S.E. Giesbrecht Flaming Hoop Print

Today’s item resides, well, right above my writing desk. Now I can’t claim I have anywhere near the Henning collections that some people have. However, this S. E. Giesbrecht print was given to me this year while conducting an interview for my upcoming documentary on Doug’s life.  From what was told to me, these were…

Doug on the Disney Easter Parade

First of all let me say that I know the quality of these clips is well, really lacking, but hey it’s Doug and Debby performing on the Walt Disney World Easter Parade. What choice do I have? There’s some really good stuff to be had here. From the Zombie Ball to Metamorphosis, it’s really a…

Neil McNally on “Cult Radio A-Go-Go” this Saturday Night!

Hello Everyone! I will be appearing on the internet’s own “Cult Radio A-Go-Go!” this Saturday, December 15th from 9-9:30pm PST. We will be discussing of all things, Doug Henning’s life and career! I’m really happy to be a part of it, and hope you can tune in for the live broadcast. If you can’t, I…

“World of Magic I” Press Releases

The following press releases are in anticipation of the first “World of Magic” special broadcast originally on December 26th, 1975. Each one is interesting in that while he had already appeared on Broadway, Doug was not yet the proven television commodity he would become. Oh, how one night would change all of that?   Special…

David Byrd “Magic Show” Poster Concept Sketches

In my recent travels across the internet looking above and beyond for new Doug treasures I came across these little seen drawings. David Byrd, the acclaimed poster artist, was recently offering them for sale (yes they’ve already been sold) via ardtgallery.com. They are the only time that I can remember seeing any art representing how…

Restored Zig-Zag Woman Cabinet

Collector Chip Romero recently sent this fantastic image over of Doug’s original “Zig-Zag” cabinet restored and ready for service! The illusion itself is a valuable piece of Doug Henning history, and it couldn’t have a more perfect permanent home.  Special Thanks to Chip Romero

Complete Merlin Video Recording

While “Merlin” may not exist as a proper cast album or have a professional video recording, there are “other” less magical copies out there if you know where to look.  Case in point, no one would claim that this recording that recently sprung up on You Tube is of the highest quality. But, it gives…

Farewell Illusion Sale Price List

The above item comes from Michael Whitecar, and is the price list that was given to all interested buyers from Doug’s farewell auction in 1989. It’s interesting to note how the general common misconception is that Doug gave away his illusions for very little to nothing. My apologies for the small print in the document,…

And Another Potter & Potter Auction Item!

This one’s for for all those Henning collectors out there, and yes I know who you are! Take a look at this neat window card that will be featured in the Potter & Potter Winter auction being held on Saturday, December 15th.  While we’ve all seen the picture before, what makes this one unique is…

Farewell Auction: Letter/Item Breakdown

The following advertisement appeared in “Genii” in March of 1989. In a lot of ways, this letter and item breakdown signaled what was the true end to Doug Henning as a magician and performer. As is widely known, Doug’s devotion to Transcendental Meditation had overtaken his interest in magic as a whole. In keeping with…

Peter DePaula Playbills and Magazines!

Today’s post is dedicated an unsung hero in the history of “The Magic Show.” When the time came for the production to tour, it was obvious to everyone that Doug wasn’t going to be the one to do it. Enter touring understudy extraordinaire, Peter DePaula. While a tour of Australia never panned out, DePaula (handpicked…

The Chip Romero Collection: Fan Mail Postcard Response

In our continuing exploration of Chip Romero’s vast Henning collection, Chip talks about a common way Doug would answer his fan mail. However, what comes across as a simple postcard becomes much more on closer inspection. “I’ve never seen any of these before I bought this collection, and I haven’t seen one since. I’ve got…

Various TV Guide Listings and Art

Hey, remember when “TV Guide” was a thing? I know, I know, it pains me to say it, but younger generations will never know the thrill of getting that week’s newest issue, and circling a week’s worth of network delights.  So, what better way to celebrate that bygone era than highlighting some of the more…

Ricky Jay Tribute

I’m sure the majority of you heard the sad news of Ricky Jay’s passing over the weekend. Jay’s contribution to the art of close up magic is immeasurable, and his loss to the art form will be felt for some time.  While Doug and Ricky weren’t alike on the surface, both shared an innate appreciation…

Happy Thanksgiving from “The Doug Henning Project!”

