A Doug Henning Prayer Candle???

You can toss this bit of recent merchandising into the “Never Before Seen” bin. Hailing from the “Astounding Magic Co.” of Washington DC,” this tongue and cheek prayer candle is part of a series that pays tribute to some of the greats of magic. Along with Houdini and Eusapia Palladino (a medium not a magician),…

Statue of the Pharaohs Illusion

To commemorate new “King Tut” exhibition that has opened in Los Angeles, I feel it’s more than appropriate to showcase this clip from Doug’s “Magic on Broadway” special. While I certainly can’t vouch for its historical authenticity it sure is fun to watch. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week!

Potter & Potter Auction Results

  On April 28, 2018 the Chicago auction house “Potter and Potter” held a massive sale of various magic ephemera, apparatus, books, and advertising from the late-1800s to now.  While the sale itself wasn’t very Doug-centric this lot managed to squeak by. The official summary went as follows: “460. Henning, Doug. Large Binder of Doug Henning…

Mystery Item!

This last item of the week from Michael Whitecar’s collection is a bit of a conundrum. While Michael believes it may be an early item from Doug’s career that he may have built himself, there is no provenance to prove it.  So, lets get on our detective hats on this one. Does anyone here have…

Neil McNally on The Magic Word Podcast

Hello All, I wanted to let you know about a recent interview I did for Scott Wells’s excellent podcast “The Magic Word.” In it, we speak about the website itself, all kinds of Doug history, and the feature length documentary I am currently filming regarding  his life and work. Yes that’s right. You heard me….

Rare Items from the Collection of Michael Whitecar

Some months ago, Doug fan and collector Michael Whitecar was generous enough to scan many, many items from his Doug collection for the website. I’ve been parceling them out over the last month or so, however I figured it was high time I devote some more time to them  What you will be seeing here…

Genii Online Website Anniversary Article

For all those looking for a fun read to ease you into the weekend visit this timely article on “Genii Online.” In it, Grey Carter profiles the site’s one year anniversary  in grand style. Please click on the link below for more: Genii Online Article So, thank you “Genii Online!” As always, your help and…

Happy Birthday Doug!

If you don’t already know, but you probably already do, today would have been Doug’s 71st birthday. While it’s hard to really know what a 21st-century Doug Henning would be up to, it’s not hard to guess that it would be innovative, boundary pushing, and fantastic! So, from “The Doug Henning Project,” Happy Birthday Doug…

Rare Photo Wednesday!

For all those looking to get past the Wednesday doldrums, enjoy these vintage pictures from Doug’s always busy life!

“The Doug Henning Project’s” First Anniversary!

One year ago today I began “The Doug Henning Project” with a post called “Why Doug Henning Matters!”I obviously believe that’s still the case, and the last year has proven that even more to me! It’s because of readers and fans like you that keep this website going. Your words of encouragement, collection pictures, memories,…

The Electric Company Magazine in Full

This June, 1976 “Electric Company Magazine” cover story is memorable for many reasons. Not least of which is Doug’s levitation illusion at the very top of the World Trade Center. A record feat in magic and risk taking no doubt! Now I know I have published the front cover in a previous post. However, Doug…

Doug as Chou Chou the Mime

This rare Canadian article from the early 1970s touches on a relatively unknown time in Doug’s career when he wasn’t known as Doug Henning at all. No, this was the time of Chou Chou, the shoe selling mime.  As the article explains, Doug’s purpose in this 15 minute consumer presentation was to perform his various…

Jim Steinmeyer Interview: Part Four (Revisited)

The closing part of our interview with Jim covers an interesting, overlooked, and ultimately bittersweet time in the life of Doug. After retreating from the spotlight for many years, Doug had returned to Los Angeles with a seemingly renewed sense of vigor and love of magic. What this may or may not have lead to…

Jim Steinmeyer Interview: Part Three (Revisited)

What was your reaction the news that he was retiring from magic? It was a really difficult situation…We had wind of it. Doug was spending a lot of time with TM stuff…and we had no idea what would happen to the company…Doug would go “No, no, no I’m really working.” He was kind of sending…

