Magician Paul Daniels diagnosed with incurable brain tumour

Wife and partner Debbie McGee confirmed news this morning

Magician and TV presenter Paul Daniels has been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour.

The news was revealed by Daniels’ wife and showbiz partner Debbie McGee this morning (February 20) when she shared a link to a statement via Twitter.

McGee tweeted “with great sadness” alongside a link which confirmed the 77-year-old has terminal cancer: “We can confirm that one of our greatest magicians and entertainers of all times, Paul Daniels, has sadly been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour.

“On behalf of Paul, Debbie and their families, we thank you for your kind concerns and support at this sad time and ask that their privacy continues to be respected. There will be no further comments at this time.”

Daniels made his name performing magic tricks on TV and went on to host game shows such as Wipeout and Odd One Out.

Although Daniels has appeared on TV less in recent years, he has remained active on the live circuit and was in the middle of his Intimate Magic Tour when diagnosed. His manager has since confirmed that the remainder of the tour has been pulled in light of the news. He was due to perform at Gloucester Guildhall on March 24.

A scheduled appearance at the Leicester Comedy Festival on Thursday was cancelled, while another date in Nottingham was pulled the following night.