“Abracadabra” Sept. 1974-Doug and the Larsens

The pictures below hail from the September 21st, 1974 issue of “Abracadabra.” Profiling that year’s S.A.M Boston Convention, the event was seemingly a who’s who of magic at that time.  Most notable is the picture of Doug with Bill and Irene Larsen, co-founders of the “Magic Castle.” In fact, it was Bill Larsen who began…

“Abracadabra Magazine” June 19th, 1974

This rarity comes from Vol. 58 #1483 of Abracadabra, and gives us a real insight into the buzz that was “The Magic Show” premiere at that time.  If this article wasn’t enough to make you want to take a return trip to 1974, then photographer Irving Defor’s covertly taken dress rehearsal photo is worth the…

The Magic Magazine-January 1975

The above cover and article hail from “The Magic Magazine” which ran from 1974-1977. Published by Joseph Cardwell, the magazine itself went on to publish a total of 26 issues, and even had mentalist Joseph Dunninger as a contributing editor.  This issue features a sort of meeting of the magic minds as Doug, Dunninger, and…

“Goodliffe’s Abracadabra” Cover-Aug. 1978

Today’s post comes from Andrew Van Buren, and is a August 1978 cover from the popular British magazine “Goodliffe’s Abracadabra.”  Abra, as it was fondly referred as, was started in 1946 by magician and author Charles Goodliffe Neale. The magazine itself enjoyed a record sixty-three year run, and folded in 2009 after issue 3,296. Andrew…

Doug and Mars at the Magic Castle-Genii Magazine (Feb.1970)

Originally appearing in the February 1970 issue of Genii, this article was from the era when Doug would frequently travel between McMaster College in Toronto to perform at the Magic Castle. His girlfriend and assistant, Mars Barrick, is seen by his side decked out in timely hippie garb. Mars was an important part of Doug’s…

Houdini’s Magic Magazine-Magical Menagerie Article (December, 1977)

Today’s article was loaned to me by Joe Fox who was kind enough to meet me in front of Canter’s on Fairfax…socially distanced and masked of course.  While Doug isn’t featured in the article, it has some great and very rare photos of him with his co-stars Jadoo, the tiger, and Nikia, the owl. Both…

“Houdini’s Magic Magazine” Mystery

For all intents and purposes there shouldn’t be a mystery surrounding this January, 1978 issue of “Houdini’s Mystery Magazine.”  I recently purchased this issue off of EBay for many reasons. The number one reason, of course, is for the cover and article previewing Doug’s upcoming “World of Magic” special. However, as I began to flip…

1997 Doug Bio Sent for “Genii” Article

The following  biography was faxed to writer Gary Brown for an article he was doing on Doug for “Genii” in 1997. While Doug himself did not participate in the article directly, he did give his blessing to it.  Tomorrow I’ll be posting Gary’s more detailed account of what occurred with the article and its reception….

“Alla-Kazam”Fanzine- World of Magic ’78 Article

The following article comes from the second issue of the magic fanzine “Alla-Kazam.” The magazine itself was bi-monthly, and a product of MacDonald Magic located out of Spencerville, Ohio. By all accounts, it folded in 1981.  But, let’s begin with that cover illustration shall we?  By that I mean it’s certainly one of the more…

People Magazine- August, 1974 “Magic Show” Interview

The above pages come from the August 5, 1974 issue of “People” magazine, and are straight from the time when Doug was taking the world by storm. As you can tell from the article, nothing like the “Magic Show” had been seen before on Broadway, and Doug, like the show itself, was a unique commodity….

Canadian Magazine Interview- January 1973

This early interview of Doug’s from 1973 is a real time capsule of an era in Doug’s career when things were about to explode, and the future looked eternally bright. His assistant in the piece is even Mars Barrick.  So, that should give you a good indication on how far back this goes.  The article…

Genii Magazine: May 1980

This issue of Genii from May of 1980 is truly a treasure trove of pictures and reviews from magic’s golden modern age. Not only do we get a review of Doug’s Pantages shows, but also reviews of the “World of Magic: 4 & 5.” This issue comes from a time when Doug was king, and…

GQ “Grand Illusions” Article

Today’s post comes from the Winter 1975/76 issue of GQ magazine.  This 6 page article,”Grand Illusions,” featured a who’s who of magic including Harry Blackstone, Jr., Mark Wilson, Walter Gibson, and the Amazing Randi. But, as it was pointed out to me, Doug was the only one who received two pages. Go Doug! Special Thanks…

Genii: “Merlin Crusade” Article by Jim Steinmeyer-Part Two

All photos shown in this article are from the original Genii Magazine article, and are the property of Jim Steinmeyer and their respective copyright holders  That’s right, you guessed it! We’ve come to the end of another one. Be sure to come back this week for the exciting parts 3 and 4 to Jim Steinmeyer’s…

Genii: “Merlin Crusade” Article by Jim Steinmeyer-Part One

As we all have a little more downtime these days, I decided it was high time to tackle this superb article from 2013. Written by Jim Steinmeyer, it details the triumph and tragedy that was “Merlin.” Many people know Jim Steinmeyer from his work as an acclaimed author and illusion designer, however this first-person article…

1995 “Skeptical Inquirer” Article

The following article comes from the May/June 1995 issue of the well known magazine “The Skeptical Inquirer.” In it, writer Martin Gardner analyzes Doug’s devotion to Transcendental Mediation, its purported benefits, and “Veda Land.” I had weighed whether to publish this or not as the article is primarily one-sided. But, in the end I like…

Doug and Debby Veda Land Promotional Photo

The above photo comes from an article primarily focusing on the Maharishi and his practices. However, for today’s post I decided to focus on the most interesting part…Doug and Debby unique publicity photo. Aside from the model of “Veda Land” itself, the photo has an interesting mirror effect as its backdrop. However, if you look…

“Magic Magazine” 2000 Doug Tribute Issue: Part One

I remembered recently that I had promised some months ago to feature both tribute issues from “Genii” and “Magic” from the time of Doug’s passing. As I’m a man of my word, here is the March, 2000 issue of “Magic.” I’ve always been struck by the simplicity and elegance of this cover. By featuring Doug being…

Veda Land Article feat. Full Scale Model of Park

Now I know we’ve all seen a lot about Doug’s failed theme park “Veda Land.” Every article about it seems to frame it as imminent and a mind blowing experience like none other. But, what I like in particular about this magazine piece is that it features quite a large model of the park itself…

TV Time “World of Magic 1” Bubbles Cover and Article

What do you do when you have 60 million people about to watch you on live television? Play with bubbles of course.  As you can tell, this 1975 gem of a cover and article hails all the way from the original  “World of Magic” special. The cover is really one of those classic early Doug…

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…

Genii “Goodbye Doug” Tribute Issue (Jim Steinmeyer Article)

When Doug died in February, 2000 there was naturally an upsurge of emotion within the magic community. So much so, that two tribute issues were put out in “Genii” and “Magic” magazines respectively. While it’s always hard to sum up someone’s life work in article form, both did an excellent job in spotlighting his impact…

Magic Magazine “Magic Show” Anniversary Cover

The above 2014 cover was made in honor of the 40th anniversary of, you guessed it, “The Magic Show.” The cover itself serves as a nice variation on the classic poster fans are used to, while giving it a bit of a more modern and flashy spin.  While the original production of “The Magic Show”…

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…