Just a quick note to let you know that I will be traveling in Ireland over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, and will be taking a break from the site until Monday, November 26th.  Until then, Happy Holidays and try not to eat too much turkey!  With Magic and Wonder,  Neil McNally    

Doug Live in Omaha (1981) Footage

For all those who weren’t around to see Doug perform live (like yours truly,) this footage is a nice, nearly fourteen minute slice of Doug in his 1981 prime in Omaha.  As always, sorry about the picture and sound quality. But hey, it’s Doug, and his stage presence and energy brilliantly shine through thirty-eight year…

The Chip Romero Collection: “Hendoo” Business Card

We all have to come from somewhere don’t we? Featured above, is an exceptional find in the history of Doug Henning. You see, way, way before Doug Henning was Doug Henning, he was “The Astounding Hendoo!” For more on this early phase in Doug’s career, here’s an except from John Harrison’s 2009 biography on Doug’s…

Natural Law Party Campaign Article

Today’s article comes from the collection of Joe Fox, and highlights a unique time in Doug’s life: his attempted political career.  Not many magicians to my mind have successfully run for political office and won and, unfortunately, Doug was no exception.  Under the TM based “Natural Law Party,” Doug attempted to bring peace to Canada…

Doug on “The Tonight Show”…Again

The reaction to last week’s Tonight Show clip was so positive that, well, let’s do it again shall we? In this clip, Doug again shows off a myriad of illusions all before the coveted interview with Johnny. Eagle-eyed viewers will notice Steve Martin on the couch as well. The world of 1970s talk shows truly was…

Merv Griffin Appearance

I apologize for the poor quality of this clip, but the close-up illusions are well worth the price of admission. So, please stick with it! Now, I know we’ve most likely seen these illusions before. However, I like seeing how Doug would adapt and present his illusions in different settings and contexts.  Needless, to say…

The Chip Romero Collection: Henning Handwritten Notes

In another extremely rare find from Chip Romero’s collection, we have  hand written notes from the pen of, drum roll please, Doug Henning!  These three simple pages really show you the genius of Doug’s mind in meticulously plotting out every element of the second “World of Magic” special. As usual, let’s got to Chip himself…

Doug Award Show Appearance and Speech

This clip is really fun to watch because it really serves as a half performance/half award acceptance speech for Doug.  First up, is the classic “Sands of Egypt” illusion with actress Lee Meriwether (Time Tunnel, Batman) serving as Doug’s assistant. This classic illusion is a firm fan favorite, and Doug’s natural onstage delivery with it…

Doug on the Tonight Show (1984)

What better way to ease into the work week than with this 1984 appearance of Doug on Johnny Carson’s legendary Tonight Show? As Johnny explains, Doug was in LA for two weeks of shows at the Ahmanson Theater in preparation for a later run on Broadway. As having never seen this clip before, I was…

Doug and Dinah Shore Interview

While this clip includes yesterday’s performance at the start, it’s the sit down interview that begins at 5:53 that’s worth your price of admission for today.  What I find fascinating about this chat is that it deviates from the usual talk show banter, and allows Doug to be, well, Doug. His views on science versus…

Doug on the “Dinah Shore Show:” Part One

This fantastic performance clip comes from when Doug was a guest on Dinah Shore’s appropriately named talk show “Dinah.” It’s a great sampling of some of Doug’s greatest hits, and well worth the four minutes and fifty seconds of your time. I’ll feature the interview segment itself tomorrow. Enjoy!

The Chip Romero Collection: Zig-Zag Woman

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of speaking on the phone with esteemed Doug Henning collector Chip Romero. During our extensive phone call, Chip covered many topics and elements of his fascinating collection of Doug’s life and work. However,  what really stopped the presses for me was what came next. You see, Chip…

“World of Magic VII” Newspaper Ad

Hey Guys! Sorry for the delay in posts. I’ve been up to my neck in our current Indiegogo campaign.  Hey, so what better way to take a break with this vintage newspaper advertisement from “World of Magic VII?” The special, as you may remember, starred Doug and his guests Ann Jillian, Kaitlyn Jenner, Billy Crystal,…

Doug Henning “Magic Team” Baseball Caps

Finding clothing from Doug’s touring productions can be rare indeed. Aside from t-shirts that infrequently show up on Ebay, there isn’t really much readily to be found for purchase.  These hats from the collection of Michael Whitecar, were I suspect worn by the people that worked for Doug in his touring productions. If anyone out…

World of Magic IV Animal Illusion

What better way to liven up your Sunday afternoon than with this vintage clip where Doug conjures up some adorable baby animals and, well, enough said? Original Air Date: February 15, 1981 ————————————————————————————– While you’re here, be sure to donate to my Indiegogo campaign for my feature length documentary “Doug Henning’s Magical World.” To view…

Potter & Potter Auction Items

The following items were passed onto me by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. All three will feature in their October 20th “Houdiniana” auction. for more info please click: Here Let the bidding begin! Be sure to donate to my Indiegogo campaign for my feature length documentary “Doug Henning’s Magical World.” To view the trailer and…