Debbie McGee: 'Paul's tricks never get old'

Bucks Free Press: Debbie McGee Debbie McGee

AFTER 35 years together you would expect ‘the lovely’ Debbie McGee has seen every trick Paul Daniels has up his sleeve - but you’d be wrong.

Because despite the fact the magical maestros celebrate their silver wedding anniversary next year, Paul continues to surprise his beloved sidekick, even if it means more housework for poor Debbie.

"He surprises me all the time. He is always on the internet researching and looking for inspiration. He just has one of those brains, he never rests on his laurels and no show or trick is the same", she said.

"It is fun, I’ll be doing the washing up and he’ll just burst in the kitchen saying, ‘put the dishes down Debbie and tell me what you think of this trick’. But our house is covered in stuff all the time as a result!"

Magic’s most famous couple are currently on th eir latest tour, Hair Today Gone Tomorrow, which lands at The Elgiva next week.

They are no stranger to the Chesham theatre and love making the trip from their Wargrave home to south Bucks, an area Debbie holds close to her heart.

People lined the streets to watch Debbie arrive at the Beaconsfield Chambers in a horse-drawn carriage as the duo tied the knot in 1988.

She said: "I remember coming out on to the balcony and so many people turned up, it must have caused major traffic jams. It was great.

"We love Buckinghamshire, it is a beautiful place. I still go to the same hairdresser in Chalfont and Paul has family in Denham."

While Debbie is most famous for being the wife and glamorous assistant of Paul Daniels, it is important to remind you of her undoubted talents.

The 53-year-old is a classically trained dancer who learnt her trade at the Royal Ballet School before joining the Iranian National Ballet.

She later toured with music big-hitters ABBA before teaming up with Paul Daniels for record breaking tours and prime-time TV smashes.

And Debbie now hosts a Sunday morning breakfast show on BBC Radio Berkshire. But despite her own success, does she ever get fed up of being prominently known as Paul Daniels’ sidekick?

She said: "It has never bothered me, I don’t know why, maybe I should, but I am very happy and comfortable with what I have achieved."

But, back to their latest show, what can we expect and how do the royal couple of illusions continue to keep it fresh after all these years?

Debbie said: "People have an idea based on what they’ve seen on TV.

"But everyone is always surprised at just how funny Paul is. It is a fun show and they enjoy the atmosphere as much as they enjoyed the magic.

"It’s never the same show two nights running and that has been the same for the past 30-odd years."

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow takes to The Elgiva Theatre on April 14. Tickets cost £19.50 from 01494 582900 or visit www.elgiva.com

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12:14pm Fri 6 Apr 12

Edna_Welthorpe_ says...

Well this goes on the list for headline of the year.
Well this goes on the list for headline of the year. Edna_Welthorpe_

1:20pm Fri 6 Apr 12

Plus ça change... says...

Could Paul make all the litter in Wycombe disappear?

Or at least saw it in half...

No, not Wycombe, the litter!!!
Could Paul make all the litter in Wycombe disappear? Or at least saw it in half... No, not Wycombe, the litter!!! Plus ça change...

2:07pm Fri 6 Apr 12

demoness the second says...

Hmm - all the internet research that he has been doing.
Is that what they call it nowadays?
Hmm - all the internet research that he has been doing. Is that what they call it nowadays? demoness the second

4:00pm Fri 6 Apr 12

geoffW says...

Is this "news" or an advert for a forthcoming show?
.
Why isn't their a category for "entertainment" on this site?
Is this "news" or an advert for a forthcoming show? . Why isn't their a category for "entertainment" on this site? geoffW

4:02pm Fri 6 Apr 12

Marmite XO says...

I loved Paul's new trick of sawing his finger off. Very realistic.
I loved Paul's new trick of sawing his finger off. Very realistic. Marmite XO

4:06pm Fri 6 Apr 12

Plus ça change... says...

I think he should be on the Council.

We need some magic.
I think he should be on the Council. We need some magic. Plus ça change...

6:04pm Fri 6 Apr 12

gotanybiscuits? says...

geoffW wrote:
Is this "news" or an advert for a forthcoming show?
.
Why isn't their a category for "entertainment" on this site?
well it certainly is not newsworthy, so......
[quote][p][bold]geoffW[/bold] wrote: Is this "news" or an advert for a forthcoming show? . Why isn't their a category for "entertainment" on this site?[/p][/quote]well it certainly is not newsworthy, so...... gotanybiscuits?

6:17pm Fri 6 Apr 12

ivor says...

Its a shame we can't have Paul Daniels back on the TV on a Saturday night performing some of his wonderful magic tricks. I always thought his programmes were excellent and just the sort of thing we need to keep us entertained.
~
How long will it be before he performs at the Wycombe Swan so everyone from Wycombe can see the show?
~
Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “BLOGS” link at the top of the page.
Its a shame we can't have Paul Daniels back on the TV on a Saturday night performing some of his wonderful magic tricks. I always thought his programmes were excellent and just the sort of thing we need to keep us entertained. ~ How long will it be before he performs at the Wycombe Swan so everyone from Wycombe can see the show? ~ Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “BLOGS” link at the top of the page. ivor

7:36pm Fri 6 Apr 12

SuperSharpShooter says...

This has to be the biggest waste of web-page I have ever encountered.. Ivor, the reason we don't have him on TV is because his act is tired and outdated, much like his opinions on the world..
This has to be the biggest waste of web-page I have ever encountered.. Ivor, the reason we don't have him on TV is because his act is tired and outdated, much like his opinions on the world.. SuperSharpShooter

7:40pm Fri 6 Apr 12

iantcd says...

