Doug Across America-Tour Clippings

In his career, Doug certainly got around. In between his immensely popular television specials, he kept up an almost constant touring schedule that included here, there, everywhere, and beyond. While we all know his famous stops on Broadway and the Pantages, the clippings shown below are a small sampling of Doug’s relentless travels through America!…

1986 Providence Performing Arts Ctr. Ad

Recently Michael Whitecar was kind enough to pass on this item from his collection to me. I had been wondering what the year may have been for this appearance, but I suspected it was from Doug’s last and smaller tour.  Then I remembered a couple years ago I posted a commercial of a later tour,…

Peter DePaula Playbills and Magazines!

Today’s post is dedicated an unsung hero in the history of “The Magic Show.” When the time came for the production to tour, it was obvious to everyone that Doug wasn’t going to be the one to do it. Enter touring understudy extraordinaire, Peter DePaula. While a tour of Australia never panned out, DePaula (handpicked…

Doug Live in Omaha (1981) Footage

For all those who weren’t around to see Doug perform live (like yours truly,) this footage is a nice, nearly fourteen minute slice of Doug in his 1981 prime in Omaha.  As always, sorry about the picture and sound quality. But hey, it’s Doug, and his stage presence and energy brilliantly shine through thirty-eight year…

Vintage 1985 Variety Ad

This ad was featured in Variety on October 16, 1985 and, as you can read, thanks Doug for 8 successful shows at the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto. Doug was always a powerhouse touring machine, and this ad proves that well into the 1980s he was still highly in demand.  Anyone out there want to tackle how…

Tour and Show T-Shirts: Part One

Enjoy this plethora of vintage Henning T-shirt swag courtesy of Michael Whitecar. As you can see, each one truly represents a unique era and phase of Doug’s career.  Collect that All!

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…

Pantages Performance Memorabilia!

The above item comes from the collection of  John Cox (Wild About Harry), and gives us a glimpse of the promotion and ticketing of Doug’s 1981 performances at the Pantages. John himself was at one of these shows,  and as he told “The Doug Henning Project” last year: “It was amazing. I wish I had…

Last Tour Program: Part One

This item recently came my way from a magical tool called “Ebay!” Maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s the program from Doug’s last substantial tour, and it’s a really fascinating piece for many reasons. Not least of which are the pictures which are worth the price alone.  It’s sort of a rundown of the Best…

1980s Indianapolis Show Photos

These photos come courtesy of Thomas Ewing and are candid shots of a 1980s show in Indianapolis. As you can see, the last three photos feature a juggler whose name is lost to history, but boy does he seem to be giving it his all.  Thomas explained to me that the audience was requested not…

Doug and The Washington Post: Part Two

“The Spellbound World of Doug Henning” by Richard Harrington June 9, 1982 After graduation from college with a degree in physiological psychology, Henning traveled all over Canada and the United States searching out masters who could teach a young Doug old tricks; post-graduate work included opening for Canadian rock groups. He soon found backers for…

Doug and The Washington Post

I just came across this treat of a “Washington Post” interview I think everyone will enjoy. It was published on June 9, 1982 and takes place right before Doug was winding down touring to concentrate on the creation of “Merlin.” Compared to other interviews I’ve read it really delves deeply into Doug’s thoughts on the…

Doug, Mars, and the North Pole

  This rare newspaper article is notable for a number of reasons. Mainly, it profiles Doug and his then partner, Mars Barrick, embarking on their fabled 1971 journey to perform for Canadian Armed Forces 200 miles from the North Pole. The “Snowball Safari,” as it was called, featured 25 entertainers and it was here that Doug’s…

Backstage Pass!

This item was sent to me recently by Steve Zigmont. It was taken from the backstage wall at the Fox Theater in St. Louis. Normally with touring shows it is common for every production to leave a drawing or stencil as a permanent reminder that they were there. However, the year of this drawing and…