Illusionist David Copperfield has paid tribute to Paul Daniels who passed away yesterday following a brain tumour.
Speaking to Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard from Las Vegas about Paul, David said: ”Certainly he made his mark - he did some amazing magic, some of it has become the best. He did the best chop cup routine ever known, chop cup is a cup in a ball - a whole beautiful routine that he has taught on DVD to other magicians because it was so good."
David continued: “There’s certain things he did that he definitely made his true mark among magicians and there's a way of studying that work and that will keep him alive in our community for a long, long time.”
Speaking about Paul’s influence on his own work, David said: “I went to see him when I was a young magician in the West End and I was amazed that he would come on stage and not do a single piece of magic for 15 minutes. He was so beloved by the audience that he could just sit there and chat and of course he was a brilliant magician once he finally got to it. But I always thought that was amazing and inspired me to do a lot more showing of myself and my personality. Paul took the time to let us into his life and I've always tried to replicate that in my own personal way.”
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