asked by a booker what exactly he did as a magician, he would just say ‘I’m like Paul Daniels’ and would get the gig. Pre PD, there was David Nixon: a wonderful magician but old fashioned in style and content. Daniels was fast talking, quick witted, a master at sleight of hand, immensely likeable and very funny.

Without Daniels there would have been no Wayne Dobson, no Great Soprendo (deliberately designed to be the opposite of Daniels) and (although I’m not putting myself anywhere in the same category) no me. It was Daniels who showed that you could be funny as well as being a good magician; and gave me the confidence to step out into the comedy clubs.

When David Copperfield came over to London in 1994, he was destroyed by the critics. Part of the reason was because his patter and comedy was compared unfavourably with that of Paul Daniels. Reviewers actually had a magic measuring rod to judge the illusionist by – and in this respect Copperfield was found wanting.

The first time I saw Daniels it was on the Wheel Tappers and Shunters Club. He came out of nowhere – I had never heard of or seen him before. I was quite literally gob-smacked. I never knew that our wonderful art called magic could match all of the other performing art forms when it came to sheer entertainment.

Mind readers have Derren Brown, Close-up performers have David Blaine & Dynamo, Illusionists have David Copperfield. But I have Paul Daniels and, at his best, he would have blown all of them away.

Son, Gary Daniels posted the following tweet at 9:03am

Gary Daniels on Twitter

It is with incredible sadness that I can confirm that Dad, Paul Daniels, passed away over night. #PaulDaniels

with Martin Daniels Posting shortly afterwards:

Martin Daniels on Twitter

My Dad passed away and meteor flashes in the sky. What an exit.


Magical Career

He burst onto our television screens in 1979, commanding millions of viewers for his Saturday night show. Nearly a third of the population tuned in every week – something that would be impossible today, on a weekly basis. The show was primarily a magic show – with a couple of invited variety guests – and was a winning formula until 1993, at which point they changed to a new format “Secrets” – a magical nightclub for his last TV season in 1994.

He hosted three quiz shows on television and was known for his catch phrase “You’ll like this…. Not a Lot…. But you’ll like it”


Ken Brooke on Paul Daniels

Ken Brooke knew a star when he saw one – here is a very brief snippet from a much longer conversation with Ken. This is very rare recording and has previously never been heard.

The audio has been taken by kind permission from – an audio archive of many of the greats, and less well known magicians from the 1970’s

Ken Brooke talking about Paul Daniels

Ken Brooke knew a star when he saw one – here is a very brief snippet from a much longer conversation with Ken. This is very rare recording and has previously never been heard.

The Chop Cup

One of Pauls signature effects was the Chop Cup. It has been seen by millions of people around the world. In his last television series “Secrets” he “shared” his presentation with wife Debbie McGee and son Martin Daniels. Watch his famous routine, performed as a trio, below.

Secrets Cups and Balls

A triple performer presentation of The Cups and Balls Magic Trick


Obituaries and tributes from around the internet

Magician Paul Daniels dies aged 77 – BBC News

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

BREAKING NEWS: Magician Paul Daniels has died at his home aged 77

Television magician Paul Daniels died today aged 77 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, his publicist has said. The entertainer rose to fame in the 1970s and 80s, wowwing TV audiences with his magic tricks and humour on The Paul Daniels Magic Show.

Paul Daniels, TV magician, dies aged 77

Television magician Paul Daniels has died aged 77 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, his publicist has said. The entertainer was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour in Daniels is famed for his television series The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran on the BBC from 1979 to 1994.

Magician Paul Daniels Dies From Brain Tumour

Sky News – First for Breaking News, video, headlines, analysis and top stories from business, politics, entertainment and more in the UK and worldwide.

Paul Daniels: his life and career in pictures and quotes

Daniels with his girl dancers from the award-winning Paul Daniels’ Easter Magic Show in 1985 – although he professed fidelity to McGee, he was famously open about his sex life, dedicating an entire chapter of his autobiography, Under No Illusion, to ‘Casual Sex’. He alleged to have slept with more than 300 women.

Paul Daniels – Five Cool Moments To Remember Him By | NME.COM

Beloved magician Paul Daniels has passed away at the age of 77, and the outpouring of tributes on social media is testament to his status as an entertainment legend. We all know him from the eponymous The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran from 1979 to 1994, but the tributes being paid to him remind us that his career was far more varied.

Paul Daniels: 10 of his best magic tricks from TV

He was born in Middlesbrough in 1938 and was the TV performer with a magic touch who entertained TV audiences for most of the 1980s and 1990s. His BBC magic show ran from 1979 to 1994 and regularly attracted 15 million viewers per episode. He was famous for his catchphrase, “You’ll like this…


Keith Chegwin on Twitter

We have lost a lovely, kind and MAGIC man @thepauldaniels Love you & thinking of u @thedebbiemcgee . I shall miss him ‘A LOT’ xx

BBC Press Office on Twitter

Mark Linsey, Acting Director of BBC Television, pays tribute to Paul Daniels –

Ben Hanlin on Twitter

On behalf of the thousands of magicians you have inspired, Thank you Mr. Daniels. You’ll be missed. #PaulDaniels …

Chris Cox on Twitter

Ah so the curtain has fallen for Paul Daniels. Every magician is saying what a huge influence & inspiration he was. They’re all right.

Amanda Holden on Twitter

RIP @ThePaulDaniels he was a trail blazer for magic and will be missed love to @thedebbiemcgee and family X

Rick Wakeman on Twitter

I am so sad at so many friends passing away. Paul Daniels and Debbie were great friends & a wonderful couple. I shall miss Paul greatly.

Twitter Moments: Paul Daniels dies at the age of 77

The magician’s publicist confirmed the news this morning. Daniels had been suffering from a brain tumour.

Gordon Drayson

Professional Magician, working in the South London area. Close up magic, double act cabaret as well as UK Childrens Entertainer of the Year 2016/2017. Founding member of Magic Daily.

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