Wednesday, July 15, 2009

American Museum of Magic receives bequest

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan recently obtained a bequest of magic memorabilia from the Jay Marshall Estate which contains a number of items relating to Houdini, including pictures, notes, and an audio recording of the great 20th century magician's voice.

The bulk of the Marshall collection is paper ephemera including posters, handbills, photos, theater programs, correspondence, patents and notes related to 19th and 20th century magicians. It will be housed with the current collections in the museum's present home two buildings in the Historic District in Marshall, Michigan, a small town midway between Detroit and Chicago.

The American Museum of Magic and the affiliated Museum Library are built around the collection of Robert Lund, one of the world's foremost magic collectors and co-founder of the museum with his wife, Elaine. Lund passed away in 1995, and since his wife's passing in 2006 the museum has operated governed by a board of directors as a non-profit corporation. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, or by request (269-781-7570).

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