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Thanks Pete;
Doug was my favorite. We lost him way too soon.
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Thanks again, Pete. I, too, loved Doug Henning. In fact, his TV specials were a very big part of what got me interested in magic when I was a kid.
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Thank you, Pete Biro!
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Wow! That brings back memories.
It looks like Doug was using an Al Wheatley cup in that clip, but by that time, it might have been a Ken Brooke cup. I can barely tell them apart.
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It might be a Ken Brooke cup as Charles Reynolds was Doug's main consultant and Charlie was into the Ken's material.
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Thanks Pete. Great routine.

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The guy who commented "that neil peart, always performing" cracked me up.
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Great magician, magic & memories!

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I would say he was using the Ken Brooke Chop Cup, although mine came with white balls. His routine does follow the Ken Brooke instruction. Again, though, Ken Brooke developed his rouine from the Larry Jennings Routine published in Genii way back when.

I have a Al Wheatley Cup, and Doug's did not have the longer bend to turned mouth. I also had a Ken Brooke Cup, which is long been sold, as I choose to keep the Wheatly Cup. So someone has a Brooke Cup and does not know it. Ken Brookes was shorter then the Wheatly Cup.
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Ken sold the taller cup, which Paul Daniels still uses.
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What I appreciate is CONTEXT.
Doug thought about his magic, and created a “theatrical logic” for his magic.
The idea that he was in Central Park added a huge esthetic benefit,
and put the Cup and Ball theme in context.

The stone benches, and the “chess board” stone table created a visual ambiance,
that made sense and fit with what you might really see demonstrated in a park.

His handling was simple (mostly Don Alan/Brooke) light hearted, and elegant.
His surprise at the same surprises his audience saw added to the wonder.
The whole vignette was not about “moves” it was about Magic,
and therefore immensely entertaining to his viewers.

That’s my two-cents on the clip anyway.
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I would have to agree with Spellbinder that much of what made Doug Henning the magnificent performer that he was is that everything he did evoked a sense of wonder. He always seemed even more surprised than his audience at the magic he created. That, to me, was his brilliance.
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Doug's chief adviser, Charles Reynold's one tole me, "Douglas really believes there is a Unicorn in his garden."
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My chop cup looks a lot like that one. I am sad to say though I haven't seen this before, so thanks a lot for sharing this!
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Ken continued to issue the longer style cup after Wheatley discontinued them. Later, he started selling the "stubby" version. I don't have an exact chronology on this, but I do know how to tell them apart. The secret is in the bottom of the cup. The edge on the Ken Brooke model is thicker.
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So good to see the footage again, thanks for the link.
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This footage always inspires me
Doug Henning was a great magician.
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I love the mna`s work and I loved to read his book! Doug`s magic was one, if not, the best magic one could experience. It seemd that he really believed what he was doing! Quite amazing... I have a DVD with 4 hours of only Doug performing... Magic done in the old good way. He left us too soon indeed
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Nice. Thanks, Pete.
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