Eugene Register-Guard: April 25, 1976 (Electric Company Cover Article)

This is a nice little article from 1976. In it, details of the making of Doug’s iconic photo, levitating a woman on top of the World Trade Center, are revealed.  It’s truly a death defying photo, and leaves no doubt that for that moment Doug Henning was truly riding high!

“What We Hide: Doug’s Bump Bows” by Jim Steinmeyer

In keeping with last week’s post, I wanted to highlight another great Henning article that Jim Steinmeyer wrote for his blog.  It’s a fun piece profiling the origins of Doug’s closing tour music called “Bump Bows.” If you were lucky enough to see Doug live, maybe you remember it. If not, Jim even provides a…

Original “Merlin” Contract

Today I thought I’d present something not really magical. But, very necessary in the creation of “Merlin,” one of its original contracts.  The tumultuous tale of “Merlin” has been told many times elsewhere on this blog. It’s a long cautionary one of a revolving door of talent that made its way to Broadway in 1983….

“What We Hide: Lessons from Doug Henning” by Jim Steinmeyer

I just wanted to let readers know about a fantastic article that appeared back on April 22nd in Jim Steinmeyer’s blog. It’s a touching tribute in honor of Doug’s then 75th birthday from someone who knew him best. I could talk more about it, but why not see for yourself.  To read “What We Hide:…

Alternative “Magic on Broadway” NBC Commercial

In another blink and you’ll miss moment, here’s a brief commercial for Doug’s “Magic on Broadway” special.  Last May I posted another version that had different variations and scenes than this one. However, the best thing about it, in my  humble opinion, is an appearance by David Hasselhoff (The Hoff) at the end.  Can you…

Updated 2021 MTA Broadway Subway Ad

Recently, I was going through photos of my trip to New York City last November, and came across this photo I had long forgotten about. At the time, the city was trying to reignite Broadway audiences long dormant during COVID and fearful of subways. To do this, the MTA looked to the past to influence…

Tonight Show: 1984 Firedome Appearance

In November of 2018, I posted this appearance of Doug on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.” This nine minutes  from 1984 is notable for the amount of illusions and time Doug puts into it. From the “Firedome,”to simple sleight of hand, it’s a great clip overall. So, you can imagine my disappointment, when You Tube eventually…

FISM 2022: Chip Romero Doug Henning Lecture

For those in the Quebec area, and are looking for a little magic and wonder Friday, look no further than FISM 2022.  This World Championship of Magic will be hosting many magicians and lecturers from around the globe from July 25th-30th. Not least of which will be Henning collector extraordinaire, Chip Romero. Chip has the…

World of Magic ’79: Walking Through the Mirror Illusion in Full

In this 1979 clip from “World of Magic,” Doug dazzles the audience with Jim Steinmeyer’s “Walking Through the Mirror Illusion.” It’s a truly impressive illusion, and one that Doug would take out in his various stage shows.  It even appeared on a 1981 appearance on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show,” which can be found HERE If…

Doug Henning Meet The Golden Girls

You wouldn’t often associate Doug’s name with the beloved sitcom “The Golden Girls.” However, these two worlds did indeed collide in this vintage clip from 1990 where Sophia dresses up like Sonny Bono…or did she? It’s good to know that several years after his retirement, Doug was still getting name checked on his old network…

Doug with Folding Fan Publicity Photos

The whimsy and fun of the first photo is infectious, and I’m surprised I’ve never posted it before. There are various versions of this out there, one is even color with a different pose (I’m including that one again as well). However, the black and white version always screams Doug Henning to me in the…

Dec. 7th, 1981 UPI Article-“Magic Abounds at Doug Henning Wedding”

Today’s post is a quick article detailing the December 6th, 1981 wedding of Doug and Debby in Fairfield, Iowa. While, many of us have probably seen the handful of photos that exist out there of the event, the details of the actual day remain elusive at best.  Finding this article from the news service UPI…

Jason Bishop Show: Doug’s “Things That Go Bump in the Night”

Today’s post comes from a You Tube series from illusionist Jason Bishop. In this edition, he analyzes Doug’s famed version of “Things That Go Bump in the Night.” As mentioned, there are many versions of this illusion spread out over various TV specials of Doug’s. However, this one was from the 1981 filmed version of…

Doug Henning…Superhero?

