Beloved magician Paul Daniels has passed away at the age of 77, and the outpouring of tributes on social media is testament to his status as an entertainment legend. We all know him from the eponymous The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran from 1979 to 1994, but the tributes being paid to him remind us that his career was far more varied. Here are five brilliant moments you may not know about.
1. Appearing in Swim Deep’s ‘Namaste’ video as an 80s game show host
The Birmingham band’s 2015 video also starred Spector’s Fred MacPherson and singer Austin Williams’ mum Julie, but it was Daniels who really brought the magic in his parody of game show hosts of yore. Swim Deep paid tribute to him this morning.
See the video below:
2. Technically Ron’s Fringe story
Twitter don @TechnicallyRon posted the below story following Daniels’ passing, and it’s both insightful and hilarious:
3. Dressing up as Ali G
Daniels geared up as Sacha Baron Cohen’s character and in our books, beat him at his own game in this surprisingly filthy exchange.
4. Locking Louis Theroux in a cupboard and finding it hilarious
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5. Teaching Vanessa Feltz the value of silence on Wife Swap
She didn’t seem to get it, but still.
See more tributes to Daniels from magicians, actors and musicians below: