After more than 40 years of tricks, how does Paul do it – well, that’s magic…

Ma­gi­cian Paul Daniels and as­sis­tant Deb­bie McGee will per­form at the Swan in Novem­ber with new tricks as well as old favourites on the billing. Brian Clar­idge caught up with the pair, who are on a UK tour

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S IWITH all their tours, Paul and Deb­bie are play­ing to sell-out au­di­ences through­out the coun­try with their new show, which you can catch at Wy­combe Swan on Novem­ber 13. So what can Buck­ing­hamshire au­di­ences ex­pect? ask the cou­ple, who have en­ter­tained gen­er­a­tions of fans on tele­vi­sion and in live per­for­mances with their unique act of magic and com­edy.

“Deb­bie and will be per­form­ing a se­lec­tion of our favourite magic as well as a num­ber of new tricks that we have never per­formed in pub­lic be­fore,” says Paul. “They in­clude two old favourites – my sig­na­ture il­lu­sions as it were, but ev­ery­thing else in the act is new.”

The popular ma­gi­cian, who jok­ingly refers to him­self as ‘ma­gi­cian, comic and in­ter­na­tional sex sym­bol’, is as much of a live wire in real life as he is on stage, ac­cord­ing to wife Deb­bie.

“We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing at the Wy­combe Swan,” says ‘the lovely Deb­bie McGee’, as Paul fondly refers to her on stage.

“The great thing about the tour is that it’s never the same twice as the au­di­ence is dif­fer­ent each night,” she adds. The cou­ple were mar­ried in

I1988 and live in a beau­ti­ful river­side home by the Thames in Berk­shire.

Paul makes most of his own props and his DIY skills came in handy dur­ing the floods last win­ter when neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties were sub­merged.

Thanks to Paul’s skill and in­ge­nu­ity, their home was not se­ri­ously af­fected as he had built a sys­tem of gates and pumps – even though their gar­den was un­der wa­ter for sev­eral weeks.

Paul started per­form­ing magic tricks at the age of 11 and has gone on to de­velop il­lu­sions for sev­eral London West End shows, in­clud­ing Cats and Phan­tom of the Opera.

Both he and Deb­bie like to go to Las Ve­gas to see the big magic shows and Paul has an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of books and arte­facts.

“Lots of peo­ple con­tact Paul if they need to know any­thing about the his­tory of tricks and il­lu­sions,” says Deb­bie.

The cou­ple have not stopped per­form­ing since they burst onto our screens on the BBC in 1979. The Paul Daniels Magic Show topped the rat­ings. Their last two na­tion­wide tours, Hair To­day Gone To­mor­row and From Legend to Leg End, en­joyed crit­i­cal ac­claim and sold out in many venues across the coun­try.

With more than 40 years in the business and ac­claimed around the world, Paul is the only ma­gi­cian to re­ceive all top awards of the famed London Magic Cir­cle, and even New York and Hol­ly­wood have hon­oured his mag­i­cal achieve­ments.

Paul says he usu­ally knows how another per­former does a trick, but oc­ca­sion­ally even he is baf­fled.

“Then I break it down, bit by bit, and even­tu­ally will work it out,” he says. “And take my hat off to any­one

IIwho could stump me,” smiles Paul in his charis­matic way.

Do any of his acts ever go wrong ask? “Not that the au­di­ence would be aware of thank­fully,” sighs Paul.

“When I’m cre­at­ing a show, plan the rou­tines and also the get-outs: so if any­thing goes wrong, have a get-out plan, which you have to have in this business.”

ask them how they cope with all the trav­el­ling on their UK tour.

“Trav­el­ling can be tir­ing. How­ever, we stay in lovely ho­tels, eat nice food and love ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent ar­eas of

IIIIthe coun­try, which more than com­pen­sates,” says Deb­bie. With their bound­less en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm, they’re likely to be en­ter­tain­ing and mys­ti­fy­ing us with their spe­cial brand of magic and com­edy for many years to come.

See their show on Novem­ber 13 at 7.30pm at the Wy­combe Swan. Call the box of­fice on 01494 512 000 or book on­line at www.wycombeswan. co.uk.

Tick­ets £18.50, con­ces­sions £15, un­der-16s £12, fam­ily of four £50 (min­i­mum one adult).

Lead char­ac­ters Mil­lie and Jimmy, played by Ge­or­gia Clarke and Jonah Hal­ton

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