Clips from 1975’s “World of Magic 1” are a rarity on the internet. For some reason, every other one of Doug’s specials are available to find if you know where to look. But, “World of Magic 1” remains elusive at best…at least online (if you catch my meaning.)
It’s a shame really because in my opinion it’s the best of the specials and most innovative. From “Fickle Nickel” to “Sands of Time” to “Torn Newspaper,” there’s really something for every one to enjoy!
Some months ago, I did a scene by scene breakdown of the first special with screen shots. While a lot of fun, it’s hard to replicate the palpable tension that pervades the historical escape from Houdini’s feared Water Torture Cell.
So, sit back, relax, and transport yourself to December 26, 1975 when 50 million people tuned in live to watch Doug Henning do the impossible! You won’t regret it!
PS: Be sure to also catch Gene Kelly lose track of his cue cards at the end!