Is It a Magic Show or a Fire?

Doug Henning tries to levitate a maundering musical

Merlin is a name to conjure with. He last appeared on Broadway in Camelot as the house magician, turning a common urchin into King Arthur. But playing the palace was nothing compared with his latest assignment. In a new show that bears his name, Merlin has been called on to change a dog into a hit.

From its earliest preview last December, this musical with magic found itself riddled with afflictions. Doug Henning, 35, may be America's premier illusionist,...

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