Sir Paul McCartney has been dubbed a ''really talented magician''.

The 74-year-old musician was recently spotted showing off his trickery at a party in Los Angeles, and onlookers have described his act as ''really good''.

One fellow party-goer said: ''Sir Paul is a really talented magician. He often performs tricks during any showbiz bash he attends. He's actually really good, people are always so shocked.''

It has been claimed that The Beatles legend is thinking about expanding his career prospects and making his magic tricks available for hire.

The source added to the Daily Star newspaper: ''He even mentioned that he would have to start hiring himself out for parties.''

However, the 'Hey Jude' hitmaker will have his work cut out for him if he wants to take his magic to the stage, as he recently admitted he suffered from terrible stage fright during the early days of The Beatles and at one concert at Wembley in London he nearly gave it all up for good because it was so ''painful''.

Asked by a fan on his website what his biggest fear is, he admitted: ''Performing, it was always the idea that the audience didn't like you and you had to prove yourself.

''I think that's why a lot of people get stage fright and get nervous. You think, 'Oh my god, I'm gonna be terrible, they hate me, and it's all terrible.'

''And so I think that was one of the earliest fears. I remember nearly giving it all up when we were doing a concert in Wembley - which was a Poll-Winners concert - in the really early days of The Beatles.

''And I remember feeling physically sick with a knot in my stomach thinking, 'I should give this up, this is just too painful, what am I doing?' I got over it.

''And as you can see I didn't give it up! So that's two different kinds of fears.''