Hey Everyone! I’m back. I’m sorry for the almost month long delay, but having a newborn will do that to your schedule. Moving forward, I’ll be easing back into posts, so I won’t be back at full steam just yet.  However, I came across this amazing piece of art on Instagram, and knew it would…

The Tonight Show: Martin Short

Well, dear readers, unless I uncover some other nugget hidden under a rock somewhere, this 43 second clip may indeed be the last of Martin Short’s Doug impersonation available on the internet. Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” is the stuff of legend, and as you’ll see Short’s impersonation of Doug brings Carson to hysterics. The clip as…

I.B.M. Winnipeg Plaque Rededication Ceremony

June 6th is known as “Magic Day” in Winnipeg, Canada. It’s also a date the commemorates the founding of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in 1922. How does Doug connect to all of this? Well, on June 6, 1986 Doug participated in an appropriately flashy dedication of a plaque at the Brotherhood’s old Winnipeg headquarters…

Doug Henning and His World of Envelopes

If you thought that I had uncovered all of “Doug Henning’s Magic, Inc.’s” mailing envelopes. Think again. If you had written Doug in July of 1982, this is what would be coming your way. Granted, this one isn’t as magical themed or flashy as the others. In fact, it’s really not. But, hey you get…

Spanish Language “Magic Show” Poster

The images below are from a Spanish language production of “The Magic Show” that appears to have been from 1975 (month/dates unknown.)  The production also starred popular Mexican actor and comedian Manuel Valdes (1931-2020), listed here as Manuel “Loco” Valdes. However, anything past this is up to your imagination, as photos from the production itself…

CBS Morning News: Doug and Maria Shriver

The above clip ties in nicely with the “BBC History of Magic” post that I had put up a couple days ago. In fact, it’s an expanded version of an interview clip featured within that original special’s segment on Doug.  Found now on Bill Green’s You Tube Channel, Doug performs a whimsical illusion with a…

BBC History of Magic: Disappearances-Doug Segment

The above Doug segment comes from a 2004 BBC multi-part series called the “BBC History of Magic.” Each episode profiled an individual aspect of the art form, and this one was dedicated to magic’s most endearing illusion “Disappearances.” The Doug segment, while brief, has some rarely seen interviews with designer John Gaughan and consultant/author Charles…

Barbara Walters Program: James Randi, Mark Wilson, and Doug

The above rare clips come from the James Randi Foundation, and features commentary from the Amazing Randi himself. The clips in question hail from his appearance on the Barbara Walters morning program “Not For Women Only.” While the program featured Randi and “psychic” Uri Geller predominantly, Doug is seen throughout observing on the side with…

1985 “Saturday Night Live” Martin Short Sketch

While we’re on the topic of some Martin Short parodies, I wanted to revisit a “Saturday Night Live” 1985 sketch that I tried to post way back in 2019. At the time, this link was on the NBC website, but it has since been taken down. So, imagine my surprise when I recently found it…

Harry Shearer “The Magic of Live” HBO Special feat. Martin Short

The above clip comes from comedian Harry Shearer’s 1988 “Magic of Live” HBO special. Shearer, of “Spinal Tap, “Simpsons,” and “Saturday Night Live” fame, brings to life this detailed parody of a David Copperfield television special like no one else.  If that weren’t enough, the finale of the sketch brings Shearer’s Copperfield to the mythical…

Man Alive: “Spellbound: The Magician and the Maharishi” Documentary

I just found this ultra rare documentary from 1992 today, and I’m going to guess that not many people out there have seen it as well.  “Man Alive” focuses on Doug and his interest in Transcendental Mediation. It’s one of the more detailed television pieces I’ve seen with Doug discussing the topic along with Debby. …