Veda Land Files: Correspondence with Doug and Designers

Building a theme park isn’t all fun and games. No further proof of that is the correspondence featured below. In these letters, a budget has been delivered to Doug from the chairman of RS, Eduard Feuer, to commence work on “Veda Land.” However, if you read between the lines, the quoted prices may have been…

Veda Land Files: Rides, Rides, Rides!

Well here are again. Sorry for the day’s delay in posts, but as you can see the wait was certainly worth it. If there was any doubt that the scope of Veda Land was expansive than look no further than below. Featured today are the ride schematics/concepts behind what would have entertained guests if the…

Veda Land Files: Part One

Recently I was very fortunate to gain access to files that I never even thought existed in such detail: Veda Land. Now all of us know that the last part of Doug’s life was spent trying to find various locations and fundraising for this theme park that never was. However, as you will see over…

Vintage 1985 Variety Ad

This ad was featured in Variety on October 16, 1985 and, as you can read, thanks Doug for 8 successful shows at the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto. Doug was always a powerhouse touring machine, and this ad proves that well into the 1980s he was still highly in demand.  Anyone out there want to tackle how…

Doug Henning Statue

If you’re looking for a good chuckle on this Saturday, then look no further than this statue. I found it recently hiding on a nearby shelf while I was conducting research for next week’s articles. Somewhere I think is Doug is laughing… Special Thanks to Lisa Cousins

“Doug Henning’s Magical World” Documentary Facebook Page

Hello All,  I wanted to let you know about a special project I have been working on for almost a year: a feature length documentary on the life and work of, you guessed it, Doug Henning.  “Doug Henning’s Magical World” is the definitive documentary on our favorite magician. Interviews have already been conducted in Los…

Very Early “Henning and Mars” Publicity Photo

In the year and a half that I have been running this site, I have published A LOT of pictures of Doug and his career. But, the one featured above is one I had never seen before. It features Doug and his assistant, then girlfriend Mars Barrick, in a publicity still from the early 70s. …

Doug on Andy Williams?

Today’s post comes about from an email I recently received from Doug fan and ex-magic builder Russell Bruce. Here’s an excerpt: “A friend and I are really big fans of Dougs, and have been searching for anyone with a copy of Dougs appearance on the Andy Williams Show. In this appearance, they performed the opening…

Houdini’s 100th Birthday Article

John Cox ‘s excellent website Wild About Harry recently featured a New York Daily News article from 1974 covering a Doug live event that even yours truly didn’t know occurred. In honor of Houdini’s 100th birthday, Doug and his “Magic Show” co-star Dale Soules performed one of Houdini’s signature illusions in front of the famed Plaza…

Doug Henning Magic Kit Ebay Item

Hey All! Lisa England was kind enough to let me know about her recent Doug item that’s currently on Ebay. As you can see, it’s the one of the rare Holy Grails of Doug merchandise,  Tenyo’s  “Magic You Can Do Kit.” While I’ll be sitting this one out, I hope one of our lucky readers…

Top Hat Magazine-Very Early Doug Cover

The above image is obviously very early in Doug’s career, and features a picture of him that isn’t seen very often.  However, it’s interesting to note that the one that is featured on this cover was obviously taken the same day as the more well known shots of a young smiling Doug dressed in a…

“World of Magic 2” Print Interview

The above article comes from Craig Schwarz and is a bit of a mystery as I have no idea where it came from really. Was it a newspaper or magazine is anyone’s guess? Regardless, it’s a quick and interesting read  from around the time of “World of Magic 2.” For that reason alone it’s worth…