For those wondering what Paul Daniels has been doing: He has been searching for the best sausage in Britain, as part of British Sausage Week (Sorry, Brits, we just can’t bring ourselves to call them “bangers” for very immature reasons). In an interview with Andrew Trendell of the Nottingham Evening Post, he spoke about a number of things, including today’s crop of magicians including Derren Brown, David Blaine and Criss Angel.
Blaine and Angel drew Daniels’ ire, because of their use of technology:
“I can’t respect David Blaine, Chris (sic) Angel and particular others coming from America. There was a rule for us magicians when we were on television, and that was that if you can’t do it live then you don’t use technology to change the appearance. You have to be able to do it live, that’s the job of being a magician.”
Daniels also wasn’t impressed with how Blaine has moved into stunts, and his wife, Debbie McGee, said that it’s the same thing as the vaudevillian endurance acts of the Great Depression, only that TV companies are paying, not customers.