Calgary Sun 1986 Interview- Mr.Magic

It’s Saturday! Are you glad? I am!  What better way to celebrate a Saturday than this interview with Doug from the “Calgary  Sun?” In the piece, Doug discusses (you guessed it) magic, his marriage with Debby, and his thoughts on the concepts of fame and life. It’s a fascinating read. Sorry about the small print. If…

Gazebo Illusion

The following is the grand finale to “World of Magic VI.” The special originally starred such variety show luminaries as Marie Osmond, Ricky Schroder, and Shields and Yarnell. What’s a Shields and Yarnell you may ask? That’s another story. You can’t argue that Doug didn’t go all out with this one! In fact, it’s its…

The Doug Henning Project in “Genii Magazine!”

For fans of the long running magic magazine “Genii,” be sure to pick up this month’s December issue. Featured in Todd Karr’s great column “The Eye” is yours truly “The Doug Henning Project!” It’s a great little blurb about my mission with the website, and I even give a little run down of what I…

1980s Indianapolis Show Photos

These photos come courtesy of Thomas Ewing and are candid shots of a 1980s show in Indianapolis. As you can see, the last three photos feature a juggler whose name is lost to history, but boy does he seem to be giving it his all.  Thomas explained to me that the audience was requested not…

Merlin Commemorative Program: Part 3

A fun fact that some people may or may not know, is that nestled in the production bios are the writers of “Merlin” Richard Levinson and William Link. Now these names might not mean much to you, but their creations certainly will. Link and Levinson were the creators of the popular mystery shows “Columbo” and…

Merlin Commemorative Program

So, it’s not often that you’re able to present something as great as this! As it turns out, during the original production of “Merlin” a special and commemorative program was offered for sale. This was in addition to the standard Playbill that everyone received as they entered the theater.  So, as the program itself is…

March of Dimes: Reading Olympics Short

They say that most people’s attention span for watching videos on You Tube is 3 minutes. But, I thought I’d test that theory with this 1970s short vignette for the “March of Dimes” called “The Magic of Reading.” It’s really a charming and endearing short film which really showcases what I feel were the high…

Las Vegas Hilton Table Cards

In his career, Doug didn’t really like playing Vegas for moral and ethical reasons and eventually stopped altogether. So, that fact alone makes these Las Vegas Hilton promotional table cards all the more rarer. From their design to their color palette, you can’t argue with the fact that they are a snapshot into the glitter…

Henning in High School

You may have to squint your eyes a little, the above  article comes from the Oakville Trafalgar High School’s 75th Anniversary commemorative newspaper. Doug, in preparations for “Merlin” at the time, speaks fondly of his formative years in high school and what they meant to him.  While he wasn’t able to attend the reunion that…

Help Me Figure this “Mystery Ticket” Out!

“Doug Henning Project” fan Daniel Guerrero sent me the above item from his collection recently. Daniel said it was a rehearsal ticket for the Houdini “Water Torture Cell” as featured in the first “World of Magic Special.”  However, if you look closely at the drawing of Doug on the ticket it is from a painting…