Henning, Doug

In-person signature of the colorful 1970’s & 80’s Canadian magician & showman

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(1947-2000) Canadian-born magician/showman, credited with single-handedly reviving public interest in magic by updating it and combining it with music, comedy, and flashy costumes to make it attractive to a whole new generation. Starred in musical “The Magic Show” and his “Doug Henning’s World of Magic” shows, hosted popular television magic specials. With the intention of returning magic to its “glory days”, he worked to perfect his craft. He developed a live theatrical show, “”Spellbound”, directed by Ivan Reitman, music by Howard Shore, a musical that combined a dramatic story and Henning's magic tricks. The show opened in Toronto and broke box office records. Henning reworked the show after catching the attention of New York producers, and took it to Broadway as “The Magic Show”, with songs composed by Stephen Schwartz. Debuting in 1974, the show ran for 4 ½ years, and earned Henning a Tony nomination. Following his Broadway success, Henning approached NBC about producing a television special and when Henning suggested he would reproduce live Houdini's famous and highly dangerous water torture escape — for the first time since Houdini performed it himself —NBC executives signed him. Henning spent the next 8 months reworking his stage act for TV and practicing the water torture escape act. More than 50 million viewers tuned in for the December 1975 broadcast of “Doug Henning's World of Magic” hosted by Bill Cosby. he successfully performed the water torture illusion, but did not break Houdini's time record. This was the first of 7 annual broadcasts which that brought Henning 7 Emmy nominations, including 2 back-to-back in 1976 & 1977 for “World Of Magic.” In 1977, Henning co-wrote a biography of Houdini, “Houdini: His Legend and His Magic”. He created illusions for a 1979 Earth, Wind and Fire tour and for 2 of Michael Jackson's concerts, including his 1984 “Victory Tour”. In 1983, Henning was producer and star of the Broadway musical, “Merlin”. In 1984, he began a solo show on Broadway, “Doug Henning and His World of Magic”. He retired in the mid-1980s, selling some of his most famous illusions to David Copperfield. By then he had an increasing interest in Transcendental Meditation. He received a Ph.D in the Science of Creative Intelligence from the Maharishi University in Switzerland. In 1992, Henning was a Natural Law Party candidate in the UK general election, contesting the Parliamentary constituency of Blackpool South in Lancashire and finished 4th of 4 candidates, polling 173 votes. He was Senior Vice President of the Natural Law Party of Canada ("NLPC"), and ran as the Party's candidate for the former Toronto riding of Rosedale in the 1993 federal election, finishing 6th of 10 candidates. In 1992, Henning and Transcendental Meditation founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi drafted plans for a $1.5 billion-dollar project called "Maharishi Veda Land" near Niagara Falls, Ontario that would "combine astonishing, unique visual and sensory effects, state-of-the-art 3D imagery, and ultra high-tech entertainment technology with his best and most original magic illusion secrets". Diagnosed with liver cancer 1999, died February 2000. On June 8, 2010, he received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. His "Zig Zag Girl" illusion is housed at the American Museum of Magic. 4 ½ x 6 autograph album page inscribed with sentiment (“Magically”) and signed

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