PAUL DANIELS' SON SELLING CANNABIS- NEWSPAPER EXCLUSIVE- NEWS OF THE WORLD- JUNE 2009

We were tipped us that magician Paul Daniel's son was selling cannabis from his own magic shop.


The story appeared as an exclusive in the News of the World newspaper.


Our source retained their anonymity and was paid a very good fee for his tip-off.


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Paul Daniels' son sells cannabis from magic shop


THE son of magician Paul Daniels doesn't miss a trick-he's cashing in by flogging cannabis from his conjurers' shop.

Paul Daniels Jnr, 48, has gone from dealing cards to dealing drugs at the store that trades on his dad's name.

A concerned neighbour told us about the illicit sales at the Paul Daniels Magic Party Shop in Wigan, Greater Manchester-so we conjured up a visit.

And hey presto . . . Paul Jnr sold our undercover reporter a bag of "very strong" pot for 20, before inviting her to smoke a joint with him in the shop's back room.

Our source told us: "Paul is a big dopehead and loves to boast about how he really makes a living from selling drugs.

"As well as 20 bags of weed, he also sells large quantities of resin.

"He offers it to customers, and we don't want a drug dealer living around here. I am sure his father would be horrified."

Millionaire Paul Sr was one of TV's biggest names in the 80s and 90s thanks to his prime time magic shows and the catchphrase: "You'll like this . . . not a lot, but you'll like it".

When we visited Paul Jnr's fancy dress and magic tricks shop on a weekday afternoon, business was slow.

Daniels, looking unkempt in a scruffy shirt and leather jacket, admitted he had sold just one 10 novelty wig all day.

Our investigator, posing as a customer, told him she was organising a friend's hen do-and her pal had asked her to find some cannabis for the bash too.

Daniels instantly said: "I can help you with that," and produced a bag of cannabis from his jacket pocket.

He added: "We're not just a fancy dress shop you know."

She asked how much it was and he replied: "Twenty quid. It's really good stuff."

Our girl then asked what it was, and he said: "It's very strong cannabis."

After the deal had been done in the middle of the store, our girl said she needed to go to the bank to get some cash for the hen do goods.

As she left, Daniels said: "When you come back you can try some of that (the cannabis) out the back."

His 71-year-old dad Paul Snr, now wed to assistant Debbie McGee, has three sons from his first marriage. They are Paul, Martin, 45, and Gary, 40-who has a crown court trial later this year over an alleged 10,000 fraud against the NHS.

There is no suggestion the magic star knows about his eldest son's drug dealing-and the pair previously have had a rocky relationship.

Jail

They fell out ten years ago when Paul Jr stayed at his dad's mansion after a spell in jail for obtaining property by deception. He also has convictions for growing cannabis, drink-driving and selling porn.

But father and son rekindled their relationship, and the TV star stood by his son in 2006, saying: "We talk on the phone every day. He is fine now."

In 2001 Paul Jnr was given a 12-month community rehabilitation order after admitting growing 89 cannabis plants worth 90,000 in the cellar and bedroom of his Hartlepool home.

He said he used the drug to ease a respiratory problem, and was ordered to pay 60 in costs.

Paul also claimed doctors had told him his poor health could be the onset of angina, and that he refused to turn to his multi-millionaire father for help.

He added: "I smoke it for my medical condition. But I was forced to grow the plants for others."

But his drug problems led to dealers threatening to kill Paul Snr.

Firstly a gang first plotted to blackmail the star over his son's cannabis habit. Then they vowed to bump off the TV ace when Paul Jnr refused to join a cocaine-smuggling racket.

In 2003 he went on the run from dealers who put out a contract on his life, blaming him for a cocaine deal that went wrong.

Bet he's wishing he could just magic all his problems away . . .






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