E’ mancato oggi Paul Daniels.
Qualche mese fa gli era stato diagnosticato un tumore al cervello che non era possibile rimuovere o curare.
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 February and last week returned from hospital to spend his final days at home.
Daniels is best known for his TV series The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran on the BBC from 1979 to 1994. He was born in 1938 in South Bank, Middlesbrough, where he began his career as a magician and entertainer.
Daniels died at his home in Berkshire. He had been diagnosed with the tumour after he was taken to hospital with a suspected stroke and scans revealed he had an inoperable growth in his brain.
His son Martin, also a magician, said his father had turned down radiotherapy as it had little chance of lengthening his life. In his final days, Daniels was described as being “lucid”. “He’s happy there – some days he is tired and spends most of his time in bed dozing. But even then he is happy,” his son said in the days before his death.
Daniels was born Newton Daniels in Middlesbrough in 1938 and said he first fell in love with magic as a shy 11-year-old. “A hot, wet childhood holiday got me into magic,” Daniels once said. “We couldn’t go out because of the bad weather, and one of the books in the place we were staying in had magic tricks in it that you could do yourself.”
Daniels went on to do national service and to run his own grocery shop, finessing his magic tricks by performing at youth centres and working men’s clubs in the evenings, before he embarked on a full-time career as a magician in 1969.
He got his big break on TV in 1978, with a late-night show on ITV called Paul Daniels’ Blackpool Bonanza, but it was his BBC series The Paul Daniels Magic Show which ran from 1979 to 1994 that secured his place as one of the country’s best-loved entertainers. With his catchphrase “You’ll like this … not a lot, but you’ll like it”, his show drew in audiences of 15 million at its peak and was sold on to 43 countries.
In addition to performing magic, Daniels hosted popular quiz shows for the BBC including Every Second Counts, Odd One Out and Wipeout, as well as narrating the children’s TV show Wizbit..