Vintage “Hendoo” For Hire Advertisement

This unique and very rare advertisement is from a time where a young Doug Henning was known as “Hendoo” and he hadn’t taken the world by sensation.  Not yet anyway. Rather than just doing a straight classified, Doug employed this nifty visual to draw potential customers in. Do you see it? Look one way and…

NY Times: World of Magic Broadway Review

Doug Henning only seems to dema terialize – and re-materialize – and levitation is a mechanical rather than a natural wonder. But it is beyond the ken of nonmagicians to understand how he performs his illusionary feats. As we know from his first two Broadway shows and his frequent television appearances, he is a genial…

Doug Henning: Birthday Performer?

The above newspaper clipping shows evidence that, yeah, if you had enough money Doug Henning would perform at your birthday party. Now, I have no pictures or evidence to corroborate that all the illusions described here occurred. However, if you look up Adnan Khashoggi online he was a pretty wealthy man. So wealthy in fact,…

“Toronto Sun” 1973- Doug and Maya Zig-Zag Photo Spread

The above newspaper article comes from December of 1973. For anyone else that date may not mean much, but for all the Doug fans out there this is the month and year that “Spellbound” premiered.  Doug, assisted by Maya, displays the well known “Zig-Zag” to bemused reporter George Anthony. Now I’ve gone into “Spellbound” in greater…

1982’s “World of Magic” Newspaper Clipping

Both Doug and guest star Ann Jillian seem in various states of surprise in this promotional clipping from 1982.  As you may know the special starred Ann Jillian, a then Bruce Jenner (Caitlyn) Jenner, Billy Crystal, and Cherish Alexander. Throughout the show, they all explored a big magical house, and you’ll just have to wait…

Doug Henning and Learning How to Fly

It’s not a big secret that Doug Henning was really into Transcendental Meditation. REALLY into it. He was into it so much, that he devoted himself and his energies 1000% to the mysterious calming practice and organization. Magic was an after thought for him, and one that he soon left behind around 1987.  For good…

Doug Across America-Tour Clippings

In his career, Doug certainly got around. In between his immensely popular television specials, he kept up an almost constant touring schedule that included here, there, everywhere, and beyond. While we all know his famous stops on Broadway and the Pantages, the clippings shown below are a small sampling of Doug’s relentless travels through America!…

NARM Convention Giant Record Photo

This undated newspaper clipping hails from a private appearance Doug did at a NARM Organization event. The giant record is unique in the sense that it never appeared in any of his specials before, and it is the first time I’m aware of it. Though I’m sure many of you out there have more visual…

Doug Does Some Magic for the “New York Sunday News”

I wasn’t really sure how to title this post other than to say what it is: Doug Henning shows you how to do some really cool close-up magic! Enough said really.  However, what really appeals to me about this article is that it was done at the height of the “Magic Show’s” popularity in December,…

First Special “TV Listings” Cover and Interview

Today’s post comes from the collection of magician Greg Gleason, and features more fabulous TV listings and interviews that were commonplace over Doug’s long career. The interview and article itself is a general rundown of the making of the first special, and give a nice window into Doug’s pressure filled life at this time. Can…

1998 “Globe” Tabloid Interview

The above article is from “Globe Magazine” and, if you do the math within the interview, it hails from around 1998. In it, Doug discusses what he has been up to in the ten years since he retired from the public spotlight. If you can get past the tabloid and slightly patronizing feel of the…

“World of Magic III” Sword Levitation Newspaper Clipping

In preparation for “World of Magic III,” Doug and special TV guest Sandy Duncan whipped up a little Sword Levitation publicity for the press. This undated AP photo (taken in front of someone’s house apparently), made sure that readers, as well as the press, got the point…so to speak.  Special Thanks to Michael Whitecar  

Sundays with Doug, Debby, and a Puppet

To lighten up your Sunday afternoon, I thought I would post this true 1980s gem of a picture.  Whether this is a Wonder Whim or a distant cousin, the memory of its penetrating stare will certainly stay with you for a lifetime.   Special Thanks to Michael Whitecar  

“Magic Wagon” Newspaper Ad

The above newspaper advertisement comes from the “Monroe (Wisconsin) Evening Times” and ran on March, 13, 1984. It goes without saying that this was around the time of Doug being a spokes “magician” for the Plymouth Voyager. Doug Henning as a car salesman probably wasn’t the first thing that came to people’s minds, but hey…

