This page is proudly dedicated to the memory of Doug Henning

Douglas James Henning was born May 3, 1947 in Fort Garry/Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
He died February 7th, 2000 with complications of liver cancer in Los Angeles, California.

During his career he was also known as “The Great Hendoo” and “Magician: Have Rabbit, will travel”

Graduated Honors, B.Sc. in Physiological Psychology McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
Received his Doctoral degree in the Science of Creative Intelligence M.E.R.U. Switzerland.

He married Debby (Douillard) December 1981 in Fairfield, Iowa.

Some of his accomplishments:-
Spellbound at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto
The Magic Show, Cort Theatre, Broadway, New York, May 1974
Merlin, Broadway, New York opened February 13th, 1983
Doug Henning’s World Of Magic, Broadway, New York 1984

Television Specials include:-
Doug Henning’s World Of Magic December 26th, 1975
Doug Henning’s World Of Magic December 1976
Doug Henning’s World Of Magic December 1977
Doug Henning’s World Of Magic December 14th, 1978
Doug Henning’s World Of Magic 1979
Doug Henning’s World Of Magic February 15th, 1980
Doug Henning’s World Of Magic 1981
Doug Henning’s World Of Magic 1982
Doug Henning: Magic On Broadway 1983


Co-wrote “Houdini – His Legend and His Magic”with Charles Reynolds, 1977

Cover of Genie Magazine, February, 1974
Cover of Genie Magazine, February, 1976
Cover of Genie Magazine, February, 1978
“Time” magazine 5 page story
“The Magic Boom: New Sorcery” 1974

Television Appearances:-

The Tonight Show Staring Johnny Carson
Commercial spokesman for, Minolta, T.W.A., and Chrysler.

Special Appearances:-

Sole entertainer at President Regan’s Senior Staff Christmas Party 1986, White House.
1986, sold his illusions to other magicians including David Copperfield
Retired from Magic 1987
Spellbound… world’s first rock-opera/magic show Produced by Ivan Reitman Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto
The Magic Show opened May 1974, Cort Theatre, New york

Merlin opened February 13th, 1983, closed August 7, 1983 Mark Hellinger Theatre
199 Performances 69 Previews.
Set One-Week box office record at Mark Hellinger Theatre…

Doug Henning’s World Of Magic…
Television Specials…
1975, Performed “Fickle Nickle”
1977, Hosted by Glen Cambell, with Sandy Duncan + Ricky Jay at the Las Vegas Hilton, Sahara, Tahoe
Only magician in history to receive Canada Arts Council Grant to study magic
Teachers: Dai Vernon/Los Angeles California, U.S.A. and Slydini, New York,New York, U.S.A.
Awards: “Georgie”- Entertainer of The Year (American Guild Of Variety Artists)
Magician of The Year – Magic Castle
Recently honoured by IBM, Ring 49, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Named, “The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club” in Doug’s Honour
2001 – Magic community starts movement to have Doug Henning inducted to Canada’s Walk Of Fame

Congratulatory Notes

September 14, 2000
International President
International Brotherhood Of Magicians
Jack K. Greenberg…

“The News of your renaming Ring 49 to honour Doug Henning is of great significance to the I.B.M. and you are to be congratulated for your selection and for your leadership toward spearheading this important event.

Hamilton, Ontario and Canada have every reason to be proud of your Ring and its contribition to the art of magic.

Congratulations to you and to the officers and members of your Ring…

The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club is about to make it’s mark and it is destined to perpetuate the excellence and the magical artistry of the warm gentleman for whom the Ring is newly named.”


Jack K. Greenberg

International President

International Brotherhood Of Magicians

September 19, 2000
National President S.A.M.
Jann Wherry Goodsell…

“Doug Henning gave magic back to the world. When our art lay almost forgotten, Doug took it, like dust in his hands and created a new world of wonder. He deserves the honor, albeit posthumously, of having a Ring named after him.”

Jann Wherry Goodsell
President, S.A.M.

September 14, 2000
TVP Ontario
International Brotherhood of Magicians
Joan Caesar…

“Congratulations, Sandy. You took the bull by the horns and did a great job. You always do.”

Cheers, Joan

September 11, 2000
Ring Reports Editor IBM
Roy Barnes…

“Sandy, that sounds like a fitting tribute to me.


September 11, 2000
Editor, The Linking Ring
Phil Willmarth…

“What took you so long?”

September 15, 2000
Information For Canadian Magicians Web Site
Doug Cuff…

“I thank you and I congratulate you for honouring Mr Henning in this way.”