Jim Steinmeyer Interview: Part 2 (Revisited)

What were your impressions of Doug’s as a person? The thing about it was that that was 100% him. He didn’t come offstage and put on a three-piece suit, put his feet up, smoke cigars, and say “Hey, what do you think of this hippy look? What do you think I should be doing?” There…

Jim Steinmeyer Interview: Part One (Revisited)

(To commemorate the website’s upcoming first anniversary, I thought it would be appropriate to dip into the vault and reprint some of the initial interviews that launched everything. So, in that spirit enjoy this interview with Jim Steinmeyer from our second week)  For many in the world of magic the name Jim Steinmeyer conjures up  fantastical…

The $1,000,000 Illusion

As we close out the week, I wanted to showcase the “1,000,000” illusion from Doug’s penultimate special “Magic on Broadway.” The special itself, shot at the time of “Merlin,” serves as a kind of greatest hits special sprinkled with new takes on old illusions and a myriad of special guests.  Reuniting with Doug on stage…

A Moment for Harry Anderson

For the last few days the passing of Harry Anderson has been on my mind, as I’m sure it has with all of you. I had wanted to pay tribute in some way to Anderson’s tremendous influence on magic and comedy. But, I  wasn’t sure if a Doug Henning website was the proper venue for that….

Doug Henning Canadian “Beginnings” Article

This article comes by way of reader Karen Kampen. It’s very unique in the sense that it’s more oral history than a straight article. In it, Doug reflects on his childhood growing up in Canada, his sisters, and his father. It’s a great read, and while it’s a mystery to myself and Karen which paper it…

1981 TWA Airline Newspaper Ad and Commercial

This vintage newspaper ad from 1981 was produced in conjunction with a tongue in cheek TV commercial  that Doug participated in for TWA. As far as a I can tell, it’s only one of a handful of ads that Doug was featured in during his career. While we’re on that subject, here’s the actual TV…

Never Before Seen 1970s Performance Photos

Today’s incredible and previously unseen pictures come from photographer Frank Zak, and feature a mid-1970s performance in Pittsburgh. What’s stunning for me is their clarity and detail. You really do feel like you’re in the front row, or perhaps even on the stage itself.  While I never had the opportunity to see Doug perform live myself,…

Original Magic Show TV Commercial from the Michael Grandinetti Collection

This  commercial featured above was originally broadcast on October 10, 1978, and features Doug’s replacement Joe Ablado in the lead role. While Doug may not appear in the ad itself, his presence can be felt in the poster, the songs, and of course the illusions themselves.  So, enjoy this rare bit of Broadway TV magicana,…

Original 1976 Magic Show Marquee and Billboard Photos

These fabulous photos were given to me by early Doug collaborator Brian Lumley, and feature “The Magic Show” marquee and billboard during Christmas, 1976. On my recent trip to New York I had tried to visualize what the theater and its surrounding areas looked like during that period, and these certainly give me a great…

Doug Henning/Billy Crystal Lake Tahoe Ad

To while away your Wednesday afternoon I thought I’d share a unique item from the collection of Michael Whitecar. While these sorts of casino show ads were common at the time, I’ve always been drawn to their very 1970s vibe and artwork.  Think about it, who would do a hand drawn portrait of a performer…

“The Magic Show” on Amazon Prime Streaming

John Cox of Wild About Harry was kind enough to let me know that the 1981 filmed version of “The Magic Show” is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime. While this production has been available on DVD for a while, this is the first time anything by Doug has been available on a streaming platform.  Notably,…

Cort Theater Photos

And I’m back! After a busy three weeks off, “The Doug Henning Project” is up and running for service. During this time, I had the pleasure of spending a week in New York City. NYC is memorable for many reasons, not least of which is that Broadway is the home of the Cort Theater. The…

A Little Hiatus

Hey All! Due to work commitments and an upcoming trip to New York, “The Doug Henning Project” will be on a little hiatus. Fear not, I’ll return on Monday, April 9th with many cool and wondrous things to share. So, until then…stay magical! –Neil