“World of Magic 1” 1975 Newspaper Ad

Well, here’s something you don’t see every day. This newspaper ad comes from the “Chicago Tribune,” and is dated December 26, 1975. As is evident, the anticipation for the special was obviously huge, and it’s interesting to see it reproduced here in black and white. One of my favorite parts of it is the reminder “This…

Canadian Walk of Fame Mishap

In 2010, Doug was finally inducted into the prestigious Canadian Walk of Fame. However, for some reason or other everyone involved in the planning and preparations neglected to invite or even ask his family to participate. Anyway, I digress! Here is the original article from the Canadian newspaper “The Star.” You can make up your…

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…

Natural Law Party Campaign Article

Today’s article comes from the collection of Joe Fox, and highlights a unique time in Doug’s life: his attempted political career.  Not many magicians to my mind have successfully run for political office and won and, unfortunately, Doug was no exception.  Under the TM based “Natural Law Party,” Doug attempted to bring peace to Canada…

Vintage 1985 Variety Ad

This ad was featured in Variety on October 16, 1985 and, as you can read, thanks Doug for 8 successful shows at the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto. Doug was always a powerhouse touring machine, and this ad proves that well into the 1980s he was still highly in demand.  Anyone out there want to tackle how…

Houdini’s 100th Birthday Article

John Cox ‘s excellent website Wild About Harry recently featured a New York Daily News article from 1974 covering a Doug live event that even yours truly didn’t know occurred. In honor of Houdini’s 100th birthday, Doug and his “Magic Show” co-star Dale Soules performed one of Houdini’s signature illusions in front of the famed Plaza…

“World of Magic 2” Print Interview

The above article comes from Craig Schwarz and is a bit of a mystery as I have no idea where it came from really. Was it a newspaper or magazine is anyone’s guess? Regardless, it’s a quick and interesting read  from around the time of “World of Magic 2.” For that reason alone it’s worth…

Rare “World of Magic II” Pop Art Ad

You can chuck this advertisement into the “rare and obscure bin.” This was obviously made for “World of Magic II,” and truly combines the best of what 1970s pop art had to offer at the time. It takes a lot to make Doug Henning look frightening and, well, this comes pretty darn close.  Does anyone…

“Den of Tigers” Newspaper Ad

This creatively worded advertisement was for the final live “World of Magic” special. Originally broadcast on December 14, 1978, this special was plagued by numerous issues, not least of which was a tiger escaping through the halls of NBC . However, none of this chaos was visible to the holiday audiences at home, and from that…

1978 Entertainer of the Year Award

The above newspaper clipping comes from Michael Whitecar, and shows Doug as he won the Entertainer of the Year Award  for 1978. While the quality is a little fuzzy, it’s the picture itself that counts, and shows Doug at a time in his career when he was at the top of his game. I wonder where…

“World of Magic VII” Newspaper Ad

Craig Schwarz was kind enough to send me some vintage Doug TV special newspaper pieces. This one is from the final “World of Magic” special in 1983, and as you can see is a, well, very unique design. While Doug did indeed conjure up the Rams Cheerleaders on this particular special, I’m not quite sure it…

Ivan Reitman Spellbound Variety Ad

The above photo comes courtesy of Brian Lumley, but was given to him by Montreal based magician Blair Marshall.  A big thank you to both. Some of you may know the fabled story of how Doug and director Ivan Reitman developed what would become “Spellbound” over a long rehearsal and fundraising period. However, when the…

Doug Henning Canadian “Beginnings” Article

This article comes by way of reader Karen Kampen. It’s very unique in the sense that it’s more oral history than a straight article. In it, Doug reflects on his childhood growing up in Canada, his sisters, and his father. It’s a great read, and while it’s a mystery to myself and Karen which paper it…

1981 TWA Airline Newspaper Ad and Commercial

This vintage newspaper ad from 1981 was produced in conjunction with a tongue in cheek TV commercial  that Doug participated in for TWA. As far as a I can tell, it’s only one of a handful of ads that Doug was featured in during his career. While we’re on that subject, here’s the actual TV…

The Return of Fridays with Doug!

This vintage “World of Magic II” newspaper advertisement comes courtesy of John Cox’s collection. It’s a great piece and it really shows off the spectacle of the special and the era very well.  My personal favorite element is that Doug appears ten times larger than the elephant itself and his right hand, well, graphic design…