Magic Magazine Dec. 2015-World of Magic 40th Anniversary Article

Several posts this week will be dedicated to the December 2015 edition of “Magic Magazine.” The featured article, by the late Tod Gerard, commemorates the then fortieth anniversary of the first “World of Magic” special. It’s a fascinating and eye opening article with contributions by David Collier, Brian Lumley, Regina Reynolds, and Chip Romero. The…

“Vegetarian Times” Feb.1985-Full Article

Thanks to Michael Whitecar, I’m able to complete yesterday’s post with the full article from the February, 1985 issue of the “Vegetarian Times.” As you can imagine, it’s an article that checks off all the boxes from Doug’s early history, TM, his food habits, his love of animals, and Houdini. Yes , Doug even speaks…

Vegetarian Times Cover Story-Feb. 1985

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope your holiday season went spectacularly, and we’re all rested and ready for what 2022 has in store. Here’s hoping for good things as the website enters its fifth year! The above cover is one I sadly don’t have the article for. The magazine itself was up for auction last…

Happy Holidays and Hello 2022!

Well, here we are again at the end of another year (It’s the website’s fourth to be exact). I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday season, and an even better New Year!  It goes without saying that the last couple years have been challenging for everyone. I only hope…

Telescope 1972 Promotional Postcard

In keeping with the clip of Telescope 1972 from a couple days ago, I thought it would be appropriate to feature this promotional postcard that was printed for the original broadcast.  The whimsical drawing really captures Doug and Mars’s image and look at the time. It’s a great companion piece to an even greater program!…

Telescope 1972 Clip- Doug, Mars, and a Magic Wand!

The above clip once again comes from the CBC 1972 program “Telescope.” I have great love for this documentary overall, and one of the standouts for me in this scene is seeing Doug’s then assistant/girlfriend Mars Barrick on film.  Mars is generally seen in a lot of early publicity photos of Doug in this early…

Carisa Hendrix and Doug on Facebook

Magician extraordinaire, Carisa Hendrix (aka Lucy Darling), was recently spotted via her Facebook account posing next to a fun part of Doug history.  This nifty piece of backstage art can be found at the Fox Theater in St. Louis, and is representative of permanent art left by most touring productions of their time at a…

Six Doug Performance Photos on Ebay

The above auction is currently happening on Ebay, and is pretty good if you ask me. It’s not always common that Doug performance photos come up for sale, and these ones in particular are a lot of fun.  As the seller says, the dates and location of the photos are unknown. But, at 16 bids…

Doug’s First Letter to Dai Vernon

The above letter, as featured in “The Essential Dai Vernon,” is Doug’s initial contact with Vernon to inquire if the esteemed magician might mentor Doug during his time at Los Angeles’ Magic Castle. It goes without saying that Vernon accepted, and due in no small measure to Vernon, Doug blossomed under his tutelage. The rest…

The New Tops Cover-July 1974

The above 1974 cover is from the venerable magic manufacturer Abbott’s. The magazine itself was a long time staple of the company and existed in various forms from the 1930-1990s. Through many monthly articles, the magazine kept the magic community abreast of the comings and goings of the magic world at large.  Ending in the 1990s …

Telescope 1972-Close-Up at the Magic Castle

The above clip comes from the 1972 documentary “Telescope.” The series, broadcast on the CBC, profiled Canadians and their lives and professions. The majority of the documentary is filmed at the world famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles, and the clip above is a perfect example of this It’s worth noting that Doug is only…

Hendoo Movie Theater Ad

The above newspaper ad comes from 1964, and shows just how enterprising Doug, or Hendoo, was at just 17! Not only was he going to be opening that afternoon’s screening of “The Lone Ranger and The Lost City,” it was going to be a repeat performance no less. These were the early days where Doug…

Cort Theater Expansion-Nov, 2021

Whenever I’m in New York City, I make it a point to walk by the Cort Theater off of 49th and Broadway. As you all know, it was the original home of “The Magic Show.” As these photos from a couple weeks ago can attest, it’s been going through a lot of changes as of…

World of Magic IV-Medieval Thread Illusion in Full

The above appearance was from Doug’s fourth “World of Magic” special in 1978. The special itself features co-hosts Brooke Shields and Tom Bosley accompanying Doug on a whirlwind journey through time, space, and various international countries. While some moments in the special may not hold up well viewed through a 21st-century eye, it definitely features…

Vegetarian Times Veda Land Article-Sept. 1992

While the above article covers familiar territory in Doug’s never ending quest to get Veda Land off the ground. What I liked about it, was the rare and unseen photo of Doug at Niagara Falls hyping the park’s arrival.  Doug’s enthusiasm for the project, like everything he did, was infectious. Whether the park was built…

Winnipeg Illusion and Reality Ad-Sept 1977

The above ad was when Doug took his “Illusion & Reality” tour to his hometown of Winnipeg, Canada for a September 16, 1977 appearance. The venue itself was the famed Winnipeg Convention Center.  Built in 1975, a massive 180 million dollar expansion has since doubled the size of the building and rebranded it the RBC…

Merlin Double Sawing on Merv Griffin

The above clip comes from an undated appearance of Doug on the Merv Griffin show performing “Merlin.” However, since the show officially ran on Broadway from February, 1983 to August 1983, it is more than likely from around this time.  What’s nice about this clip is that we have it at all. Scenes from “Merlin”…

Scholastic Newstime-October, 1974

The above cover comes from the October 17th, 1974 issue of “Scholastic Newstime.” The graphic design work of this cover is really on point, and one of the most distinctive images of Doug that I’ve seen.  If you get out a magnifying glass and squint, you can even make out the fine print stretching around…

Maskelyne on the Performance of Magic-Doug Cover

The above cover comes from a 1976 abridged reprint of the Nevil Maskelyne/David Devant 1911 book “Our Magic.” As this was 1976, Doug was at his Magic Show/World of Magic peak. So, what better reason to put him on the cover of the classic book? The fact that he doesn’t feature in it at all…

Wonder Whims Two Page Ad Spread

The above rare image comes from the Panosh Place 1980s toy catalog, and features those masters of mirth and good cheer…The Wonder Whims. I’ve covered a bit about the Wonder Whims over the years, and I always find it’s always good for a relook when new items come to light. Below is the standard Wonder…

David Copperfield’s History of Magic

For those wanting a chance to visit David Copperfield’s famed magic museum this is it! Released this week, “David Copperfield’s History of Magic” is a must read for those wanting a deep dive into magic’s illustrious history, and where much of it resides today. From Houdini, to Malini, to Thurston, and all points in between,…

CAM JAM with Chip Romero

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that Henning  collector extraordinaire Chip Romero will be giving a Zoom presentation this evening, October 27th (8pm EDT), on the monthly CAM JAM! The CAM JAM is from the fine folks at the Canadian Association of Magicians. Chip gave an amazing presentation some months back, and…