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PAUL Daniels' nephew James Phelan has said his uncle was a "force of nature" as he led tributes to the late entertainer.

The 24-year-old, who is also a magician like his famous relative, said that Daniels had made such a "positive impact on so many people".

Phelan was taught some of the tricks of the trade by his uncle.

Magician Dynamo said he was "devastated" by the news of Daniels' death.

The 33-year-old, real name Steven Frayne, hailed Daniels as "a giant of the entertainment world" and called him "a huge inspiration".

"I'm devastated to hear the sad news that Paul Daniels has passed away," his statement said.

"Paul was truly a giant of the entertainment world who really defined magic for over 20 years."

Tributes have poured in for the Middlesbrough-born magician who lost his fight with cancer early on Thursday morning.

The 77-year-old was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in February and had chosen to spend his final days with his family at his Berkshire home with family.

He died with his wife Debbie McGee, 57, by his side.

On Twitter, Piers Morgan tweeted: "RIP Paul Daniels. A great entertainer."

Louis Theroux, who filmed Daniels and his wife for his 2001 series When Louis Met ... , described the star as "a gifted magician".

"RIP Paul Daniels," he wrote. "A thoughtful sceptic, enemy of hucksterism and paranormal flimflam, and gifted magician. My condolences to his family."

Keith Chegwin tweeted: "We have lost a lovely, kind and MAGIC man @thepauldaniels Love you & thinking of u @thedebbiemcgee . I shall miss him 'A LOT' xx".

Dancer James Jordan said: "Such sad news about Paul Daniels. I grew up watching him and his show on BBC. RIP."


Paul Daniels, who has died of a brain tumour aged 77. Inset, in 1982

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Date:Mar 18, 2016
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