Original “Magic Show” Program

Magician Mumdo Marzouki was kind enough to share with me recently some items from his collection. What struck me with this item from “The Magic Show” was that there even was a larger program. I had seen the original Playbill from the Cort Theater before. However, I was even unaware of this tantalizing three page…

“Abracadabra” Sept. 1974-Doug and the Larsens

The pictures below hail from the September 21st, 1974 issue of “Abracadabra.” Profiling that year’s S.A.M Boston Convention, the event was seemingly a who’s who of magic at that time.  Most notable is the picture of Doug with Bill and Irene Larsen, co-founders of the “Magic Castle.” In fact, it was Bill Larsen who began…

Cort Theater Renovation and Expansion

Some good news out of New York City is that Broadway’s Cort Theater is scheduled for a full renovation and expansion. Known for being one of the theater district’s smaller venues, the theater already has the hearts and minds of magic fans as being the original home of “The Magic Show” from 1974-1978.  To read…

AI Animated Doug Head

This modern technological miracle comes to me from Doug fan Peter Ross. Click away! I’m sure you’ve been seeing this latest trending craze  of turning famous people’s photographs into lifelike three dimensional renderings. In fact, it’s so popular that John Cox of Wild About Harry coincidentally did one of Houdini today.  While it’s hard to…

Pantages Retrospective: Part 5

Well, the lights have turned on, the show is over, and it’s time to leave the theater doors, and venture back out into the dreaded real world. I can only imagine this is how audiences must have felt at the end of each Pantages “World of Magic” show, but what a high they must have…

Pantages Retrospective: Part 4

As promised, here are more newspaper interviews with Doug that served to barrage the Los Angeles public that, yes, he was indeed in town.  The 1981 shows were, obviously, a real event and something of a hot ticket. People’s memories and newspaper articles only do so much, and seeing film footage of the show would…

Pantages Retrospective: Part 3

While at the Pantages Doug sat down with Danielle Roter of the “Los Angeles Herald Examiner.” This interview originally appeared on October 16, 1981, and includes a review of the show at the end. It also has the distinction of being one of the most serious and non-smiling expressions on Doug’s face that I’ve ever…

Pantages Retrospective: Part 2

And we’re back… As promised, today’s Pantages post involves Doug’s fabled 1981 performance at the venue. Running from October 13-25th, the show featured highlights from Doug’s career up to that point.  Friends of the website Mark Willoughby and John Cox attended one of the shows, and spoke to me a bit about their memories. While…

Criss Angel Studio Sale

Sorry to interrupt our regular scheduled broadcast. I know I had started a Pantages performances retrospective yesterday. But, I’d be remiss in not mentioning that magician Criss Angel is currently having a studio sale of his many props and illusions.  Notable among them, though I’m biased, are three of Doug’s more popular illusions: Water Levitation,…

Pantages Performances Retrospective

Over the past four years I’ve had the pleasure of featuring items from Doug’s various performances at Hollywood’s famed Pantages Theater.  Known for being one of Los Angeles’s premier theatrical venues, it has been home to hundreds of Broadway shows, film premieres, concerts, and the Oscars. So, it goes without saying that in his career…

“Magicians in the White House” Book Announcement

A bit of very brief Doug news went out this past President’s Day via Broadway World.com. Author and Magician Wayne Alan has announced a July 19th, 2021 publication date for his book “Magicians in the White House.” Naturally, Doug features in this book, and is name checked in the article itself.  To read the press…

“Doug and Tiger” Alternative Photo

Now, it’s par for the course that you have seen the above photograph. Everyone has, as its one of the best 1980s photos I think there is of Doug. But, did you know there is an alternative version? No, I didn’t either until recently. See if you can spot the change! Okay, well maybe it…

“Abracadabra Magazine” June 19th, 1974

This rarity comes from Vol. 58 #1483 of Abracadabra, and gives us a real insight into the buzz that was “The Magic Show” premiere at that time.  If this article wasn’t enough to make you want to take a return trip to 1974, then photographer Irving Defor’s covertly taken dress rehearsal photo is worth the…

