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The Paul Daniels Magic Christmas Show - BBC1 - Christmas Day 1980
It's fashionable now to sneer at Paul Daniels, and perhaps his style of light entertainment has rather passed by, but it's also easy to forget that in his day he was a huge star and pulled in massive audiences. This is an early Christmas special - it even predates the arrival of the Lovely Debbie McGee - and is typical of the type. Daniels does small tricks, introduces four speciality acts and finishes with a big illusion. One of the guest acts is a much-loved TV favourite of the time, the Compagnie Philippe Genty:
The other guests are trick cyclist Lilly Yokoi, quick-change artist Michael McGiveney and magician Harry Blackstone.
All in all, this is a fascinating snapshot of a past way of television life.
The Paul Daniels Magic Christmas Show
492MB 500x372 49 mins 40 secs
Copied from an off-air VHS recording, and with the first half-second very slightly clipped.
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