Magician and entertainer Paul Daniels has terminal cancer.
A statement from his publicist said: “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.”
Wife Debbie McGee also confirmed the news on Twitter.
With great sadness https://t.co/UX8lnuFYBK
— Debbie McGee (@thedebbiemcgee) February 20, 2016
Born in Middlesbrough in 1938, Paul’s interest in magic began at the age of 11 when he read a book about entertaining at parties.
After his National Service, Paul developed his magic skills in working men’s clubs. In 1969, he was offered a summer season at Newquay and decided to become a full-time performer.
The following year, Paul made his TV debut on talent series Opportunity Knocks, and came second.
He was seen by TV producer Johnnie Hamp, who gave him a regular slot on The Wheeltappers And Shunters Social Club, a variety show on ITV hosted by the late Bernard Manning.
In 1979, Paul began his long run on BBC One’s The Paul Daniels Magic Show which lasted until 1994.
In addition to performing magic, he hosted popular quiz shows for the BBC including Every Second Counts, Odd One Out and Wipeout. He also narrated the children’s TV show Wizbit.
Paul married his first wife, Jacqueline, in 1960. They have three sons together.
He wed second wife Debbie McGee in 1988. Debbie was Daniels’ on-stage assistant from the start of his run on the BBC.
Paul is also well known for his “You’ll like this … not a lot, but you’ll like it” catchphrase.
He said he first came up with the line at a club in Bradford as a way to deal with a heckler.
In later years, Paul and his wife Debbie participated in various TV shows including Channel 5′s The Farm, ITV’s The X Factor: Battle Of The Stars and Channel 4′s Celebrity Wife Swap, in which Paul tried living with Vanessa Feltz.
He also took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2010.