Haversat and Ewing Auction: Doug and Mars Autographed Portrait

Here’s one more fascinating item up for auction in this weekend’s Haversat & Ewing. Personally, while I have seen images from this photo shoot before this particular image is new to me. Its surreal nature fits well within this earlier time in Doug’s career. The signature itself reads: Hank, Vera, Kim Buddy & David. Thanks…

Haversat & Ewing Galleries Auction: Doug Portrait

Over the next couple days, I’ll be showing you some very cool items featured in Haversat & Ewing’s February 12th-13th auction.  First up is this impressive portrait done by Gary Darwin, and signed by Doug himself. Darwin, of course, was an immensely respected magician, collector, and founder of the Las Vegas Magic Club. Estimated to…

The Magic Magazine-January 1975

The above cover and article hail from “The Magic Magazine” which ran from 1974-1977. Published by Joseph Cardwell, the magazine itself went on to publish a total of 26 issues, and even had mentalist Joseph Dunninger as a contributing editor.  This issue features a sort of meeting of the magic minds as Doug, Dunninger, and…

“Goodliffe’s Abracadabra” Cover-Aug. 1978

Today’s post comes from Andrew Van Buren, and is a August 1978 cover from the popular British magazine “Goodliffe’s Abracadabra.”  Abra, as it was fondly referred as, was started in 1946 by magician and author Charles Goodliffe Neale. The magazine itself enjoyed a record sixty-three year run, and folded in 2009 after issue 3,296. Andrew…

“Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” Publicity Photo

The above 1986 publicity photo announced Doug and Debby’s November appearance on Robin Leach’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” The episode itself is a fun look into Doug’s life at the later part of his magic career. Shot at his Santa Monica headquarters and home, the segment itself once existed on You Tube, but…

The Doug Henning Magic Fan Club: Follow Up

When I put out a request for any items that people may have from Doug’s fan club I didn’t expect to get a response so soon. Jim Klodzen was kind enough to forward onto me his original membership kit, in perfect condition, and all the items that came along with it.  The club itself looked…

Doug’s Canadian Walk of Fame Star

What you see above is Doug’s star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Canada. Think of it as the Canadian Version of the Walk of Fame in Hollywood… only with Canadians.  Inducted in 2010, Doug’s inclusion in this esteemed national club was a high honor. He was even featured in their televised induction…

The Doug Henning Magic Fan Club

Once upon a time, there was a “Doug Henning Magic Fan Club.” Yes, you heard me. For the magical sum of $10 you would have paid your annual dues for the year, and received a full color poster, four issues of the club newsletter, a certificate autographed by the man himself, and a membership card. Of…

New York Daily News Interview-Dec. 1976

Today’s article comes from the promotional blitz that surrounded Doug’s second “World of Magic” special in 1976.  In it, Doug talks about the special’s main illusions, “The Flaming Miracle” and the “Disappearing Elephant.” However, the juiciest part of the article comes when Doug contrasts and compares how Houdini originally performed the “Elephant in the Room”…

Mark Wilson (1929-2021)

By now I’m sure you have heard that legendary magician Mark Wilson passed away this week. It goes without saying that Mark Wilson’s legacy runs deep in magic. Debuting in 1960, his TV program “The Magical World of Allakazaam,” brought legions of children magic right into their living rooms. Without him the art form itself…

“Sahara Tahoe” Show Ads

The advertisements below show how popular Doug was at that time within the casino/theater circuit. So much so, that they seemed to have an interchangeable drawing of his head to stick with any additional celebrity performing there that week. The Sahara Tahoe was a sister hotel to its more famous Vegas counterpart, and is now…

“The Muppet Show” and Doug on Disney Plus!

In an unexpected announcement, Disney confirmed this morning that all five seasons of Jim Henson’s legendary “Muppet Show” will be released on its streaming service Disney Plus. Premiering on February 19th, the release will see seasons 4 and 5 finally seeing the light of day. Both have never been released on DVD, and have been…