Now that’s not Magic, Paul Daniels.
Various Sources. Foreword by Spivey.
Oh dear, oh dear. Someone should of had a word in Paul’s shell like and told him that in the present climate; it really isn’t wise to make public the fact that he was going to shag a school girl.
Having said that. Methinks he doth protest to much. In fact, it rather sounds to me a bit like Paul Daniels is preparing his defence… Just in case.
Mind you, as you will no doubt read in the 2nd article on this page, Paul’s school teacher brother Trevor Daniels didn’t bother preparing his. In 2007, he was found guilty of indecently assaulting one of his 12 yr old pupils.
The number of teachers who turn out to be paedophiles, is actually quite frightening. It’s bad enough that our kids are being brainwashed in classrooms up and down the country, without them having to run the gauntlet of nonce teachers. Course, the fact that [not so] clever Trevor was convicted, now means older brother Paul will have a much harder time convincing the gossips that paedophilia doesn’t run in the family.
And, lets face it. The fact that Paul’s son, Paul Daniels Jr was convicted of dealing drugs from his magic trick shop won’t help either. Then there is that persistent, pesky rumour about his wife, Debbie McGee and her un-natural love for animals. That rumour refuses to go away and has dogged the pint sized magician for years (see what I did there?).
All in all, Wizbit Daniel’s might just live to regret opening his mouth in the first place… Say yes Paul.
Paul Daniels and the schoolgirl
TELLY magician Paul Daniels has admitted a passionate clinch with a tipsy schoolgirl he picked up in his car late at night.
Daniels, 74, said he only learned the mini-skirted hitch-hiker was still at school after they kissed and cuddled.
He added that it was “impossible” to tell if teenage groupies in the 1970s were over 16.
Daniels said he ended up in a clinch with the “tiddly” girl.
He said: “I kissed her goodnight and it got a bit more passionate. Thank God it didn’t get too passionate because something she said sent a shiver down my spine — she said she was still at school.”
The veteran TV magician, who was then aged 30, said he spotted the girl as he drove home from a show in the early hours along a country lane.
Daniels, writing on his online blog in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, said: “A mini-skirted girl was thumbing a lift.
“I gave her a lift and drove on into the night whilst the more-than-slightly tiddly girl moaned on about her boyfriend ignoring her in the pub that night and that she would get own back on him.
“Oh goodie for me, I thought.”
But after their clinch, the girl told Daniels she was still at school.
He said: “I had her out of the car as fast as I could and I drove off with the lights off so she couldn’t see my number plate! I felt sick.”
Daniels wrote about his risky 1970s encounter hours after Savile’s ex-BBC producer Ted Beston was arrested on Wednesday by police on the Operation Yewtree sex abuse inquiry.
The illusionist said he was shocked 76-year-old Beston was being held — and went on to tell how the showbiz world of the ’70s had been plagued by teenage “groupies.”
Daniels, a married dad of three, said he had many encounters with them and it was often impossible to know their age.
He said: “The super-short mini-skirts, the teetering high heels, the full slap (make up) made it, as I say, impossible.
“I think most people would agree that still applies today and maybe more so.
“Did I have such a life? Yes. I would be lying if I said I didn’t. Were they all over 16? OMG I hope so. Can I remember them? No.”
Daniels, who claims to have slept with more than 300 women, said Operation Yewtree’s problem was that it was dealing with allegations dating back decades.
He added: “Life back then was a blur and therein lies a major problem with what is going on now. It was 35 to 40 years ago. How the hell can you say you did or didn’t?
“Anyone can come along and claim to have been ‘abused’ by anyone they care to name.”
Daniels, married to ex-assistant Debbie McGee, 54, said stars like him were surrounded by female fans in the ’70s. He added: “If you were in showbusiness women really did come after you, and I guess they still do.
“Mostly, they would go after the pop scene but it may come as a surprise when I tell you that comedians, impressionists, even magicians, were chatted up and sex was out there and laid on the line.”
But Daniels said his clinch with the schoolgirl taught him to take care. He added: “Maybe that scare was a good thing ’cos from then on I would talk about their jobs or whatever before anything went too far.”
Daniels also said he wondered if some of those claiming to have been abused by stars were making it up.
He added: “I don’t think that there is now any doubt that Mr Savile was a bad guy. What I do find odd about the stories now emerging however is when a ‘victim’ went on TV and stated she had gone back to his dressing room quite a few times.
