“The date was October 9th, 1985. This was after a show they did at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas, outside the stage door. I asked one of his crew after the show if I might meet Doug and get his autograph. The guy very snobily said “Mr. Henning sees no one at any time!” and walked off.
In my heart, I KNEW Doug couldn’t be like that! The security guard assured me he was as sweet as could be, and that if I just went around to the side of the building to the stage door entrance he’d be having to leave that way… Debby (Henning) came out and saw me and a few others there and said “Oh my goodness! We didn’t know anyone was out here! I’m so sorry. I’ll go tell Dougie.”
Doug and her came out in a few, and he said he was very sorry to keep us waiting, but was having a turkey sandwich and had no idea we were there. They talked to us for about half an hour or so. I told Doug I was working as a demo guy in the local magic shop. He said to me, “Hey! That’s great! Keep up the good work! One day I’ll get tired of all this touring we do, and you may just be helping to train my replacement.” I said “No one could EVER replace you, Doug!”…I see I was right, as no one has…Doug and Debby could not have been sweeter if they tried. So, there’s the full scoop on a night I will never forget, and will always cherish the memory of!
Thank Whitt Smith for a great story and a one-of-a-kind picture!
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Thanks for sharing my story, Neil. I’m honored to have it appear on your wonderful blog, which, in my mind, is already paying tribute to my magic idol like no other could. There’s just something about the way you have it put together that’s very special, & I truly think Doug would be very happy with it himself. Bravo! 🙂
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