World of Magic 1978: Camel Appearance 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…

“Vanish” Magazine Special Edition: Jimi Steinmeyer

Vanish Magazine is offering a special edition issue for the month featuring magic legend and Doug protege Jim Steinmeyer as the cover story. The best part of it is, is that it’s totally free to download.  In the wide ranging interview, Jim discusses many ideas of magic theory, and also a mysterious book he is…

“Merlin” Times Square Billboard

“Join the Crowds who are Cheering!” So started this billboard that hung above Times Square in the early 80s. If it wasn’t evident already, “Merlin” was heavily promoted during its relatively short run on Broadway. There was a lot on the line and at stake for Doug’s second appearance on Broadway, and the producers weren’t…

Hamilton Place 1986 Program

Hello Everyone! It’s good to be back after a busy week away from the site.  The images below come from magician Peter Wiltshire out of Hamilton, Ontario. Peter is a member of the IBM Ring 49 Doug Henning Magic Wand Club in Hamilton, and an all around Doug fan as you would imagine. Having seen…

Magic on Broadway: Statue of the Pharaohs in Full

Due to a busy schedule after a hectic holiday weekend, I’ll be taking the next week or so off from the site. However, I didn’t want to leave you all empty handed. So, sit back and enjoy the “Statue of the Pharaohs” illusion from Doug’s “Magic on Broadway” special. Even after all these years, it…

“Magic Show” 47th Anniversary Playbill Article

I’d be remiss in not mentioning that yesterday, May 28th, was the 47th anniversary of “The Magic Show’s” premiere. Yup, in 1974 the world of modern magic changed forever! To commemorate this, “Playbill.com” has a newish article to mark the occasion. I say newish because a version of it was published last year for the…

“World of Magic 1976” Opening Illusions in Full

What more can I really say to add onto this clip? The number of illusions crammed into this, along with the sheer 1970s variety show feel of it all speak for itself. Also, how many times in your life have you wanted to conjure up a slightly bewildered Michael Landon? Next time you see modern…

“World of Magic 1977” Card Illusion in Full

This week I thought I would let Doug do what he did best…pure magic. I don’t always play videos all week, but I thought as we go into the holiday weekend what better time is there for it? It goes without saying this close-up section from “World of Magic 77” seemed effortless for Doug. I…

World of Magic 1976: Water Levitation/Fire Hoop in Full

I had been going through my archives not quite sure what to put up today. However, it dawned on me why not put up one of the most tranquil six minutes in magic you can find? Doug performed the Water Levitation and Fire Hoop many times over his career. However, in “World of Magic 1976”…

Original “Magic Show” Movie Tickets

The above ticket stubs come from two of the four filming dates of the “Magic Show” movie. As you can see the production took place in Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theater, and director Norman Campbell had five to six cameras rolling to cover the action on stage. In addition, two weeks of filming occurred without an…

Newspaper Clippings Throwback Thursday!

I’m going to be away for the weekend starting tomorrow, and wanted to give everyone something to sink their proverbial teeth into while I’m gone. So, what better thing than a random mish mash of newspaper clippings?  I love items such as these, because while they may seem random, they give you a keen perspective…

Magic Magazine Magic Show 40th Anniversary Issue: Part 3

Today’s is the final part of Magic Magazine’s 40th Anniversary “Magic Show” Retrospective. Yes I know, it’s been a blast! But, they could only spare so many pages to this memorable show. This last part by Alan Howard, focuses on the various iterations of the show that performed to masses after  its initial Broadway success. …

Magic Magazine Magic Show 40th Anniversary Issue: Part 2

After a brief hiccup, we are back with Magic Magazine’s “Magic Show 40th Anniversary” issue. In this edition, you’ll get to read more excerpts from John Harrison’s brilliant biography of Doug “Spellbound.” If that weren’t enough, David Charvet sits down with composer Stephen Schwartz about the genesis of the show’s music.  All this,”Right Before Your…

Wes Barker Profiles Doug on You Tube!

