A one-of-a-kind magical place you can only experience in Marshall, Michigan.
The American Museum of Magic was founded on April 1, 1978 by Bob and Elaine Lund. Born out of passion or obsession, Bob spent decades eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to collect the treasures now housed at 107 East Michigan Avenue.
Bob had no intention of opening a museum. He was spurred into action by threats from his wife Elaine who told him to either stop collecting or move to a bigger place. Not wanting to give up on collecting more treasure, Bob saved up enough money to buy the building, the historic building that still houses the American Museum of Magic.
Bob began collecting magician artifacts in the mid-1930s and continued until his death in 1995. The items he collected included props and posters of the world’s most talented and well-known musicians such as Harry Blackstone, Joseph Dunninger and Harry Houdini. Bob didn’t just collect memorabilia from famous magicians. He had thousands of items from unknown wizards and small towns.
Bob’s wife kept the museum going after his death, but soon found it difficult to keep up with the objects there, becoming increasingly disorganized. Luckily, there were enough fans who pitched in to raise money to keep the collection open to the public. In 2005, a board of trustees stepped in to restore the American Museum of Magic to its former glory.
The museum opens to the public each spring. That doesn’t mean you can’t check it out in the winter. Simply contact the staff to make an appointment. The museum is also conveniently located about 40 minutes from the magical capital of the world, Colon, Michigan.
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