Sunday, 1 April 2012


When I read the story in the “The Friends of the Magic Circle” newsletter (April edition) – well, I nearly choked on my parmo! Here is the article:-


Middlesbrough FC has announced plans to celebrate one of the town’s most famous sons by erecting a statue of magician Paul Daniels outside its Riverside stadium. 

Mohamed Al-Fayed unveils the Michael Jackson
statue outside Craven Cottage
Following the recent unveiling of the Michael Jackson statue at Fulham’s Craven Cottage – which received critical acclaim last year – the club felt honour-bound to recognise the life and achievements of Mr. Daniels – born Newton Edward Daniels in 1938 (or 1952 according to his autobiography) in the South Bank area of the town.

In addition to his magic shows, the hugely-popular entertainer hosted a number of very successful BBC TV quiz shows in the 1980s and ‘90s including Odd One Out, Every Second Counts and Wipeout.

The life-size statue – standing almost 5’ tall and made from recycled aluminium – will be erected outside the stadium’s North Stand – and will be unveiled on the eve of the 2012-13 football season.

Local opinion on the statue’s future unveiling seems to be causing a stir on Teesside. When asked if the statue had received popular support amongst the good burghers and football faithful of Middlesbrough, the club’s Chief Communications Officer – Sofia Proll – replied:

Not a lot!” – without a hint of irony!

It is hoped that the statue will herald a magical return to the Premiership for the Teesside club as they strive to make this season’s play-offs.

Mr. Daniels – a life-long Leeds Utd supporter – and his wife - the lovely Davina McCall – were unavailable for comment last night, but are said to be thrilled and honoured in having the statue erected by the club.

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