Doug and Dai Vernon-1978 SAM Convention

I came across this picture on Instagram recently, and was immediately drawn to it. The event in question was when Doug and Dai Vernon appeared together at the SAM 1978 Convention in New York City.  A few photos of this momentous event can usually be found online. However,  this negative only outtake is not one…

Top Hat (Sept. 1965)-Doug Cover Story

Th following cover and article hail from the magazine  “Top Hat (1963-1993).” The magazine itself once served the purpose (at different times) as the Voice of “Magical Youths International,” as well as the official program of the “International Brotherhood of Magicians.” Quite a mouthful to be sure.  This cover story, featuring an 18 year old…

“The New Tops” Magazine: March, 1981

Doug was the featured cover story on this 1981 issue of “The New Tops.” The monthly magazine itself was published by the famed Abbott’s Magic Company of Colon, MI. Abbott’s, of course, is the host of the yearly “Abbott’s Magic Get Together,” which brings together magic fans from around the world.  The magazine itself ceased…

The Baffler Magazine: “Real Magic” Doug Article

  Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to 2023! It’s great to be back into the swing of things, and starting the site’s 6th year. This was a longer than expected break, due to myself and family catching COVID over the holiday season. We’re all okay now, but it was definitely not what we were…

Happy Holidays!

Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know that “The Doug Henning Project” will be taking a brief hiatus over the holiday season. But, don’t worry, I’ll be returning with all new magic and wonder in January, 2023 (which is the site’s sixth year by the way). I sincerely wish everyone a joyous and…

Doug Henning and His World of Lookalikes! Part Three

And today concludes the “Doug Henning Lookalike Hall of Fame.” Granted it was a somewhat goofy deep dive into fandom. However, how many magicians do you know of that had such a distinctive look it leant itself to a costume? Not many, if at all really. That’s our Doug for you!

Doug Henning and His World of Lookalikes! Part One

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s the case, then before I take a couple weeks off for the upcoming holiday season, I wanted leave you with the very best that the internet has to offer of fan’s homemade Doug costumes!  Some are great, some are inspired, and some are an…

“Earth, Wind, and Fire” Opening and Closing Concert Footage

I’ve covered it a little in past posts (not many) that Doug did some consulting and design work for prominent musicians of the 1970s and 1980s. Not least of which was “Earth, Wind, and Fire.” In a previous post, I came across some pictures of some of the work he had done for the group. However,…

Instagram Doug Henning Art

Occasionally, I like to feature the “best” of what the internet and Instagram has to offer in terms of Doug Henning art. I had to put this one up. Other than Doug making an alien’s life uncomfortable, I’m not really sure what is going on here. But, that doesn’t stop me from 100% loving it!…

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

“Anita Morris” Copyright: New York Public Library’s Billy Rose Theater Division  Copyright: New York Public Library’s Billy Rose Theater Division Copyright: New York Public Library’s Billy Rose Theater Division “Annie McGreevey ” Copyright: New York Public Library’s Billy Rose Theater Division Copyright: New York Public Library’s Billy Rose Theater Division  “David Ogden Stiers and Co.”…

The Co-Stars of “The Magic Show:” Part 2

“Anita Morris” Copyright: New York Public Library’s Billy Rose Theater Division “David Ogden Stiers” Copyright: New York Public Library’s Billy Rose Theater Division “David Ogden Stiers” Copyright: New York Public Library’s Billy Rose Theater Division “Dale Soules” Copyright: New York Public Library’s Billy Rose Theater Division These photos are copyrighted by the New York Public…

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…

1980 Osmond Family Christmas Appearance

The above clip comes from Doug’s appearance one the 1980 Osmond Family Christmas special. I had posted the full special in 2019. However, as we enter the first weekend in December, I wanted to just show the full seven minute clip of Doug performing with the kids. As expected, it’s fun, joyous, Christmasy, and pure…

Doug as Playing Card Joker

I just wanted to wish a quick Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. May it be filled magic, wonder, friends, and family.  In light of today’s celebratory mood, I thought it was more than appropriate to post this bit of art I found online. Somehow, seeing Doug as the Joker on a playing card seems more than…

John Kippen Blog: Doug Henning Entry

Magician and motivational speaker, John Kippen, has a unique story about a month he spent with Doug on his blog. It’s a nice window into how Doug would mentor young magicians, and his overall generosity with his knowledge.   It’s a quick read, but very worth your time. For more, please click HERE. 

Doug and Monk Watson Photos

The above photos are of Doug (obviously) and Monk Watson. For those that may not know, Watson was a jack of all trades when it came to entertainment. From being a vaudeville performer, acrobat, emcee, musician, radio personality, and a magician (of course), he did it all.  I don’t have any background information on these…

Doug Henning Torture Cell Playing Cards

If you go on eBay and look around for Doug items, it’s generally a lot of the same stuff. Things like old programs, the usual publicity photos, and ticket stubs are plentiful. But, every now and then something elegant peeks through. These independently produced card decks are no exception, as they are an elegant reproduction…

10 More Minutes of Dai Vernon and Doug on Dick Cavett (Revisited)

If 21 minutes of Doug on Dick Cavett wasn’t enough for you, how about 10 minutes more? In it, Doug and Dick introduce a performance and chat with the legendary Dai Vernon. All of this culminates with Dai demonstrating the famous Cups and Balls. I’d be more descriptive. But, why would I do that when…

Doug on the Dick Cavett Show (Revisited)

A couple years ago, a 21 minute vintage clip of Doug on the Dick Cavett show surfaced on You Tube, and in a blink and you’ll miss it moment, it was promptly taken down.  Well, thankfully it will permanently be on the site this time.  Included here, is my original post from May 8, 2020:…

A Unique Autograph

The above program cover recently was sent to me by Bob MacNair of Collingwood, Ontario. A childhood friend of Doug’s, he had a quick story remembrance to go along with it. Take it away Bob… “I was a good friend of Doug’s during our High School years in Oakville, Ontario, and (later) during our university…

Max Maven (1950-2022)

Word came early yesterday that the great mentalist Max Maven passed away at the all too young age of 71.  Maven, a legend in magic, meant many things for many people within the community. He was an artist, mentor, friend, historian, writer, and above all, a consummate performer. One that broke down what came before…