World of Magic 1976: Water Levitation/Fire Hoop in Full

I had been going through my archives not quite sure what to put up today. However, it dawned on me why not put up one of the most tranquil six minutes in magic you can find? Doug performed the Water Levitation and Fire Hoop many times over his career. However, in “World of Magic 1976”…

Original “Magic Show” Movie Tickets

The above ticket stubs come from two of the four filming dates of the “Magic Show” movie. As you can see the production took place in Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theater, and director Norman Campbell had five to six cameras rolling to cover the action on stage. In addition, two weeks of filming occurred without an…

Newspaper Clippings Throwback Thursday!

I’m going to be away for the weekend starting tomorrow, and wanted to give everyone something to sink their proverbial teeth into while I’m gone. So, what better thing than a random mish mash of newspaper clippings?  I love items such as these, because while they may seem random, they give you a keen perspective…

Magic Magazine Magic Show 40th Anniversary Issue: Part 3

Today’s is the final part of Magic Magazine’s 40th Anniversary “Magic Show” Retrospective. Yes I know, it’s been a blast! But, they could only spare so many pages to this memorable show. This last part by Alan Howard, focuses on the various iterations of the show that performed to masses after  its initial Broadway success. …

Magic Magazine Magic Show 40th Anniversary Issue: Part 2

After a brief hiccup, we are back with Magic Magazine’s “Magic Show 40th Anniversary” issue. In this edition, you’ll get to read more excerpts from John Harrison’s brilliant biography of Doug “Spellbound.” If that weren’t enough, David Charvet sits down with composer Stephen Schwartz about the genesis of the show’s music.  All this,”Right Before Your…

Wes Barker Profiles Doug on You Tube!

I came across this fun and nifty eleven minute retrospective on Doug from You Tube. In it, Canadian magician Wes Barker talks about his love of Doug, and gives us an enthusiastic history of Doug’s life and career. All with a little live commentary on some of Doug’s most famous illusions.  What struck me the…

Original Metamorphosis Drawings on Ebay

The images featured below are from a current sale on Ebay, and are listed as the original drawings from Doug’s “Metamorphosis.” I’m very certain these are not from the “Magic Show” days, and could be from the specials or the 1981 filmed version of “The Magic Show.” However, the specifics on where they originate is vague,…

Magic Magazine Magic Show 40th Anniversary Issue: Part 1

Over the coming days, I will be reprinting Magic Magazine’s 40th Anniversary “Magic Show” issue. The issue itself is from May 2014, and is one of the largest retrospectives ever done before or since on the show. It features a lot of write-ups by friends of the website John Harrison and David Charvet, and covers…

Louie Foxx Collection: Signed Playbill and Photo w/Doug

The following items come from magician Louie Fox who was kind enough to share them with me. They represent kind of a grab bag of items: one is an autograph not meant for him, but the other is a photograph a lot of us wish we could have been in.  The “Playbill” featured above was…

No Feet Illusion from “Magic on Broadway!

The above illusion was from one of Doug’s last specials “Magic on Broadway in 1982. This was kind of a greatest hits show, and eagle-eyed fans will also remember it from “Merlin.” In fact, the “Merlin” version was preserved for posterity when the cast performed an excerpt from the show on the Tony’s featured below. 

Complete “Magic Show” Libretto: Part:2

Hello, everyone! Sorry for the delay in more pages from the libretto of “The Magic Show.” Between the four year anniversary of the site and Doug’s birthday some posts took precedent.  So, enough of me! Without further ado is Part 2… Special Thanks to Michael Mitnick

Happy Birthday Doug!

Today, May 3rd, is what would have been Doug’s 74th birthday! A website, fan’s remembrances, and collections can never fully substitute for the man himself. However, it’s important that we continue to keep his memory alive and a topic of conversation well into the future. I feel that’s been happening over the last few years,…

Four Years of The Doug Henning Project!