Plus ça change... wrote:
Could Paul make all the litter in Wycombe disappear? Or at least saw it in half... No, not Wycombe, the litter!!!
High wycombe sub-aqua Club have recently volunteered to help clean up the Dyke in High Wycombe. Wycombe DC have been most supportive & organised a date & a collection of rubbish service. Sadly if the new Handy cross goes ahead HWSAC & other user groups are likely to be without a facility to train in. Have a look at our petition.
http://www.gopetitio
n.com/petitions/peti
tion-to-wycombe-dist
rict-council-to-prov
ide-a-true/signature
s.html
[quote][p][bold]Plus ça change...[/bold] wrote: Could Paul make all the litter in Wycombe disappear? Or at least saw it in half... No, not Wycombe, the litter!!![/p][/quote]High wycombe sub-aqua Club have recently volunteered to help clean up the Dyke in High Wycombe. Wycombe DC have been most supportive & organised a date & a collection of rubbish service. Sadly if the new Handy cross goes ahead HWSAC & other user groups are likely to be without a facility to train in. Have a look at our petition. http://www.gopetitio n.com/petitions/peti tion-to-wycombe-dist rict-council-to-prov ide-a-true/signature s.html iantcd

8:39pm Fri 6 Apr 12

gotanybiscuits? says...

SuperSharpShooter wrote:
This has to be the biggest waste of web-page I have ever encountered.. Ivor, the reason we don't have him on TV is because his act is tired and outdated, much like his opinions on the world..
are you suggesting that "Ivor" is really Paul Daniels?
[quote][p][bold]SuperSharpShooter[/bold] wrote: This has to be the biggest waste of web-page I have ever encountered.. Ivor, the reason we don't have him on TV is because his act is tired and outdated, much like his opinions on the world..[/p][/quote]are you suggesting that "Ivor" is really Paul Daniels? gotanybiscuits?

9:15pm Fri 6 Apr 12

SuperSharpShooter says...

Well.... I wasn't, but now you mention it......
Well.... I wasn't, but now you mention it...... SuperSharpShooter

9:27pm Fri 6 Apr 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

geoffW wrote:
Is this "news" or an advert for a forthcoming show?
.
Why isn't their a category for "entertainment" on this site?
That's what 'ivor' is for surely.
[quote][p][bold]geoffW[/bold] wrote: Is this "news" or an advert for a forthcoming show? . Why isn't their a category for "entertainment" on this site?[/p][/quote]That's what 'ivor' is for surely. ImpeturbableLawrence

9:30pm Fri 6 Apr 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

ivor wrote:
Its a shame we can't have Paul Daniels back on the TV on a Saturday night performing some of his wonderful magic tricks. I always thought his programmes were excellent and just the sort of thing we need to keep us entertained.
~
How long will it be before he performs at the Wycombe Swan so everyone from Wycombe can see the show?
~
Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “BLOGS” link at the top of the page.
I saw him in a DIY shop recently - or was it his stunt double?

He bought some masonry nails - not exactly MAGIC I suppose.
[quote][p][bold]ivor[/bold] wrote: Its a shame we can't have Paul Daniels back on the TV on a Saturday night performing some of his wonderful magic tricks. I always thought his programmes were excellent and just the sort of thing we need to keep us entertained. ~ How long will it be before he performs at the Wycombe Swan so everyone from Wycombe can see the show? ~ Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “BLOGS” link at the top of the page.[/p][/quote]I saw him in a DIY shop recently - or was it his stunt double? He bought some masonry nails - not exactly MAGIC I suppose. ImpeturbableLawrence

10:27pm Fri 6 Apr 12

Plus ça change... says...

Ivor claims to make a sandwich disappear everyday on his favourite bench...
Ivor claims to make a sandwich disappear everyday on his favourite bench... Plus ça change...

11:18pm Fri 6 Apr 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

What can I say?
What can I say? ImpeturbableLawrence

12:35pm Sat 7 Apr 12

The SURGEON says...

I think I saw Debbie McGee wearing a dressing gown and filling a trolley full of Lambrini and Latvian vodka at Lidl last weekend. It looked like another evening of 'magic' was on the cards at the Daniels' ranch.
I think I saw Debbie McGee wearing a dressing gown and filling a trolley full of Lambrini and Latvian vodka at Lidl last weekend. It looked like another evening of 'magic' was on the cards at the Daniels' ranch. The SURGEON

10:33pm Sat 7 Apr 12

stevet123 says...

well bucks free press breaking news yet again, i like it but not a lot
well bucks free press breaking news yet again, i like it but not a lot stevet123

11:48pm Sat 7 Apr 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

ImpeturbableLawrence wrote:
ivor wrote:
Its a shame we can't have Paul Daniels back on the TV on a Saturday night performing some of his wonderful magic tricks. I always thought his programmes were excellent and just the sort of thing we need to keep us entertained.
~
How long will it be before he performs at the Wycombe Swan so everyone from Wycombe can see the show?
~
Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “BLOGS” link at the top of the page.
I saw him in a DIY shop recently - or was it his stunt double?

He bought some masonry nails - not exactly MAGIC I suppose.
They may have been ordinary nails actually.
[quote][p][bold]ImpeturbableLawrence[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ivor[/bold] wrote: Its a shame we can't have Paul Daniels back on the TV on a Saturday night performing some of his wonderful magic tricks. I always thought his programmes were excellent and just the sort of thing we need to keep us entertained. ~ How long will it be before he performs at the Wycombe Swan so everyone from Wycombe can see the show? ~ Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “BLOGS” link at the top of the page.[/p][/quote]I saw him in a DIY shop recently - or was it his stunt double? He bought some masonry nails - not exactly MAGIC I suppose.[/p][/quote]They may have been ordinary nails actually. ImpeturbableLawrence

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