Using a pack of plastic playing cards Paul Daniels takes a borrowed, lit cigarette is held against the back of one of the cards. The cigarette is then pushed slowly through the card-and it really melts through! From the other side of card the cigarette is completely pulled out! An adhesive sticker is then placed over the hole to "fix the damage." Removing the sticker, the card is seen by all to be totally restored!Naturally, the response from the spectators is to "do it again!" And you can, once again pushing the lit cigarette through the same card and then leaving the card intact and handing it out for examination!
Something every magician hates to hear when performing is: Do it again!
Paul Daniels came up with a great routine to do exactly that...so with this trick you can perform it a 2nd time and the spectator will be blown away both times, and the 2nd time you are actually allowing the spectator to do the work!
Paul Daniels recently passed away on March 17, 2016 from a brain tumor, he will always be remembered as a great magician that inspired so many and he will certainly be missed in the magic community.
Paul Daniels, who has died aged 77, was the most famous British magician of the past half-century. From an extremely modest background he rose by professional brilliance and sheer force of personality to become one of television’s leading figures in the 1980s. A small man of indefatigable cheeriness, he was a straightforward but astonishingly skilful performer who also displayed a highly developed flair for comedy; the combination of magic and witty chat took him to the pinnacle of showbusiness and earned him a fortune.
The producer of BBC1’s The Paul Daniels Magic Show in the 1980s, John Fisher, said: “Having worked with him on close to a hundred shows, I never ceased to be amazed at his capacity for mastering new and often technically complex material week after week, a challenge non-existent in the lives of the old masters of magic on the halls. Moreover, he displayed an instinctive ability to entertain in a way few of the great hocus-pocus giants have matched.”
He was born Newton Edward Daniels in South Bank, a small industrial town between Middlesbrough and Redcar in North Yorkshire, and for most of his early life was called Ted by family and friends. His mother was Nancy (née Lloyd) and his father Handel Newton Daniels, known as Hughie, who was a cinema projectionist.
Daniels often described a poor but warm childhood, filled with laughter, in a little terraced house with a lavatory in the back yard. “The one big thing I remember about Christmases then is that it was the only time of the year that we ate a chicken,” he wrote in his autobiography, Under No Illusion (2000).
When he was 11 he won a scholarship to the Sir William Turner grammar school in Redcar, and it was around this time that he started to become interested in magical tricks after finding an old book at a friend’s house. Daniels had discovered the perfect way to distract bullies and gain social acceptance. “This new art was an attractive antidote to my shyness,” he wrote, “and the insecure part of me had found a bridge to enable me to communicate with people in a way that I would not have found possible by any other means”.
As a teenager he saw the famous Australian conjuror The Great Levante at a local theatre, and he made his own first appearance as a magician before a smaller audience at a Normanby Road Methodist Chapel Youth Club show when he was 14. He wanted to be a professional from childhood, but this seemed a remote possibility, so when he left school he went to work for Eston Urban borough council as a junior clerk, while helping his father as a trainee projectionist in the evenings.
Called up for national service in the army when he was 18, he served in Hong Kong and, on the journey there, was entranced by a gulli-gulli man, an eastern magician, who came aboard at Suez. This encounter provided more material for the shows he put on for his fellow soldiers. After returning to his job at the council offices in 1959, he developed his magic skills at local clubs. Capitalising on the quick-witted ability to make people laugh while he amazed them, he also formed a comedy act with his brother Trevor. It was in this period that he came up with the catchphrase for which he later became famous, used initially to quell a drunken heckler: “You’ll like this ... not a lot, but you’ll like it.”
Daniels left the council and ran his own grocery business, for a time from a mobile van, while in the evenings touring his magic act with his wife Jacqueline (née Skipworth), whom he married in 1960, as The Eldanis. His professional breakthrough came in 1969, when he was offered a summer season at Newquay.
