“It’s an Illusion” T-Shirt!

Let’s face it…there’s not a lot of new Doug merchandise out there these days. So, when something new pops up it’s definitely worth a mention. Not least of which an “It’s an Illusion” t-shirt! Designed by Blair Gauntt and available via the website Redbubble, this t-shirt highlights Doug at his absolute and wonder filled best….

Haversat & Ewing Auction-Doug Egyptian Collar

For all those Doug collectors out there, another piece of magic history is going up for auction this weekend at Haversat & Ewing Galleries.  Straight from the 1978’s “World of Magic,” is Doug’s Egyptian collar as featured in the special’s time travel  theme. This online auction runs from May 15th-16th, and the item itself is…

A Letter from Doug to Greg Gleason

The above letter made its way to me via its recipient magician Greg Gleason. In addition to owning Doug’s “Statue of the Pharaohs,” Greg is a die hard Doug fan true and true. If you need any more proof, check out this very cool correspondence from Doug to a young Greg Gleason. How about that…

Doug on the “Today Show” with Bryant Gumbel (1984)

(ED. Note: Due to legal reasons this video was apparently removed by You Tube. Sorry about that) This 1984 “Today Show” appearance comes from when Doug returned to Broadway with his “World of Magic” show.  After the perceived failure of “Merlin,” Doug was able to cleanse the palettes of many critics with this, by all…

13 More Minutes of Dai Vernon and Doug on Dick Cavett

(ED. Note: Due to legal reasons this video was apparently removed by You Tube. Sorry about that) If 21 minutes of Doug on Dick Cavett wasn’t enough for you, how about 13 minutes more? I actually wasn’t expecting to find more of this broadcast but, wouldn’t you know it, the second half came to my…

Roy Horn (1944-2020)

I’m sure many of you have heard by now the sad news of the death of magician Roy Horn. Roy, of course, was part of the legendary magician duo, Siegfried & Roy.  There’s not much I can really say to add to the legacy that these two gave Las Vegas and, most importantly, magic itself….

21 Minutes of Doug on Dick Cavett

(ED. Note: Due to legal reasons this video was apparently removed by You Tube. Sorry about that) This twenty-one minute slice of heaven is Doug on “The Dick Cavett Show.” It’s not the full show, but just enough to get your heart racing.  The only drawback, as you can probably hear, is the static over…

Doug and Shankar Junior

I recently had the pleasure of corresponding with magician Shankar Junior from India. He related to me an endearing story of meeting Doug as child. At the time Doug was studying Transcendental Meditation and…well, I’ll let Shankar tell it as he told me.   I met Doug Henning in the late 80’s when he came…

A Bit of Doug Art

A piece of original Doug art called “The Magic Returns” recently came my way via Gary Brown. The quarantine has certainly made people work out their creative juices in varied and unique ways. Here’s Gary’s thought process behind his most recent work. It shows how in these polarizing times, Doug’s message still continues to shine…

Happy 73rd Birthday Doug!

I’d be remiss in not mentioning that today, May 3rd, would have been Doug’s 73rd birthday. For someone who is generally frozen in time in the 1970s and 80s, it’s hard to imagine what a 73 year old Doug Henning would be doing in this very different world of 2020. Whatever it would be, I’m…

Muppet Show: Tough Pigs 40 Years Later Article

Two questions!  1) Did you know its been 40 years since Doug first appeared on “The Muppet Show?” 2) Have you been dying for a scene by scene breakdown of the episode? Well, then look no further than the Muppet tribute website Tough Pigs, and their analysis of this beloved episode. However, I have to…

Happy Third Birthday to “The Doug Henning Project!”

Three years ago today  I started “The Doug Henning Project!” At the time, I wasn’t sure how well it would be received, or if people would even find it at all. Needless to say, the website has exceeded my initial expectations and 543 posts later we’re still here. The support and kindness of Doug’s fans…

A Collector Needs Your Help!

This message came to me recently from collector and reader Michael Ketcham: “I’m the owner of 3 Doug Henning costumes: these include a long robe identified as a “Wizard Robe,” along with a bright red jacket with over sized gold metal buttons along the collar and shoulders. With regards to the “Wizard Robe, I bought…

“Magic Show” Mystery Footage Solved

Well, so much for wishful thinking guys. After speculating (and hoping) last Friday, that the grainy image below may have been a video image from the original Broadway production of “The Magic Show”… As seen below once again, we are left with the undeniable proof that it isn’t. What sealed the deal was that some…

“Magic Show” Original Cast Footage Video Still?

