eBay Week: 1977 “World of Magic” Doug and Earth Press Photo

Doug literally goes global in this little seen press photo publicizing 1977’s “World of Magic.” I have to admit, I’ve seen many, many photos of Doug in my time. But, this one is a first even for me. Its odd choice of having Doug ominously standing over the Earth with beams shooting out of his…

Merv Griffin Photo-Doug, Burt Reynolds, and the Maharishi

The rare above photo features Doug on the Merv Griffin show in Autumn of 1977. Sitting with Doug is the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and…Burt Reynolds. While I have not seen this particular appearance, my guess is that a discussion about Transcendental Meditation was on everyone’s lips that day.  Based on his expression, does anyone care to…

At Home with Amy Sedaris- Lance Henning Appearance

Comedian Amy Sedaris and Doug Henning are two names you probably wouldn’t think of as going hand in hand. But, Amy and “Lance” Henning recently cooked up some “magical” dishes on a recent episode of  TruTv’s “At Home with Amy Sedaris.” Whether, “Lance” has as much “wonder” as his more famous clone is up for…

Doug and Barbara Walters-Full Photo

The above photo comes from a July 16, 1974 appearance of Doug on a Barbara Walters NBC program titled “Not for Women Only.” While actual footage from this program isn’t readily available, this photo certainly gives you a taste of Doug utilizing Walters in the sawing illusion. as featured in “The Magic Show.” While I…

“Beyond Reason”-CBC Game Show Pilot Clip

The clip featured in today’s post originally aired on June 1, 1977. In it, Doug finds himself on a sort of psychic “Dating Game” called “Beyond Reason.” While shielded from view, several psychics try to guess who the mystery guest (Doug) is in a limited amount of time.  I’ll leave it up to you as…

“Merlin” CBC Television Interview

It’s not often you get a television interview that begins with a napkin illusion and ends with a harrowing tale of a tiger’s teeth gripping your neck.  However, that’s what you get with this lively CBC interview that Doug gave around the time of “Merlin.” If you can make your way through the haze of…

James Randi’s “World of Wizards”- Doug Appearance

Before we deep dive back into Dave Collier’s spectacular photos, I wanted to share with you this great special I found on You Tube’s “Sleight of Direction” Channel. Dating back to 1976, James (The Amazing) Randi’s hosts the TV special “World of Wizards,” and boy does it have some of the greats! But, most of…

Osmond Family Christmas Special Appearance

Hey it’s Monday here at “The Doug Henning Project!” To wipe that weekend haze from your eyes, let’s spread some post-Christmas cheer with Doug’s appearance on the 1980’s”Osmond Family Christmas Special.” While Doug’s main close-up magic segment begins at the 16 minute mark, he also appears at the show’s beginning and end to spread some…

Grand Illusions: Doug Segment

The above clip comes courtesy of Scott Wells of “The Magic Word Podcast.” It’s a brisk eight-minute biography of Doug from the 1998 multi-part documentary “Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic.” The segment itself is a an enjoyable jaunt through Doug life and career with commentary from such magic notables as Charles Reynolds, Jim Steinmeyer,…

Captain Kangaroo Appearance in Full

Way back when I began this website in 2017 (yes ages ago I know), I posted two rather grainy copies of Doug’s 1975 appearance on Bob Keeshan’s “Captain Kangaroo.” The clips were recorded off of someone’s TV and, to be truthful, were hard to really follow.  So, lo and behold, I recently came across this…

Ricky Jay Tribute

I’m sure the majority of you heard the sad news of Ricky Jay’s passing over the weekend. Jay’s contribution to the art of close up magic is immeasurable, and his loss to the art form will be felt for some time.  While Doug and Ricky weren’t alike on the surface, both shared an innate appreciation…

“World of Magic VII” Newspaper Ad

Hey Guys! Sorry for the delay in posts. I’ve been up to my neck in our current Indiegogo campaign.  Hey, so what better way to take a break with this vintage newspaper advertisement from “World of Magic VII?” The special, as you may remember, starred Doug and his guests Ann Jillian, Kaitlyn Jenner, Billy Crystal,…

World of Magic IV Animal Illusion

What better way to liven up your Sunday afternoon than with this vintage clip where Doug conjures up some adorable baby animals and, well, enough said? Original Air Date: February 15, 1981 ————————————————————————————– While you’re here, be sure to donate to my Indiegogo campaign for my feature length documentary “Doug Henning’s Magical World.” To view…

The Magic Show-Celestial Elevator

There’s nothing like a brief snippet from the TV version of “The Magic Show” to start the day off right! If all elevator rides were this fun…

Lion Tamer from “The Magic Show”

One of my favorite songs from The Magic Show is “Lion Tamer.” The song itself was composed by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), and originally performed by actress Dale Soules. However, this version is recreated by Didi Cohen (Grease) for the filmed version of the musical from the early 1980s.  It’s a simple, but heart warming…

Doug on Andy Williams?

