National Magic Week is almost over – this last night before Halloween – and then this magical week disappears. Until next year.
So, continuing with my three Horsemen of Magic (Houdin – Henning – Houdini) homage, I find the next one – Doug Henning (1947-2000) – to be very special.
I remember watching his first NBC TV special LIVE on December 26, 1975- and he was pure magic. And when that colossal tiger magically appeared live on TV – well it blew everyone away. As was Doug’s style.
And his style was the magic that changed magical history, just like Robert-Houdin.
Prior to Doug’s appearance in the 1970’s magicians were all top hats, tailcoats and very predictable, sophisticated presentations.
Then there was Doug Henning – long hair, dressing like a hippie, and performing magic in a rock style. He reinvented – he was different and took “the scene” by storm.
Numerous NBC TV specials – Broadway Musicals – Live Touring – Making Magic New and Special Again to audiences everywhere.
He started the chain reaction that led to the incredible magicians to follow.
Thank you, Doug Henning.