Magician Paul Daniels’ legendary TV series may have disappeared from our screens nearly two decades ago but it seems he is still as popular as ever.
The 75-year-old dressed in a fetching black cape and fedora was a powerful enough lure to draw fans aged from 19 to 84-years-old at Huddersfield Railway Station.
He was chosen by First TransPennine Express to front up their promotional campaign to celebrate the operator’s 10-year milestone.
First fan to greet him at lunchtime was 84-year-old Phyllis Kaye from Quarmby, a former deputy headmistress at Helme and one time thespian.
She said: “I read about his arrival in the Examiner and thought I would come along and give him an audience. It’s such a pleasure to meet him. He even performed a magic trick for me using the Three of Hearts.
Her son John, a 54-year-old, unemployed writer, added: “I liked him a lot. I remember seeing him on reality programmes and he is a lucky man with his wife, (the glamorous Debbie McGee).”
Keith Humphrey, 54, from Marsden, said: “I came here specially to see him. I have watched him on TV so thought I would meet him while I had got the chance.”
Ravinder said: “It was a huge surprise seeing him here today. I’m on my way to Newcastle but I thought he was worth missing my train for.”
Asked how someone, whose The Paul Daniels Magic Show, was last screened on TV back in 1994, still exercised such appeal, he said: “I’ve watched him on YouTube all the time.”
Irram added: “As a family we like to watch all his programmes together. I had a ‘selfie’ taken with Paul. My family wouldn’t believe me otherwise.
“I didn’t know he was going to be here but I recognised him immediately.”
Paul, who performed some of his oldest tricks involving a white ball, an orange and a lemon, said his wife Debbie was at home in Berkshire dealing with his tax returns.
He said: “I remember meeting Harold Wilson a few times too though not as often as Mike Yarwood.”
And he agreed with the two students about the power of YouTube saying he and Debbie preferred watching the social media rather than TV these days.