Doug Henning Art: Part Four

As I close out this week of Doug Henning art, what better way than this caricature where the worlds of Rainbow Brite and Doug Henning collide. The concept isn’t that far fetched when you think about it, and a “What If?” scenario definitely crosses your mind. On a side note, what’s going on with Doug’s…

Doug Henning Art: Part Three

This certainly takes the cake as one of the more unique pieces of Doug inspired art that I’ve seen.  The piece itself is a three part tribute to author Anne Morrow Lindbergh, opera singer Lina Cavalieri, and, of course, Doug Henning. How they all connect isn’t revealed, so it’s up to you to decide. Regardless,…

Doug Henning Art: Part One

I recently came across this fantastic caricature from 2019 of Doug by Scott Rawlings, and had to post it on the site. There’s something very positive, easy going, and effervescent in this drawing that emulates Doug perfectly.  It even inspired me to post some more caricatures of Doug a bit this week. Some you may…

World of Magic ’75: Water Torture Cell Finale in Full

Folks, as I teased earlier in the week, this is it! I present to you what is probably the most famous moment in Doug’s career, Houdini’s Water Torture Cell. Fifty million people tuned in live to watch the finale to Doug’s first special. To say they got their money’s worth was an understatement! It’s worth…

Jim Steinmeyer Website: Doug Henning Items for Sale

For those readers who are looking for more Doug Henning merchandise in their lives, look no further! Master illusion designer, author, and Doug protege Jim Steinmeyer’s website is selling select items from Doug’s touring days. They’re all really nice pieces from the 1980s, and while some of you may have seen them before, others may…

Ann Arbor Observer-Fake Doug Henning Institute Ad

In my wayward internet travels, I came across the above article profiling a monthly newspaper contest from the “Ann Arbor Observer.” Readers were encouraged to locate a fake ad that was inserted within the paper, and the April 2020 did just that with this one: Apparently, it struck 146 readers odd enough to flag it…

“World of Magic ’75:” Gene Kelly Intro

 By starting the week with this particular clip, I’m sure  you’ll suspect what I’ll be eventually leading up to.  “World of Magic 1975” originally aired on December 26, 1975. Originally, Orson Welles was meant to greet the viewers standing side by side with Houdini’s Water Torture Cell.  However, for various reasons Welles pulled a vanishing…

Nabu Computer Network: Doug Article/Advertisement

Not many people know that Doug was the official spokesperson of Ottawa’s Nabu Network of home computers.  The computers themselves, now largely forgotten, operated from 1982-1985 and are largely considered to be one of the precursors to today’s internet. While having functions of a normal PC of the time, the computer would download content off…

Entertainment Tonight Candid Interview Shot

The above photo comes from the “Mr. Camera” Instagram page, and is from an unknown date and venue. According to the page, the man doing the interviewing is “Mr. Camera” himself, Don Jacobs. Don Jacobs is the founder of, you guessed it, “Mr. Camera.”  By Doug’s look, and the “Entertainment Tonight” microphone it is definitely…

Magic Week: World of Magic 1980

The fine online folks at the Magic Week Archive have chosen to feature Doug’s “World of Magic 1980” for its weekly feature. Presented on NBC in 1980, this special was taped at the Osmond Entertainment Center in Utah. Along for the ride are, of course, Marie Osmond, Shields & Yarnell, and Ricky Schroeder.   As noted,…

Filmed “Magic Show”Soundtrack in Full

I thought I would mix things up a little today in terms of “The Magic Show” soundtrack. Now many of us have heard, and probably own, the original show’s album. But, how many of you have heard the filmed version’s isolated score soundtrack by itself?  Well, if you’ve always wanted to hear that, then today…

Raleigh “News and Observer”-January 27, 1991

I have nothing really to add to this post, other than this clipping represents another instance in Doug’s never ending quest to get “Veda Land” built.  Over the years, Veda Land had many intended locations. The most notable being Canada and Orlando. None of them came to fruition. However, if you visit the TM based…

World of Magic ’77: Walking Through a Brick Wall in Full

Hey Everyone! Happy Tuesday.  Do you ever get that feeling we all get when you’ve hit your wall so early in the week waiting for Friday? Well, if that’s the case, why don’t you take a breather with this famous clip of Doug literally walking through a brick wall? This breathtaking event occurred as the…

New Doug Etsy “It’s Magic” T-Shirt!

For all those looking to be the coolest kids on the block, look no further than this new shirt featured on Etsy. If you look at the fine print, the shirt is uniquely characterized as a “Magician Mystical Fantasy David Copperfield Hipster Weird Magician Canadian Gift.” I don’t think there’s any argument that with a…

Doug’s Memorial Book: David Charvet Interview

The following is a reprint of the October 1999 “Magic” Magazine interview that David Charvet conducted with Doug shortly before his death.  Doug was so proud and happy with the interview that it was reprinted in full within his memorial booklet.  To Be Continued… Special Thanks to David Charvet

Doug’s Memorial Booklet: Part One (Revised)

Over this week I will be posting Doug’s memorial book. I had done this originally in the first months of the website. But, as I didn’t have a scanner at the time its quality was less than desirable.  Doug’s service occurred at the Bel Air Hotel in Beverly Hills on February 20, 2000. While there…

Ali Bongo’s Book of Magic: Doug Section

The item below comes from the 1981 book “Ali Bongo’s Book of Magic.” In it, Ali Bongo gives us a brief history of Doug’s life up to that point through some eye catching cartoon art. It’s a neat little piece released at the peak of Doug’s fame! While the character of Ali Bongo wouldn’t be…

Magic Collectors’ Corner: Allan Slaight Sharing Secrets Award

Hello everyone! It’s great to be back.  To start off this week, I’d be remiss in not mentioning the recent “Magicana: Allan Slaight Sharing Secrets Award” that was given to David Sandy and Lance Rich of “The Magic Collectors’ Corner.” As many of you know, “The Magic Collector’s Corner” was a weekly Sunday Zoom meeting…

World of Magic 75: The Sands of Egypt in Full

Similar to the Sands of Egypt themselves, I will be drifting away to Northern California over the coming week. I won’t be able to get back to posts until next Tuesday. But, I wanted to leave you with this classic clip from “World of Magic ’75” to pass the time until then.  Enjoy! Original Air…

Early Doug Henning “Chou Chou” Mall Tour Photo

The above photo comes from the collection of Canadian TV personality Mitch Markowitz. It was taken during Doug’s time as the mime character Chou Chou in an early 1970s mall tour. Mitch himself was the MC/Road Manager, and can be seen on the bottom right hand side with microphone in hand.  It goes without saying…

The Linking Ring: February, 1978

As we head off into that long July 4th holiday weekend, I wanted to post an editorial from the February 1978 issue of “The Linking Ring.” It’s a great piece by editor Howard Bamman, and really gives you a strong feel for the excitement and revitalized interest Doug was bringing to magic. It also shows…

1987 Touring Program: Part One

Years and years ago (okay only four), when I began this website I featured Doug’s original 1987 tour program. The only problem was at the time I didn’t have a proper scanner to show off how great the program truly is. At the time, I used my IPhone, and it shows. So, I’ve always wanted…