“Houdini’s Magic Magazine” Mystery

For all intents and purposes there shouldn’t be a mystery surrounding this January, 1978 issue of “Houdini’s Mystery Magazine.”  I recently purchased this issue off of EBay for many reasons. The number one reason, of course, is for the cover and article previewing Doug’s upcoming “World of Magic” special. However, as I began to flip…

“Mismade Girl” from The Magic Show Movie!

To close off your Friday, why don’t we take a look at the “Mismade Girl” illusion from the “Magic Show” movie?  Designed by magician Chuck Jones in 1968, the illusion has taken on a life of its own over the years, and was a frequent part of Doug’s act and stage shows! Enjoy! Have a…

Argus Leader Interview-5/1/1987

I was drawn to this article because of it being at a late stage of Doug’s magic career. It even begins with the interviewer asking about his opinion of Penn and Teller, and Doug’s view of them. Clearly they were the new kids on the magic block in the late 1980s. Times were clearly changing …

“Fergus’ Dilemma” from Merlin

The above song, of course, comes from “Merlin” and features one of Nathan Lane’s musical numbers from the show. While the sound quality is lacking, it does give you a “representation” of what the music was like.  Over the years, Nathan Lane hasn’t talked about “Merlin” all that much. When he has, it always hasn’t…

Doug Henning on Broadway-Annie Slide Illusion

It’s two Annie actresses for the price of one in this clip from 1982’s “Doug Henning: Magic on Broadway!” Taped during the Merlin era, the special’s slide illusion features the original Annie Andrea McArdle transforming into the then current Annie Allison Smith. Did the Sun really come out tomorrow with this illusion? Well, that’s for…

“Bump in the Night” Box Interview with Greg Gleason

As many of you may have seen, magician Greg Gleason recently and accidentally came to own Doug’s original “Things that go Bump in the Night” box. How that came to be is a fascinating story. It’s a story so fascinating that I’m going to let Greg tell it himself.  How did you obtain the box?…

Gary Brown on his Genii Article: Expanded

In 1997, I had reached out to Erica Larsen who was, at that time, editing Genii, about doing an issue devoted to Doug Henning.  Erica kindly agreed, arranging for a few other writers to contribute pieces, and I volunteered to do a biographical sketch.  Because Doug was still involved in trying to launch the Veda Land project,…

1997 Doug Bio Sent for “Genii” Article

The following  biography was faxed to writer Gary Brown for an article he was doing on Doug for “Genii” in 1997. While Doug himself did not participate in the article directly, he did give his blessing to it.  Tomorrow I’ll be posting Gary’s more detailed account of what occurred with the article and its reception….

Tonight’s Magic Collector’s Corner!

Sorry for the short notice folks, but I have it on good authority that tonight’s “Magic Collector’s Corner” will have a very special Doug segment. What it is, well, I can’t tell you. But, rest assured I’m looking forward to watching! The information to attend is listed above! See you there!

Famous Faced Cards by Paul Romhany (feat. Doug)

Sitting comfortably with Houdini, David Copperfield, and Cardini, Doug’s visage is one of the greats featured in this version of the “Famous Faced Cards” illusion.  The illusion itself is reimagined by Paul Romhany, and based on a routine by Ken Brooke. The cards themselves are very striking, eye catching, and truly one of a kind!…

Doug and John Ritter

Most people are probably familiar with the traditional picture of Doug and John Ritter that I used for today’s splash page. However, I recently came across this alternative shot that was taken on the same night. The event in question occurred on Halloween 1978, and was taken at what I assume is the Magic Castle…