The Co-Stars of “The Magic Show:” Part 3

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The Co-Stars of “The Magic Show”

Over the last five and a half years, I have posted a lot of photos of Doug in “The Magic Show.” Probably in the hundreds, and that’s understandable. It was Doug’s show after all! However, I wanted to give the co-stars of the production a just due.  A few years back, I posted some of…

1977 “Magic Show” Abbreviated TV Commercial

The above late 70s commercial is a real rarity, and features a more abbreviated version of a longer one that aired around the same time. As you can probably make out, Doug had left the production by this point, and Joe Abaldo had taken over the lead role. More than likely, the production team wanted…

Remodeled James Earl Jones (Cort) Theatre Interior

As mentioned a couple weeks back, the venerable “Cort Theatre,” home of “The Magic Show,” was undergoing a renaming and extensive refurbishment. Well, yesterday it was official when the “Cort” became the “James Earl Jones.”  A video at the event was shown showing Jones looking over the renovated theater. From the looks of it, the…

Sept. 12th Cort Theatre Renaming

As mentioned back in March, the Cort Theatre is about to enter a new era. As of Monday, September 12th, the theater will be renamed after venerable actor and Sith Lord himself, James Earl Jones. The theater itself has been undergoing extensive renovations during COVID, and when I saw it last November you could barely…

Updated 2021 MTA Broadway Subway Ad

Recently, I was going through photos of my trip to New York City last November, and came across this photo I had long forgotten about. At the time, the city was trying to reignite Broadway audiences long dormant during COVID and fearful of subways. To do this, the MTA looked to the past to influence…

“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…

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…

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…

Original “Magic Show” Marquee Photo

Well, hello again everyone, and welcome to 2021! I apologize for the long delay in posts, but I had been recovering from a very painful pinched nerve in my shoulder and arm. However, I was able to recover 100% over the holidays, and am looking forward to more Henning magic and wonder over the coming…

Doug Henning on Broadway-Annie Slide Illusion

It’s two Annie actresses for the price of one in this clip from 1982’s “Doug Henning: Magic on Broadway!” Taped during the Merlin era, the special’s slide illusion features the original Annie Andrea McArdle transforming into the then current Annie Allison Smith. Did the Sun really come out tomorrow with this illusion? Well, that’s for…

Doug on the “Today Show” with Bryant Gumbel (1984)

(ED. Note: Due to legal reasons this video was apparently removed by You Tube. Sorry about that) This 1984 “Today Show” appearance comes from when Doug returned to Broadway with his “World of Magic” show.  After the perceived failure of “Merlin,” Doug was able to cleanse the palettes of many critics with this, by all…

Derren Brown “Doug” Name Check!

Mentalist Derren Brown, whose current Broadway show “Secret” is smashing records, was recently interviewed by “Long Island Weekly.” In it, Derren discusses the show’s history, and a certain other magician is mentioned regarding their time on Broadway.  “Recently, breaking the record as the longest-running magician on Broadway, Brown made his U.S. debut with Secret, which…

Original “Merlin” Dressing Notes

“Spellbound” author John Harrison was kind enough to share with me some truly eye-opening items from his Henning collection. If you ever wondered how complex “Merlin” was to put on every night, just look at this “Dressers’  Notes” sheet. This document, and a few you’ll see throughout the week will give you a fascinating window…

Grover Dale Remembers “The Magic Show:” Broadway Success!

                                        Back to the Magic In Edgar’s office, the team evaluates David Byrd’s poster.  It’s stunning.  ‘All that’s needed to complete it,’ David confides, ‘is a title.  What do we call it?’  After three predictable ideas, I share a thought.  ‘Why don’t we just call it what it is, ’The Magic Show.’  Following a round of…

Cort Theater Photos

And I’m back! After a busy three weeks off, “The Doug Henning Project” is up and running for service. During this time, I had the pleasure of spending a week in New York City. NYC is memorable for many reasons, not least of which is that Broadway is the home of the Cort Theater. The…