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…

John Gaughan: Trunk Illusion Insights

There’s really not too much that I can add to these proceedings, so I think its best if I just let John continue to do the talking.    Collapsed Trunk under Tabletop

Brooke Shields Trunk Illusion

On December 14, 1978 Doug Henning presented his fourth special “World of Magic” live on NBC. While this special is memorable for many reasons, one of the highlights was the reveal of his co-host for the evening Brooke Shields. For those who need a refresher please check out the first two minutes of the special…

Henning on Houdini Radio Interview

This audio clip comes courtesy of John Cox’s fabulous Wild About Harry website. In this radio interview from 1980, Doug discusses the first television special and the intense preparations that went into his escape from Houdini’s Water Torture Cell.  While it’s brief, it gives the listener a peek into Doug’s rehearsal process and the mystery…

Crystal Gale Special 1979

  Well, aren’t we on a television special roll this week? I particularly enjoyed this clip from a 1979 Crystal Gale television special because it sort of serves as a best of Doug Henning all wrapped up into one.  Granted, a lot of these illusions had been seen on Doug’s previous specials, but the lighting…