“Bed of Horrors” Article by Brian Lumley-Part Two

The Bed of Horrors: Part Two©2020 Brian H. Lumley The “Bed of Horrors” was a bad dream come true — it just would not work with any guarantee. The canopy slid down the four posts guided by four sleeves of square tubing about a foot long welded to the corners of the canopy frame. This…

“Motorcycle Illusion” from Magic on Broadway

The motorcycle illusion featured today made its first TV appearance with Doug all the way back in 1977’s “World of Magic III.” Without a doubt, it became one of Doug most memorable and famous illusions. So much so in fact, that he recreated it for his last special “Magic on Broadway” in 1982.  Now, in…

“Rubber Girl” Illusion from “Magic on Broadway”

The “Rubber Girl” illusion above was featured on Doug’s 1982 “Magic on Broadway” special. A lot of the special had sort of a greatest hits feel about it, and was a perfect venue for Doug to show off some old favorites sprinkled with new illusions. In retrospect, all this is appropriate as this was the…

“Mismade Girl” from The Magic Show Movie!

To close off your Friday, why don’t we take a look at the “Mismade Girl” illusion from the “Magic Show” movie?  Designed by magician Chuck Jones in 1968, the illusion has taken on a life of its own over the years, and was a frequent part of Doug’s act and stage shows! Enjoy! Have a…

“Bump in the Night” Box Interview with Greg Gleason

As many of you may have seen, magician Greg Gleason recently and accidentally came to own Doug’s original “Things that go Bump in the Night” box. How that came to be is a fascinating story. It’s a story so fascinating that I’m going to let Greg tell it himself.  How did you obtain the box?…

Famous Faced Cards by Paul Romhany (feat. Doug)

Sitting comfortably with Houdini, David Copperfield, and Cardini, Doug’s visage is one of the greats featured in this version of the “Famous Faced Cards” illusion.  The illusion itself is reimagined by Paul Romhany, and based on a routine by Ken Brooke. The cards themselves are very striking, eye catching, and truly one of a kind!…

Doug’s “Bump” Box and “Cut in Half” Wheel Found!

Have you ever wondered what treasures from the world of Doug Henning are hiding out in the unlikeliest of places? If so, then the following was sent to me by John Harrison, author of the excellent 2009 biography “Spellbound: The Wonder Filled Life of Doug Henning.” Take it away John! I have always been fascinated…

Liza Minelli Mismade Girl-Dick Cavett Show

The above clip, while poor quality, show’s Doug performing the “Mismade Girl” illusion on the Dick Cavett Show. The illusion itself has been performed many times over the years. But, it’s up to you to decide if this is indeed the first time Doug is performing it on TV as he claims.  But, if seeing…

Statue of the Pharaohs Today

If you ever wondered where a lot of Doug’s illusions have ended up over the years. Well, the short answer is that they’re mainly still around, just not always in one place as they used to be. In the case of Doug’s “Statue of the Pharaohs,” let’s get a bit of a refresher before we…

Restored Zig-Zag Woman Cabinet

Collector Chip Romero recently sent this fantastic image over of Doug’s original “Zig-Zag” cabinet restored and ready for service! The illusion itself is a valuable piece of Doug Henning history, and it couldn’t have a more perfect permanent home.  Special Thanks to Chip Romero

Vanishing Elephant Illusion

While I had hoped to find a clip of the original “Vanishing Elephant” illusion from Doug’s second special, everything on You Tube is an inferior and grainy copy. Fortunately for us, Doug recreated the illusion for the 1981 filmed version of “The Magic Show” which is the origin of this higher quality clip.  The elephant…

Michael Grandinetti Collection: Doug and Debby Levitating Rope Illusion

  The above illusion comes from the collection of Michael Grandinetti, and showcases one of Doug’s more fanciful illusions. Doug and Debby originally performed this levitating rope illusion for a 1986 cover story in “Beverly Hills Magazine.” The cover itself is memorable for many reasons, not least of which are Doug and Debby’s pure 1980s…

Metamorphosis!

The above clip comes from the filmed and retooled version of “The Magic Show.” Shot in 1981, this version for television changed songs and even took some out. But, it is the only filmed version of the musical, and the only way to experience it today.  The illusion in question needs no introduction! Doug’s version…

A Lost Doug Illusion?

This request recently found its way to me from Doug fan Michael Ketchum regarding a potentially “lost” Doug illusion that needs identifying. If you have any information please contact Michael directly at the email address below.   I AM THE CURRENT OWNER OF AN ILLUSION NAMED “THE MONKEY BOX ILLUSION” – WHICH WAS SOLD TO ME WITH…

Things that Go Bump in the Night!

“Things that Go Bump in the Night” became, over the years, one of Doug’s big crowd pleasers. Previously performed by magician Servais LeRoy as “The Three Graces,” Doug performed this over multiple TV specials and even in the film version of “The Magic Show.” This is a perfect example of Doug taking an older illusion…

Erix Logan, Doug Henning, and Mousetrap!

The following email was sent to me recently by renowned magician Erix Logan. It’s a fascinating read that gives us an insight into a famed Doug illusion that took on another life of its own, long after he retired.  I have always been a huge fan of Doug and the way he thought about magic….