As he channels his inner David Beckham, Paul Daniels chats to this week’s Closer about being a ladies’ man and keeping the spark alive with wife Debbie after 33 years.
The 74-year-old magician is no stranger to posing as Becks – he and wife Debbie famously stripped off for Closer to replicate David and Victoria’s Armani underwear ad in 2009. Asked what he and “Golden Balls” have in common, the 5ft 5 showbiz veteran quickly replies: “We’ve both got lovely wives. Although I’m sure he’s very jealous of my manly physique…”
Paul is clearly a fan of David and fondly recalls the time he and Debbie, 53, met the footballer in Manchester in 2005. “He was with the kids and his missus, and surrounded by all this security. But he was very charming and very normal,” he says. Paul and Debbie, who’s also his long-time stage assistant, even named one of their pets after the pin-up couple’s baby daughter, Harper Seven. “We called our bunny Hopper Seven. That’s our little tribute to the Beckhams.”
Paul – who married Debbie in 1988 – reveals how he snagged his dream woman: “I proposed to Debbie by saying, ‘I’m not very good looking, I’m not very tall and I am going to go bald. But marry me and it will never be boring.’ And it never has.
“We work together and that means we know each other inside out. I never take her for granted and I still find her amazing. I make sure we kiss every day and buy her flowers when she least expects it.”
With a cheeky wink, Paul adds that the spark between him and Debbie is still very much alive between the sheets. He says: “Things in the bedroom with me and Debbie are as good as they’ve ever been. Trust me, sex gets better with age.”
More pictures appear in this week’s Closer magazine, on sale now (Tuesday).