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Paul Daniels Reveals He 'Kissed Schoolgirl'
Veteran TV magician Paul Daniels has revealed his shock after discovering a girl he picked up as a hitch-hiker more than 40 years ago and began kissing was a schoolgirl.
The 74-year-old entertainer, writing in his blog The Life and Times of Paul Daniels, said he gave the girl a lift after spotting her as he drove home from a late-night show on a country lane, The Sun newspaper reported.
He wrote: "I kissed her goodnight and it got a bit more passionate.
"Thank God it didn't get too passionate because something she said sent a shiver down my spine - she said she was still at school.
"I had her out of the car as fast as I could and I drove off with the lights off so she couldn't see my number plate! I felt sick."
In his blog, Daniels said the encounter occurred when he was 30. The blog has since been taken down.
The Sun reported that the magician described showbusiness in the 1970s as plagued by teenage "groupies" and added it was difficult to know their age.
He added: "The super-short mini-skirts, the teetering high heels, the full slap made it, as I say, impossible.
"Did I have such a life? Yes. I would be lying if I said I didn't. Were they all over 16? OMG I hope so. Can I remember them? No."
The father-of-three, married to former assistant Debbie McGee, 54, added that performers and pop stars were surrounded by female fans in the 1970s.