He made his first television appearance on ITV’s Opportunity Knocks in 1970 and, after extensive stage touring, was given a regular slot on Granada’s The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club, hosted by Colin Crompton and Bernard Manning, in 1974. The following year he was on The David Nixon Show, on Thames TV, prompting Clive James to comment in The Observer: “One of [the] guests was a very droll ‘unusualist’ called Paul Daniels, of whom one hopes to see more.”
And we did, of course. ITV gave him his own series, Paul Daniels’ Blackpool Bonanza, in 1978 and he made his first series for the BBC, For My Next Trick, the same year. This led to The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran on BBC1 from 1979 to 1994 and made him a household name.
Some of the tricks he performed were astounding – recreating the stunts of Houdini, for example, or making a television camera in a crate disappear while transmitting what the camera is seeing in real time. In all these performances he employed old-fashioned conjuring techniques, never resorting to using television technology to cheat or enhance illusions. He had a strict moral code on such matters and had strong feelings about the new generation of TV wonder-workers, much of whose impact is achieved by preparations carried out by researchers ahead of the recording.
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Paul Daniels and his professional and personal partner Debbie McGee in 1988. Photograph: Peter Lomas/Rex/ShutterstockBy now divorced from Jacqueline, with whom he had three sons, Daniels was the professional and personal partner of a former ballet dancer, Debbie McGee, always introduced as “the lovely Debbie McGee”, whose role as his assistant became a major feature of the act. The couple had been together for nearly 10 years when they married in 1988.
Daniels starred in It’s Magic at the Prince of Wales theatre from 1980 to 1982, London’s longest-running such show. In this newspaper Michael Billington wrote: “What makes him different from other magicians is his ceaseless sleight-of-tongue.”
He hosted several non-magic television series in the 1980s and 90s, including three BBC1 quizzes: Odd One Out, Every Second Counts and Wipeout. When the new breed of slick and toned TV magicians creating fantastical spectaculars, or – at the opposite end of the spectrum – televised street conjurors emerged in the mid-1990s, the rumpled and bewigged Daniels’s cosy banter seemed old-fashioned, and he went back to touring live shows with his wife while also working behind the scenes designing illusions for West End shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Cats, English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker and the film Return to Oz. He and Debbie did appear on Channel 5’s The Farm (2004), however, and ITV’s The X Factor: Battle of the Stars (2006) and Wife Swap (2007).
In late 2015, shortly before being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, Daniels seemed content with his reduced status: “I’ve got so much going at the moment. We took this little tour out ... it all fits into the back of my estate car and that includes bits of scenery and props.”
He had travelled some distance from his glory days in the 1980s, but the admiring comment of the best-loved comedy magician of them all, Tommy Cooper, made when Daniels first burst on to the scene in the 1970s, still held true: “Paul Daniels is to magic what Muhammad Ali is to boxing.”
He is survived by Debbie and the sons from his first marriage, Martin, Paul and Gary.
• Paul Daniels (Newton Edward Daniels), magician and television entertainer, born 6 April 1938; died 17 March 2016
-Aaron Clark (The Amazing Ziggy)
Paul Daniels Magic Show - Cigarette Through Playing Card Close Up Trick BBC
Learning magic's biggest secrets can be done a few ways, but performing magic's biggest secrets can only be done one way....with Practice, and LOTS of it! Like anything in life the more time you spend practicing at it the better you will get. But it also requires a great deal of studying and reading which I put a lot of time and effort into doing every day. Sean Watson is a good friend and talented magician who is an international magician that lives in Las Vegas but is from Canada originally. I met Sean working at a Fair in Gatithersburg, Maryland in 2011. Sean was hired as a strolling magician and I was a stilt walker and we shared a trailer and got to hang out for 10 days. I learned a lot for Sean and I even got to be his opening act for a show he was doing in Blacksburg, VA. Sean frequently performs for corporate events and his video below will show some of his work in that area.
Illusionbooks.com wrote the following article about making a VIP magically appear, which for corporate magicians is a common request, and I found this article to be extremely informative!
If you are a corporate Event Magician, the most popular request will be to make the CEO magically appear. Wedding magicians will often be asked if they can make the bride, groom or couple appear on stage. Even birthday party magicians are asked if they can make the birthday child appear from nowhere.
