“Houdini’s Magic Magazine” Mystery

For all intents and purposes there shouldn’t be a mystery surrounding this January, 1978 issue of “Houdini’s Mystery Magazine.”  I recently purchased this issue off of EBay for many reasons. The number one reason, of course, is for the cover and article previewing Doug’s upcoming “World of Magic” special. However, as I began to flip…

“Mismade Girl” from The Magic Show Movie!

To close off your Friday, why don’t we take a look at the “Mismade Girl” illusion from the “Magic Show” movie?  Designed by magician Chuck Jones in 1968, the illusion has taken on a life of its own over the years, and was a frequent part of Doug’s act and stage shows! Enjoy! Have a…

Argus Leader Interview-5/1/1987

I was drawn to this article because of it being at a late stage of Doug’s magic career. It even begins with the interviewer asking about his opinion of Penn and Teller, and Doug’s view of them. Clearly they were the new kids on the magic block in the late 1980s. Times were clearly changing …

“Fergus’ Dilemma” from Merlin

The above song, of course, comes from “Merlin” and features one of Nathan Lane’s musical numbers from the show. While the sound quality is lacking, it does give you a “representation” of what the music was like.  Over the years, Nathan Lane hasn’t talked about “Merlin” all that much. When he has, it always hasn’t…

Doug Henning on Broadway-Annie Slide Illusion

It’s two Annie actresses for the price of one in this clip from 1982’s “Doug Henning: Magic on Broadway!” Taped during the Merlin era, the special’s slide illusion features the original Annie Andrea McArdle transforming into the then current Annie Allison Smith. Did the Sun really come out tomorrow with this illusion? Well, that’s for…

“Bump in the Night” Box Interview with Greg Gleason

As many of you may have seen, magician Greg Gleason recently and accidentally came to own Doug’s original “Things that go Bump in the Night” box. How that came to be is a fascinating story. It’s a story so fascinating that I’m going to let Greg tell it himself.  How did you obtain the box?…

Gary Brown on his Genii Article: Expanded

In 1997, I had reached out to Erica Larsen who was, at that time, editing Genii, about doing an issue devoted to Doug Henning.  Erica kindly agreed, arranging for a few other writers to contribute pieces, and I volunteered to do a biographical sketch.  Because Doug was still involved in trying to launch the Veda Land project,…

1997 Doug Bio Sent for “Genii” Article

The following  biography was faxed to writer Gary Brown for an article he was doing on Doug for “Genii” in 1997. While Doug himself did not participate in the article directly, he did give his blessing to it.  Tomorrow I’ll be posting Gary’s more detailed account of what occurred with the article and its reception….

Tonight’s Magic Collector’s Corner!

Sorry for the short notice folks, but I have it on good authority that tonight’s “Magic Collector’s Corner” will have a very special Doug segment. What it is, well, I can’t tell you. But, rest assured I’m looking forward to watching! The information to attend is listed above! See you there!

Famous Faced Cards by Paul Romhany (feat. Doug)

Sitting comfortably with Houdini, David Copperfield, and Cardini, Doug’s visage is one of the greats featured in this version of the “Famous Faced Cards” illusion.  The illusion itself is reimagined by Paul Romhany, and based on a routine by Ken Brooke. The cards themselves are very striking, eye catching, and truly one of a kind!…

Doug and John Ritter

Most people are probably familiar with the traditional picture of Doug and John Ritter that I used for today’s splash page. However, I recently came across this alternative shot that was taken on the same night. The event in question occurred on Halloween 1978, and was taken at what I assume is the Magic Castle…

“Merlin” Jeopardy Question

In a blink and you’ll miss it moment on “Jeopardy, ” Doug appeared as a question in an episode that aired just last week. The category, appropriately titled “Guys Named Doug,” was connected to “Merlin” and went for $600. How it turned out for the contestant, well, I’m not surprised. It is a lost musical…

Earth, Wind, & Fire Thank You to Doug- Ebay Item

For all you collectors out there, I just came across this unseen item today on Ebay. As you can see, this 1978 trade magazine advertisement was from the popular band Earth, Wind, and Fire thanking Doug for creating illusions for their tour. It also works well as a double promotion for Doug’s then upcoming “World…

