eBay loses a bit of magic

Sad news that Paul Daniels died today.

Paul Daniels, who anyone my age will remember seeing on his BBC Saturday night show which ran all though the 80’s, may not have been everyone’s cup of tea but he popularised magic.

Unlike many magicians, Paul Daniels didn’t just perform tricks, he was an entertainer and could make the most mundane of magic tricks enthralling with his endless patter. He was used to being heckled and his put down gave rise to what became his most famous catch phrase, “You’ll like this… not a lot, but you’ll like it”.

Paul Daniels magic setThousands of would be magician children will remember their Paul Daniels’ magic set with fond memories of performing tricks wishing that they themselves were Paul Daniels or possibly his glamorous assistant later to become his wife, Debbie McGee.

What’s less known is that Paul Daniels was an avid eBay user (911 feedback, 100% feedback).

At one point, such was his fame, that “an interested observer and a big, big fan” chronicled Paul Daniels’ eBay transactions on a blog.

The world has lost a great entertainer and eBay have lost one of their longest serving celebrity users – he was buying and selling on eBay as far back as 2000. In the words Paul Daniels used to end his shows… “That’s Magic”.

Dan Wilson adds:

I was a speaker at one of the eBay University Events in something like 2004. I think we were in Bristol. Paul Daniels, and the lovely Debbie McGee, were in the audience and they were very nice to other attendees and their presence created quite a buzz. After one talk I was desperate for a tinkle and hotfooted it to the gents to relieve myself. In full flow I was disturbed by a familiar voice, from a shorter man, standing next to me: “I’ve got some ideas on how eBay can improve Negative Feedback.”

So for few moments, stood at the urinals, Paul Daniels and I talked feedback. Not much of a claim to fame….