Doug Henning: In His Own Words (Part Three)

In this final part, Doug touches on Merlin, Veda Land, his retirement, and what brought him back to Los Angeles in the late 90s. While the interview itself ends on a high note with Doug proclaiming “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” sadly this was not to be. Doug passed away a short four months after this…

Doug Henning- In His Own Words (Part Two)

Sorry for the delay in part two. As you will see, Doug goes into great detail about his earlier years in college, meeting Ivan Reitman, training with Dai Vernon, and Spellbound. It’s all exciting stuff, and straight from the horse’s mouth (so to speak). So, without further ado patient readers, is Part Two of “In…

Doug Henning- In His Own Words (Part One)

For the rest of this week I’ll be reprinting Magic Magazine’s now legendary interview with Doug from October, 1999. Conducted by magician David Charvet, this lengthy interview would sadly turn out to be Doug’s last as he would pass away from cancer four months later. For those interested, the circumstances as to how this interview came…

Dave Collier Interview Part Three: Final Thoughts

WHICH OF THESE SPECIALS IS MY FAVORITE? THIS LAS VEGAS SHOW WAS MY FAVORITE!  NOT ONLY DID IT GIVE ME A CHANCE TO TRAVEL, BUT… BEING BACKSTAGE GAVE ME A CHANCE TO SEE HOW SOME OF THE ILLUSIONS WERE PERFORMED… IF YOU ONLY KNEW SOME OF THESE SECRETS! WHAT DID DOUG HIMSELF THINK OF THE…

Dave Collier Interview Part Two: Meeting Doug and a Hungry Tiger

HAD YOU HEARD OF DOUG HENNING BEFORE THIS ASSIGNMENT? I HAD NOT HEARD OF DOUG HENNING BEFORE HIS SPECIALS.  I DID PROVIDE PICTURES I TOOK AT HIS SPECIALS TO HIM… AND ACTUALLY VISITED HIM AND HIS WIFE AT HIS HOUSE.  HE WAS QUITE BUSY MOST OF THE TIME, SO I DIDN’T GET TO SPEND MUCH…

“Merlin” CBC Television Interview

It’s not often you get a television interview that begins with a napkin illusion and ends with a harrowing tale of a tiger’s teeth gripping your neck.  However, that’s what you get with this lively CBC interview that Doug gave around the time of “Merlin.” If you can make your way through the haze of…

Walter C. Miller on directing “The TV Specials.”

  For many Doug fans, Walter C. Miller is a familiar name. As the director of the “World of Magic” specials, he worked with Doug on crafting what would become real, live, television magic for audiences at home.  Taken from the Archive of American Television, Miller speaks about the challenges of directing Doug and magic…

Los Angeles Times Interview-1988

The following interview appeared in the May 7th, 1988 edition of the Los Angeles Times.  Magician Reappears TODD KARR Magic man Doug Henning disappeared a year ago. Not unusual, but the long-haired Henning, who turned 41 on Tuesday, pulled his vanishing act from a lucrative magical career and wound up in a full-time position in…

Doug Henning: “Cult Radio A-Go-Go” Interview in Full

As I mentioned last week, I appeared on the popular “Cult Radio A-Go-Go” this past Saturday night. It was a lot of fun discussing Doug’s career, as well as “The Doug Henning Project” and the feature length documentary I’ve been working on.  Give it a listen won’t you? CRAGG RADIO: Doug Henning Interview Link  …

Macleans Magazine Interview-Dec. 1974

Enjoy this gem of an interview I recently found taken at the time of “The Magic Show.” You couldn’t ask for a better cover story picture of Doug  with Houdini book in hand.    Be sure to donate to my Indiegogo campaign for my feature length documentary “Doug Henning’s Magical World.” To view the trailer…

Doug and Transcendental Meditation

This following article is reprinted from the website “India Today,” and was originally posted in 2013.  While I don’t know when it was initially released prior to 2013, it’s a fascinating snapshot into Doug at the age of forty and his activities within Transcendental Meditation.  (UPDATE: This article was published most likely in Fall of…

Neil McNally on The Magic Word Podcast

Hello All, I wanted to let you know about a recent interview I did for Scott Wells’s excellent podcast “The Magic Word.” In it, we speak about the website itself, all kinds of Doug history, and the feature length documentary I am currently filming regarding  his life and work. Yes that’s right. You heard me….