I came across this fun and nifty eleven minute retrospective on Doug from You Tube. In it, Canadian magician Wes Barker talks about his love of Doug, and gives us an enthusiastic history of Doug’s life and career. All with a little live commentary on some of Doug’s most famous illusions.  What struck me the…

Original Metamorphosis Drawings on Ebay

The images featured below are from a current sale on Ebay, and are listed as the original drawings from Doug’s “Metamorphosis.” I’m very certain these are not from the “Magic Show” days, and could be from the specials or the 1981 filmed version of “The Magic Show.” However, the specifics on where they originate is vague,…

Magic Magazine Magic Show 40th Anniversary Issue: Part 1

Over the coming days, I will be reprinting Magic Magazine’s 40th Anniversary “Magic Show” issue. The issue itself is from May 2014, and is one of the largest retrospectives ever done before or since on the show. It features a lot of write-ups by friends of the website John Harrison and David Charvet, and covers…

Louie Foxx Collection: Signed Playbill and Photo w/Doug

The following items come from magician Louie Fox who was kind enough to share them with me. They represent kind of a grab bag of items: one is an autograph not meant for him, but the other is a photograph a lot of us wish we could have been in.  The “Playbill” featured above was…

No Feet Illusion from “Magic on Broadway!

The above illusion was from one of Doug’s last specials “Magic on Broadway in 1982. This was kind of a greatest hits show, and eagle-eyed fans will also remember it from “Merlin.” In fact, the “Merlin” version was preserved for posterity when the cast performed an excerpt from the show on the Tony’s featured below. 

Complete “Magic Show” Libretto: Part:2

Hello, everyone! Sorry for the delay in more pages from the libretto of “The Magic Show.” Between the four year anniversary of the site and Doug’s birthday some posts took precedent.  So, enough of me! Without further ado is Part 2… Special Thanks to Michael Mitnick

Happy Birthday Doug!

Today, May 3rd, is what would have been Doug’s 74th birthday! A website, fan’s remembrances, and collections can never fully substitute for the man himself. However, it’s important that we continue to keep his memory alive and a topic of conversation well into the future. I feel that’s been happening over the last few years,…

Four Years of The Doug Henning Project!

Today, May 1st, marks four years of doing “The Doug Henning Project.” When I began this website I didn’t really know what to expect, or how it would be received. It goes without saying that its reception exceeded all my wildest expectations, and it has been my pleasure to write and produce posts for you since…

Complete “Magic Show” Libretto: Part:1

A big thank you to Michael Mitnick who was more than kind enough to send me an original copy of the libretto from “The Magic Show.”  It goes without saying that it’s a fascinating read, and one that I’ll be breaking up over several days. As there are no videos of the original Broadway production,…

Jerry Andrus Performing for Doug and Debbie

The above photo is of renowned magician Jerry Andrus (1918-2007) performing for Doug and Debby. This event took place at the Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. While the year is a bit of a mystery, it’s safe to say it was in the mid-1980s.  This picture represents a magical meeting of the minds…so to…

Charles Reynolds 1981 Newspaper Interview

The undated interview below came out around the time of Doug’s fabled 1981 performances at the Pantages. Much of Doug’s time at the Pantages has been written about here before, so I won’t go into it further.  But, what I will go into a little bit is someone who hasn’t been discussed as nearly as…

Doug Performance Photos- Pittsburgh May, 1981

These phenomenal pictures come from the collection of magician Tom Interval. They were taken by him at Pittsburgh’s Stanley Theater on May 5, 1981, and really give you a sense of the drama and artistry that went in to all of Doug’s performances.  While all of us have seen these two illusions on television before….

7 Front Row Doug Performance Photos on EBay

Scouring Doug items on EBay is kind of a mixed bag. There’s a lot of standard stuff that was mass produced, and floods the page (i.e. Wonder Whims, programs, etc). But, every now and then you come across some unique nuggets that make it worth your while. Case in point, these seven performance photos that…

Doug and Dai Vernon at the 1978 S.A.M Convention

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. But, due to some work related projects many balls have been in the air this week. However, I wanted to get something quick off to everyone, and this picture of Doug and Dai Vernon at the 1978 S.A.M. New York convention does the trick! I’ve only seen cropped,…

Magic Collectors’ Corner Returns!

I can’t think of a better way to start my 700th post than with the announcement that the “Magic Collectors’ Corner” is back this Sunday! Last year, this online Zoom show thrilled audiences over 33 weeks with a deep dive into all things magic and magic history. There was even one show dedicated to Doug…