Paul Daniels talks about Camberley magicBy Louise Osborne
September 14, 2011
THE magnificent magician Paul Daniels will be enchanting audiences when he materialises on stage next week.
The entertainer will be appearing alongside his wife and assistant, Debbie McGee, and his son, Martin, at the Camberley Theatre on Thursday, September 22.
Speaking to What’s On, Paul described the tour, Hair Today Gone Tomorrow, as a comedy show with a lot of stand-up and tricks along the way.
“People seem to enjoy the mixture,” he said.
“There are no fixed set roles, we just go with the flow. Anybody understand that anytime they are on stage anyone else (from the show) can come on and do some improvisation.
“I did television shows for years and never had a script. I didn’t like formulated TV and that’s why it always seemed quite natural.”
Since the age of 11, when he read the book, How to Entertain at Parties, Paul has been dazzling audiences.
They have ranged from performing tricks for his fellow servicemen during the time he spent on National Service to the massive audiences that tune into prime time televsion.
He has even been described as the most successful TV magician of the 20th century.
“That comes from a book published on the history of television,” he said. “It’s extraordinary and a massive compliment,” he said.
“However, there are some people who come to the show and say, ‘I can’t stand you on the television, but I love you live’.”
Paul said he began his working life as an internal auditor in local government, but always wanted to get in show business.
He said: “My parents said it was good to get a proper job. But I eventually decided to go into show business and then I never wanted to do a nine-to-five job again.
“I love the variety of my life. I get to travel to New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Las Vegas and I do motivational speaking as well. I’ve done theatre in the weirdest and most wonderful places.
“I see new places and new faces and I particularly like entertaining audiences where I have never been heard of."
Paul said he began motivational speaking for people who wanted to get into show business discussing the ‘business behind the glamour’.
But he said he hated the celebrity culture brought about by reality television.
“It’s killed off originality,” he said.
Perhaps best known for presenting his own show, The Paul Daniels Show, on BBC1, the star said that magic was what everybody dreams about.
“Physics teaches that matter can’t be produced… magicians pull a coin from behind somebody’s ear.
“Physicists say that matter can’t be destroyed… magicians make things disappear,” he said.
“I’m an actor presenting the world of magic.”
To read more about Paul or to find him on Facebook and Twitter, see his website at www.pauldaniels.co.uk
For more information about the show or to get tickets, go to the Camberley Theatre’s website at www.camberleytheatre.biz or call 01276 707600.