I came across this intriguing still while searching the internet recently. While there are many photos of the original production of “The Magic Show” to be found online. What stands out is that this grainy image features Doug and actress Anita Morris in what appears to be video footage from the original show itself. However,…

Two’s Company from “The Magic Show:” Cast Album and Live Version

What better time than self-quarantine to cross compare the two versions of “Two’s Company” from “The Magic Show?” While there isn’t a proper filmed version of the original production that is widely available, we do have the out of print cast album. Which is basically the closest we’re going to get to seeing the show……

Norm Nielsen

I’m sure you’ve all heard, but, famed respected magician and poster collector Norm Nielsen passed away yesterday. His act, along with his massive collection of magic posters, was legendary.  It should be no surprise that among his vast collection were some original Doug gems from “Merlin” and the “Magic Show.” As you can see from…

Genii: “Merlin Crusade” Article by Jim Steinmeyer-Part Three

All photos shown in this article are from the original Genii Magazine article, and are the property of Jim Steinmeyer and their respective copyright holders.  Having fun yet? I certainly hope so! Be sure to come back tomorrow for the exciting conclusion to Jim Steinmeyer’s “Merlin Crusade!” Special Thanks to Jim Steinmeyer

Genii: “Merlin Crusade” Article by Jim Steinmeyer-Part Two

All photos shown in this article are from the original Genii Magazine article, and are the property of Jim Steinmeyer and their respective copyright holders  That’s right, you guessed it! We’ve come to the end of another one. Be sure to come back this week for the exciting parts 3 and 4 to Jim Steinmeyer’s…

Genii: “Merlin Crusade” Article by Jim Steinmeyer-Part One

As we all have a little more downtime these days, I decided it was high time to tackle this superb article from 2013. Written by Jim Steinmeyer, it details the triumph and tragedy that was “Merlin.” Many people know Jim Steinmeyer from his work as an acclaimed author and illusion designer, however this first-person article…

Orlando Tupperware Auditorium Ad

This ad was recently passed onto me, however I’m not really sure what the year was for it. As we all know, Doug toured almost endlessly in his career, and it’s sometimes hard to peg down when and where performances took place.  However, with a name like the “Tupperware Auditorium,” you can guarantee this performance…

“World’s Greatest Magic” Book

While cleaning out my storage space recently, I came across this book in a long forgotten box of miscellaneous magicana. Written by Hyla M. Clark and with photos by Paul Levin, “The World’s Greatest Magic” is a who’s who of magic stars from the late 1970s. Houdini, Doug, Copperfield, Randi, Tomsoni, Shimada…everyone gets their just…

Rare “Magic Show” Australia Cast Film Footage

I stumbled across this gem of a clip recently and had to put it up. While it has no sound, it is footage from the 1975 Australian production of “The Magic Show.” As you can see, Doug was not a part of this production and had handed the reigns over to actor/magician Larry Anderson.  It’s…

“Magic Show” Hexaflexagon

What’s a Hexaflexagon you ask? Well, good question. A Hexaflexagon is a paper polygon with many folded faces.  It’s a novel and fascinating concept that was so novel and fascinating that Doug had them put one in the soundtrack album to “The Magic Show.” I must admit I haven’t had the time to fold this…

Original “Magic Show” Vinyl Cast Album

In 1974, Bell Records released “The Magic Show” cast album on vinyl. The album is rare in the sense that it is just as special, unique, and fun as the musical itself. The  back cover really give you a sense of what audiences at the time must have felt seeing Doug perform his illusions upfront,…

“Magic of the Natural Law Party” from the CBC

The goal of “The Doug Henning Project” has always been to showcase all the elements of Doug’s life and career. Case in point is this rarely seen news story from the CBC archives.  This news story delves into Transcendental Meditation’s Natural Law Party, and Doug’s involvement in it. While Doug himself is only shown speaking,…

Style from “The Magic Show” Movie

For all of you stuck at home for the foreseeable future (myself included), why not sit back, relax, and enjoy the lively number “Style” from “The Magic Show.” Originally performed by David Ogden Stiers on Broadway, this version features Jon Finlayson in the role of evil magician Van Zyskin.  As mentioned before, the TV movie…