Doug and Shankar Jr. Letters: Guinness Book of World Records Note

The above letter is Doug’s attempt to get Shankar Jr. into the Guinness Book of World Records. While I’m not sure of the outcome, the letter speaks volumes to Doug’s admiration and kindness to his young protege. That, in and of itself, is a world record! For more backstory on how Doug met the young…

Doug and Shankar Jr. Letters: Part One

Over the next couple days I’m going to share with you some letters sent to me by magician Shankar Jr. In a previous post, I detailed how at a young age, Shankar  befriended and was mentored by Doug in India.  Eventually, Doug became more immersed in TM and the mentorship came to an end. However,…

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…

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…

Veda Land Files: Correspondence with Doug and Designers

Building a theme park isn’t all fun and games. No further proof of that is the correspondence featured below. In these letters, a budget has been delivered to Doug from the chairman of RS, Eduard Feuer, to commence work on “Veda Land.” However, if you read between the lines, the quoted prices may have been…

Another Micky Hades Letter

Enjoy this rare letter from the collection of Michael Whitecar. You may remember last month I also posted another letter from Doug to author/historian/collector Micky Hades. In retrospect, it truly is a fascinating window into where Doug was in his career at that time. Hey and who can beat that letterhead?  

Micky Hades “Spellbound” Letter

This letter comes from Michael Whitecar’s collection. It is remarkable in the sense that it features correspondence from Doug to (now magic publisher/book collector)  Micky Hades conducting  business. All this occurs just as “Spellbound” was due to head to Broadway that Spring.  While the talk may sound mundane, the impact of what is being said…