Half the time, the logistics will just not allow for such an appearance to be performed. However, if you can make a VIP appear for an event, you can charge a premium fee for this illusion. You should easily be able to charge an extra 25% – 50% of your show fee (on top of your show fee) to execute this illusion.
As a commercial performer, it might be a good idea to research how this can be done so that you can be ready to stage this (and charge for it) when the opportunity arises.
Methods, Props & Considerations
There are a number of standard props and methods that can be used to produce the VIP. A ‘Tip-over Trunk’, ‘Flash Appearance’, ‘Book of Life’, ‘Stack of Boxes’, ‘Mummy Wrap Switch’ Three Way Screen’, ‘Bryce’s Screen’, ‘Modern Cabinet’, ‘Giant Square Circle’ and ‘Backstage with the Magician’ are common favorites.
You can also talk to a professional illusion builder to see what can be built for you based on your budget and needs.
Most professional large-scale magicians or illusionists typically would have at least one of these illusions in their arsenal to make a layman appear.
Here are things to consider when designing the VIP production illusion:
I share a very simple appearance that can performed without any large props in the Backstage Section of this website.
Over the years, I have made dozens or VIPs, celebrities and executives appear on stage. I don’t have one method to make a person appear, I have at least 10 methods and have used them all at one time or another.
I have used “standard” props such as the “Tip Over Trunk” and a traditional “Flash Appearance”. I have also developed many different appearances out of necessity due to fit into an event space or to fit a stage set design.
Several times, I have been asked to make a VIP appear but the client/ show producer did not want a “box” on stage. This led me to design a practical person appearance called “Backdoor Appearance” designed specifically for VIPs at corporate & special events.
The workings of this illusion are integrated into the event backdrop design so there are no “props” per say except for an open-frame platform. This design can be found in my illusion book, ‘Illusionary Departures’.
For something that packs flat and is easy to perform, “VIP Trunk” is easy to build and easy for the VIP to perform. The benefit of this illusion is that it packs flat and is not a huge prop. It is a great alternative to a “Tip Over Trunk” and is detailed in my book “Urban Illusions”.
These two illusions (and a third “Simple VIP Appearance” are also available as an illusion design package “VIP Appearances“.
My latest illusion design “The Arrival” is described in my book Corporate Illusions Made Easy. It is a large prop but can break down. However, it is very impressive but simple to build and can be presented very effectively with video animations projected onto the prop.
I also designed a self-contained appearance illusion called “Flash Blinded’ – The Worker’s Appearance Illusion System“, specifically for the Event Magician. I used this for a number of years, especially when I was traveling to different countries for a corporate road show.
Alternatives to an Appearance Illusion
If the event environment, logistics or budget does not allow you to stage the VIP appearance, suggest that he perform an illusion or escape, just not an appearance. Many times, the event organizers would just like the VIP to be highlighted on stage in some way or sometimes the VIP has an ego and insists on being part of stage program.
In that case, offer to teach the VIP to perform a self-contained stage effect, illusion or escape.
If appropriate, he could also produce items relevant to the event from a production box like a square circle, mirror box or drawer box. The idea is for the VIP to perform the magic and have you facilitate or assist. Technically, you might be executing the magic techniques but the VIP gets the credit… just like how illusionists and assistants work.
A simple shackle escape makes the VIP looks good and is interesting for the audience.
I created an escape illusion called ‘Corporate Restraint’ (from Corporate Illusions Made Easy) where the VIP instantly escapes from a set of shackles and a sack tied tight, held by his employees. While this is not an appearance, it is a powerful effect that does the job.
You are only limited by your creativity and general magic knowledge but the single takeaway is to remember that you can offer alternatives to a client who want their VIP to appear on stage.
