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Monday
Nov102008

PAUL DANIELS IS MELTING

From a funny "On this Day" piece we learn that today is notable for a magic related event: On this Day in 2005 magician Paul Daniels learned that his Madame Tussauds waxwork was to be melted down because it scared children. It was saved from that fate with its' purchase for GBP 1,900 by London magic shop owner Berty Davenport. On his website, Daniel's remembers the press conference in which the sculpture was unveiled for a different reason. "Mme Tussaud's Waxworks decided to put me in the exhibition and I was sculpted for it. Eventually they had a press call and the reporters and the photographers gathered round. One reporter asked if I would be donating one of my wigs and I replied that I didn't wear a wig. The place went mad with photographers jumping onto chairs and tables to get photos of my head! The next day the press showed themselves in their true light. My 'loss of hair' was on Page One of several newspapers. This was the day that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant blew up with the terrible fall out and that was on Page Five!!!! I am amazed at how much interest a wig generates. If someone wants to wear a wig, why not? It is nothing to do with anyone else, is it? Do I miss it? No, except in the winter 'cos it kept my head warm."

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