Spellbound – The Wonder-filled Life of Doug Henning
by John Harrison
We read this book, and could not put it down. John Harrison traces Doug Henning’s stunning rise to fame from his humble beginnings in the Toronto coffeehouse circuit to his fantastic success as the world’s first celebrity magician in fifty years. It is an engaging story about the making of a master illusionist and his unrelenting search for real magic.
From the highest rated magic television special in history, to three Broadway shows, to a decade of touring, John Harrison takes us on a backstage tour of Doug’s performing life and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the mysterious world of grand illusion. All of Doug’s astounding feats, like making an elephant vanish and walking through a brick wall, are featured in this engaging biography of a man who believed he would one day be able to levitate without resorting to his illusionist’s bag of tricks.
As amazing as his onstage life, Doug Henning’s journey through the bizarre world of transcendental meditation and his brush with politics are told with equal intrigue.
The book is as exciting as Doug Henning’s miracles themselves, filled with captivating adventures, like Doug’s harrowing moments while submerged upside down in Houdini’s Water Torture Cell on live television, his several heart-stopping incidents with rampaging tigers, and his attempt to build an amusement park in Niagara Falls.
From his first magic trick – making a quarter disappear – to his eventual retirement from the stage at the height of his career, the fantastic life and career of Doug Henning come vividly to life in this magical biography.
(Hardbound with dust jacket- 424 pages)
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