Daniels “still excited”

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MORE than half a century into his career, magician Paul Daniels remains as enthusiastic about performing today as ever before.

“It’s the least boring job you could imagine,” he said.

“It’s such a peculiar profession and it has taken me all over the world meeting all sorts of people - they keep my show fresh and they keep it alive.”

Still touring at 73, this year he has travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and now Skegness.

The charismatic entertainer will be performing his latest show ‘Hair Today Gone Tomorrow’ at the Embassy Theatre on Saturday, October 22.

Featuring his wife and long standing accomplice the lovely Debbie McGee along with his son Martin, the show was a sell-out success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Although there may be a trick or two up his sleeves, Paul describes this routine as ‘two hours of laughter’.

“Everyone who comes and sees the live magic show says I’ve never seen you be so funny before,” he said

“People need to know that magic can be funny - I’ve always done it as comedy.

“They laughed at Tommy Cooper when he got it wrong and they laugh when I get it right.

“It’s very free-flowing - Martin and I try and work with whatever the audience gives us.”

In a career that has spanned generations, the veteran performer insists that the role of the entertainer has not altered in all that time.

“It hasn’t changed one bit and I don’t see how it could do.

“I’m well aware that fashions change and the rhythm of language changes but the job of the entertainer is still the same.

“You take a group of different types of people and you try and turn them into a group of people who are all having a good night out.

“There’s nothing different about what Derren Brown or David Blaine are doing that magicians in the past haven’t done before.”

Although he sees no difference in the nature of performing, he feels that television and cultural changes have made people less inclined to watch live theatre, which he sees as a sad state of affairs.

“People have got out of the habit of going to the theatre and they shouldn’t - there are some great shows out there,” he said.

“Don’t stay in a rut, go out and see some theatre, whether it’s mine or another - it’s like 3D cinema without the glasses,” he added.