“Alla-Kazam”Fanzine- World of Magic ’78 Article

The following article comes from the second issue of the magic fanzine “Alla-Kazam.” The magazine itself was bi-monthly, and a product of MacDonald Magic located out of Spencerville, Ohio. By all accounts, it folded in 1981.  But, let’s begin with that cover illustration shall we?  By that I mean it’s certainly one of the more…

Plymouth “Magic Wagon” Expanded Commercial

Okay, I promise this is the last time. The above spot is an an unseen and expanded version of the shorter commercials that I’m sure we’re all used to. What is unseen you may ask? Well, there’s a lot more of Doug floating for starters, and a little more exposition espousing the wonders of the…

Original “Plymouth Magic Wagon” Radio Commercial

This original radio commercial was released in 1984 in conjunction with Doug’s “Plymouth Magic Wagon” car campaign. I’ve gone into this campaign several times in the past, and it goes without saying it was a lot of fun! However, I had never heard a radio commercial for it before, so this is a rare treat. It’s…

People Magazine- August, 1974 “Magic Show” Interview

The above pages come from the August 5, 1974 issue of “People” magazine, and are straight from the time when Doug was taking the world by storm. As you can tell from the article, nothing like the “Magic Show” had been seen before on Broadway, and Doug, like the show itself, was a unique commodity….

Happy Belated Birthday David Copperfield!

Due to a very busy day yesterday away from my desk, I wasn’t able to wish a very Happy Birthday to legendary magician David Copperfield!  So, in honor of the occasion enjoy this clip of David  performing the “Immaculate Connection” illusion from the “Magic of David Copperfield V.”

“Canadian Conspiracy” Documentary

Today is the site’s 600th post, and let’s have a laugh shall we to celebrate? I recently stumbled upon this little seen mockumentary from 1985, and had to put it up. The show originally aired on HBO, and almost makes you believe something is afoot with our neighbors to the North.  It is only a…

Doug and Shankar Jr. Letters: Guinness Book of World Records Note

The above letter is Doug’s attempt to get Shankar Jr. into the Guinness Book of World Records. While I’m not sure of the outcome, the letter speaks volumes to Doug’s admiration and kindness to his young protege. That, in and of itself, is a world record! For more backstory on how Doug met the young…

Doug and Shankar Jr. Letters: Part One

Over the next couple days I’m going to share with you some letters sent to me by magician Shankar Jr. In a previous post, I detailed how at a young age, Shankar  befriended and was mentored by Doug in India.  Eventually, Doug became more immersed in TM and the mentorship came to an end. However,…

“CBS Morning News” with Maria Shriver Performance

The above clip was recently posted on the “Illusionist Munawar Muzaffar” You Tube Channel, and is from the collection of Bill Green. It’s a clip I’ve never seen, and maybe one that you haven’t as well. So, sit back with your morning cup of coffee, and watch as Doug astounds Maria Shriver and bleary eyed…

Taking a Break!

Due to some personal obligations, “The Doug Henning Project” will be taking a little breather over the next week or so.  However, the site will return with more magic and wonder from the world of Doug Henning on Wednesday, September 9th! Mark your calendars, and please stay safe and healthy out there everyone. 

Doug’s Van Nuys “Magic, Inc.” Headquarters Today

Yesterday I decided to do something that that has been on my bucket list for quite a while…visit the site of Doug’s first headquarters. So, braving 99 degree San Fernando Valley heat, I did just that. Doug’s first headquarters for his company “Magic, Inc.” were located at 6921 Valjean Avenue in Van Nuys, CA. At…

Torn and Restored Newspaper in Full

I can’t believe I’ve never posted this before.  There’s a lot I can say about this legendary illusion (created by Gene Anderson), and its place in Doug’s history. But, rather than writing about it, why don’t you let Doug do the talking…or rather tearing.   

Lion Tamer-Magic Show Original Soundtrack

I’m going to put it out there that I feel “Lion Tamer” is one of Stephen Schwartz’s best songs. While it may not be his most famous or well known, it has a a subdued and simple arrangement that instantly takes you to the heart and soul of what “The Magic Show” was.  Dale Soules’…