Pantages Newspaper Ad

This newspaper ad comes from Hollywood’s famed Pantages theater and highlights Doug’s public performing debut on the West Coast.  Doug performed several times at the Pantages over his career, and this ad is unique in the sense in that it highlights the more mysterious aspects of his stage persona. I’m sure we’ve all seen the…

Peter DePaula NYC Speaking Event

The following was sent to me by Joe Fox as featured in the “Genii Forum.” Peter DePaula, Doug’s touring replacement on “The Magic Show,” will be hosting a S.A.M evening of memories from his time with the show, and even teach some close-up magic that was used to promote the original touring production.  As noted,…

The Magic Show-Celestial Elevator

There’s nothing like a brief snippet from the TV version of “The Magic Show” to start the day off right! If all elevator rides were this fun…

“Doug Henning’s Magical World” IndieGoGo Campaign

Hello Everyone! As we ease into the week, I wanted to let you know that on Monday, September 24th we will officially be launching our online fundraising campaign for the feature length documentary “Doug Henning’s Magical World.” The campaign itself will be one month long, and will be on Indiegogo. The film itself has been…

Crystal Gayle Christmas Special Poster

Christmas comes early to “The Doug Henning Project” with this advertisement for singer Crystal Gayle’s 1979 Christmas Special.  While Doug doesn’t feature prominently on the poster, it goes without saying that he was very much in demand at this time in his career. Hey, he even gets a subtle reference with the line “Fall under…

Unseen Photo

In my never ending search for anything Doug related, I came across this photo of Doug with actress Jane Marla Robbins. At first glance, I wasn’t sure where this picture was taken. However, when you look at the shirts both of them are wearing it’s very clear that this was taken during Doug’s mis-adventure to Muhammad…

Lion Tamer from “The Magic Show”

One of my favorite songs from The Magic Show is “Lion Tamer.” The song itself was composed by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), and originally performed by actress Dale Soules. However, this version is recreated by Didi Cohen (Grease) for the filmed version of the musical from the early 1980s.  It’s a simple, but heart warming…

Doug and Nancy Henning Photo (Clear Quality)

The above picture is famous in Doug Henning lore for being one of his earliest publicity photos. It also is one that also features his sister and friend of the website, Nancy Henning. Now, while we’ve all probably seen this at one time or another, it is usually pretty grainy and not as clear as this…

I.B.M. 1986 Plaque Dedication

Well, here we are again. Thanks for your patience while the website was on a two week hiatus. Every now and then, less magical and less interesting “real life” duties sometimes take precedence. Without further ado, let us travel back to June 6, 1986 when Doug unveiled a bronze plaque marking the original location of…

Veda Land Files: Written Breakdown of Park

In this final installment, the files go into much more written detail on how the park was envisioned and what it would have contained for visitors. Doug’s thoughts are sprinkled throughout, and the descriptions themselves paint a good picture as to what they were thinking of in terms of spectacle. Do I think Doug would…

Veda Land Files: Correspondence with Doug and Designers

Building a theme park isn’t all fun and games. No further proof of that is the correspondence featured below. In these letters, a budget has been delivered to Doug from the chairman of RS, Eduard Feuer, to commence work on “Veda Land.” However, if you read between the lines, the quoted prices may have been…

Veda Land Files: Rides, Rides, Rides!

Well here are again. Sorry for the day’s delay in posts, but as you can see the wait was certainly worth it. If there was any doubt that the scope of Veda Land was expansive than look no further than below. Featured today are the ride schematics/concepts behind what would have entertained guests if the…

Veda Land Files: Part One

Recently I was very fortunate to gain access to files that I never even thought existed in such detail: Veda Land. Now all of us know that the last part of Doug’s life was spent trying to find various locations and fundraising for this theme park that never was. However, as you will see over…

Vintage 1985 Variety Ad

This ad was featured in Variety on October 16, 1985 and, as you can read, thanks Doug for 8 successful shows at the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto. Doug was always a powerhouse touring machine, and this ad proves that well into the 1980s he was still highly in demand.  Anyone out there want to tackle how…

Doug Henning Statue

If you’re looking for a good chuckle on this Saturday, then look no further than this statue. I found it recently hiding on a nearby shelf while I was conducting research for next week’s articles. Somewhere I think is Doug is laughing… Special Thanks to Lisa Cousins

