Hendoo Movie Theater Ad

The above newspaper ad comes from 1964, and shows just how enterprising Doug, or Hendoo, was at just 17! Not only was he going to be opening that afternoon’s screening of “The Lone Ranger and The Lost City,” it was going to be a repeat performance no less. These were the early days where Doug…

Cort Theater Expansion-Nov, 2021

Whenever I’m in New York City, I make it a point to walk by the Cort Theater off of 49th and Broadway. As you all know, it was the original home of “The Magic Show.” As these photos from a couple weeks ago can attest, it’s been going through a lot of changes as of…

World of Magic IV-Medieval Thread Illusion in Full

The above appearance was from Doug’s fourth “World of Magic” special in 1978. The special itself features co-hosts Brooke Shields and Tom Bosley accompanying Doug on a whirlwind journey through time, space, and various international countries. While some moments in the special may not hold up well viewed through a 21st-century eye, it definitely features…

Vegetarian Times Veda Land Article-Sept. 1992

While the above article covers familiar territory in Doug’s never ending quest to get Veda Land off the ground. What I liked about it, was the rare and unseen photo of Doug at Niagara Falls hyping the park’s arrival.  Doug’s enthusiasm for the project, like everything he did, was infectious. Whether the park was built…

Winnipeg Illusion and Reality Ad-Sept 1977

The above ad was when Doug took his “Illusion & Reality” tour to his hometown of Winnipeg, Canada for a September 16, 1977 appearance. The venue itself was the famed Winnipeg Convention Center.  Built in 1975, a massive 180 million dollar expansion has since doubled the size of the building and rebranded it the RBC…

Merlin Double Sawing on Merv Griffin

The above clip comes from an undated appearance of Doug on the Merv Griffin show performing “Merlin.” However, since the show officially ran on Broadway from February, 1983 to August 1983, it is more than likely from around this time.  What’s nice about this clip is that we have it at all. Scenes from “Merlin”…

Scholastic Newstime-October, 1974

The above cover comes from the October 17th, 1974 issue of “Scholastic Newstime.” The graphic design work of this cover is really on point, and one of the most distinctive images of Doug that I’ve seen.  If you get out a magnifying glass and squint, you can even make out the fine print stretching around…

Maskelyne on the Performance of Magic-Doug Cover

The above cover comes from a 1976 abridged reprint of the Nevil Maskelyne/David Devant 1911 book “Our Magic.” As this was 1976, Doug was at his Magic Show/World of Magic peak. So, what better reason to put him on the cover of the classic book? The fact that he doesn’t feature in it at all…

Wonder Whims Two Page Ad Spread

The above rare image comes from the Panosh Place 1980s toy catalog, and features those masters of mirth and good cheer…The Wonder Whims. I’ve covered a bit about the Wonder Whims over the years, and I always find it’s always good for a relook when new items come to light. Below is the standard Wonder…

David Copperfield’s History of Magic

For those wanting a chance to visit David Copperfield’s famed magic museum this is it! Released this week, “David Copperfield’s History of Magic” is a must read for those wanting a deep dive into magic’s illustrious history, and where much of it resides today. From Houdini, to Malini, to Thurston, and all points in between,…

CAM JAM with Chip Romero

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that Henning  collector extraordinaire Chip Romero will be giving a Zoom presentation this evening, October 27th (8pm EDT), on the monthly CAM JAM! The CAM JAM is from the fine folks at the Canadian Association of Magicians. Chip gave an amazing presentation some months back, and…

Wonder Whims TV Commercial

Hey everyone sorry for the long delay in posts. I’ll be easing back into things this week. So, I appreciate your patience, and let’s get back to things with a bang! A Wonder Whims bang if you will.  I don’t think I need to go into the history of the Wonder Whims here. Only, this…

Chip Romero at the Magic Castle

For readers living in the Los Angeles area, I wanted to let you know that magician and Doug collector Chip Romero will be performing at the Magic Castle from October 12th-17th.   Chip’s collection of Doug Henning artifacts is amazing, and a sight to behold. Do yourself a favor, and look up some of the tours…

The Linking Ring-April 2000 (Doug Tribute Issue)

The article featured below was released two months after Doug’s death, and was the “Linking Ring’s” tribute issue for him.  While, the article itself is brief compared to the rest of the issue, it is no less effusive in its admiration for Doug and his work. It’s definitely a moment in time, and one not…

Saturday Night Photos with Doug!

Do you like Saturday nights? I do too. So much so, I wanted to post a couple rarely seen photos of Doug having a good time. The first  is obviously staged, and the other during a performance. So, wherever you are, enjoy your Saturday. Let’s not sweat the small stuff. It’s not worth it!

1983 Merlin Fan Letter

The above fan letter was sent to me recently by Steve Schlanger who had no idea of its origins. But, as you can clearly see, Harriet Weston of 19 Willits Road throughly enjoyed her time at Merlin. So much so, that she put pen to paper to tell Doug about it.  This letter is a…

Magic Collectibles: Performance Costume for Sale

It’s time to get out those checkbooks once again folks as another Doug costume is up for sale. $3200 will get you this beauty that even comes along with an interesting backstory to boot.  If memory serves me right, this classic was worn by Doug on a morning talk show that Doug hosted with Debby…

Happy Birthday David Copperfield!

Happy Birthday to the one and only David Copperfield! As one of the greatest magicians of all time, you don’t need me to tell you how important to magic history David Copperfield is. I wanted to choose a clip today from one of his specials that had an impact on me as a child. One…

Ricky Jay Collection: Sotheby’s October Auction

For all those collectors out there, Ricky Jay’s vast magic collection will be up for auction next month via Sotheby’s. It goes without saying that Jay had one of the most preeminent collections of all time, and this event will be one not to miss. Also, as Jay was good friends with Doug, it’s hard…

Doug and David Copperfield AMA Awards Unseen Photo

This rare, undated photo above comes from an issue of Genii profiling that year’s AMA awards.  It’s only one of two photos that I’ve seen featuring Doug and David Copperfield. While other photos of the two greats together probably exist, these two really represent a moment in time for magic history. Two of magic’s greats…

Jamie Allan’s “Illusionarium” in Toronto

For all those readers in Toronto, there is an immersive experience running through October 31st that I only recently found out about. The summary for the event, as listed on the website, reads: “Explore a labyrinth of mysterious rooms transporting you to different eras of illusion. Take an immersive journey through the evolution of magic…

Doug on Dai Vernon-1976 World of Wizards Special

The above clip comes from a 1976 James Randi special called “World of Wizards.” I had posted the full special some years ago, but the original channel that hosted it, “Sleight of Direction,” disappeared. However, through magical means I was able to make it reappear for you today with no further hosting issues. Actually, today…

Potter and Potter: September 11th Magic Auction

For all those looking for Doug items in a future Potter & Potter auction then look no further than this coming September 11th.  Both items are nothing new or groundbreaking in terms of Doug collecting. However, what they do represent are two of the most iconic and influential posters in Doug’s career.  First up, seen…

“Crackers” Magazine Cover-Early 80s

Well, there’s definitely only one way you can go with a magazine called “Crackers!” This 1980s Canadian publication was popular in schools of the time, and was similar in nature to  America’s very own “Dynamite.” The cover photo itself is one that we’ve all seen before. However, when used in a different context such as…