Alternative Christmas Wreath Publicity Photos

Is this thing on? After a two week absence,” The Doug Henning Project” is back and ready for action! I apologize for the delay, but with work and further filming of my Doug documentary things became a little hectic to say the least.  Anyway, what better way to start than with a little Christmas in…

I.B.M. Plaque Unveiling Color Photos

The following photographs come from the collection of Dean Gunnarson, and feature Doug at the 1986 plaque unveiling ceremony commemorating the first location of the I.B.M headquarters in Winnipeg. For those unfamiliar, I.B.M. is the abbreviation for the esteemed organization the “International Brotherhood of Magicians.”  While I have featured this event before, never have I…

Rare Doug, Debby, and Shirley Henning Photo

The above photo was sent to me recently, and what a find it is! The exact year and circumstances are unknown to me, but it certainly is rare to find Doug in such a candid photo with Debby (Left) and his mother Shirley (Right). If anyone knows the background of this photo feel free to…

Dave Collier 1978 Photos: Medieval and Ancient Egypt Illusions

In this special, Doug, Brooke Shields, and Tom Bosley seem to literally time travel to different points in history to perform illusions. Why? Well, these are the kinds of things that happen in 1970s prime time variety specials.  Anyway, the concept leant itself to some really beautiful set pieces and costumes that are still memorable…

Dave Collier “World of Magic 1” Photos: Doug, Gene Kelly, and the Cast

Doug’s grand escape from Houdini’s “Water Torture Cell” still is ranked as one of the greatest television magic finales of all time.  It even left Gene Kelly speechless enough to lose track of his cue cards. As you can see from these photos, the excitement of the evening even went right through to the curtain call…

Dave Collier “World of Magic 1” Photos

I apologize for not posting in a bit, but what I’ve been given access to will certainly make up for it. Recently, photographer Dave Collier and Magic Castle librarian Bill Goodwin have graciously granted me access to a treasure trove of never before seen photos. As you will see, these represent Doug behind and in…

S.E. Giesbrecht Flaming Hoop Print

Today’s item resides, well, right above my writing desk. Now I can’t claim I have anywhere near the Henning collections that some people have. However, this S. E. Giesbrecht print was given to me this year while conducting an interview for my upcoming documentary on Doug’s life.  From what was told to me, these were…

Never Before Seen Backstage Production Photos

The pictures featured below are a hodgepodge of never before seen production photos from “World of Magic 6 and 7,” as well as the filmed version of “The Magic Show.”  All of them really give a nice snapshot (no pun intended) into what went into making these legendary specials.  Special Thanks to Steve Zigmont-Doug Henning…

Another Random Doug Sighting!

This photo hails from Doug fan Jeff Horton and was taken at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT in the mid-1980s.  I’ll let Jeff elaborate on the events that led up to this: “Doug was unable to say hello to a group of magicians outside of the Bushnell theater in Hartford, CT earlier…

Rare Photo Wednesday!

For all those looking to get past the Wednesday doldrums, enjoy these vintage pictures from Doug’s always busy life!

Never Before Seen 1970s Performance Photos

Today’s incredible and previously unseen pictures come from photographer Frank Zak, and feature a mid-1970s performance in Pittsburgh. What’s stunning for me is their clarity and detail. You really do feel like you’re in the front row, or perhaps even on the stage itself.  While I never had the opportunity to see Doug perform live myself,…

Doug and Muhammad Ali Photos

I recently came across these rare photos of Doug performing tricks for Muhammad Ali in the ring. Based on the fact that there was a lion present, I don’t think this was a real boxing match. However, Ali himself was a big fan of magic, and was known to bring cards and coins with him…

Obscure Photos!

It’s Throwback Thursday here at “The Doug Henning Project.” What better way to celebrate it than with some obscure and off the beaten path photos that can only be found on this contraption called the internet? So, without further ado…

Vintage After Performance Photos!

Recently I had the pleasure of having magician Ken McCreedy send me some candid photos that he snapped in the 1970s and 1980s. Since I started the website, I’ve really enjoyed having Doug’s fans send me after performance photos. No two are ever the same, and they really speak volumes to how available Doug was…

David Charvet’s Doug Henning Photo Collection

In addition to giving a great interview, David also provided me with a trove of pictures illustrating the process in setting up the interview with Doug, a gift Doug gave him, and items from Doug’s memorial service in Beverly Hills. All of these really do paint a unique and touching picture of David’s interactions with Doug…

More Never Before Seen Pictures!

Boy do I have a treat for you! Over the next couple days I will be presenting extremely rare and candid shots of Doug and his crew preparing for “The Magic Show” television movie along with various NBC specials.  These photos not only show us the meticulous planning that went into every project, but also…

“Electric Company” Cover!

This famous picture taken at New York’s  World Trade Center was for the June, 1976 issue of “The Electric Company Magazine.”  At the time, this feat was billed as the highest levitation attempt in history and was submitted to the “Guinness Book of World Records.” Whether it won or not is anyone’s guess.  However, most…

Houdini: His Legend and His Magic Part Three

The following represents some of the best items in the book in terms candid shots of Houdini and Bess, formal portraits, and newspaper coverage of Houdini’s death in 1926. It’s also refreshing to see Bess and Harry as they really were on vacation and away from the spotlight. Upon seeing them for the first time as…