The Tonight Show: Martin Short

Well, dear readers, unless I uncover some other nugget hidden under a rock somewhere, this 43 second clip may indeed be the last of Martin Short’s Doug impersonation available on the internet. Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” is the stuff of legend, and as you’ll see Short’s impersonation of Doug brings Carson to hysterics. The clip as…

I.B.M. Winnipeg Plaque Rededication Ceremony

June 6th is known as “Magic Day” in Winnipeg, Canada. It’s also a date the commemorates the founding of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in 1922. How does Doug connect to all of this? Well, on June 6, 1986 Doug participated in an appropriately flashy dedication of a plaque at the Brotherhood’s old Winnipeg headquarters…

Doug Henning and His World of Envelopes

If you thought that I had uncovered all of “Doug Henning’s Magic, Inc.’s” mailing envelopes. Think again. If you had written Doug in July of 1982, this is what would be coming your way. Granted, this one isn’t as magical themed or flashy as the others. In fact, it’s really not. But, hey you get…

Spanish Language “Magic Show” Poster

The images below are from a Spanish language production of “The Magic Show” that appears to have been from 1975 (month/dates unknown.)  The production also starred popular Mexican actor and comedian Manuel Valdes (1931-2020), listed here as Manuel “Loco” Valdes. However, anything past this is up to your imagination, as photos from the production itself…

CBS Morning News: Doug and Maria Shriver

The above clip ties in nicely with the “BBC History of Magic” post that I had put up a couple days ago. In fact, it’s an expanded version of an interview clip featured within that original special’s segment on Doug.  Found now on Bill Green’s You Tube Channel, Doug performs a whimsical illusion with a…

BBC History of Magic: Disappearances-Doug Segment

The above Doug segment comes from a 2004 BBC multi-part series called the “BBC History of Magic.” Each episode profiled an individual aspect of the art form, and this one was dedicated to magic’s most endearing illusion “Disappearances.” The Doug segment, while brief, has some rarely seen interviews with designer John Gaughan and consultant/author Charles…

Barbara Walters Program: James Randi, Mark Wilson, and Doug

The above rare clips come from the James Randi Foundation, and features commentary from the Amazing Randi himself. The clips in question hail from his appearance on the Barbara Walters morning program “Not For Women Only.” While the program featured Randi and “psychic” Uri Geller predominantly, Doug is seen throughout observing on the side with…

1985 “Saturday Night Live” Martin Short Sketch

While we’re on the topic of some Martin Short parodies, I wanted to revisit a “Saturday Night Live” 1985 sketch that I tried to post way back in 2019. At the time, this link was on the NBC website, but it has since been taken down. So, imagine my surprise when I recently found it…

Harry Shearer “The Magic of Live” HBO Special feat. Martin Short

The above clip comes from comedian Harry Shearer’s 1988 “Magic of Live” HBO special. Shearer, of “Spinal Tap, “Simpsons,” and “Saturday Night Live” fame, brings to life this detailed parody of a David Copperfield television special like no one else.  If that weren’t enough, the finale of the sketch brings Shearer’s Copperfield to the mythical…

Man Alive: “Spellbound: The Magician and the Maharishi” Documentary

I just found this ultra rare documentary from 1992 today, and I’m going to guess that not many people out there have seen it as well.  “Man Alive” focuses on Doug and his interest in Transcendental Mediation. It’s one of the more detailed television pieces I’ve seen with Doug discussing the topic along with Debby. …

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…

“Magic on Broadway” NBC Commercial

It’s a blink and you’ll miss it moment from TV’s yesteryear. In this brief clip, Doug’s final special “Magic on Broadway” is promoted on NBC. Anybody else out there miss commercials like these?  Original Commercial Air Date: November 12, 1982

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’s Fan Club HQ Today

One of my favorite things to do is researching old buildings that famous people, or their companies once inhabited. Yesterday’s post regarding Doug’s old fan club got my wheels turning. While I have seen Doug’s Van Nuys headquarters on Valjean Avenue in person before, his fan club’s offices on Odessa Street are a mystery to…

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…

World of Magic ’82-Chocolate Milk Illusion

When you think of magic, who doesn’t think of chocolate milk?  In this clip from the final “World of Magic” special, Doug entertains guests Anne Jillian, Cherish  Alexander, Debby Henning, and Kaitlyn Jenner while magically serving them ever expanding glasses of chocolate milk. The theme of the show was Doug’s magical house, and while magic…

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. …