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…

Dai Vernon at Doug’s 1977 Wedding

This little seen picture below was taken at Doug’s wedding to Barbara DeAngelis in 1977. The event itself took place in the Pacific Palisades of Los Angeles, and had about 150 guests in attendance mainly relatives. However, a handful magicians were invited including a long haired Ricky Jay whom you can see right behind Dai…

Doug’s Canada Walk of Fame Star (Expanded)

For those looking for something to do the next time you’re in Toronto, here is all the available information there is regarding Doug’s Canadian Walk of Fame Star. Its history and location have their own pages on the Walk of Fame registry, and it’s really great to see Doug get the national respect he deserves….

“Me-Tv” Top 8 TV Magicians

This online article from 2016 features the top eight TV magicians as decided by Me-TV. Me-TV, in case you didn’t know, is a vintage television network that specializes in broadcasting old television programs from various decades. It’s like what Nick at Nite used to be like way back when. Anyway, while the list is very…

World of Magic 75: Shimada Appearance in Full

I thought I’d mix things up a bit today, and have a Doug related clip that doesn’t exactly feature Doug.  You see, Doug would sometimes have other performers on his specials to balance things off. In his first special, he featured the eminent Shimada in a unique five minute segment all unto his own. Hailing…

Dennis Loomis Remembers Article: January 2013

The article below comes from the January, 2013 issue of “M.U.M,” and is written by the renowned magician and writer Dennis Loomis. Loomis himself had met Doug in the early 1960s at one of the “Abbot’s Get Together” magic conventions in Colon, Michigan. They soon became fast friends for many years after.  Loomis’ columns for…

Doug, Siegfried, and Roy Photo #2

The above photo features a trifecta of magic legends: Doug, Siegfried, and Roy. It is only the second picture that I have seen with the three of them (though I’m sure there are more). The first that I saw, was taken in the 1980s, and featured Debbie joining in. This one was featured in an…

John Gaughan “Merlin” Instagram Photos

Hey everyone! If you weren’t aware already, I wanted to direct you to illusion designer extraordinaire John Gaughan’s extensive Instagram account.  While the account by itself is a sight to behold, recently they have been posting unseen photos of “Merlin” on stage and behind the scenes. I’d love to post them all here on the…

World of Magic 1978: Camel Appearance in Full

The above appearance was from Doug’s fourth “World of Magic” special in 1978. The special itself features co-hosts Brooke Shields and Tom Bosley accompanying Doug on a whirlwind journey through time, space, and various international countries. While some moments in the special may not hold up well viewed through a 21st-century eye, it definitely features…

“Vanish” Magazine Special Edition: Jimi Steinmeyer

Vanish Magazine is offering a special edition issue for the month featuring magic legend and Doug protege Jim Steinmeyer as the cover story. The best part of it is, is that it’s totally free to download.  In the wide ranging interview, Jim discusses many ideas of magic theory, and also a mysterious book he is…

“Merlin” Times Square Billboard

“Join the Crowds who are Cheering!” So started this billboard that hung above Times Square in the early 80s. If it wasn’t evident already, “Merlin” was heavily promoted during its relatively short run on Broadway. There was a lot on the line and at stake for Doug’s second appearance on Broadway, and the producers weren’t…

Hamilton Place 1986 Program

Hello Everyone! It’s good to be back after a busy week away from the site.  The images below come from magician Peter Wiltshire out of Hamilton, Ontario. Peter is a member of the IBM Ring 49 Doug Henning Magic Wand Club in Hamilton, and an all around Doug fan as you would imagine. Having seen…

Magic on Broadway: Statue of the Pharaohs in Full

Due to a busy schedule after a hectic holiday weekend, I’ll be taking the next week or so off from the site. However, I didn’t want to leave you all empty handed. So, sit back and enjoy the “Statue of the Pharaohs” illusion from Doug’s “Magic on Broadway” special. Even after all these years, it…

“Magic Show” 47th Anniversary Playbill Article

I’d be remiss in not mentioning that yesterday, May 28th, was the 47th anniversary of “The Magic Show’s” premiere. Yup, in 1974 the world of modern magic changed forever! To commemorate this, “Playbill.com” has a newish article to mark the occasion. I say newish because a version of it was published last year for the…

“World of Magic 1976” Opening Illusions in Full

What more can I really say to add onto this clip? The number of illusions crammed into this, along with the sheer 1970s variety show feel of it all speak for itself. Also, how many times in your life have you wanted to conjure up a slightly bewildered Michael Landon? Next time you see modern…

“World of Magic 1977” Card Illusion in Full

This week I thought I would let Doug do what he did best…pure magic. I don’t always play videos all week, but I thought as we go into the holiday weekend what better time is there for it? It goes without saying this close-up section from “World of Magic 77” seemed effortless for Doug. I…

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…