“Nobody seemed to take much notice of the headmistress of the girls’ school who said what people were not taking into account was, her words, these were ‘bad girls, who would do anything for a fag.’ “A bad guy? Undoubtedly, but I have been wondering if all of the accusers are for real.
“I can fully understand some women not wanting to talk about what happened to them, but for over 400 of them to keep quiet for 40 years seems strange.”
There have been 450 complaints against ex-BBC DJ Savile, who abused children for four decades.
Beston, who denies the allegations, is the eighth person arrested as part of Operation Yewtree. Others include comic Freddie Starr and publicist Max Clifford — who both deny wrongdoing — and pop star Gary Glitter.
The Sun has been unable to contact Daniels.
The post about the girl was removed from the Life and Times of Paul Daniels site last night.
THE school teacher brother of TV magician Paul Daniels has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a girl of 12 in a classroom.
Married music master Trevor Daniels, 58, pounced on the terrified girl after she went to see him alone.
The brother of multi-millionaire Paul, 64, was arrested and booted out of his £25,000-a-year job.
The shamed pervert was once half of a double act with the star, playing the accordion while Paul performed the magic tricks.
He later became Pauls musical director and also made many of the props used in the act.
Prosecutor Andrew Wilkins told magistrates: He grabbed the girl, pushed her against the door and kissed her on the lips but she escaped from him. She had gone to see Daniels alone and later told someone what had happened.
The sex pest, of Towcester, Northants, had denied indecent assault but was found guilty after a two-day case at Aylesbury, Bucks.
He was given an 18-month community rehabilitation order, put on the Sex Offenders Register for five years and ordered to pay his victim £100 compensation.
Paul was his brothers best man in 1987 when he married dancer Rosemary Lane.
The pair have three children and he has two grown-up sons from a previous marriage.
So Paul. Where did all the family magic go?
The Daily Express.
As his wayward eldest son is accused of drug dealing, we reveal how the children of Paul Daniels have thrown their privileged lives away.
Paul Daniels is no stranger to disappointment. It grieves him that his style of entertainment is considered too dated for television.
As the first non-American to be named Magician of the Year by the Hollywood Academy of Magical Arts it bothers him greatly that he is not, in his view, accorded the same respect in his own country.
He is no doubt irritated by the way the reality shows he has appeared on make him come across as a grumpy, stick in the mud.
But by far his greatest disappointment must surely be the way the lives of his sons have panned out.
To acknowledge that one’s offspring have not turned out as one had hoped is perhaps the most discomfiting admission any parent can make.
|MARTIN DANIELS: A business gone bankrupt|
It is a dead-of-night sort of confession, in which the natural desire for your child to be happy wrestles with exasperation over the choices they make.
Sadly for Paul Daniels exasperation is well and truly winning the battle.
It would be fair to say that when he considers Paul, Martin and Gary, his sons from his first marriage, the picture is hardly edifying: one ex-con, one bankrupt and one awaiting trial for fraud.
To paraphrase the old gagster himself there is not a lot for a father to like about this scenario.
Last weekend Paul, his oldest son, was exposed as an alleged drug dealer.
In a classic Fleet Street “sting” a Sunday newspaper reporter, who posed as a customer at his shop, claimed Paul Jnr, 48, sold her a bag of “very strong” cannabis for £20 and invited her to smoke a joint with him in the back room, saying: “We’re not just a fancy dress shop you know.”
This is by no means the first time that the name of Paul Jnr has been linked to drugs or to criminality in general.
He has been in and out of trouble for more than 20 years. It started when he was caught joy-riding at 22 in his father’s Ferrari.
In his mid-20s he was convicted of drink driving and later given a suspended sentence for driving while disqualified.
In 1997 he was charged with selling porn after police raided a Soho sex shop where he was working.
He was fined and given 100 hours community service. The following year he was found guilty of obtaining property by deception by running a bogus insurance firm.
This time he was jailed for a year and served six months.
Jail did not reform him. In 2001 Paul was found to be growing 89 cannabis plants at his home in Hartlepool.
He claimed he had started growing the drug for medicinal use for a chest complaint but had been “forced” to grow for others because he was too proud to ask his father for financial help.
He was fined £60 and given a 12-month rehabilitation order. Then in 2003 he went on the run after drug pushers blamed him for a cocaine deal going wrong and put a contract out on him.
Paul Snr has sometimes been dragged into his son’s unsavoury lifestyle. A cocaine-smuggling gang threatened to kill the magician when Paul Jnr refused to join their racket.
