"THE LOVELY" Debbie McGee!
Perhaps the most famous magician's assistant in the World. Ever. Wife of the late and very great Paul Daniels and a Glittering Star in her own right. She's been cut in half, diced, sliced, vanished, appeared and has probably been packed into more boxes than Amazon orders have been!
She's appeared on television, radio and many theatres around the UK and beyond for the past 5 decades and is a household name. She's a former ballet dancer and for three years was artistic director of her own ballet company. She presents a Sunday morning show for BBC Radio Berkshire. McGee was a finalist in BBC's 2017 Strictly Come Dancing, a winner of the 2019 Christmas Special, and as of January 2018 is a recurring member of the Loose Women panel. She's recently been made an honorary vice president of The Magic Circle, too!
At the age of 16 McGee auditioned for and won a place at the Royal Ballet School. After graduating, she joined the Iranian National Ballet Company in Tehran. Aged 19, she became part of the Corps de Ballet and later a soloist, but her ballet career was brought to an abrupt halt by the Iranian Revolution. She was forced to flee the country and returned to the UK with little in the way of money and possessions. Seeking new work she auditioned for the Bernard Delfont Organisation, which was responsible for a number of big summer resort shows and touring productions.
Delfont found her a job performing on stage with magician Paul Daniels in his 1979 summer show in Great Yarmouth. She met Daniels on 23 May 1979 at rehearsals for the show, which were held at a church hall in London.
She later joined Dougie Squires's Second Generation troupe as a dancer, which involved touring Europe with acts including Chris de Burgh and James Last. After winter work in pantomime, McGee joined Daniels again for his 1980 summer season in Bournemouth. She then performed in his London stage show It's Magic, which opened on 10 December 1980 and which, by the time it closed 14 months later, had become the longest running magic shows ever to play in the West End.
McGee achieved national and international fame through television appearances with Daniels. After seeing her on stage in the West End, BBC producer John Fisher asked Debbie to appear in the BBC1 series The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which had begun in 1979. That series continued until 1994 and regularly attracted audiences of 15 million in the UK and was sold to 43 countries. Daniels regularly referred to McGee on his TV shows as "The lovely Debbie McGee", a phrase that entered popular culture as a stereotype for magicians' assistants. Daniels and McGee were married in Buckinghamshire in April 1988.
In October 1991, McGee became the first female member of The Magic Circle, a society for British professional magicians. She celebrated by appearing on TV to perform a trick accompanied by Daniels as her assistant "The Lovely Paul", who was not allowed to speak during the performance.
McGee was the 2017 winner of the Magic Circle's Maskelyne award "for services to British Magic", the same award that her husband received in 1988.
McGee's pastimes include golf and she has played in celebrity charity events.
Non-signed / non-numbered posters for £9.99
ALSO AVAILABLE AS A VERY LIMITED *SIGNED* and numbered edition of this collectors poster print for £39.99. Hand-signed by Debbie, featuring beautiful artwork commissioned by Chris Cross. See the EXCLUSIVE RANGE / COLLECTORS ITEMS PAGE on this website.