Dave Collier Interview Part Three: Final Thoughts

WHICH OF THESE SPECIALS IS MY FAVORITE?

THIS LAS VEGAS SHOW WAS MY FAVORITE!  NOT ONLY DID IT GIVE ME A CHANCE TO TRAVEL, BUT… BEING BACKSTAGE GAVE ME A CHANCE TO SEE HOW SOME OF THE ILLUSIONS WERE PERFORMED… IF YOU ONLY KNEW SOME OF THESE SECRETS!

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Glenn Campbell (World of Magic III) @Dave Collier

WHAT DID DOUG HIMSELF THINK OF THE PICTURES?

WHEN I GAVE HIM HIS PICTURES AT HIS HOUSE I SAT ON A “STAGE” IN HIS BACKYARD… WHILE I WAS SITTING THERE MY LEGS WERE SUDDENLY PINNED THROUGH THE SUPPORT BARS OF THIS “STAGE”.  IT TURNS OUT IT WAS SIMPLY A “CAGE” WHERE A YOUNG TIGER WAS KEPT, AND ON WHEELS, SO THE TIGER COULD MOVE IT AROUND! HE DIDN’T TRY TO HURT ME. HE JUST WANTED ATTENTION, AND WHEN HE SAW MY LEGS, HE PLAYFULLY REACHED THRU THE BARS AND “PINNED” THEM…IT WAS WHILE I WAS THUS OCCUPIED WITH THE TIGER THAT DOUG LOOKED THROUGH HIS PICTURES.  HE WAS VERY APPRECIATIVE AND COMPLIMENTARY OF MY EFFORTS. 

HE ALSO PULLED OUT A LETTER HE HAD JUST RECEIVED FROM A DENTIST IN NEW YORK WHO HAD SEEN DOUG’S LIVE NATION-WIDE PERFORMANCE… HE SAID WHEN DOUG WAS NEXT IN NEW YORK, HE WOULD CORRECT DOUG’S TEETH AT NO CHARGE (FOR BRAGGING RIGHTS)!  

DOUG LAUGHED AND SAID THAT NOT ONLY WERE HIS COSTUMES, HAIR, AND PHYSIQUE HIS PERSONA, BUT ALSO HIS “BUCK TEETH”!!!  DOUG WAS VERY COMFORTABLE TO BE AROUND, AND I TREASURED THE MOMENTS I HAD WITH HIM DEARLY.

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Sandy Duncan (World of Magic III) @Dave Collier

IN LOOKING BACK AT THESE PHOTOS NOW, WHAT ARE MY FEELINGS ON THEM?

THESE SPECIALS ARE ABOUT 40 YEARS OLD, AND I STILL HAVE THEM PRESERVED ALONG WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHERS SUCH AS THE STILLS I TOOK WHILE WORKING ON “BEVERLY HILLS 90210,” “ER,”  “NYPD BLUE,” AND THE “A-TEAM.”  I WOULD POST MANY OF THESE PICTURES AT THE CRAFTS SERVICE TABLES ON THESE SETS, AND MANY TIMES I WOULD FIND PEOPLE VIEWING THEM FOR QUITE AWHILE. EVEN THE WRITERS AND EXECUTIVES!  

THESE PICTURES SHOWED MANY PLACES ON FILMING LOCATIONS WITH OUR HEROES WHICH WERE NOT ON THE SET. WHEN IT CAME TIME TO FILM “THE A-TEAM MOVIE,” CREATOR STEPHEN CANNELL CONTACTED ME TO PROVIDE HIM WITH AN ALBUM, SO THESE PICTURES COULD BE USED TO HELP IN THE CREATION OF THIS PROJECT.  I WAS DELIGHTED TO COMPLY.

SIMILARLY, WHEN I WAS ASKED IF MY PICTURES COULD BE USED FOR THIS DOUG HENNING PROJECT, I WAS HAPPY TO COMPLY.  MY PICTURES HELP DOUG’S SPECIALS TO BE MEMORABLE, AND THAT’S HISTORY!

A Final Thanks to Dave Collier and Bill Goodwin

 

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