American Museum of Magic

American Museum of Magic The American Museum of Magic is the largest collection of stage magicians' memorabilia open to the public in the Western Hemisphere.

The American Museum of Magic is the largest public museum in the Western Hemisphere devoted to the history of magic and magic performance. Its two facilities located in Marshall, Michigan house exhibitions in the main building and collections, archives and a research library that is open by appointment. Founded by the late Robert and Elaine Lund in 1978, the museum has transitioned from a private collection to a public museum with regular hours of visitation. The American Museum of Magic is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mission: The mission of the American Museum of Magic is to inspire and delight the public with the wonder of magic, as well as to document and celebrate the contributions and resilience of the magician.

We always love it when one of the Michigan Magic Day Hall of Fame awardees visits us. Dick Oslund had some great magic s...
06/26/2019

We always love it when one of the Michigan Magic Day Hall of Fame awardees visits us. Dick Oslund had some great magic stories to share!

It's almost Saturday again, and that means another LIVE magic show is coming to the American Museum of Magic. Larry Wirt...
06/19/2019

It's almost Saturday again, and that means another LIVE magic show is coming to the American Museum of Magic. Larry Wirtz will be at the American Museum of Magic this Saturday, June 22 at 1pm, for a LIVE magical performance of truly epic proportions.

Larry Wirtz is a classically trained “sleight-of-hand” artist from the historic Chavez Studio of Magic, as well as a Stephen’s Minister, Certified Lay Speaker and a full-time Inspirational Speaker, humorist and entertainer. Larry has presented programs in over 10,000 schools, along with colleges, churches, corporations and conventions across 32 states and Canada since 1982.

The American Museum of Magic, now in its BIG 41st year, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. This show, like all of the Saturday shows this year, will be a bonus included with the museum's standard paid admission ($5 adult, $3.50 child). Come for the magic, stay for the fascinating historical stories.

Magician David Matthew Stanley can't put down his brand new American Museum of Magic Mug! Get yours too at the museum st...
06/16/2019

Magician David Matthew Stanley can't put down his brand new American Museum of Magic Mug! Get yours too at the museum store for just $12!

Getting ready to have some fun!
06/15/2019

Getting ready to have some fun!

Saturday at the American Museum of Magic is just around the corner, and that means another LIVE Magic Show is almost in ...
06/05/2019

Saturday at the American Museum of Magic is just around the corner, and that means another LIVE Magic Show is almost in sight. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, John Sherwood of Neil Foster Ring No. 89 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians will dazzle museum visitors with an amazing (and usually very amusing) display of magical skills. The magic show will be a bonus included with the museum's standard paid admission ($5 adult, $3.50 child).

Come for the magic, stay for the fascinating historical stories.

The American Museum of Magic is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. We're excited about our 41st season and we hope to see you soon!

It's almost Saturday again, and that means another LIVE magic show is coming to the American Museum of Magic. Eric Sulli...
05/29/2019

It's almost Saturday again, and that means another LIVE magic show is coming to the American Museum of Magic. Eric Sullivan, of Neil Foster Ring No. 89 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, will be at the American Museum of Magic this Saturday, June 1 at 1:00 p.m., for a LIVE magical performance. Eric is a lifelong Marshall native and, as the son of the famous Silky Sullivan, has been performing magic all his life.

This show, like all of the Saturday shows this year, will be a bonus included with the museum's standard paid admission ($5 adult, $3.50 child). Come for the magic, stay for the fascinating historical stories.

The American Museum of Magic is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Prepare for a very magical weekend in Marshall. It starts on Saturday, May 25 at 1:00 p.m., as Ron Carnell returns to ou...
05/24/2019

Prepare for a very magical weekend in Marshall.

It starts on Saturday, May 25 at 1:00 p.m., as Ron Carnell returns to our stage for another free (with paid admission) magic show. Carnell lives in Colon, Michigan, the Magic Capital of the World, and has been performing at the museum for the past nine years. He also appears monthly at River Lake Inn in Colon, and has performed locally in Marshall at the Franke Center, Great Escape Stage Company, and Schuler's. Prepare to be entertained.

Then on Sunday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m., longtime Marshall favorite John Sherwood introduces an exciting new museum feature called Wizarding 101. What is Wizarding 101? It's a chance for elementary/middle school students and those who are young at heart to learn how to perform a magic trick. It's informal and free with museum admission and happens just a once a month during the summer.

The American Museum of Magic houses the largest public display of magic in America and is now in its 41st year. The museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

It's almost Saturday again, and that means another LIVE magic show is coming to the American Museum of Magic. Ferran Poa...
05/16/2019

It's almost Saturday again, and that means another LIVE magic show is coming to the American Museum of Magic. Ferran Poage will be at the American Museum of Magic this Saturday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m., for a LIVE magical performance.

Ferran lives in Mattawan and graduated from Western just a few weeks ago. He performed at Great Escape Stage Company last year with other members of the local Ring 89 magic club and KILLED with his conversational -- and extremely funny -- style of magic.

