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Paul Daniels (b.1938-d.2016) was a magician from the United Kingdom. He achieved international fame through his television series "The Paul Daniels Magic Show", which ran on the BBC from 1979 to 1994.


Daniels was born as Newton Edward Daniels at South Bank, Middlesbrough, England. He was the son of Handel Newton Daniels and Nancy Lloyd. Handel, who was known as Hugh or Hughie, was a cinema projectionist at the Hippodrome Theatre and a former worker at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) Wilton.

After Sir William Turners Grammar School on Coatham Road in Coatham, Redcar, and his first job as a junior clerk in the treasurer's office of Eston Council, Daniels served as a conscript in the 1st Battalion, the Green Howards, during his national service and was posted to the British garrison in Hong Kong, before training as an accountant in local government. Even at this early age he had thinning hair which he claimed to be an act of 'magic'. Daniels later sported a wig for much of his television career. After working as a junior clerk and then as an auditor in local government, Daniels joined his parents in the grocery business they were running at the time. He later set up his own shop – at one point a mobile shop – but eventually gave this up in favor of his growing career as a magician.

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