Undoubtedly the most successful TV magician of the 20th century, Paul Daniels, the very lovely Debbie McGee and Paul’s son Martin Daniels will be continuing to enchant the UK audiences next spring in the second leg of their mammoth nationwide tour. Their critically acclaimed and much loved show ‘Hair Today Gone Tomorrow’ exhibits their unique hil-hairious art of comedy magic……and even better, Paul promises not to dance. You’ll like this…not a lot (but you’ll like it!).
Whilst on holiday at the age of 11, Paul read the book ‘How to Entertain at Parties’ and since then he has been entertaining the masses, from tricks for his fellow servicemen during his national service to audiences in their millions on prime time TV. Opportunity literally Knocked in 1970 when Paul was spotted by a TV producer and he was soon hosting his own show The Paul Daniels Show (BBC1) with his future wife Debbie McGee for 15 years.
Paul became a magical star and hosted a number of other television series from Odd One Out, Every Second Counts, Wipeout, and the ever popular and fondly remembered Wizbit, all for the BBC. In recent years, Paul appeared on Da Ali G Show (Channel 4), Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV) and Strictly Come Dancing (BBC) and alongside Debbie on cult TV show When Louis Met…presented by Louis Theroux (BBC2), Wife Swap (Channel 4), The Farm (Channel 5), and The X Factor: Battle of the Stars (ITV).
With a reputation as one of the most popular men in show-business, Paul has entertained the likes of Prince William, Prince Harry, The Sultan of Brunei, The Sultan of Oman, Prince Rainier of Monaco, Barry White, John Major and countless others. His Radio 2 show Dealing with Daniels ran for 6 months and Paul performed at the Prince of Wales Theatre in the heart of the West End in his own show It’s Magic, one of the longest-running magic shows ever staged in London. He has also designed special effects for stage and screen including Cats, Phantom of the Opera, the Nutcracker and Hollywood movie Return to Oz. He has also developed a career in motivational speaking which aids business men and women in their speeches and presentations.
Debbie’s career has spanned the widest range of show business genres, incorporating classical ballet, modern dance, cabaret, theatre, television and films. After finishing her training at the Royal Ballet School, Debbie joined the Iranian National Ballet until political reasons forced her to return to the UK. There she went into the more commercial side of dance and appeared on many TV light entertainment shows.
Passing one audition changed her life when she landed a role as dancer in the Paul Daniels Summer Show in Great Yarmouth and the rest, as they say, is history. Since then, Debbie fulfilled a lifelong dream as Artistic Director and choreographer of the highly successful classical ballet company, Ballet Imaginaire. As well as presenting the well-known classics Swan Lake and Coppelia, Debbie has created two completely new classical ballets, The Artist’s Dream and Phantom, and since June 2008 Debbie added the role of Radio DJ to her credits, as she now presents her own Sunday morning radio show on BBC Radio Berkshire.
During his school holidays, Martin often helped his father with his magic props behind the scenes. At the age of seventeen, Martin took the plunge on a career in show business and has never looked back. He has appeared in numerous summer season engagements throughout the country, as well as several UK tours with artistes such as Jane McDonald, Lenny Henry, Les Dennis and MC Hammer. He has also appeared in 20 pantomimes and a season at the Prince of Wales Theatre in ‘The Magic Man’ in London’s West End. Martin was also invited to take part in the V.E Day Concert in Hyde Park, attended by HM Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Anne and Princess Margaret, plus an audience of 150,000 others!
Martin is perhaps best known for his many television appearances; he presented 2 series of LWT’s Game for A Laugh, the game show Lingo (Thames TV), and has presented on CITV. He’s appeared numerous other shows including five series of the BBC’s Bafta Award nominated “Les Dennis’ Laughter Show , Night Fever, 5’s Company, This Morning, Pebble Mill, The James Whale Show, The Little and Large Show and of course Paul Daniels Magic Show
Martin is also a published author, having penned a book entitled ‘Cunning Stunts’ which was later re-printed by Foulsham publishers as ’50 Best Betcha’s and Bar Gags.’ www.pauldaniels.co.uk
PRESS QUOTES ON HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW (Edinburgh run)
***** “Full of fun and entertainment… As sharp as always. A must” WHATSONSTAGE.COM
**** “A master class in old school illusion and stagecraft” THE HERALD
**** “Flawless…No one is going to overshadow Daniels” METRO
**** “Ridiculously talented” EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
**** Had the crowd roaring with laughter… it’s not hard to realise why he became, and still is, one of our country’s biggest magical institutions” PUBLIC REVIEWS
**** Highly recommended” WEST END WHINGERS
**** “A highly polished performance that has the audience clapping with delight” THREE WEEKS
“An absolute pro… Daniels is properly entertaining and suitable for all the family” THE TIMES
“Spectacular… a cracker in several senses” SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
“Charmingly sweet… masterful” CHORTLE
“Unflashy, old-fashioned and very good” THE TELEGRAPH