Rare Doug, Debby, and Shirley Henning Photo

The above photo was sent to me recently, and what a find it is! The exact year and circumstances are unknown to me, but it certainly is rare to find Doug in such a candid photo with Debby (Left) and his mother Shirley (Right). If anyone knows the background of this photo feel free to…

Vintage Pantages “World of Magic” Marquee Photo

The above vintage photo features Doug’s touring “World of Magic” stage show at the, you guessed correctly, “Pantages” theater in Hollywood, CA. However, what specific year this is is a mystery to me. Doug played there a couple times in the early 1980s in a “Best Of” show which highlighted his most famous illusions up…

Dave Collier Interview Part Three: Final Thoughts

WHICH OF THESE SPECIALS IS MY FAVORITE? THIS LAS VEGAS SHOW WAS MY FAVORITE!  NOT ONLY DID IT GIVE ME A CHANCE TO TRAVEL, BUT… BEING BACKSTAGE GAVE ME A CHANCE TO SEE HOW SOME OF THE ILLUSIONS WERE PERFORMED… IF YOU ONLY KNEW SOME OF THESE SECRETS! WHAT DID DOUG HIMSELF THINK OF THE…

Dave Collier Interview Part Two: Meeting Doug and a Hungry Tiger

HAD YOU HEARD OF DOUG HENNING BEFORE THIS ASSIGNMENT? I HAD NOT HEARD OF DOUG HENNING BEFORE HIS SPECIALS.  I DID PROVIDE PICTURES I TOOK AT HIS SPECIALS TO HIM… AND ACTUALLY VISITED HIM AND HIS WIFE AT HIS HOUSE.  HE WAS QUITE BUSY MOST OF THE TIME, SO I DIDN’T GET TO SPEND MUCH…

Dave Collier Interview Part One: Rose Parades and Magic Castles

I think we can all agree that Dave Collier’s photos over the last four weeks have been truly memorable. So, if they say a picture speaks a thousand words, why don’t we go to the man who was responsible for them all in this multi-part interview? Take it away Dave Collier! HOW DID YOU GET…

Tonight Show: Full Interview and Double Sawing Illusion

Aside from the fantastic Double Sawing Illusion, the interview for this “Tonight Show” appearance is unusual in the sense you hear Doug talk about a venue you wouldn’t normally expect him to play: a rioting prison. His experience there, and how he handled it is a keeper and well worth the 12 minutes.  Happy St. Patricks…

Dave Collier 1978 Photos: After Party with Dai Vernon

Well, all good things must come to an end folks. As much as I’d love to keep posting these fantastic and memorable photos, I’ve run out of my supply. Not to worry though because next week I’ll be posting an exclusive interview with photographer Dave Collier to give you more backstory on his life and…

Dave Collier 1978 Photos: Medieval and Ancient Egypt Illusions

In this special, Doug, Brooke Shields, and Tom Bosley seem to literally time travel to different points in history to perform illusions. Why? Well, these are the kinds of things that happen in 1970s prime time variety specials.  Anyway, the concept leant itself to some really beautiful set pieces and costumes that are still memorable…

Dave Collier 1978 Photos: “World of Magic IV”

For this final round of photos from the expert lens of Dave Collier comes “World of Magic IV.” This special is notable for many reasons, not least of which is the eclectic team up of Brooke Shields and Tom Bosley as Doug’s co-hosts.  This was the last special that Doug did live. So, in many…

Johnny Thompson Tribute

I’m sure that many of you heard over the weekend that master magician/comedian Johnny Thompson passed away. When someone this influential passes away, people are only left with their individual memories to go over and ponder. For myself, I was extremely fortunate to spend an evening with Johnny last May at his Las Vegas home…

“Magic Wagon” Newspaper Ad

The above newspaper advertisement comes from the “Monroe (Wisconsin) Evening Times” and ran on March, 13, 1984. It goes without saying that this was around the time of Doug being a spokes “magician” for the Plymouth Voyager. Doug Henning as a car salesman probably wasn’t the first thing that came to people’s minds, but hey…

Tonight Show 1981 Appearance in Full with Interview

The glass illusion part of this clip is widely available from the Johnny Carson You Tube channel. However, what makes today’s post extra special is that this is the full segment with the Johnny interview that followed. Doug was there to promote “World of Magic IV,” and regales the audience with tales of famed 19th…