No I'm not referring to Magic Competitions where Magicians are trying to see who's the best by winning awards...I'm talking about your competitors, and not just other magicians. You see we are all competing for the clients dollars, and they only have some much to spend. So regardless of the type of event all clients have a budget, no matter if they say they do or not. All clients have a perceived amount of money they are willing to spend for a service. Now how much they are willing to spend on a magician is certainly effected by how much they have to delegate toward other entertainment, food, decorations, etc. I've never met a client yet that had unlimited funds for an event and I doubt I ever will. So we all need to be conscious of not only what other services our clients need but also what they cost. For Example: If you have worked a deal to send work to a local bakery and they do the same for you. Then you find out your client is looking for someone to bake them a cake for the party this will benefit you because you know 2 things: how much of their budget is going to be spent going to that bakery, and that that bakery is going to keep referring you because you referred them. You see if we all work together toward a common goal everyone wins. I so hate the every man for himself mindset that many competitors have, we gain so much more by working together and I am speaking from experience about this. I have made it a goal to team up with as many competitors as possible, it's a wonderful way of networking, building a positive reputation, and also it helps you grow your brand.
There is one other mindset that is a big issue for me, and that is that most direct competitors feel that you are taking work from them. And this is the farthest thing from the truth, there is more than enough work out there for us all, it's just important to make sure we are building ourselves up and showing the customers value in our business. However the problem is many competitors feel the need to tear down their competition by belittling them, using slander, and bad mouthing their product or service.
I can not tell you how much it disturbs me every time I hear a cell phone, internet service provider, or cable television ad that talks poorly of their competitors service and how they are so much better than the other. This form of advertising is sickening and should be against the law! I feel the same way about one magician talking bad about another...if we just focus on ourselves and build our brand then the clients will see us as who we are. Put yourself in the clients position, would you want to hear how bad someone else is? or would you rather hear how amazing the person your talking to is? And the proof is in the pudding so you need to have evidence that what you say is true...Don't feed your clients with a bunch of fluff, you need video testimonies from actual clients (not paid actors!) I get that in the beginning you may need to fake it until you make it...but keep it ethical and you will be far better off in the end.
Some great examples of how indirect competitors can team up to really enhance their shows is musicians and magicians working together.
Florida Georgia Line did it with Justin Flom
Michael Jackson, Missy Elliot, and Usher all did it with Franz Harary
& One Direction did it with Dynamo
Magic can be an amazing enhancement to a concert and it doesn't have to be with just stage illusions. With Camera Crews the magicians can roam the concert crowds performing closeup magic which is played on the big screen TV's on the stage. This way everyone gets to see the magic that is happening right there in the arena they are in.
It is certainly a dream of mine to be able to do exactly what these other magicians have done as an opening act for some big names in the music industry!
Sugar Scape wrote the following about Dynamo and One Directions Teaming UP:
Picture the scene - you’ve gone to see One Direction on tour, and they take to the stage looking a little different. Harry and Zayn are dressed in sequined leotards with feather headdresses, Louis is sawing Liam in half, Niall is trying his best to pull a meatball subway out of his snapback.
This wonderful dream could soon become a reality by the sounds of it, as awesome magician Dynamo has revealed that the 1D boys have asked him to get involved with their next tour and create a ‘magical spectacular’. AGH.
We’ve always said there’s something a bit magical about One Direction (and not just the fact that Niall looks a bit like a house elf), but apparently they quite fancy taking a proper step into the wizarding world with a bit of help from Dynamo.
According to The Mirror, the boys are in talks with their pal Dynamo, asking him to join them on their next tour and work his magic on their show, after he blew their little socks off during his amazing appearance in the 1D Day shenanigans.
The release of their fourth album, Four, probably means another tour is being pencilled in somewhere, and Dynamo revealed: “The 1D boys in the past have talked to me about creating some magical spectacular incorporating my magic with their tours, that would be amazing.”
It sounds like the 1D boys might be levitating by their ankles, pulling pigeons out of their pants and finding your secret 4 of clubs card in NO TIME, as Dynamo then added: “There is potential for it in the future.”
We see lights, we see sparkle, we see a whole lot of sequined spandex, and we are VERY EXCITED about this idea.
We’d prefer an appearance from Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Salem the cat, but this would still be quite good.
