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…

New “Toronto Star” Doug Article: Up to His Old Tricks

Just a heads up for all our readers outside of Canada.  This past Sunday the “Toronto Star” did a full page spread article on Doug. Titled “Up to his Old Tricks,” the article profiles Doug’s full life and career. The piece is definitely the most extensive non-magic based publication article on Doug in the last…

Sunday Post Tribune-December 21, 1975

The following comes from Northwest Indiana’s “Post- Tribune,” and has a lot to offer. Not least of which is the cover, which has Henning and Houdini sharing the same page together.  It’s a great cover, and if you look towards the bottom they were still listing Orson Welles as the special guest mere days before…

Ann Arbor Observer-Fake Doug Henning Institute Ad

In my wayward internet travels, I came across the above article profiling a monthly newspaper contest from the “Ann Arbor Observer.” Readers were encouraged to locate a fake ad that was inserted within the paper, and the April 2020 did just that with this one: Apparently, it struck 146 readers odd enough to flag it…

Nabu Computer Network: Doug Article/Advertisement

Not many people know that Doug was the official spokesperson of Ottawa’s Nabu Network of home computers.  The computers themselves, now largely forgotten, operated from 1982-1985 and are largely considered to be one of the precursors to today’s internet. While having functions of a normal PC of the time, the computer would download content off…

Raleigh “News and Observer”-January 27, 1991

I have nothing really to add to this post, other than this clipping represents another instance in Doug’s never ending quest to get “Veda Land” built.  Over the years, Veda Land had many intended locations. The most notable being Canada and Orlando. None of them came to fruition. However, if you visit the TM based…

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…

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…

Pantages Retrospective: Part 3

While at the Pantages Doug sat down with Danielle Roter of the “Los Angeles Herald Examiner.” This interview originally appeared on October 16, 1981, and includes a review of the show at the end. It also has the distinction of being one of the most serious and non-smiling expressions on Doug’s face that I’ve ever…

Happy Holidays and “World of Magic ’77” Article!

I had intended to have more posts leading up into the holiday season, but a pinched nerve in my shoulder and arm put a damper on that plan.  Regardless, I wanted to get one more 2020 post to the readers, and wish you all a very Happy Holiday season. It goes without saying 2020 wasn’t…

“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…

Tannen’s Magic Gives Thanks to Doug

The following recently appeared as a Facebook post from Tannen’s Magic. As today is Thanksgiving in the United States, I think it’s more than appropriate we send a little thanks Doug’s way courtesy of this appreciative piece. What do you think? Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! In our second Wizard Wednesday, our new series where we show…

Argus Leader Interview-5/1/1987

I was drawn to this article because of it being at a late stage of Doug’s magic career. It even begins with the interviewer asking about his opinion of Penn and Teller, and Doug’s view of them. Clearly they were the new kids on the magic block in the late 1980s. Times were clearly changing …

Earth, Wind, & Fire Thank You to Doug- Ebay Item

For all you collectors out there, I just came across this unseen item today on Ebay. As you can see, this 1978 trade magazine advertisement was from the popular band Earth, Wind, and Fire thanking Doug for creating illusions for their tour. It also works well as a double promotion for Doug’s then upcoming “World…

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…

1979 Minolta Newspaper Ad

I’m sure many of you have seen the Minolta camera television commercial that Doug did in conjunction with this campaign. The commercial itself is a lot of fun, while this newspaper caricature is a little, how do I put this, interesting to say the least. To compare the two, here’s the original once again in…

Vintage “Hendoo” For Hire Advertisement

This unique and very rare advertisement is from a time where a young Doug Henning was known as “Hendoo” and he hadn’t taken the world by sensation.  Not yet anyway. Rather than just doing a straight classified, Doug employed this nifty visual to draw potential customers in. Do you see it? Look one way and…