WHEN it comes to television and mainstream magic, no one’s had more success than Paul Daniels.
As undoubtedly one of the most accomplished magicians in the world, and with a reputation as one of the most popular society and showbusiness entertainers, he continues to enthrall audiences with his fantastic tricks and comedy for people of all ages.
Despite a recent mishap with a circular saw, in which he has had to have surgery to reattach his finger, Paul, 73, is embarking on the second leg of his tour, along with wife Debbie McGee.
They stop off at the Empire Theatre in Consett on Tuesday, March 27, with new show Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.
What’s your first memory?
Being on holiday in a caravan in a place called Swainby and being pushed along in a pram by my mother and auntie.
What were you like as a child?
Unbelievable now ... but very, very quiet and shy.
What childhood games did you play?
Street games, there were hardly any cars.
What music did you like and what was the first record you bought?
I never got into music at all and still prefer radio, like Radio 4.
Did you have a family pet?
No, but now I have two house rabbits.
Were your school days the best days of your life?
No, pretty good, but my life just gets better and better.
Were you ever bullied?
Yes, but in those days it wasn’t such a big deal as they make it out to be now. You just got on with living.
What were your favourite TV programmes?
There wasn’t any TV until the coronation and after that the screen was so tiny I never paid it much attention. I guess that was because my dad had a cinema and I still prefer the big screen.
What did you want to do when you grew up?
From the age of 11, a magician. I wonder what I will be when I do grow up.
How did you spend your weekends?
I can’t remember. The cinema was a seven-days-a-week business. In my early teens I delivered green groceries on a pedal bike.
Do you remember your first kiss?
Yes, with Pauline Bagley up the alley behind Munby Street in South Bank.
Who was your first love?
Irene Hewitt ... but she didn’t love me.
What was the most important thing in the world to you?
Funny thing is I still don’t ‘cherish’ things, only people and I guess it was the same then.
What did you wear then, that you would never wear now?
How have you changed from your teenage self?
I am more outgoing, know so much more about life and relationships.
Where did you go on holiday?
The Norfolk Broads
Would the young you be pleased with the adult you?
I think so. I have become what I wanted to be.
If you could go back in time what would you tell your 15-year old self?
Bad times will come and loves will go but the good news is that you will always recover and times will get better.
For a better life don’t spend everything you get... save up to be wealthy and let your money grow.
To book tickets for Paul’s show, contact the Box Office on 01207 218 171, or visit the website at www.leisureworks.net