The Theater: PRESTO!

THE MAGIC SHOW

Book by BOB RANDALL

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ

and DOUG HENNING

Oldtime magicians seemed to breathe the hooded air of the occult. They were like satanists in white ties. Canadian-born Doug Henning, 27, is not at all like that. Physically wispy, amiably diffident and almost self-surprised, he creates the impression of a boyish Walter Mitty who imagines that he could be a magician.

Nothing could be more misleading. Henning is a master illusionist. Traditionally, he saws a woman in half, and the boxed halves are trolleyed on-and offstage during a...

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