What do you think then? Would Dynamo be a good addition to a One Direction tour?
It's become commonplace to magicians to do some incredible magic and illusions that shock or even scare their audience. Why are magicians attracted to this type of magic? Well it's because it freaks people out! That freak out moment has such an impact because it is a trick that is so unreal that it goes beyond anything the audience can ever imagine possible. Some examples of magicians who do this type magic would be Criss Angel with his swallowing of a signed quarter and then cutting open his arm as blood rushes out to find the signed coin from his spectator. You might think of the anti-conjuror Dan Sperry when he eats a life saver on America's Got Talent then takes some dental floss and digs it into his neck to reveal the life saver whole again and on the dental floss.
Another artist that might come to mind is David Blaine when he drinks gallons of water followed by a glass full of very flammable kerosene and then regurgitates the lighter fluid first as he breathes fire with it onto Jimmy Kimmel's desk setting a trash can and its contents on fire. Blaine then proceeds to regurgitate the water and extinguishes the flames with all that water he drank. So this by the way is not magic...yes David Blaine is a magician but what he did here was an amazing skill of learning what is called Water Spouting which is a very dangerous and potentially deadly stunt. What's most impressive is the story behind this where David Blaine actually saw this act performed by Hadji Ali.
Hadji Alie was a vaudeville performance artist, thought to be of Egyptian descent, who was famous for acts of controlled regurgitation. His best-known feats included water spouting, smoke swallowing, and nut and handkerchief swallowing followed by disgorgement in an order chosen by the audience. Ali's most famous stunt, and the highlight of his act, was drinking copious amounts of water followed by kerosene, and then acting by turns as a human flamethrower and fire extinguisher as he expelled the two liquids onto a theatrical prop. While these stunts were performed, a panel of audience members was invited to watch the show up close to verify that no trickery was employed.
On a video online of a man by the name of Winston Carter in a very destitute and poverty stricken country in Africa. Winston Carter who at the time was a 35 year old security guard. So in the video Carter is able to use his own regurgitated water to be able to brush his teeth, and even fill up an entire water bottle spouting the water with a powerful stream from his lips. Blaine was so fascinated by this that he set out on a mission to contact this Carter and after 3 years of posting flyers, and putting ads in newspapers, until he was finally able to track him down. In 2013 Blaine was able to have Carter teach him the technique to perform this incredible stunt. The reason this is so fascinating to me is not that Blaine can do it, but his determination and great lengths that he went thru to learn the technique. It just goes to show why David Blaine is as popular of a magician as he is, it is because when he sets his mind on a goal he goes above and beyond the realm of what is conceivably possibility to prepare himself to amaze his next crowd. I must admit I do really love how Blaine was able to take this and incorporate it into a street magic performance revealing a name onto the pavement with the spouted water as a form of mentalism.
-Aaron Clark (The Amazing Ziggy)
There’s an old saying, I believe that WC Fields said it first: “Never work with Animals or Kids”.
So...Yep, I do both! Why? Because the payoff is great! You never know what can happen. It’s always a surprise. Having live animals in my show wasn't really something I wanted to do in the beginning. I mean I have always loved animals but I just didn't really want to take the time to train animals as I just wanted to perform magic. Well I frequently was asked if I could add animals to my show, and eventually I gave in and I got an iguana...but why an iguana? It was because I decided I wanted to be different from anyone else, most magicians have a rabbit or some doves. I wanted to have an animal that no one else would ever expect a magician to have and after doing some research on what type of animals were exotic but tame enough to be in a show and around children an iguana seemed to be the best option for me.
So once I started performing with an animal I don't really know how but I went from 1 to now having 28 exotic animals! I guess I got a little carried away but I love it. My show is so much more exciting the more animals I make appear or transform into other animals. And what's best for me is the scare factor, you wouldn't believe the reaction I get when I transform 2 doves into 2 snakes. NO ONE is expecting it and when it happens there is a moment of panic and then the reality sets in that they are real, but as I place the snakes on a willing volunteer the audience comes to realize that the snakes are are safe! This moment is the most incredible moment I have ever witnessed in my 17 years of performing. This moment affects every age group, the adults, the kids, the grandparents, and anyone else watching the show is so captivated by what they are experiencing. Being able to connect with every emotion of my audience really gives me a rush and I thrive for that as a performer!
