Magician Paul Daniels slices off a finger but it wasn't a trick
He may be out of the limelight a little these days but Paul Daniels almost sawing off his hand has propelled the little magician back into the news.
Normally you would expect magicians to be sawing their beautiful assistants in half but the pint-sized magician managed to slice off a finger in a recent DIY accident.
Funnily enough, Daniels was in the process of building a safety device for his power saw on New Year's Day when he managed to instead lop off part of his hand, putting his career in jeopardy.
“Very quickly and without any warning the piece of timber seemed to leap and pulled my left hand fingers into the teeth of the circular saw," he said in today's Daily Mail.
With the lovely Debbie Magee away doing an interview, the magician was all alone and had to drive himself, bloody hand and all, to hospital.
The 73-year-old made it to his local emergency room and by the time he got there he was now concerned about his career. Is there much work for a one-handed magician?
"My head was full of the pain and the possible thought that it was the end of my magic," he said.
After he was examined and cleaned up, Daniels was left with the top of his ring finger on his left hand missing, plus some damage to his forefinger and his little finger too.
But fans out there shouldn’t worry as he is already thinking about how he can still perform his show.
"I am already preparing things a bit differently as I don't know what I will be able to feel or what my grip will be like - and I am a magician who is ambidextrous. Some of the magic will be adjusted but the deception will remain the same," he said.
Phew, panic over.