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!…

Admired from Afar-The Magic Show

It’s Monday folks. So, what better way to start the week than something else with the letter “M” in it…Anita Morris! This number features Morris recreating her role of Charmin from the Broadway “Magic Show” production. As the wife of its original director Grover Dale, she truly was a powerhouse performer who always lent the…

Saturday at Sardis!

Today’s entry features photos from when (I’m guessing) Doug’s caricature was created for the esteemed New York City restaurant “Sardis.” For many, you really haven’t hit it big until you are hanging on the wall of this venerable institution. I’m also guessing this was probably from the time of “Merlin” as well.  It’s interesting to…

And Another Potter & Potter Auction Item!

This one’s for for all those Henning collectors out there, and yes I know who you are! Take a look at this neat window card that will be featured in the Potter & Potter Winter auction being held on Saturday, December 15th.  While we’ve all seen the picture before, what makes this one unique is…

The Chip Romero Collection: “Hendoo” Business Card

We all have to come from somewhere don’t we? Featured above, is an exceptional find in the history of Doug Henning. You see, way, way before Doug Henning was Doug Henning, he was “The Astounding Hendoo!” For more on this early phase in Doug’s career, here’s an except from John Harrison’s 2009 biography on Doug’s…

Jim Steinmeyer Los Angeles Book Signing

Hello All! Where was I? Oh yes… Before I get to more traditional posts this week I wanted to let you know of a very special and rare book signing tomorrow in Los Angeles. Jim Steinmeyer, magic designer and author extraordinaire, will be speaking and signing copies of his new book “The Secret History of…

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…

Original Spark Costume

One of my favorite pictures of Doug comes from late in his career and is featured above. It’s very simple and to the point and, in a way, sums up his whole persona to me. In fact, I like it so much I use it for my “Contact” page here on the site.  So, you…

Doug and Debby: Morning Show Hosts!

Who’s up for a Detroit morning show from the 80s with Doug and Debby as fill in hosts?  I’m not sure exactly the history of Kelly and Co. or even how Doug and Debby wound up hosting it. But, every time I think I’ve seen everything there is to see about Doug on You Tube…

Original Merlin Playbill

Today’s entry comes courtesy of Nancy Henning, and is the original “Playbill” for “Merlin.” A few weeks back, I was fortunate enough to post the more elaborate commemorative program for the show, and it’s interesting to compare and contrast the two. However, in addition to being signed by Doug himself, this “Playbill” also is a…

Gazebo Illusion

The following is the grand finale to “World of Magic VI.” The special originally starred such variety show luminaries as Marie Osmond, Ricky Schroder, and Shields and Yarnell. What’s a Shields and Yarnell you may ask? That’s another story. You can’t argue that Doug didn’t go all out with this one! In fact, it’s its…

NY Times “Merlin” Interview: Part 4

 So, as we wrap up this week on “Merlin” it’s interesting to think of what could have been had it run longer. But, the fact that we are still talking about it means some of the “magical musical’s” incantations and spells might just still be lingering. See you soon! FOR HIM, MAGIC IS MORE THAN…