“Doug Henning’s Magical World” Documentary Facebook Page

Hello All,  I wanted to let you know about a special project I have been working on for almost a year: a feature length documentary on the life and work of, you guessed it, Doug Henning.  “Doug Henning’s Magical World” is the definitive documentary on our favorite magician. Interviews have already been conducted in Los…

Very Early “Henning and Mars” Publicity Photo

In the year and a half that I have been running this site, I have published A LOT of pictures of Doug and his career. But, the one featured above is one I had never seen before. It features Doug and his assistant, then girlfriend Mars Barrick, in a publicity still from the early 70s. …

Doug on Andy Williams?

Today’s post comes about from an email I recently received from Doug fan and ex-magic builder Russell Bruce. Here’s an excerpt: “A friend and I are really big fans of Dougs, and have been searching for anyone with a copy of Dougs appearance on the Andy Williams Show. In this appearance, they performed the opening…

Houdini’s 100th Birthday Article

John Cox ‘s excellent website Wild About Harry recently featured a New York Daily News article from 1974 covering a Doug live event that even yours truly didn’t know occurred. In honor of Houdini’s 100th birthday, Doug and his “Magic Show” co-star Dale Soules performed one of Houdini’s signature illusions in front of the famed Plaza…

Doug Henning Magic Kit Ebay Item

Hey All! Lisa England was kind enough to let me know about her recent Doug item that’s currently on Ebay. As you can see, it’s the one of the rare Holy Grails of Doug merchandise,  Tenyo’s  “Magic You Can Do Kit.” While I’ll be sitting this one out, I hope one of our lucky readers…

Top Hat Magazine-Very Early Doug Cover

The above image is obviously very early in Doug’s career, and features a picture of him that isn’t seen very often.  However, it’s interesting to note that the one that is featured on this cover was obviously taken the same day as the more well known shots of a young smiling Doug dressed in a…

“World of Magic 2” Print Interview

The above article comes from Craig Schwarz and is a bit of a mystery as I have no idea where it came from really. Was it a newspaper or magazine is anyone’s guess? Regardless, it’s a quick and interesting read  from around the time of “World of Magic 2.” For that reason alone it’s worth…

Doug Henning Barbados Postcard

The above postcard is rare in the sense that it is a direct remnant of Doug’s trip to Barbados as a teenager. After his first television appearance, Doug decided to take advantage of a free flight to Barbados due to his father being an airline pilot. Yes it’s good to have perks.  While performing magic…

Rare “World of Magic II” Pop Art Ad

You can chuck this advertisement into the “rare and obscure bin.” This was obviously made for “World of Magic II,” and truly combines the best of what 1970s pop art had to offer at the time. It takes a lot to make Doug Henning look frightening and, well, this comes pretty darn close.  Does anyone…

“Den of Tigers” Newspaper Ad

This creatively worded advertisement was for the final live “World of Magic” special. Originally broadcast on December 14, 1978, this special was plagued by numerous issues, not least of which was a tiger escaping through the halls of NBC . However, none of this chaos was visible to the holiday audiences at home, and from that…

Potter and Potter Upcoming Auction: Doug Memorabilia

For all those Doug collectors out there “Potter & Potter Auctions” was kind enough to share with me two Doug related items from their upcoming Summer auction. Get out those checkbooks! Here they are:   For more information please visit: https://potterauctions.com/ Special Thanks to Rebekah Kaufman.

Candid Doug and Shark Photo

This past weekend at the Hollywood Bowl “Jaws” was screened with live orchestral accompaniment. While I wasn’t able to attend I have the next best thing right here in today’s post. This photo was taken during preparations for the 1979 Hilton Television Special. The illusion itself was only performed once due to its precarious nature….

Another Micky Hades Letter

Enjoy this rare letter from the collection of Michael Whitecar. You may remember last month I also posted another letter from Doug to author/historian/collector Micky Hades. In retrospect, it truly is a fascinating window into where Doug was in his career at that time. Hey and who can beat that letterhead?  

The Floating Ball

What better way to end your week with this soothing and relaxing clip of Doug performing the famous “Floating Ball” illusion? Originally featured on “World of Magic II,” this deceptively simple illusion is elevated to another level (no pun intended) with Doug’s skill and precision.  Last September you may remember I posted the version Doug…