Doug Henning

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Full NameDouglas James Henning
Date of BirthMay 3, 1947
Place of BirthWinnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Date of DeathFebruary 7, 2000
Place of DeathLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationMagician, illusionist, escape artist, politician
Spouses– Barbara De Angelis (married 1977, divorced 1981)
– Debby Douillard (married 1981)
Net Worth$8 million
Early Life– Began practicing magic at Oakenwald School in Fort Garry, Manitoba, Canada
– Became interested in magic after seeing Peruvian magician Richiardi Jr. perform on The Ed Sullivan Show
– Enrolled at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, to study psychology
Career– Worked at Toronto International Airport before forming the partnership of Henning and Mars and performing at local bars and nightclubs
– Awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant for a one-year study of the art of magic
– Studied mime under Adrian Pecknold and dance with a Canadian choreographer
– Traveled to Hollywood to study with magician Dai Vernon and later with Slydini
– Developed a live theatrical show, “Spellbound,” written by David Cronenberg and directed by Ivan Reitman
– Combined dramatic storytelling and magic in his performances

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