Paul Daniels visits Motherwell on March 31
LEGENDARY magician Paul Daniels is returning to Motherwell next month.
The Yorkshire maestro of magic has booked the town’s concert hall to wow fans with his latest show of conjuring tricks on Saturday, March 31.
Paul will be joined by his wife and long-term sidekick Debbie McGhee when he takes to the stage as part of his latest Hair Today Gone Tomorrow tour.
However, speaking exclusively to the Wishaw Press this week, Britain’s most popular magician admitted he will have his work cut out to impress his North Lanarkshire fan base – after coming across his youngest-ever heckler the last time he crossed the border!
Ahead of his Motherwell date, Paul said: “It was at the Edinburgh Festival last year – he was about 20 months old! His mother and her sister started having a real go at each other in the front row.
“So I just shut up and the audience began listening as my head was going side-to-side following this argument. I eventually butted in and said: ‘I think you’ve got me confused with Jeremy Kyle!’”
Despite this one audience hiccup, Paul’s spellbinding performance at the festival earned him rave reviews.
He’s now hoping to carry this mystery concoction of wonder and laughter into his latest tour, with particular excitement ahead of his Scottish dates.
“I used to do all the working men’s clubs up north a very long time ago,” he recalled.
“I was one of the first acts to travel north of the border into the clubs. The backing was a bit odd in those days – one night I had an accordion and a trumpet – but what I couldn’t get over was the myth about Scottish people being mean.
“The generosity, the way the people took me in and made cakes for me and things like that; I was heading back down south telling everyone ‘You need to get up there!’. I’ve loved Scotland ever since.”
However, Paul’s desire to get back on the road was almost quelled when, in preparation for his latest outing, he nearly lost his magic forever, severing a finger building props in his back garden.
He said: “I got unlucky in that the piece of wood I was cutting snapped and took my hand into the saw blade.
“But I was lucky in getting the best hand surgeon who was available on Boxing Day.
“My hand was then fully functional again. I’ve lost the top end of the ring finger but my sensitivity is still there and I just need to learn a few small changes for close-up magic. But my stage show will be unaffected.
“There aren’t that many card tricks you can do on stage because people can’t see them.”
What can the North Lanarkshire audience expect? Paul said: “A comedy night, it’s a good laugh. I baffle people while I make them laugh.
“I’m hoping to be joined by a guy call Kev Orkian. He shredded the Edinburgh audiences every night last year. Everybody loves him. He’s a piano-playing, funny guy.
“I just love people and love having a good time. It’s always an absolute laugh from start to finish. The show has expanded to two hours and it’s going to be great.
“I am just me and, like everyone else, change over the years. Because there’s never a script, I work off what the audience say and do. I don’t rely upon the tricks to entertain, I rely upon myself. Because that’s the way I work, I am changed by the audiences. It’s always interesting for me.
“I think magic is at its best when it is kind of intimate. I really do like being in small theatres and village halls.”
Asked why he considered magic the perfect form of entertainment, Paul was steadfast in his beliefs.
He said: “You really would like to fly, wouldn’t you? You really would like to pull money out of the air, wouldn’t you? You really would like to open your cupboard door and there’s a chick inside.
“A magician is an actor who is presenting a show which defies all these natural laws that bind us on the planet and can – apparently do anything. We’d all love to be able to do anything. That’s why people come along.
“Some people present that very seriously, some dramatically, some musically, and I use comedy.
“I always wanted to be a magician from when I was young. When you become a magician you just never grow up and I just love what I’m doing.
“I get paid for playing with my toys.”