The Floating Ball

What better way to end your week with this soothing and relaxing clip of Doug performing the famous “Floating Ball” illusion? Originally featured on “World of Magic II,” this deceptively simple illusion is elevated to another level (no pun intended) with Doug’s skill and precision.  Last September you may remember I posted the version Doug…

Wonder Whim in Original Box

Now everyone in Doug Henning’s “World of Magic” knows what a Wonder Whim is. What you don’t? Well here’s one in its original box. While doing research for the site, I recently stumbled across this gem of 1980s nostalgia tucked safely behind a nearby desk. I’ve talked about Doug’s failed venture into the toy market…

Never Before Seen Backstage Production Photos

The pictures featured below are a hodgepodge of never before seen production photos from “World of Magic 6 and 7,” as well as the filmed version of “The Magic Show.”  All of them really give a nice snapshot (no pun intended) into what went into making these legendary specials.  Special Thanks to Steve Zigmont-Doug Henning…

TV Specials Footage Needed

Hello All,  I need to ask a bit of a favor. I’m looking for good quality footage from the “World of Magic” NBC TV specials (preferably the earlier ones.) It’s for an upcoming authorized project that I can explain more to you if you email or private message me on Facebook. Thanks so much and…

Jim Steinmeyer Los Angeles Book Signing

Hello All! Where was I? Oh yes… Before I get to more traditional posts this week I wanted to let you know of a very special and rare book signing tomorrow in Los Angeles. Jim Steinmeyer, magic designer and author extraordinaire, will be speaking and signing copies of his new book “The Secret History of…

Photos from the Mark Willoughby Collection: Part One

The Hennaisance continues…. Doug fan and all around nice guy Mark Willoughby was kind enough to share some photos from his collection with the website. Some you may have seen and some are alternative versions of classic shots, but without a doubt each one is 100% Henning!

Doug and Barbara De Angelis Wedding Invitation

The above picture is an extremely rare wedding invitation to Doug’s 1977 marriage to his first wife Barbara DeAngelis. The wedding itself took place in the Pacific Palisades section of  of Los Angeles at the “LaVenta Inn,” and was attended by 150 guests. Ironically, the only magicians in attendance that day were Charles Reynolds, Bill…

July Fourth Fan Art!

What better way to celebrate our country’s independence than with this impressive colored pencil drawing from talented Doug fan, Dean Huck? As you all know, it’s a recreation of one of Doug’s most iconic pictures. In fact, it’s the one I use on the splash page of this very website! So, wherever you are on this…

“Illusion and Reality” Poster feat. Jay Marshall

The above poster or flyer comes from Doug’s popular lecture tour “Illusion and Reality,” and is markedly different than the one that most fans recognize below. The tour itself was a mixture of Doug’s more famous illusions with a lecture on psychology and the mind.  It’s interesting to note that the first poster famous lists illusionist/ventriloquist…