Never Before Seen Backstage Production Photos

The pictures featured below are a hodgepodge of never before seen production photos from “World of Magic 6 and 7,” as well as the filmed version of “The Magic Show.”  All of them really give a nice snapshot (no pun intended) into what went into making these legendary specials.  Special Thanks to Steve Zigmont-Doug Henning…

Photos from the Mark Willoughby Collection: Part One

The Hennaisance continues…. Doug fan and all around nice guy Mark Willoughby was kind enough to share some photos from his collection with the website. Some you may have seen and some are alternative versions of classic shots, but without a doubt each one is 100% Henning!

White House Easter Egg Roll Photos

These incredible photos show Doug performing for the “White House Easter Egg Roll” on March 30th, 1986. They give a great candid view of Doug and Debby behind the scenes before and during the performance.  As pictures go, these are certainly a find and one that illustrate how much demand Doug was in well into…

Pictures, Pictures, I Need Pictures!

Hello All, “The Doug Henning Project” is on the hunt for new and possibly unseen pictures of Doug for the website. These don’t have to be totally rare, but it would be great to show people images other than the standard ones we always see online such as this one: Or this one: We all…

Rare Photo Wednesday!

For all those looking to get past the Wednesday doldrums, enjoy these vintage pictures from Doug’s always busy life!

Never Before Seen 1970s Performance Photos

Today’s incredible and previously unseen pictures come from photographer Frank Zak, and feature a mid-1970s performance in Pittsburgh. What’s stunning for me is their clarity and detail. You really do feel like you’re in the front row, or perhaps even on the stage itself.  While I never had the opportunity to see Doug perform live myself,…

A Planetary Publicity Photo!

So to wrap things up with our vintage publicity photo series we have a beaut! I mean, really, how could you go wrong with this one?  From the hoop, to the floating sash, to Doug’s futuristic time traveler outfit, it’s all there and more. Wait before I forget, is that Saturn clipped to his shirt?…

Christmas in February Photo!

It’s Christmas in February in today’s entry! I personally remember this picture from John Harrison’s excellent 2009 biography “Spellbound,” however I’ve never actually seen it in color. No one could argue that Doug utilized the color palette in a way like no magician before him, and this photo is no exception.  So, Merry Christmas and Happy…

Bubbles, Overalls, and a Publicity Photo!

This picture exists for no other reason than to make you smile and laugh…in no particular order. It’s pure Doug from the colorful attire to his ever present enthusiasm. Who knew juggling bubbles could be so much fun? I wonder where this costume is today? Does anybody out there know?

Motorcycle Photo Monday!

And we’re back? How’d your weekend go?  I recently purchased some classic publicity photos of Doug that I’ll be featuring for part of the week. Now I know some of you have probably seen these before, but the color and quality of them are so good I had to share.  So, without further ado enjoy…

Doug and Muhammad Ali Photos

I recently came across these rare photos of Doug performing tricks for Muhammad Ali in the ring. Based on the fact that there was a lion present, I don’t think this was a real boxing match. However, Ali himself was a big fan of magic, and was known to bring cards and coins with him…

Obscure Photos!

It’s Throwback Thursday here at “The Doug Henning Project.” What better way to celebrate it than with some obscure and off the beaten path photos that can only be found on this contraption called the internet? So, without further ado…

Even More Rare Photos from Ken McCreedy!

Ken McCreedy’s collection continues today with these great shots of Doug with his early assistants, his childhood home, and his high school (which unfortunately has seen better days).  The one thing “The Doug Henning Project” loves to do is post rare pictures. Feel free to send them my way if you uncover some hidden gems!…

Vintage After Performance Photos!

Recently I had the pleasure of having magician Ken McCreedy send me some candid photos that he snapped in the 1970s and 1980s. Since I started the website, I’ve really enjoyed having Doug’s fans send me after performance photos. No two are ever the same, and they really speak volumes to how available Doug was…

New York Times 1976 Toy Store Photo

I recently came across this photo originally published in the “New York Times” on November 27, 1976. In light of “The Muppet Show” clip from yesterday, I thought it was more than appropriate to feature it as I close out the week. It features Doug, at what looks like a toy store (FAO Schwarz?), entertaining children….

“Magic Show,” Marie Osmond, and More!

As promised here are today’s group of pictures that again range from the making of the “The Magic Show” movie to more of Doug’s NBC specials. Included in the first picture is actress Didi Conn who played Cal, Doug’s love interest in the televised “Magic Show.” Those with eagle-eyes will also probably know her better…

More Never Before Seen Pictures!

Boy do I have a treat for you! Over the next couple days I will be presenting extremely rare and candid shots of Doug and his crew preparing for “The Magic Show” television movie along with various NBC specials.  These photos not only show us the meticulous planning that went into every project, but also…

Alternate “Magic Show” Poster

This phenomenal and eye catching poster for the “Magic Show” television adaptation is truly, pardon the pun, a “wonder.” Rarely seen, it shows a totally different concept than the traditional poster that was used for the Broadway  and television versions.  If anyone has more information on this, where it was used, and the artist please…

“Electric Company” Cover!

This famous picture taken at New York’s  World Trade Center was for the June, 1976 issue of “The Electric Company Magazine.”  At the time, this feat was billed as the highest levitation attempt in history and was submitted to the “Guinness Book of World Records.” Whether it won or not is anyone’s guess.  However, most…

Backstage Pass!

This item was sent to me recently by Steve Zigmont. It was taken from the backstage wall at the Fox Theater in St. Louis. Normally with touring shows it is common for every production to leave a drawing or stencil as a permanent reminder that they were there. However, the year of this drawing and…

Friday with Doug

What better way to spend your Friday than with some totally random, but spectacular pictures of Doug doing what he did best? Join us next week for our extended round table interview with legendary magic designer John Gaughan and friends.  See you then!