John Gaughan: Trunk Illusion

Last month, legendary magic designer John Gaughan was gracious enough to open his workshop doors for “The Doug Henning Project.” John was one of the website’s original interviewees, and at that time he had briefly mentioned to me that in his collection he owned Doug’s original Trunk Illusion from “World of Magic IV.” Never one to pass up a good Doug story, I eventually circled back around to this and asked if I could profile it for the website.

John went above and beyond for me, and had his team of people fork lift it down, clean it up, and operate it for the first time in years. What you’re about to see this week will be a mixture of pictures and video from that day. It was truly a remarkable time.



Front of Table
Backside Mechanics
Trunk Close up

Special thanks to John’s assistant Jeffrey Chang for everything he did that day.




6 Comments Add yours

  1. Frank Simpson says:

    This rocks more than anything I’ve seen in YEARS! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Neil McNally says:

      Thank you. It was great day as you can see.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. The Tricky Twister says:

    Thank you so much for your website about Dough Henning, it is amazing to get the stories and behind the scenes look at some of Doug’s illusions. I’m based in the UK and Dough’s TV shows were a major influence in my teens for me becoming a magician, I really miss his style and fun and often watch back his TV specials to get that wonder back. Again thank you for the wonderful job of bringing Dough back to life and documenting his major contributions to our world of magic.

    Kind regards,


    Steve Majes – Is “The Tricky Twister” a full time professional magician and expert balloon twister. A Member of the Magic Circle and the actors union Equity.



    1. Neil McNally says:

      Thank you for writing. I’m glad you’re enjoy the site and please forward the link on to anyone else who might enjoy it!


  3. Greg McMahan says:

    Could Brooke Shields have provided the lifting instead of the motor?


    1. Neil McNally says:

      Not so sure about that. It was pretty compact in there.

      Liked by 1 person

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