NY Sunday News-1974 “Magic Show” Sunday Spread

The above page comes from a 1974 “New York Sunday News” newspaper spread. In it, Doug is interviewed, while giving kids a lesson in magic. It’s a fun piece, and a nice representation on how “The Magic Show” was promoting itself during its very first holiday season.  As the article itself is fairly intricate, I’ll…

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…

OTB Newspaper Ad-1974/75?

The above advertisement for OTB (Off Track Betting) is certainly one of the most obscure ads that I’ve seen Doug appear in.  However, the story of how it ended up here is a unique one in itself. Author and psychologist, Richard Wiseman,  recently sent me a group of newspaper clippings he found in an old…

“Magic Show” Airing This Sunday (9/4/22) on RSU-TV

If there are any readers of the website in Claremore, Oklahoma, set your DVR for tomorrow night at 7pm. I just found out that “The Magic Show” TV movie will be played as part of RSU-TV’s “Digital Drive-in” showcase. The station itself is a PBS affiliate, and is on Channel 35.1.  This is certainly a…

Jason Bishop Show: Doug’s “Things That Go Bump in the Night”

Today’s post comes from a You Tube series from illusionist Jason Bishop. In this edition, he analyzes Doug’s famed version of “Things That Go Bump in the Night.” As mentioned, there are many versions of this illusion spread out over various TV specials of Doug’s. However, this one was from the 1981 filmed version of…

Spanish Language “Magic Show” Poster

The images below are from a Spanish language production of “The Magic Show” that appears to have been from 1975 (month/dates unknown.)  The production also starred popular Mexican actor and comedian Manuel Valdes (1931-2020), listed here as Manuel “Loco” Valdes. However, anything past this is up to your imagination, as photos from the production itself…

Cort Theater Renaming

In bitter sweet, but also happy news, comes word last week that Broadway’s “Cort Theater” will be getting a rename in the near future. During COVID, the theater has been undergoing an extensive and long overdue renovation and expansion. However, once the construction is completed, the theater will be renamed for legendary actor, James Earl…

Original “Magic Show” Souvenir Book: Part Two

To Be Concluded Tomorrow… Special Thanks to Brigitte Marlt Splash Page: Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library. “The Magic Show, 1974 May” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1974.

Original “Magic Show” Souvenir Book: Part One

A full scan of the “Magic Show’s” souvenir book recently came my way, and what a time capsule it is!  From director Grover Dale’s introduction, to Kenn Duncan’s photos, to even the coloring book in the back, it all makes you feel like you were there seeing the show for the very first time. But,…

Cort Theater Expansion-Nov, 2021

Whenever I’m in New York City, I make it a point to walk by the Cort Theater off of 49th and Broadway. As you all know, it was the original home of “The Magic Show.” As these photos from a couple weeks ago can attest, it’s been going through a lot of changes as of…

Filmed “Magic Show”Soundtrack in Full

I thought I would mix things up a little today in terms of “The Magic Show” soundtrack. Now many of us have heard, and probably own, the original show’s album. But, how many of you have heard the filmed version’s isolated score soundtrack by itself?  Well, if you’ve always wanted to hear that, then today…

Original “Magic Show” Movie Tickets

The above ticket stubs come from two of the four filming dates of the “Magic Show” movie. As you can see the production took place in Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theater, and director Norman Campbell had five to six cameras rolling to cover the action on stage. In addition, two weeks of filming occurred without an…

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…

Magic Magazine Magic Show 40th Anniversary Issue: Part 1

Over the coming days, I will be reprinting Magic Magazine’s 40th Anniversary “Magic Show” issue. The issue itself is from May 2014, and is one of the largest retrospectives ever done before or since on the show. It features a lot of write-ups by friends of the website John Harrison and David Charvet, and covers…

Complete “Magic Show” Libretto: Part:2

Hello, everyone! Sorry for the delay in more pages from the libretto of “The Magic Show.” Between the four year anniversary of the site and Doug’s birthday some posts took precedent.  So, enough of me! Without further ado is Part 2… Special Thanks to Michael Mitnick

Complete “Magic Show” Libretto: Part:1

A big thank you to Michael Mitnick who was more than kind enough to send me an original copy of the libretto from “The Magic Show.”  It goes without saying that it’s a fascinating read, and one that I’ll be breaking up over several days. As there are no videos of the original Broadway production,…

Doug Henning Face Mask

You can chalk the above item to one of the most timely bits of Doug merchandise out there today. Yes for $15 you can be a proud owner of a Doug Henning “Magic Show” face mask. The poster art itself is from the 1981 filmed  version of the musical, and it certainly makes for a…

Unseen Magic Show Publicity Photo: Part 2

Like I mentioned last Saturday, all this week I’m going to be featuring “Magic Show” photos from 1976 taken by photographer Martha Swope. These will show you alternative takes of familiar scenes, and illusions covered in previous 1974 photos.  There is definitely a fun and a spark to these photos that give you a hint…

Unseen Magic Show Publicity Photo

I recently came across some rarely seen “new” photos of “The Magic Show” from 1976. A lot of what we see from the production are images taken in 1974 by photographer Kenn Duncan. Many I showed in a previous post a couple years ago, and those photos really gave you a taste of a fresh…

Joe Abaldo “This is Broadway” Radio Interview

For those looking for a blast to the past, check out this radio interview with Magic Show understudy and star Joe Abaldo for the radio series “This is Broadway.” The program itself was recorded over 30 some years ago, and syndicated to stations across the country as a way to give listeners a taste of…