Ferran's show will be a free bonus for museum visitors with their usual paid admission (just $5 for adults, $3.50 for children). Come for the magic, stay for the fascinating historical stories.

The American Museum of Magic is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, John Sherwood of Neil Foster Ring No. 89 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians wi...
05/08/2019

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, John Sherwood of Neil Foster Ring No. 89 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians will dazzle museum visitors with an amazing (and usually very amusing) display of magical skills. The magic show will be a bonus included with the museum's standard paid admission ($5 adult, $3.50 child).

Come for the magic, stay for the fascinating historical stories.

The American Museum of Magic is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. We're excited about our 41st season and we hope to see you soon!

Our heartfelt thank-you goes out to IBM Ring 36, the Conjurors Club, both for putting on a truly well executed Michigan ...
05/07/2019
IBM RING 36 Conjurors Club

Our heartfelt thank-you goes out to IBM Ring 36, the Conjurors Club, both for putting on a truly well executed Michigan Magic Day last weekend AND for donating the proceeds of their very successful raffle to the museum. The members of this magic club have always, over many years, gone out of their way to support both magic and the American Museum of Magic.

We, at the AMM, salute our friends in Flint. Thanks for your hard work and your generosity.

https://www.facebook.com/conjurorsclub/

Our Magic Club is based in the Flint area of Michigan. Membership is open to all with a sincere interest in the art of magic.

At 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, there will be a LIVE magical performance by Eric Sullivan of Neil Foster Ring No. 89 of...
05/01/2019

At 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, there will be a LIVE magical performance by Eric Sullivan of Neil Foster Ring No. 89 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Eric is a lifelong Marshall native and, as the son of the famous Silky Sullivan, has been performing magic all his life.

This show, like all of the Saturday shows this year, will be a bonus included with the museum's standard paid admission ($5 adult, $3.50 child). Come for the magic, stay for the fascinating historical stories.

The American Museum of Magic is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Lori Pinson wins an Associated Press award for her story about the American Museum of Magic! :)
04/29/2019
Lori Pinson Fox 2

Lori Pinson wins an Associated Press award for her story about the American Museum of Magic! :)

This story is the winner for Best Feature Story. Lori's Hidden Michigan! Thank you for watching! #miapme2019 #associatedpress #awards FOX 2 Detroit

The American Museum of Magic will be closed this Sunday, April 21, for Easter. We wish all our friends and visitors a ve...
04/19/2019

The American Museum of Magic will be closed this Sunday, April 21, for Easter. We wish all our friends and visitors a very happy and joyful holiday.

That will not, however, have any impact on our usual 1pm Magic Show scheduled for Saturday, April 20. Please join us this Saturday -- and every Saturday -- for laughter, for mystery, for magic. Come for the entertainment, stay for the fascinating stories of past wonders.

Some interesting choices made by a public radio station in the Boston area. Honestly, though, I personally can't imagine...
04/11/2019
7 Of History’s Most Mystical Magicians

Some interesting choices made by a public radio station in the Boston area. Honestly, though, I personally can't imagine any such list not including Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin.

Who do you think should be added?

https://www.wgbh.org/programs/2019/04/10/7-of-historys-most-mystical-magicians

We are so excited that everyone’s favorite magical mastermind, Jonathan Creek, is returning to WGBH this week. Creek designs magic tricks and illusions for a living, and uses those skills of deception to solve impossible crimes. Magic, crimes, and mystery – what more could you want?

Visiting Marshall? Within about a half mile walk you'll find three truly memorable museums, all now available with one s...
04/03/2019
WEEKEND TRIP: Three Marshall Museums for $15 begins April 6th

Visiting Marshall? Within about a half mile walk you'll find three truly memorable museums, all now available with one simple $15 ticket. It's weekends-only, but that's okay, too, because Saturday at 1 p.m. is always a fantastic time to visit the American Museum of Magic for our weekly free magic show.

https://www.wlns.com/news/weekend-trip-three-marshall-museums-for-15-begins-april-6th/1897996663

The $15 ticket covers admission to the Honolulu House Museum, the American Museum of Magic and the Marshall Historical Museum.

Marshall Historical Society
04/02/2019

Marshall Historical Society

Attention museum lovers! The Marshall Historical Society and the American Museum of Magic are offering a weekend combination ticket for visitors to see three local museums for $15!

Beginning April 6, the combination ticket covers admission to the Honolulu House Museum, the American Museum of Magic and the Marshall Historical Museum at the GAR Hall. Tickets will be available at each museum and at the Welcome Center in Marshall city hall.

The $15 admission for three museums applies only on weekends. Other pricing options are available for just one or two museums.

For more information on the museums visit www.marshallhistoricalsociety.org
or www.americanmuseumofmagic.org.

See you soon!

The American Museum of Magic opens its door for the 2019 season on April 3!Continuing with a three-year tradition, the m...
03/28/2019

The American Museum of Magic opens its door for the 2019 season on April 3!

