MAGICIAN Paul Daniels is amongst those who have paid tribute to North-East-born comedian Eli Woods, who died last night.

Woods, who was in his 90s, was born in Stockton and came from a family of entertainers, including Jimmy James and his uncle James Casey.

The comedian, who performed with the likes of Roy Castle and Roy Hudd, was famous for his part in the 'elephant in the box' routine, which he performed with his uncle, amongst others.

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Paul Daniels tweeted today: "RIP Eli Woods from the Jimmy James brilliant comedy act."