Magic Collector’s Corner Halloween Special Tonight!

As we head into Halloween tomorrow, what better time to join David Sandy and Lance Rich for another installment of their excellent “Magic Collectors’ Corner” Zoom events? Tonight’s installment will be taking place live from Harry Houdini’s actual house in New York City. Last year, I had the pleasure of touring the house, and I…

World of Magic ’81-Shields and Yarnell Levitation Appearance in Full

In continuing this week’s two-day festival of 1970s/80s  guest appearances, I give you “World of Magic ’81” with Shields and Yarnell.  It’s not often these days that mimes get featured on TV as much as this pair did. But, the 1970s and 80s were a unique time on television, and Robert Shields and Lorene Yarnell…

“World of Magic: 1975 and 1977” For Sale on DVD

For all those that may not have some of the “World of Magic” specials you’re in luck. Thomas Film Classics is offering the ’75 and ’77 specials to purchase on DVD. I can vouch for the fact that these dubs look pretty, pretty, good with all things considering. The 1975 special is the best looking…

Houdini’s Pocket Jack Knife Re-Discovered

The above photo was sent to me this week by Brian Lumley. As you probably already know, Brian was one of Doug’s primary assistants in the early years, and today is a treasure trove of Henning knowledge of that time.  Brian mentioned to me that he is moving, and recently unearthed this treasure that had…

“World of Magic 77”- Sandy Duncan Circus Sequence in Full

Today’s extended clip comes from “World of Magic’ 77,” and is lengthy. In fact, I wrestled with whether to show the whole thing as one, or break it up into separate clips. However, in re-watching the intricate nature of the whole sequence, I decided it would be a real disservice to it to show it…

I.B.M. Ring #26- 1975 “Magic of Manhattan” Program

The following 1975 program was sent to me from Glen Henry, and showcases an evening of magic from I.B.M #26 out of New York that culminated with an award givento Doug for his contribution to magic.  It’s slickly designed cover, and an impressive roster of magicians to boot. If that weren’t good enough, Doug even…

One Ahead Article-Why Should Magicians Know About Glenn Priest?

I just wanted to let you all know about a very good article that was published October 4th on the “One Ahead” blog. Profiling Doug’s right hand man Glenn Priest, the article takes an in depth look at Glenn’s life and career. Writer Chris Pilsworth does an excellent job fleshing out this enigmatic figure who…

Doug TV Rehearsal Space Photo-1976

Hey Everyone! My apologies for the unexpected two- week break. Life, a new baby, and work got the better of things…as they can do. But, I’m rested, relaxed, and ready to give you the best in all things Henning.  For starters, Brian Lumley recently provided me with this truly great candid photo. Taken during rehearsals…

NY Sunday News-1974 “Magic Show” Sunday Spread

The above page comes from a 1974 “New York Sunday News” newspaper spread. In it, Doug is interviewed, while giving kids a lesson in magic. It’s a fun piece, and a nice representation on how “The Magic Show” was promoting itself during its very first holiday season.  As the article itself is fairly intricate, I’ll…

OTB Newspaper Ad-1974/75?

The above advertisement for OTB (Off Track Betting) is certainly one of the most obscure ads that I’ve seen Doug appear in.  However, the story of how it ended up here is a unique one in itself. Author and psychologist, Richard Wiseman,  recently sent me a group of newspaper clippings he found in an old…

“Magic Show” Airing This Sunday (9/4/22) on RSU-TV

If there are any readers of the website in Claremore, Oklahoma, set your DVR for tomorrow night at 7pm. I just found out that “The Magic Show” TV movie will be played as part of RSU-TV’s “Digital Drive-in” showcase. The station itself is a PBS affiliate, and is on Channel 35.1.  This is certainly a…

Sept. 12th Cort Theatre Renaming

As mentioned back in March, the Cort Theatre is about to enter a new era. As of Monday, September 12th, the theater will be renamed after venerable actor and Sith Lord himself, James Earl Jones. The theater itself has been undergoing extensive renovations during COVID, and when I saw it last November you could barely…

“Illusion and Reality” Chicago Lecture-Mark Holstein Remembers

For those watching Sunday night’s “Magic Collector’s Corner” on Zoom, Mark Holstein briefly touched on Doug’s Chicago lecture “Illusion and Reality.” Along with Jay Marshal, it sounded like a really interesting and fun night for a variety of reasons. I asked Mark if he could elaborate on the evening for the website, and he was…

Doug Henning, Pizza Spokesman?

This internet ad made its way to me this morning, and brought a bit of a smile to my face. While the spokesperson in question isn’t implicitly Doug, it’s a little too coincidental to not think he has some fans over at Vevan Foods.  As Doug himself was always health conscious, I have a feeling…

Longview Daily News (12/19/1975)-World of Magic ’75

I like this vintage article for many reasons. Not least of which are the pictures which aren’t often seen. The one immediately below, and the two at the end, were taken while Doug was in rehearsals at 75 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan. I also enjoy how this article gives the show the gravity and respect…

Fan Art Tuesday!

I’ve posted a lot of Doug art culled from the internet over the years. However, this one is definitely in my top three, for sure. Mainly, because of its simplicity in capturing Doug’s likeness in a seemingly effortless fashion. There is no doubt that this is Doug Henning. From that twinkle in his eye, to…

MDA Telethon Appearance-August 31, 1975

Today’s video was recently posted on the MDA Telethon You Tube channel. It’s part of a playlist of magicians that appeared on Jerry Lewis’ eponymous telethon over the years. Of course, Doug had to make the cut! Originally broadcast on August 31, 1975, Doug appears with his “Magic Show” co-star Dale Soules. In it, the…

Houdini “Mother Scrapbook” Article Link

Today’s article link hails from John Cox excellent Houdini website Wild About Harry. The article itself deals with Houdini’s scrapbook, and how John was able to be its guardian for one weekend. I won’t get into too many details, but needless to say, Doug features into the article in an important way. In fact, without…

Eugene Register-Guard: April 25, 1976 (Electric Company Cover Article)

This is a nice little article from 1976. In it, details of the making of Doug’s iconic photo, levitating a woman on top of the World Trade Center, are revealed.  It’s truly a death defying photo, and leaves no doubt that for that moment Doug Henning was truly riding high!

“What We Hide: Doug’s Bump Bows” by Jim Steinmeyer

In keeping with last week’s post, I wanted to highlight another great Henning article that Jim Steinmeyer wrote for his blog.  It’s a fun piece profiling the origins of Doug’s closing tour music called “Bump Bows.” If you were lucky enough to see Doug live, maybe you remember it. If not, Jim even provides a…