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Tributes paid to 'force of nature' Paul Daniels

Paul Daniels' nephew James Phelan has said his uncle was a "force of nature" as he led tributes to the late entertainer.

The 24-year-old, who is also a magician like his famous relative, told BBC News that Daniels had made such a "positive impact on so many people".

Phelan was taught some of the tricks of the trade by his uncle.

He auditioned for the forthcoming series of Britain's Got Talent in a bid to follow in Daniels' footsteps.

Magician Dynamo said he was "devastated" by the news of Daniels' death.

The 33-year-old, real name Steven Frayne, hailed Daniels as "a giant of the entertainment world" and called him "a huge inspiration".

"I'm devastated to hear the sad news that Paul Daniels has passed away," his statement said.

"Paul was truly a giant of the entertainment world who really defined magic for over 20 years.

"As a working class magician from the north he was personally a huge inspiration for me and I know that he has inspired countless magicians around the world and will forever be known as one of the all time greats."

He ended: "My thoughts and best wishes go out to his family at this tragic time."

Tributes have poured in for the Middlesbrough-born magician who lost his fight with cancer early on Thursday morning.

The 77-year-old was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in February and had chosen to spend his final days with his family at his Berkshire home with family.

He died with his wife Debbie McGee, 57, by his side.

Mark Linsey, acting director of BBC Television, said: "Paul was an outstanding showman and one of the great entertainers of BBC television.

"His long-running magic show delighted viewers, as did his BBC One quiz shows Odd One Out, Wipeout and Every Second Counts and children's favourite Wizbit. He will be missed and our thoughts are with his family."

On Twitter, Piers Morgan ‏tweeted: "RIP Paul Daniels. A great entertainer."

Louis Theroux, who filmed Daniels and his wife for his 2001 series When Louis Met ... , described the star as "a gifted magician".

"RIP Paul Daniels," he wrote. "A thoughtful sceptic, enemy of hucksterism and paranormal flimflam, and gifted magician. My condolences to his family."

Dancer James Jordan, the husband of Strictly Come Dancing professional Ola Jordan who was partnered with Daniels in 2010, said: "Such sad news about Paul Daniels.

"I grew up watching him and his show on BBC. RIP. My thoughts are with Debbie and your family. #PaulDaniels".

Musician Rick Wakeman, who played with David Bowie, said: "I am so sad at so many friends passing away. Paul Daniels and Debbie were great friends & a wonderful couple.

"I shall miss Paul greatly."

Keith Chegwin tweeted: "We have lost a lovely, kind and MAGIC man @thepauldaniels Love you & thinking of u @thedebbiemcgee . I shall miss him 'A LOT' xx".

Musical theatre's Darren Day said: "RIP God bless @ThePaulDaniels Thoughts are with his family and friends. He was a nice man x".

The League Of Gentlemen's Reece Shearsmith ‏said: "RIP Paul Daniels. His magic shows were a huge joyous part of childhood."


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