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Illusion77
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I'd love to hear any memories of those who saw Doug Henning perform live and which illusions stood out to you, even to this day. Also, any stories of meeting Doug after the show would be fantastic to hear as well. Thanks!
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When I was working in Walt Disney World EPCOT ( good friend Bev Bergeron invited Wife and self to come to WDW)- in the 80'90's my Mgr. knew I did Magic as an Ad-Vocation and had me go over to the United Kingdom Unit to asst Doug the day he was there - Don't exactly remember what he did -though did remember Doug was like a Big Kid. Ralph
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If you’re a member of the I.B.M. there are interesting stories each month in the Linking Ring about Doug Henning. David Ginn has been sharing his journal about his time with Doug when they traveled Europe back in late 60’s or early 70’s. This was way before they both hit the big time. Definitely worth checking out.
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84, in magic 75 years - very little now -mostly Vent (lighter to carry - LOL). Member of Calif. SAM#22, 35 years - one of the first 1000 members of the Magic Castle (Milt and Bill Larsen our Sponsors). Raised in Canoga Park, Calif 1937 - 1956. Own Family in Van Nuys, Calif. Then later, Florida and retired from WDW. And living still, 20 minutes from WDW. RR
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I saw Doug live in the short lived Broadway production of Merlin with Chita Rivera. This was 1983 I believe and I recall liking the show. Doug was energetic and enthusiastic! I can't recall too much of the magic, but one standout was when he was on a horse and they got hoisted in a cage high above the stage. The cage fell apart and they were gone! I've seen other versions of this over the years but can't recall what the illusion is known by.

Also even though I wasn't in the audience, I can remember watching Doug's live TV specials with my little brother, so that sorta counts!
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On Dec 13, 2021, GlennLawrence wrote:
...I can't recall too much of the magic, but one standout was when he was on a horse and they got hoisted in a cage high above the stage. The cage fell apart and they were gone! I've seen other versions of this over the years but can't recall what the illusion is known by...


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I saw Doug live in Akron, Ohio. This was the post Magic Show college tours. He was very personable as I interviewed him for TOPS magazine. He tipped his upcoming elephant vanish in his next special. I was the first to break the story. I shot a lot of black and white photos of the show. I made 11x14 prints of some of the routines but never got a chance to get him to sign them. It was not a a heavy show. Misnamed lady, sub trunk, Linking Rings and broom suspension but Doug personality was amazing.
I have a photo of him signing a NBC press release photo in front of the Houdini poster. It was from his first special. No doubt it is his signature and I am also in the picture as a buddy snapped the photo.
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Thanks everyone for the great stories! More are always welcome also
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I'd love to hear more from anyone who saw Doug's final tour in 1987 and if anyone remembers specific details on those shows.
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Big Doug Henning fan my brother and I drove from Chico California to Reno to see Doug Henning lives when it came to the place where he picked his volunteer to perform the linking rings he picked me I went up on stage there were 2000 people in the audience and I stood there while Doug performed the linking rings and I assist him. It was the thrill of my life I waited afterwards and met him it was very short said hello I did not get a picture with him because I didn’t have a camera . Many years later I was working at Warner Bros. Studios and who drove in on the lot was Doug Henning I helped him find a producers office he was looking for .I am still a big Doug Henning fan. I have a small museum in Austin.We have one of his jackets and a rubber mask he used in one of his TV specials. www.Magicstheater.com
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Thanks for the great story!
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Ford Theater in Detroit 1976 (?) with juggler Michael Marlin opening.
Doug did things that go bump in the night with the tiger appearance.
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On Mar 8, 2022, Jerskin wrote:
Ford Theater in Detroit 1976 (?) with juggler Michael Marlin opening.
Doug did things that go bump in the night with the tiger appearance.

He was also there in the early 80s too.
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I'd love to hear any more stories from people who saw Doug live.
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On another note, is there anyone who saw Doug's final show in the summer of 1987, before going into retirement?
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