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…

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…

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…

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

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,…

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…

Original “Magic Show” Program

Magician Mumdo Marzouki was kind enough to share with me recently some items from his collection. What struck me with this item from “The Magic Show” was that there even was a larger program. I had seen the original Playbill from the Cort Theater before. However, I was even unaware of this tantalizing three page…

Cort Theater Renovation and Expansion

Some good news out of New York City is that Broadway’s Cort Theater is scheduled for a full renovation and expansion. Known for being one of the theater district’s smaller venues, the theater already has the hearts and minds of magic fans as being the original home of “The Magic Show” from 1974-1978.  To read…

Original “Magic Show” Marquee Photo

Well, hello again everyone, and welcome to 2021! I apologize for the long delay in posts, but I had been recovering from a very painful pinched nerve in my shoulder and arm. However, I was able to recover 100% over the holidays, and am looking forward to more Henning magic and wonder over the coming…

“Lincoln Nebraska Sunday Journal” Interview-August 11, 1974

Today’s post is a very early interview with Doug from when “The Magic Show” had just opened, and was taking Broadway by storm. While Doug recounts some of the background information you may already know, what I liked about it in particular is reading Doug’s secrecy agreement with his cast and staff. Also, the interviewer…

“The Rock N’Fun Magic Show” Advertisement-1975

Get rid of those Monday blues with this vintage 1975 newspaper advertisement for the “Rock N’ Fun Magic Show” on NBC 4 in New York.  The show itself was hosted by actor Jeff Mylett,  featured sitting next to Doug, who at that time was the understudy for Doug in “The Magic Show.” The special was…

“Bed of Horrors” Article by Brian Lumley-Conclusion

The Bed of Horrors: Part Four ©2020 Brian H. Lumley Another “Bed of Horrors” came from Owens for The Magic Show national tour. It had the same set of problems as the original unit. All the changes that were made for the Broadway illusion were incorporated into the design of this piece, but it still…

“Bed of Horrors” Article by Brian Lumley-Part Three

The Bed of Horrors: Part Three©2020 Brian H. Lumley On Broadway they wanted the “Bed of Horrors” bigger with longer teeth. This meant extending the four posts 4’ at the top and replacing the spikes with new ones 12” long. Now the top had to drop further, slide over a new seam, land smoothly and…

“Bed of Horrors” Article by Brian Lumley-Part Two

The Bed of Horrors: Part Two©2020 Brian H. Lumley The “Bed of Horrors” was a bad dream come true — it just would not work with any guarantee. The canopy slid down the four posts guided by four sleeves of square tubing about a foot long welded to the corners of the canopy frame. This…

People Magazine- August, 1974 “Magic Show” Interview

The above pages come from the August 5, 1974 issue of “People” magazine, and are straight from the time when Doug was taking the world by storm. As you can tell from the article, nothing like the “Magic Show” had been seen before on Broadway, and Doug, like the show itself, was a unique commodity….

Chip Romero Collection: Original Negative “Magic Show” Newspaper Reviews

When talking to Chip Romero recently, he pointed out how influential “The Magic Show” was, and how its initial reviews weren’t exactly glowing.  As the expression goes, “Time Wounds All Heals,” and it goes without saying that “The Magic Show” has since  become a classic of the Broadway stage and magic. Hey, if something ran…

Autographs: From Doug to Dunninger!

This autograph comes from the collection of Michael Whitecar and features what can be called a true meeting of the magical minds! Joseph Dunninger (1892-1975), was not only a popular magician of his time, but a master debunker of fraudulent spiritualists and mediums. A friend of Houdini, Dunninger spent a good part of his life…

Playbill-16 Cast Albums That Aren’t Available to Stream

“The Magic Show” gets a quick, but nice shout out in this new online article from Playbill.com. The article  features cast albums that notoriously aren’t on steaming and other online platforms.  It’s a nice mention as you can see below: From “The Wiz” to “Promises, Promises,” it’s a quick read and a great 16 part…

“West End Avenue:” Original Magic Show Cast Album

This Stephen Schwartz song speaks of a West End Avenue in New York City that no longer exists. It was a time where West End Avenue was a provincial, but somewhat seedy part of the city. It was a place that people wanted to get out of…to find themselves. This is the predicament that finds…

“It’s Gonna Take A Magician” from “The Magic Show!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  Tying Doug into this holiday has always been, well, difficult. The only examples that I have found are these photos that have been featured in past posts. There’s this one! And how about this? So, rather than just leaving you with recycled posts, let’s just watch “It’s Gonna Take A…

“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…