Paul started learning his magic skills at the age of 11, and honed his performance skills in working men's clubs and after a summer season in Newquay, he took part in talent show Opportunity Knocks. After working on ITV variety shows, he moved to the BBC in the late 1970s and started the hugely successful series, The Paul Daniels Magic Show which ran for fifteen years. His magic ranged from the small, personal card tricks to large scale illusions, and everything in between. In 1983 he won the Hollywood Academy of Magical Arts Magician of the Year - the first magician from outside the US to be presented with this prestigious award. He has performed all over the world, including the West End, Broadway and headlining in Las Vegas.

Paul danced in the eighth series of Strictly Come Dancing, and his professional dance partner was the reigning champion, Ola Jordan, competing in her fifth series of Strictly. The couple were one of the first to make use of props in the series, with Paul producing Ola as if by magic out of a box at the start of their first dance, the cha cha cha. For a 72 year old man, Paul was surprisingly spritely on his feet, but they failed to impress the judges and found themselves at the bottom of the leaderboard. Ola choreographed a charming routine for their foxtrot, and their combined score for the first two dances left them second from bottom but the public decided they would like to see them dance again, and were saved from the bottom two and elimination. Their next dance was a rumba, which could have been an awkward dance with such a large age gap, but again Ola produced a routine which conveyed friendship rather than courtship and suited Paul perfectly. The judges still failed to be impressed and it was another week at the bottom of the leaderboard, and this time the public agreed, and they finished the competition in 13th place out of fourteen couples.


Strictly Come Dancing

Week Dance Song Judges scores Total
1 Cha Cha Cha Could It Be Magic 2 5 5 4 16
2 Foxtrot Lady Luck 4 6 6 5 21
3 Rumba Take A Bow 2 5 5 4 16


What The Judges Said

Week 2 - Foxtrot

Craig:I have to admire your honesty, that is wonderful. It had rise and fall in the beginning, and then it decidedly disappeared for some reason, I have no idea why. It lacked swing and sway, shape and all those things, and you were looking down rather a lot, which I hate. But, I have to say it's so much better than last week, there's a real improvement.
Len:It had sort of an ease about it which was very appealing. It was a tad pedestrian here and there, but, as Craig has said, an improvement, and that's what this show's about, getting better week by week, and it was better than last week. Well done.
Alesha:Ballroom definitely suits you more than latin, Ola you did a really good job. I just hope that you keep working hard Paul because I think that there's more to come, I think you can do a lot better, so just keep at it.


Week 1 - Waltz

Bruno:You've got the wrong song, it should have been, "Could It Be Tragic". Singing along with Take That ... "Spirit's move me - who gives a hell, I'm doing my own thing". Very, very funny. I love Take That as well, by the way, they're great.
Craig:The best part of that routine was the empty box I'm afraid. Apart from, of course, RuPaul's Drag Race, where you were lip synching for your life, darling (... Bruce/Paul/Ola banter ...) I'd move on before I get technical, darling.
Len:It was as though you'd been sprinkled with fairy dust. It was nice, it was dainty, your arms were as though you were pulling out chiffon scarves. It was entertainment, well done.
Alesha:Well done for coming out and giving it a go, and you know what, bring on next week. Bring on next week.


Paul's Strictly Introduction