Gallery: The late, great Paul Daniels through the years

Magician Paul Daniels has died, aged 77, after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Gallery: The late, great Paul Daniels through the years

Paul, Sally James and Jim Davidson outside London Palladium for The Childrens Show at the Royal Variety Show in the 1980s

In tribute to the icon, we have compiled a gallery of pictures showing Paul through the years.

The star had been due to perform in Perton Community Centre last Saturday, but the show had already been cancelled.

Born in Middlesbrough in 1938, Daniels' interest in magic began at the age of 11 when he read a book about entertaining at parties.

After his National Service, Daniels developed his magic skills in working men's clubs.

In 1969, he was offered a summer season at Newquay and decided to become a full-time performer.

The following year, Daniels made his TV debut on talent series Opportunity Knocks, and came second.

He was seen by TV producer Johnnie Hamp, who gave him a regular slot on The Wheeltappers And Shunters Social Club, a variety show on ITV hosted by the late Bernard Manning.

In 1979, Daniels began his long run on BBC One's The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which lasted until 1994.

In addition to performing magic, Daniels also hosted popular quiz shows for the BBC including Every Second Counts, Odd One Out and Wipeout. He also narrated the children's TV show Wizbit.

Daniels married his first wife, Jacqueline, in 1960. They have three sons together.

He wed second wife Debbie McGee in 1988. McGee was Daniels' on-stage assistant from the start of his run on the BBC.

Daniels is also well known for his "You'll like this ... not a lot, but you'll like it" catchphrase.

He said he first came up with the line at a club in Bradford as a way to deal with a heckler.

In later years, Daniels and McGee participated in various TV shows including Channel 5's The Farm, ITV's The X Factor: Battle Of The Stars and Channel 4's Celebrity Wife Swap, in which Daniels tried living with Vanessa Feltz.

Daniels also took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2010.

Prior to his death, Paul had recently returned from hospital to his Berkshire home in March, following his diagnosis.

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