Brian Lumley: Final Musings on The Magic Show

Metamorphosis by Brian Lumley Part Five These are the kind of things that would serendipitously happen.  They are part of the magic that made The Magic Show and kept it going. Needless to say, Doug never trusted the bag set again.  He and his assistant double checked it every time. What those particular stagehands thought…

Brian Lumley: Metamorphosis Comeuppance

Metamorphosis by Brian Lumley Part Four Fingers were pointed at everybody like a Three Stooges routine. But it came down to who touched it last.  I was blamed by the stagehands.  But it was pointed out by the stage managers that the stagehands had demanded they take over that props pre-set.  This had been done…

Brian Lumley: Metamorphosis Mixup

Metamorphosis by Brian Lumley Part Three Doug lifted the banner to his waist on one. Then raised it over his head.  He then lowered it to his waist again and looked down at the trunk.  He was supposed to say two when he raised it over his head, but instead he was talking to Dale…

Brian Lumley: Metamorphosis Mishap

Metamorphosis by Brian Lumley Part Two Charlie was the man that convinced the producers that The Magic Show could not make it without Doug’s personal Special Assistants.  He had seen how closely we worked with Doug…He also advised IATSE and the production that we should be the only people to touch the magic props.  This…

Brian Lumley: Magic Show Metamorphosis

Over this week, early Doug collaborator Brian Lumley is going to be sharing more memories of Doug and, specifically, his time with The Magic Show. Enjoy! Metamorphosis by Brian Lumley Part One The average person would not believe the level or intensity of the screw ups we had running The Magic Show.  Especially in the…

Brian Lumley Recollections: The Final Round

When he saw how embarrassed Doug was when his PR plan didn’t work, Ali agreed to a similar shot.  We tried a couple of stationary positions on the cliff edge with the three of them.  But for personal and professional reasons Ali did not like to  get close to the cat.  If he did get…

Brian Lumley Recollections: Cougar Chaos in the Ring

Once Rebel saw he was going into all the smells and noise he was into it.  He dragged Doug through the door then followed him onto the ring and in front of the audience, which he loved.  He knew what applause was.   The next thing I remember was Muhammad standing on the other side…

Brian Lumley Recollections: Doug, Ali, and a Cougar

Ali’s main ring was inside a low building with folding chairs set up to watch.  The champ went in and did a show of workout moves, skipping, punches, jabs, foot work, dodges, dancing around the ring…all fast and powerful…Unbeknownst to Doug; Ali, a truly seasoned and master showman, used these kinds of moments to seize…

Doug at Ali’s Training Camp by Brian Lumley: Part Two

On stage in front of the Broadway audience Ali invited Doug to come to Africa as part of his entourage.  Doug did a massive sputter not knowing what to say; there was so much going on that others did not know about.  Then Muhammad saved the day when he invited him up to his training…

Doug and Muhammad Ali by Brian Lumley: Part One

Today’s multi-part story comes to us from Doug collaborator and website friend Brian Lumley. Brian has been kind enough to share a first hand account of when Doug met another legend in his field, the great Muhammad Ali. As you would expect, it’s a riveting story, and I’m very excited Brian has decided to make…

Brian Lumley on Houdini’s Water Torture Cell

How did the First Special come about? Very early in The Magic Show’s run a very influential person came and basically fell in love with Doug’s performance. She asked him what he would do if he had a show at Christmas? Doug told her he would make people appear and disappear. He would do small…

Brian Lumley: “Magic Show” Secrets

How did Spellbound end up on Broadway? Ivan Reitman, Spellbound’s producer/director, put an ad in Variety which was published Dec. 19/73. This was the pre-production week. Joe Berhu and Edgar Lansbury saw the ad and came to take a look. By the end of the week Broadway was in the air. We set up shop…

Brian Lumley Interview : Part Two

Glenn Priest (far left), Brian Lumley (Middle), and Doug  Were you interested in magic before you met Doug? In a word no. Not Lesley, Glen, or myself had any experience with stage magic. We had each seen or performed magic on our own but that is another story. It is also why we each had…

Brian Lumley Interview: Part One

Today we have a treat in store for you in the form of a brand new interview with one of Doug’s earliest technical collaborators Brian Lumley. From “Spellbound,” to “The Magic Show,” to Doug’s first two specials Brian was there all the way. He was more than gracious enough to answer a wide range of questions,…