So when you think of exotic animal magicians the biggest names that come to mind are Siegfried & Roy consisting of Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn. I think everyone knows about what happened to Roy but for anyone who may not he was injured by one of his tigers on stage which significantly changed his life and appearance forever.
Wikipedia says: Siegfried and Roy are a German-American duo of former stage magicians and entertainers who became known for their appearances with white lions and white tigers.From 1990 until Roy's severe onstage injury ended their stage careers on October 3, 2003, the duo formed Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage Resort and Casino, which was regarded as the most-visited show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roy's injury has generally been reported as an attack by a tiger involved in the show, although the two magicians have disputed that account – saying instead that he suffered a stroke and that any injury by the tiger was secondary and accidental. The duo staged a brief comeback performance in 2010 before leaving show business for good. They now run a menagerie at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
It was a horrible thing that happened to Roy, but I'm sure he would say he would do it again as long as an audience member wouldn't get hurt. These 2 men are some of the most humble and loving human beings you will ever meet. The have some much love of all life on earth, and have devoted their lives to sharing that love with world! In 2010 Seigfreid and Roy performed their last show together, it was a tribute before the curtains would fall down forever, a sample of courage, bravery, love and especially forgiving. Seigfried and Roy you will always be in our hearts and in every magician's performance, your soul will be alive forever.
-Aaron Clark (aka. The Amazing Ziggy)
How does a Magician become an international star? What is it that makes their skills become so desired that clients are willing to fly them, all the equipment, and all their staff around the world to put on a phenomenal show?
I have been studying a lot of millionaires as it has been said that if you want to become a millionaire, then you need to do what millionaires do...follow their habits, and practice what they preach. Well the same applies if you want to become an internationally acclaimed illusionist. So if you going to study one of the biggest magicians in the world then the first name that comes to my mind is Franz Harary.
Franz Harary is an American magician and a genius magic inventor. Franz has appeared on many television shows such as NBC's The World's Greatest Magic, on which Harary made a space shuttle vanish. Designing Illusions was simply a hobby for Harary in the beginning. Between 1982 and 1984, Harary's Odyssey In Illusion team designed and executed illusions for ballet troupes, ice revues, marching bands, and symphony orchestras. It was featured on ABC-TV's live telecast of the 1983 Thanksgiving Day parade in Detroit. At the end of 1983, Harary sent Michael Jackson a videotape of Odyssey In Illusions greatest hits and within a week was invited to perform as part of the Jacksons' "Victory Tour" in 1984. Harary made Jackson levitate and disappear on one side of the stage and reappear with his brothers on the other side. Among other music acts he has designed illusions for are N*SYNC, Cher, Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, Tone Loc, Styx, Dr. Dre, Usher, Boyz II Men, Queen Latifah, Hammer, Tina Turner, Reba McEntire and Missy Elliott.
Franz has a spectacular performance that can fill any venue with gasps of amazement and thunderous applause! But that's not where he stops, he can been seen touring the world designing incredible illusions and not just for other performers. Last month Franz was in India for a secret illusion project. Where he designed the world's first 360° levitation of its kind! He developed a levitating car illusion that spectators could walk about around entirely and see completely above and below the car! It was NOT a digital effect, this was real! It's a brand-new illusion design, and Harary is very proud of it, as he should be!
I can only hope that one day I might be able to see one of Franz Harary's performances as it would certainly be a thrilling and incredible experience.
-Aaron Clark (aka. The Amazing Ziggy)
“Coining the term Mega Magic, Franz Harary has created his own electrifying genre of grand illusion, becoming synonymous with spectacle magic entertainment.”
My Name is Aaron Clark and I'm know as The Amazing Ziggy. I've been a Professional Magician for over 20 years performing all over the US and internationally, but mostly for events on the east coast in the Atlanta Area.