The fact that Paul Jnr’s latest escapade appears to have taken place in the Paul Daniels Magic Party Shop in Wigan will no doubt be doubly hurtful to his 71-year-old father, who provided the money to set it up. Then again Daniels may well be too preoccupied with other worries.
His youngest Gary, 40, an IT manager with South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust, is facing trial on charges of defrauding the health service.
He is accused of signing off invoices for work on the computer system which he had allegedly done himself.
Martin, the middle son, however, was for a long time the very model of success and probity. Now 45 he began working as his father’s assistant straight after leaving school at 15.
At 17 he launched his own career as a magician, comedian and game-show host, presenting two series of Game For A Laugh.
In 1989 he bought a club in California from which he was to present a new music-with-magic TV show.
Then it all went wrong for Martin, too. Four years later in 1993 he was declared bankrupt. The petition was brought by a creditor in Britain.
Exactly why Martin’s fortunes dipped so dramatically is unclear but he has since rebuilt his career, performing on cruise ships and in pantomime and presenting a show on Radio Lincolnshire.
How did it all go so wrong for the sons of one of the most popular entertainers of the Seventies and Eighties?
As is so often the case the seeds were perhaps sown in the wreckage of their parents’ marriage. Daniels was only 21 and Jacqueline 17 when they married in 1960 in their native Middlesbrough.
Daniels was then working as a local government clerk but later joined his parents in their grocery business while doing magic shows at night with Jacqueline as his assistant.
When he was 30 he finally decided to devote himself full-time to performing.
The end of the marriage – which he has subsequently described as “one big row” – soon followed. Gary was only six weeks old when his father left.
Though they were older it still took Paul and Martin a couple of years to realise their parents were separated because their father was away from home so much anyway.
There followed several years of spending holidays with their father wherever he happened to be performing during the summer season.
These were not glamorous holidays – this was long before Daniels was earning big money as a household name via his own TV shows.
Daniels met showgirl Debbie in 1979 and they married nine years later.
Though she is 20 years his junior their marriage is now recognised as among the happiest and most stable in showbiz.
Daniels always refers to his wife as “the lovely Debbie McGee” and remains so besotted after 20 years of marriage that he recently posted bikini shots of her on the internet, stating she looked “better than Madonna”.
They have no children together but seem so wrapped up in each other that it would be difficult to imagine how a child might have been anything other than an intrusion.
Paul Jnr admits he resented his father for leaving home. Their relationship was so fractious that the son sometimes used his middle name Newton as a surname.
For his part Daniels Snr once claimed his firstborn was “slightly schizophrenic”. Paul Jnr denies this, describing his father as “a control freak”. He drifted from job to job and has been estranged from his father for several lengthy periods throughout his adult life.
In Daniels Snr’s defence, Paul seems always to have blamed others for his misfortunes and none more so than his father and his second wife. According to Paul Jnr, Debbie never made him feel welcome.
Yet when Paul Jnr was jailed Daniels ended their 10-year estrangement to support him, visiting him every week and writing to him almost daily.
However, when Paul was released on New Year’s Eve 1998 and turned up drunk and dishevelled at his father’s home, Daniels told him he could not treat the place as a “doss house.”
There was a row, Paul walked out, lived rough for a time and finally returned to his home town Middlesbrough.
Gary has also bemoaned the difficulties of being the son of Paul Daniels. He has complained in the past about always feeling upstaged by his famous father and of wanting to be noticed in his own right.
Paul Daniels has never claimed he was the best father to his boys, only that he did the best he could. Only Martin seems to have ever given him credit for that.
If celebrity is indeed a curse then the Daniels men have all been tainted by it.
PAUL DANIELS’ SON ON DRUG GANG HIT LIST.
THE wayward son of millionaire magician Paul Daniels is on the run from drug-dealers who have put out a contract on his life.
Paul (pictured), recently served a 12-month rehabilitation order after being convicted in 2001 of growing pounds 90,000 worth of cannabis.
He is now working in a supermarket under a false identity. Paul, 43, revealed: “I got mixed up with a bad lot. They blamed me for a deal going wrong and now there is a price on my head.
“I have left a letter with my lawyer to be opened in the event of my death which tells all.”
The revelation will be further anguish to his father who collapsed two weeks ago. The pair didn’t speak during a rift caused by his dad dumping wife Jackie – Paul Jnr’s mum – and marrying Debbie McGee. But he decided to bury the hatchet after his dad did a show in the town where he is now living.
He added: “It was a bit strange meeting up but soon we were getting on again. It was a worry when he collapsed but he’s fine now.”