The Electric Company Magazine in Full

This June, 1976 “Electric Company Magazine” cover story is memorable for many reasons. Not least of which is Doug’s levitation illusion at the very top of the World Trade Center. A record feat in magic and risk taking no doubt! Now I know I have published the front cover in a previous post. However, Doug…

Jim Steinmeyer Interview: Part Four (Revisited)

The closing part of our interview with Jim covers an interesting, overlooked, and ultimately bittersweet time in the life of Doug. After retreating from the spotlight for many years, Doug had returned to Los Angeles with a seemingly renewed sense of vigor and love of magic. What this may or may not have lead to…

Jim Steinmeyer Interview: Part Three (Revisited)

What was your reaction the news that he was retiring from magic? It was a really difficult situation…We had wind of it. Doug was spending a lot of time with TM stuff…and we had no idea what would happen to the company…Doug would go “No, no, no I’m really working.” He was kind of sending…

Jim Steinmeyer Interview: Part 2 (Revisited)

What were your impressions of Doug’s as a person? The thing about it was that that was 100% him. He didn’t come offstage and put on a three-piece suit, put his feet up, smoke cigars, and say “Hey, what do you think of this hippy look? What do you think I should be doing?” There…

Jim Steinmeyer Interview: Part One (Revisited)

(To commemorate the website’s upcoming first anniversary, I thought it would be appropriate to dip into the vault and reprint some of the initial interviews that launched everything. So, in that spirit enjoy this interview with Jim Steinmeyer from our second week)  For many in the world of magic the name Jim Steinmeyer conjures up  fantastical…

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,…

Society of Canadian Magicians: 1974 “Magic Show” Article

In addition to writing a great article this week, Richard Sherry has shared this issue of the “Levitator” from May/June 1974. The issue focuses on Doug’s groundbreaking success with “The Magic Show,” and even features an interview with Doug culled from “The New York Times.” Early interviews with Doug are always great to read, and…

Richard Sherry Remembers: Part Two

Growing Up with a Legend: Part Two By Richard Sherry Doug Henning was friends with a young director named Ivan Reitman who would go on to produce such blockbusters such as “Animal House,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Kindergarten Cop.”  It was said that Ivan fronted him the money to purchase the props to create his stage show…

Richard Sherry Remembers: Part One

In this two part article, magician Richard Sherry has graciously agreed to recount for “The Doug Henning Project” the times he spent with Doug as a teen growing up in Canada. It’s a fascinating window into the life of a young Doug Henning and the positive effect he had on the people around him… Growing…

Penn Jillette on Doug

The above article comes from the February 18, 2000 issue of “Entertainment Weekly.” It was their tribute to Doug at the time of his passing. While there arguably could have been more to it, it does feature a notable tribute from Penn Jillette of “Penn and Teller” fame. Penn, in his usual direct and to…

Larsen on Henning: Part Three (Revisited)

Is there an illusion for you that stands out as a personal favorite? I don’t think there’s any particular thing. His showmanship and some of the illusions he did on his shows were really old stock illusions. But, the way he did them and the approach to it he did them all in his own…

Larsen on Henning: Part Two (Revisited)

In part two of our interview, Milt Larsen discusses Doug as a person, the magic community’s reaction to him, and the impact Broadway’s  legendary”The Magic Show” had on the craft as a whole. Milt take it away… It’s been said that his enthusiasm for life and his work always bubbled up at the surface. What were your…

Larsen on Henning: Part One (Revisited)

Believe it or not, this May will be the one year anniversary of “The Doug Henning Project.” So, in honor of that occasion I thought it would be fun if I reprint the first four interviews that launched the very first month of the site. I’ll be doing this once a month, leading up to…

Looking for Brian Lumley

Hello All,  As we approach our one year mark, I’ve been looking to expand our interviews for the website. At this point I am very interested in speaking with one of Doug’s long term collaborators and friend Brian Lumley.  If anyone has any contact information for him I’d be greatly appreciative. Please privately contact me…