Today, May 1st, marks four years of doing “The Doug Henning Project.” When I began this website I didn’t really know what to expect, or how it would be received. It goes without saying that its reception exceeded all my wildest expectations, and it has been my pleasure to write and produce posts for you since…

Complete “Magic Show” Libretto: Part:1

A big thank you to Michael Mitnick who was more than kind enough to send me an original copy of the libretto from “The Magic Show.”  It goes without saying that it’s a fascinating read, and one that I’ll be breaking up over several days. As there are no videos of the original Broadway production,…

Jerry Andrus Performing for Doug and Debbie

The above photo is of renowned magician Jerry Andrus (1918-2007) performing for Doug and Debby. This event took place at the Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. While the year is a bit of a mystery, it’s safe to say it was in the mid-1980s.  This picture represents a magical meeting of the minds…so to…

Charles Reynolds 1981 Newspaper Interview

The undated interview below came out around the time of Doug’s fabled 1981 performances at the Pantages. Much of Doug’s time at the Pantages has been written about here before, so I won’t go into it further.  But, what I will go into a little bit is someone who hasn’t been discussed as nearly as…

Doug Performance Photos- Pittsburgh May, 1981

These phenomenal pictures come from the collection of magician Tom Interval. They were taken by him at Pittsburgh’s Stanley Theater on May 5, 1981, and really give you a sense of the drama and artistry that went in to all of Doug’s performances.  While all of us have seen these two illusions on television before….

7 Front Row Doug Performance Photos on EBay

Scouring Doug items on EBay is kind of a mixed bag. There’s a lot of standard stuff that was mass produced, and floods the page (i.e. Wonder Whims, programs, etc). But, every now and then you come across some unique nuggets that make it worth your while. Case in point, these seven performance photos that…

Doug and Dai Vernon at the 1978 S.A.M Convention

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. But, due to some work related projects many balls have been in the air this week. However, I wanted to get something quick off to everyone, and this picture of Doug and Dai Vernon at the 1978 S.A.M. New York convention does the trick! I’ve only seen cropped,…

Magic Collectors’ Corner Returns!

I can’t think of a better way to start my 700th post than with the announcement that the “Magic Collectors’ Corner” is back this Sunday! Last year, this online Zoom show thrilled audiences over 33 weeks with a deep dive into all things magic and magic history. There was even one show dedicated to Doug…

Christian Slater on Merlin

In the almost four years I’ve been doing this website I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned that Christian Slater was in “Merlin” as a child actor. Yup, that Christian Slater played the young “Merlin” in this infamous and fabled production. As he’s had a rich and varied career since, I’ve always wondered what he had to say…

1985 Fox Theater St. Louis Dancing Handkerchief Photo

There’s a lot to love in this photo of Doug and Debbie performing the always fun “Dancing Handkerchief” routine. This was taken at St. Louis’s  Fox Theater circa 1985, and really shows the fun the two were having performing this famous illusion.  A dancing handkerchief, or a picture, really does speak a thousand words! Special…

One Wacky 1980’s “How To” Magic Article with Doug!

Just when you thought you’ve seen everything.  In my travels online, I came across this single page, and it’s a bit of a head scratcher to say the least.  Alternately fun and frightening, the article clearly was a “how to” article for kids to learn “magic.” I love the design choices in this. Taken at…

CAM JAM w/ Chip Romero this Wednesday!

Hey everyone! It’s great to be rested and relaxed after a week off and back in action. Let’s get to it! I’m particularly excited about today’s post as it features a very special live event this coming Wednesday, April 14th at 8pm EST. The Society of Canadian Magicians will be featuring Henning collector extraordinaire Chip…

Doug Henning Face Mask

You can chalk the above item to one of the most timely bits of Doug merchandise out there today. Yes for $15 you can be a proud owner of a Doug Henning “Magic Show” face mask. The poster art itself is from the 1981 filmed  version of the musical, and it certainly makes for a…

Unseen Magic Show Publicity Photo: Part 2

Like I mentioned last Saturday, all this week I’m going to be featuring “Magic Show” photos from 1976 taken by photographer Martha Swope. These will show you alternative takes of familiar scenes, and illusions covered in previous 1974 photos.  There is definitely a fun and a spark to these photos that give you a hint…