Today’s post comes about from an email I recently received from Doug fan and ex-magic builder Russell Bruce. Here’s an excerpt: “A friend and I are really big fans of Dougs, and have been searching for anyone with a copy of Dougs appearance on the Andy Williams Show. In this appearance, they performed the opening…

Rare “World of Magic II” Pop Art Ad

You can chuck this advertisement into the “rare and obscure bin.” This was obviously made for “World of Magic II,” and truly combines the best of what 1970s pop art had to offer at the time. It takes a lot to make Doug Henning look frightening and, well, this comes pretty darn close.  Does anyone…

“Den of Tigers” Newspaper Ad

This creatively worded advertisement was for the final live “World of Magic” special. Originally broadcast on December 14, 1978, this special was plagued by numerous issues, not least of which was a tiger escaping through the halls of NBC . However, none of this chaos was visible to the holiday audiences at home, and from that…

Doug Henning CSPAN Talk on “The Natural Law Party”

I though I’d start this Monday on more of a tranquil note with Doug discussing the “Natural Law Party” and the benefits of Transcendental Meditation.  This short video, as you can imagine, is old and rare. So, if you’ll pardon its technical glitches, you’ll get a glimpse of Doug Henning at the time of “Veda…

1982 Cheerleader Cabinet Illusion

This illusion hails from the final “World of Magic” special, and features a variation on Guy Jarret’s original 21 person cabinet illusion. However, it wouldn’t be Doug Henning without some tweaks and flourishes courtesy of cheerleaders and a then Bruce Jenner. So, before the weekend starts, enjoy this very Doug Henning magical moment from 1982….

Original Magic Show TV Commercial from the Michael Grandinetti Collection

This  commercial featured above was originally broadcast on October 10, 1978, and features Doug’s replacement Joe Ablado in the lead role. While Doug may not appear in the ad itself, his presence can be felt in the poster, the songs, and of course the illusions themselves.  So, enjoy this rare bit of Broadway TV magicana,…

Indian Rope Trick Basket

Courtesy of Michael Whitecar’s vast collection comes another item sure to brighten up your Tuesday. It’s the basket from Doug’s Indian Rope Illusion as featured in “World of Magic VI!” Doug’s co-stars in this special were Marie Osmond, Shields and Yarnell, and (as featured above) a young Rick(y) Schroeder. Snakes not included…

Muppet Show Glittered Overalls

So totally by chance I posted the above picture in the banner of yesterday’s post. It’s from the opener of Doug’s guest appearance on “The Muppet Show.” You remember how those went right? (15 seconds to curtain Mr. Henning). Anyway, yesterday’s collector Michael Whitecar  quickly sent me another item from his collection that on closer…

The Sands of Egypt Footage

As we round out the week what better way to say goodbye than with the classic “Sands of Egypt” from “Word of Magic I?” The illusion is deceptive in its simpleness, and plays extremely well into the excitement of the evening. This excitement, in my opinion, is what makes this special so wonderful. The live…

Houdini Torture Cell Escape in Full

Clips from 1975’s “World of Magic 1” are a rarity on the internet. For some reason, every other one of Doug’s specials are available to find if you know where to look. But, “World of Magic 1” remains elusive at best…at least online (if you catch my meaning.)   It’s a shame really because in my…

The Return of Fridays with Doug!

This vintage “World of Magic II” newspaper advertisement comes courtesy of John Cox’s collection. It’s a great piece and it really shows off the spectacle of the special and the era very well.  My personal favorite element is that Doug appears ten times larger than the elephant itself and his right hand, well, graphic design…

Ricky Jay on “World of Magic II”

Doug’s friendship with esteemed magician Ricky Jay came to the forefront when Jay appeared on “World of Magic II” in 1976. The segment highlights Jay’s great skill at close up-magic and, of course, card throwing.  In the years since, Jay’s reputation has only grown and grown, especially with his play “Ricky Jay and his 52…

Doug and Debby: Morning Show Hosts!

Who’s up for a Detroit morning show from the 80s with Doug and Debby as fill in hosts?  I’m not sure exactly the history of Kelly and Co. or even how Doug and Debby wound up hosting it. But, every time I think I’ve seen everything there is to see about Doug on You Tube…

Trunk Illusion Disclaimer

Dear Readers, Recently, some visitors to the site have expressed concerns about this week of Trunk Illusion posts, and whether I am exposing magic secrets. I just want to be clear to everyone that this was made with the full approval of John Gaughan who built the illusion in 1978 and currently owns it. He was very much…