1986 Doug and Debby Performance from the Chip Romero Collection

The above footage comes from the collection of Chip Romero, and was recently featured on the You Tube Channel “Magical Women with Connie Boyd.” The footage itself was taken in at a 1986 Lake Charles, Illinois performance. In it, Doug and Debby perform a whimsical and reworked version of the famed “Disembodied Prince” illusion to…

Andre Kole Foreign Poster feat. Doug and David Copperfield

The above foreign poster comes courtesy of Terry Holley, and features Doug and David Copperfield promoting magician Andre Kole’s show in Chinese.  What Doug and David are saying I’m not sure. But, it’s most likely repeating what was said in a previous Andre Kole post, which you can find: HERE However, the real star of…

“Doug Henning and his World of Magic” New York Times Ad

A lot of people tend to focus on the closing of “Merlin” as Doug’s big failure on Broadway’s fabled “Great White Way.” However, what people frequently don’t realize is that a year after “Merlin” closed, Doug returned for what was a very successful follow-up called “Doug Henning and His World of Magic.”  The show itself…

Doug Henning 75th Birthday Zoom Celebration (May 7th, 2022)

I just wanted to give a quick post detailing more information for Chip Romero and S.A.M.’s Doug Henning 75th Birthday Celebration on Zoom. The event itself is 6 hours, and sure to be a blast. I know there will be many important speakers present, and I was thrilled to record something for the event myself. …

Happy 75th Birthday Doug! (Worldwide Zoom Event)

It goes without saying that 75 years ago today, Douglas James Henning was born, and the world was never quite the same. Happy Birthday Doug, wherever you are! You were, and continue to be an inspiration to your fans around the world, and the arts as a whole! In past years, I always make mention…

Five Years of “The Doug Henning Project!”

I’d be remiss in not mentioning that May 1st marks the five year anniversary of “The Doug Henning Project” website.  To say that Doug and the website have become a big part of my daily life is an understatement. It’s been quite a five year adventure that has led me down a path that I…

“Rockin Houston” Photo Archive-1977 TM Benefit

When I first began this website, I came across a page called “Rockin Houston” which profiles years and years worth of concerts and events that had come to the Houston, TX area.  At the time, I profiled individual Doug photos for my site, but really didn’t  take a moment to soak in what “Rockin Houston”…

Doug Henning Suncatcher- Revisited

Today’s post is a revisiting of one from a few years ago. The Doug Henning Sun catcher was an item available through Doug’s official fan club, and my original post was brief and only one photo as I recall.  Recently, I was sent some photos that reveal the item in greater detail, as well as…

Andre Kole Flyer feat. Doug Henning and David Copperfield

The above images are promotional materials for esteemed magician Andre Kole, and feature two people you probably don’t need me to name. In it, both Doug and David gave their effusive praise to Kole, which only adds to the prestige of this program, as well as the show itself. In fact, Terry Holley, who sent…

“A Magical Encounter” Essay by Michael Williams, PH.D

I came across this rather touching article on “Medium.com” which profiles a fateful meeting between a lone hitchhiker Michael Williams, a young Doug Henning, and Mars Barrick. It’s very much of its time, and one I’ll think you enjoy.  A Magical Encounter: Meeting magicians Doug Henning and Mars Barrick My cousin Mark Wicken is a…

The Walt Disney World Easter Parade with Doug: Revisited

A couple years back I featured Doug’s Easter, 1985 appearance on the Walt Disney World Easter Parade. Doug’s segments are stretched out throughout the show, and at the time I just featured the parade as it aired unedited.  Well, cut to today being Easter, and I thought it was high time I fixed that, and…

Another “New” Plymouth Magic Wagon Commercial

It’s been a couple years since I’ve had the fun of profiling Doug’s 1984 car campaign for the Plymouth “Magic Wagon.” The campaign itself was a fun way to promote a car and, of course, Doug himself. The best part of it was Doug didn’t have to be on stage in front of hundreds of…

Doug Henning Official Envelopes

Inquiring minds want to know what Doug Henning’s stationary looked like! Well, then look no further than these fine examples from 1980 and 1986. Each year represents a pretty distinct time in Doug’s career, and the artwork on each represents that. The unicorn, in particular, was utilized frequently in Doug’s primary stationary of the time. …

“Chou Chou” Signed Window Card

The above item is a signed window card from when, for a time, Doug was known as Chou Chou, the “Magical Little Shoe Maker.” Doug’s purpose in this 15 minute consumer presentation was to perform his various illusions at malls throughout Canada. All the while, a speaker would extol the virtues and benefits of Canadian…

“A Death-Defying Escape” in Hollywood

Thanks to John Cox of Wild About Harry for alerting me to a new magic and comedy play currently running at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Hollywood starring Judy Carter.  “A Death-Defying Escape” is a show that deals with Carter’s life and career in magic among other things. Why am I mentioning this? Well, according…

Doug Henning: Heartthrob?

You can throw this into the bin of one of the more unique articles I’ve seen in my time researching Doug.  You don’t often see female admirers proclaiming their love, and clamoring to know more about Doug.  But, yes Gaye Bleich of Mill Valley, CA was definitely one of them. I’m not even sure what…

“Fallen Wand” Chicago Sun-Times Obit: February 9, 2000

I usually don’t focus on Doug’s passing very much, as it’s not the purpose of the website really. However, in going through things people have sent me this obituary recently popped up.  It’s nothing really groundbreaking, or information we don’t know. But, I guess what strikes me about it is even in a time of…

Doug Henning Magic You Can Do Kit: Detailed Photos

Today’s post is a continuation of ones that I’ve done over the past several years. Other than the Wonder Whims, one of Doug’ s only forays into the toy world was his 1980s partnership with Tenyo on the “Doug Henning Magic You Can Do” kit.  It’s become an extremely rare magic kit, and only a…

Doug Henning Toronto Street Pole Art

Every now and then a nice piece of Doug Henning related street art pops up online. This particular example showed up on King Street East in, appropriately enough, Doug’s old stomping ground of Toronto.  I love how someone out there took the time to make an old image of Doug somehow hip, current, and vintage…

The Doug Henning Magic Fan Club Newsletter-Spring 1982

Today’s post is something never seen before on “The Doug Henning Project.” It’s Doug’s Official Fan Club newsletter.  Appearing, once or twice a year, the newsletter kept rapt members updated on the comings and goings of Doug’s career. This one in particular details his appearance on “Night of 100 Stars,” and also something called “Merlin.”…

“Telescope 1972”- Rings Illusion in Full

Just a quick note, that Doug’s voice oddly speeds up at the end of this segment. This was on the copy that I have, and may have been on the original broadcast.  Originally Broadcast: November 23, 1972 Special Thanks to Stuart MacLeod at: stuartmac.com

10 Questions with Carisa Hendrix

Today ‘s special guest is renowned magician Carisa Hendrix. Along with her alter ego, Lucy Darling, Hendrix has taken the magic world by storm over the last ten years. Awarded the 2019 Stage Magician of the Year by the AMA, Hendrix continues to breathe new life into magic through innovation and comedy. If that weren’t…

Original “Magic Show” Souvenir Book: Part Two

To Be Concluded Tomorrow… Special Thanks to Brigitte Marlt Splash Page: Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library. “The Magic Show, 1974 May” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1974.

Original “Magic Show” Souvenir Book: Part One

A full scan of the “Magic Show’s” souvenir book recently came my way, and what a time capsule it is!  From director Grover Dale’s introduction, to Kenn Duncan’s photos, to even the coloring book in the back, it all makes you feel like you were there seeing the show for the very first time. But,…