Torn and Restored Newspaper in Full

I can’t believe I’ve never posted this before.  There’s a lot I can say about this legendary illusion (created by Gene Anderson), and its place in Doug’s history. But, rather than writing about it, why don’t you let Doug do the talking…or rather tearing.   

Lion Tamer-Magic Show Original Soundtrack

I’m going to put it out there that I feel “Lion Tamer” is one of Stephen Schwartz’s best songs. While it may not be his most famous or well known, it has a a subdued and simple arrangement that instantly takes you to the heart and soul of what “The Magic Show” was.  Dale Soules’…

Popular Mechanics Jim Steinmeyer Interview

I just wanted to let everyone know that this month’s current issue of Popular Mechanics features an interview with Designer and Author Jim Steinmeyer.  It goes without saying that Jim is responsible for designing some of the most important illusions in magic history. He also was one of the most important designers in Doug’s career,…

Two Dougs for the Price of One Article!

The above article comes from 1981, and details the time when Doug Henning met Doug Henning. Or was it when Doug Henning met Doug Henning? Now, even I’m confused. Perhaps it’s just best if you read the article. Originally Published in The Pittsburgh Press on Saturday, May 9th 1981.

Magic’s Greatest Illusions Documentary-1999 Interview with Doug

I came across this three-part documentary today while deep diving into You Tube. “Magic’s Greatest Illusions,” narrated by Jason Alexander, originally aired on TLC in 2000. A great documentary unto itself, however, what immediately caught my attention was an extremely rare and largely unseen interview with Doug recorded in 1999.  His interview, clearly recorded at…

Doug Co-Hosts the 1985 Disney Easter Parade (Complete Version)

A couple years ago I posted an extremely rough and grainy compilation of Doug’s illusions as the Grand Magical Marshal of the 1985 Walt Disney World Easter Parade. At the time, I weighed whether it was even worth showing it due to its low quality. Well, I did end up posting it, and since then…

Chip Romero Collection: Unseen “Magic Show” Era Photo

As we come to the end of another week, I thought it was appropriate to feature this vintage “Magic Show” era photo of Doug signing autographs for young fans.  Throughout his career, Doug would frequently meet fans after his show, sign autographs for them, and pose for photos. Since I started this website, I’ve been…

Chip Romero Collection: Original Negative “Magic Show” Newspaper Reviews

When talking to Chip Romero recently, he pointed out how influential “The Magic Show” was, and how its initial reviews weren’t exactly glowing.  As the expression goes, “Time Wounds All Heals,” and it goes without saying that “The Magic Show” has since  become a classic of the Broadway stage and magic. Hey, if something ran…

Chip Romero Collection: Gazebo Bandleader Costume

And I’m back. Sorry for the bit of delay, but, as I mentioned I’ve been dealing with a pinched nerve in my shoulder and arm. All that combined with some minor physical therapy, required me to step away from the website briefly. However, enough about me. All this week we will be featuring items from…

Autographs: One More for the Road

As we conclude our week of Doug autographs, I just wanted to thank everyone that took the time to submit their items. I believe I posted everyone’s.  The above one is from the collection of Dan Sclare, and is typical of Doug’s autographs. Flashy, positive, and inspirational. Just like the man himself.  See you next…

Autographs: From Doug to Dunninger!

This autograph comes from the collection of Michael Whitecar and features what can be called a true meeting of the magical minds! Joseph Dunninger (1892-1975), was not only a popular magician of his time, but a master debunker of fraudulent spiritualists and mediums. A friend of Houdini, Dunninger spent a good part of his life…

Autographs: Part 2

  What’s in a name? In this case, Doug’s autograph sits side by side with its, well, namesake, in the book “World’s Famous Magic” by Hyla M. Clark As Nick Saint-Erne explained to me, he obtained this autograph after meeting Doug backstage at a show in Las Vegas on April 2, 1978. It reads: To…

Autographs! Autographs! Autographs!

Hello, and welcome back everyone! You may remember last week I put out a call for people to send any unique autographs they may have of Doug lurking in their collections. I definitely wasn’t disappointed, and will be sharing some of them with you this week.  The first one comes from William Gallaher, and is…

Do You Have An Autograph From Doug?

The above signed photo was sent to me by Kevin Segall, and got me thinking. Doug signed a lot of autographs in his lifetime, some extravagant and flashy, and others not.  Now I know a lot are still out there in private collections. If readers want to send me theirs, I’ll be sure to spotlight the…

Dollar Bill Illusion with Maury Povich-1985

The above appearance by Doug begins at 4:30 and, while it is quick, is pure Doug nonetheless. However, to give you a fair warning, I suspect that this clip of Doug was highly edited for this particular You Tube Channel.  Now, if only all of us could do this with a $1 bill. 

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…

Playbill-16 Cast Albums That Aren’t Available to Stream

“The Magic Show” gets a quick, but nice shout out in this new online article from Playbill.com. The article  features cast albums that notoriously aren’t on steaming and other online platforms.  It’s a nice mention as you can see below: From “The Wiz” to “Promises, Promises,” it’s a quick read and a great 16 part…

Magic Week Archive-Close Up Magic with Doug

The fine folks at “Magic Week” have just posted a great compilation of the greatest moments from Doug’s close-up magic. Culled from his various specials, their summary reads as follows: A compilation of 8 incredible close-up magic routines from Doug Henning’s TV Specials. First, from Doug Henning’s World of Magic 1979, recorded live at the…

Doug’s “Bump” Box and “Cut in Half” Wheel Found!

Have you ever wondered what treasures from the world of Doug Henning are hiding out in the unlikeliest of places? If so, then the following was sent to me by John Harrison, author of the excellent 2009 biography “Spellbound: The Wonder Filled Life of Doug Henning.” Take it away John! I have always been fascinated…

“West End Avenue:” Original Magic Show Cast Album

This Stephen Schwartz song speaks of a West End Avenue in New York City that no longer exists. It was a time where West End Avenue was a provincial, but somewhat seedy part of the city. It was a place that people wanted to get out of…to find themselves. This is the predicament that finds…

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…

1984 San Francisco Orpheum Theatre Playbill

This recent purchase of mine was too good not to post on the site. The Orpheum Theater, located at 1192 Market Street in San Francisco, was originally built in 1926. It still stands today as one of the city’s premiere places for theatre, music, and culture.  For those keeping track, this particular run of the…

“It’s Gonna Take A Magician” from “The Magic Show!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  Tying Doug into this holiday has always been, well, difficult. The only examples that I have found are these photos that have been featured in past posts. There’s this one! And how about this? So, rather than just leaving you with recycled posts, let’s just watch “It’s Gonna Take A…

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…

Magic Week Video Archive-World of Magic II

For all those looking for some relief in the lockdown, look no further than this current edition of the Magic Week Archive featuring “World of Magic II.”Culled from Duncan Trillo video collection, this UK broadcast of the special is a truly crisp and immaculate version.  Even if you’ve seen the special before (which I’m sure…

Doug’s Muppet Show Shoes

In terms of the Muppets, characters have come and gone over their rich 65 year history. However, if you’re looking for one of the most obscure creatures to ever grace “The Muppet Show” stage, then look no further than Doug’s shoes. These bug eyed creations were featured at the opening of his episode where he gleefully…

Potter & Potter July Auction-Costumes and Posters

Today’s post once again comes from the fine folks at “Potter & Potter Auctions.” While their July 25th auction services a vast array of magic history, Doug is represented very nicely as well.  As you can see, there’s a selection of classic Doug magic posters to be purchased. But, the real highlight are the touring…