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Paul Daniels’ wig is set to sell for over £1,000 at auction

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MAGICIAN Paul Daniels’ wig is set to fetch more than £1,000 at auction.

It is sold – along with his lifelong collection of tricks – by his widow, Debbie McGee.

Debbie, 64, said Paul first wore the dark brown wig at the age of 30 when his hair started to shrink.

She said he hopes audiences wouldn’t notice if he started wearing it early when he eventually went bald.

But his plan wasn’t as successful as he’d hoped — like those of Terry Wogan and Bruce Forsyth, it became one of show business’s worst-kept secrets of the 1980s.

The wig has a presale price of £300 but previous hairpieces of his have sold three times that.

It is part of her late husband’s £200,000 lifetime collection of magical memorabilia to be sold in Newbury, Berkshire today and tomorrow.

Debbie met Paul in 1979, whose catchphrases included “This is magic” and “You’ll like it…not much, but you’ll like it.”

She became his assistant and appeared with him on his television show, which ran from 1979 to 1994 and drew up to 15 million viewers.

They married in 1988.

Paul died in 2016 at the age of 77.

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