For those watching Sunday night’s “Magic Collector’s Corner” on Zoom, Mark Holstein briefly touched on Doug’s Chicago lecture “Illusion and Reality.”
Along with Jay Marshal, it sounded like a really interesting and fun night for a variety of reasons. I asked Mark if he could elaborate on the evening for the website, and he was kind enough to share an essay he wrote some years back. Take it away Mark.
Around 1979, Doug paused the meteoric rise of his career to study Transcendental Meditation with the Maharishi Yogi. He went to India for months. When he returned, he was a true believer in the teachings. He went to several universities to promote the program.
He did this program at an ornate lecture hall on the downtown campus of Northwestern University. Doug had not been touring for awhile, so the Chicago magic community showed up in force. I took a bus, and a train downtown. I didn’t want to miss the chance to see Doug live. Oddly, the evening began with Jay Marshall doing a 30 minute set of his classics, closing with Lefty. Jay was accompanied on the piano by Doug’s then girlfriend (later briefly his wife) Barbara DeAngelis.