BBC History of Magic: Disappearances-Doug Segment

The above Doug segment comes from a 2004 BBC multi-part series called the “BBC History of Magic.” Each episode profiled an individual aspect of the art form, and this one was dedicated to magic’s most endearing illusion “Disappearances.” The Doug segment, while brief, has some rarely seen interviews with designer John Gaughan and consultant/author Charles…

Barbara Walters Program: James Randi, Mark Wilson, and Doug

The above rare clips come from the James Randi Foundation, and features commentary from the Amazing Randi himself. The clips in question hail from his appearance on the Barbara Walters morning program “Not For Women Only.” While the program featured Randi and “psychic” Uri Geller predominantly, Doug is seen throughout observing on the side with…

1985 “Saturday Night Live” Martin Short Sketch

While we’re on the topic of some Martin Short parodies, I wanted to revisit a “Saturday Night Live” 1985 sketch that I tried to post way back in 2019. At the time, this link was on the NBC website, but it has since been taken down. So, imagine my surprise when I recently found it…

Harry Shearer “The Magic of Live” HBO Special feat. Martin Short

The above clip comes from comedian Harry Shearer’s 1988 “Magic of Live” HBO special. Shearer, of “Spinal Tap, “Simpsons,” and “Saturday Night Live” fame, brings to life this detailed parody of a David Copperfield television special like no one else.  If that weren’t enough, the finale of the sketch brings Shearer’s Copperfield to the mythical…

Man Alive: “Spellbound: The Magician and the Maharishi” Documentary

I just found this ultra rare documentary from 1992 today, and I’m going to guess that not many people out there have seen it as well.  “Man Alive” focuses on Doug and his interest in Transcendental Mediation. It’s one of the more detailed television pieces I’ve seen with Doug discussing the topic along with Debby. …

1986 Doug and Debby Performance from the Chip Romero Collection

The above footage comes from the collection of Chip Romero, and was recently featured on the You Tube Channel “Magical Women with Connie Boyd.” The footage itself was taken in at a 1986 Lake Charles, Illinois performance. In it, Doug and Debby perform a whimsical and reworked version of the famed “Disembodied Prince” illusion to…

Andre Kole Foreign Poster feat. Doug and David Copperfield

The above foreign poster comes courtesy of Terry Holley, and features Doug and David Copperfield promoting magician Andre Kole’s show in Chinese.  What Doug and David are saying I’m not sure. But, it’s most likely repeating what was said in a previous Andre Kole post, which you can find: HERE However, the real star of…

“Doug Henning and his World of Magic” New York Times Ad

A lot of people tend to focus on the closing of “Merlin” as Doug’s big failure on Broadway’s fabled “Great White Way.” However, what people frequently don’t realize is that a year after “Merlin” closed, Doug returned for what was a very successful follow-up called “Doug Henning and His World of Magic.”  The show itself…

Doug on “NewProfilePic” Photo App

As is the case in the phone app based world we live in, new photo apps come to light, and the results blaze brightly across social media for a couple days.  “NewProfilePic.com” is apparently one of them, and everybody is taking the time to feature themselves or other people in a painterly fashion. So, who…

“Magic on Broadway” NBC Commercial

It’s a blink and you’ll miss it moment from TV’s yesteryear. In this brief clip, Doug’s final special “Magic on Broadway” is promoted on NBC. Anybody else out there miss commercials like these?  Original Commercial Air Date: November 12, 1982

Doug Henning 75th Birthday Zoom Celebration (May 7th, 2022)

I just wanted to give a quick post detailing more information for Chip Romero and S.A.M.’s Doug Henning 75th Birthday Celebration on Zoom. The event itself is 6 hours, and sure to be a blast. I know there will be many important speakers present, and I was thrilled to record something for the event myself. …

Happy 75th Birthday Doug! (Worldwide Zoom Event)

It goes without saying that 75 years ago today, Douglas James Henning was born, and the world was never quite the same. Happy Birthday Doug, wherever you are! You were, and continue to be an inspiration to your fans around the world, and the arts as a whole! In past years, I always make mention…

Five Years of “The Doug Henning Project!”

I’d be remiss in not mentioning that May 1st marks the five year anniversary of “The Doug Henning Project” website.  To say that Doug and the website have become a big part of my daily life is an understatement. It’s been quite a five year adventure that has led me down a path that I…