Dave Collier Photos: World of Magic 1977

So, after a brief detour last week into You Tube land, we’ve now safely arrived in 1977 (the year of my birth by the way)! This is World of Magic III!” It’s the special that has such eclectic items as a very excited Glenn Campbell, child versions of Doug and Sandy Duncan, balancing on blades,…

Tenyo Magic You Can Do Advertisement

This is an advertisement for the Tenyo brand of Doug Henning “Magic You Can Do” illusions for aspiring magicians. The brand has since kind of become the Holy Grail of Doug Henning merchandise culminating with the full boxed set that goes for top dollar whenever it appears on Ebay. Collect them all! Special Thanks to…

1982 Genii Awards Appearance

This clip comes once again from the “Sleight of Direction” You Tube Channel, and showcases a new venue for the famed “Celestial Elevator” Illusion…the 1982 Genii Awards! So, sit back, relax, and watch something astounding aside from Doug in a tux!

“Merlin” CBC Television Interview

It’s not often you get a television interview that begins with a napkin illusion and ends with a harrowing tale of a tiger’s teeth gripping your neck.  However, that’s what you get with this lively CBC interview that Doug gave around the time of “Merlin.” If you can make your way through the haze of…

Dave Collier 1976 Photos: Fire Hoop, Water Levitation, and Ricky Jay

The 1976 special seemed to have everything in it. Even more lighter in tone than its predecessor, the special definitely had something for everyone to enjoy.  These pictures are unique in the sense that some are culled from the dress rehearsal that would occur right before the live broadcast. The rehearsals would be a straight…

Dave Collier’s 1976 Photos: Doug, an Elephant, and Michael Landon

As we continue our journey through Dave Collier’s lens, we arrive in 1976 for Doug’s second “World of Magic” special. As ratings for the first special went through the roof, NBC clearly wanted more of Doug. So, just how would he top himself? A vanishing and re-appearing elephant of course! Oh, and how about Michael…

James Randi’s “World of Wizards”- Doug Appearance

Before we deep dive back into Dave Collier’s spectacular photos, I wanted to share with you this great special I found on You Tube’s “Sleight of Direction” Channel. Dating back to 1976, James (The Amazing) Randi’s hosts the TV special “World of Wizards,” and boy does it have some of the greats! But, most of…

Dave Collier Photos: “World of Magic 1” After Party

In today’s installment, it’s time to party like it’s 1975! With a viewing audience of fifty million people, Doug and friends celebrated the achievement with a well attended after party. A drink in hand, Doug rightly is the focus of everyone’s attention after having pulled off the seemingly impossible. Ahhh, to be a fly on that…

Dave Collier “World of Magic 1” Photos: Doug, Gene Kelly, and the Cast

Doug’s grand escape from Houdini’s “Water Torture Cell” still is ranked as one of the greatest television magic finales of all time.  It even left Gene Kelly speechless enough to lose track of his cue cards. As you can see from these photos, the excitement of the evening even went right through to the curtain call…

Dave Collier “World of Magic 1” Photos

I apologize for not posting in a bit, but what I’ve been given access to will certainly make up for it. Recently, photographer Dave Collier and Magic Castle librarian Bill Goodwin have graciously granted me access to a treasure trove of never before seen photos. As you will see, these represent Doug behind and in…

Saturday at Sardis!

Today’s entry features photos from when (I’m guessing) Doug’s caricature was created for the esteemed New York City restaurant “Sardis.” For many, you really haven’t hit it big until you are hanging on the wall of this venerable institution. I’m also guessing this was probably from the time of “Merlin” as well.  It’s interesting to…

The History of Martin Short’s Doug Henning

Who doesn’t love Martin Short’s impersonation of Doug? Aside from being dead on accurate, it’s still remembered to this day as one of the best he’s ever done. Maybe that’s because Short actually knew his subject all too well. You see, Martin Short attended college with Ivan Reitman and Doug at McMaster University up in Canada….

TV Directory Thursday!

What better way to spend your Thursday than with a solid wall of vintage TV Guides promoting Doug? You’re welcome! Special Thanks to Michael Whitecar

“Magic Detective” Podcast: Doug Edition

I wanted to take a moment to point out that magician Dean Carnegie’s excellent podcast “The Magic Detective” just posted it’s newest episode. You guessed it, it’s about Doug. More specifically, Dean shares his memories of the “World of Magic” specials, and seeing Doug perform live.  So, what are you waiting for? Download it right…