Continuing with a three-year tradition, the museum will again be hosting LIVE magic shows every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. throughout the year. The first such show will be June 6 and will feature Marshall favorite Ron Carnell.

Carnell lives in Colon, Michigan, the Magic Capital of the World, and has been performing at the museum for the past eight years. He also appears monthly at River Lake Inn in Colon, and has performed locally in Marshall at the Franke Center, Great Escape Stage Company, and Schuler's. Prepare to be entertained.

Ron Carnell's highly interactive show will be a free bonus for museum visitors with their usual paid admission (just $5 for adults, $3.50 for children). Come for the magic, stay for the fascinating historical stories.

The American Museum of Magic houses the largest public display of magic in America and is now in its 41st year. The museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

We are so excited to introduce our brand new membership program and a new way to say thank you to our members!  Every ye...
03/18/2019

We are so excited to introduce our brand new membership program and a new way to say thank you to our members! Every year we will be selecting one of our posters (from our collection of over 3,000) and releasing a limited run of reproduction prints exclusively to every $100 and $1,000 level member. This year, we selected our 1911 lithographed poster of Harry Houdini. Just click on the link for more information! https://sites.google.com/a/americanmuseumofmagic.org/amm/memberships

With sadness, we note the passing of Marshall Brodien (7/10/1934 - 3/8/2019). He was known to many as Chicago’s belove...
03/08/2019

With sadness, we note the passing of Marshall Brodien (7/10/1934 - 3/8/2019). He was known to many as Chicago’s beloved “Wizzo the Wizard” on the Bozo Show and Brodien’s “TV Magic Cards” (still stocked in the Museum’s gift shop!) in the 1970’s launched thousands of future magicians on their magical journey. He was 84 -what a magical life! “Always make someone Smile with the magic that comes from your heart” – Marshall Brodien https://wgntv.com/2019/03/08/marshall-brodien-who-played-wizzo-the-wizard-on-the-bozo-show-has-died/?fbclid=IwAR035udUS3HVB_F_JYqjuSmYKqYN9qHAzIPuX9n6QsIa-HghQrAuYCj6c5Y

The Last Days Of Harry HoudiniDetroit historians explore the impact Harry Houdini had on their city in this well orchest...
02/27/2019
The Last Days Of Harry Houdini – The Detroit History Podcast

The Last Days Of Harry Houdini

Detroit historians explore the impact Harry Houdini had on their city in this well orchestrated podcast. There are, I think, still a few inaccuracies (perpetuated by the dramatized movies), but over all they get a lot more right than wrong. Definitely worth a listen.

http://detroithistorypodcast.com/last-days-of-harry-houdini/

Before radio, TV, and the internet magician Harry Houdini was described as the world’s first rock star. So when he died in Detroit after a performance here in 1926, people around the world took note. We unspool Houdini’s death, and his various Detroit connections. That includes his 1906 leap off...

Just don't ask what the weather will be like in Michigan tomorrow. Nobody knows that.
02/14/2019

Just don't ask what the weather will be like in Michigan tomorrow. Nobody knows that.

01/28/2019
50th Michigan Magic Day 2019

The 50th Michigan Magic Day will be in Flint this year, Saturday May 4. (The promo video features the American Museum of Magic, where the Michigan Magic Hall of Fame plaques are displayed.)

IBM RING 36 Presents: Michigan Magic Day 2019

Many magicians today mourn the passing of Denny Haney, an icon in the magic community, whose inspiration and mentoring h...
01/23/2019

Many magicians today mourn the passing of Denny Haney, an icon in the magic community, whose inspiration and mentoring has influenced many magicians.

Friends of the Magic Community,

It is with heavy hearts that we must announce the passing of one of the greatest contributors to our art. Last night, Denny Haney passed peacefully in his sleep after a brief battle with cancer.

Denny was a proud American and a Vietnam Veteran having served four tours of duty stationed near the mountains in Pleiku. Upon his return to the US, after serving his country, he began his career as a professional magician. All through the 1980's and early 90’s he was a very successful corporate entertainer.

He wanted to give back to the magic community so he took the money he earned on the road, and opened up a studio where magicians could come and learn, practice their craft, rehearse and exchange ideas.

As many of you know, his daughter Dawn has been running the shop during his illness. We kindly ask that you respect his family's privacy at this time and refrain from calling. We will continue to process orders in a few days. We will be updating with more information about Memorial Services as they become available.

Thank you,

The Denny & Lee Magic Studio

12/29/2018
Lori Pinson Fox 2

Lori, the museum is sincerely grateful to you, Alex, and all the FOX 2 Detroit crew for helping to tell a small bit of our unusual story. Working with you on this was not only fun, it was truly magical. Best wishes on your continuing series.

Here's my new segment titled "Lori's Hidden Michigan". I'll introduce you to places you may not know about in the mitten state! Our first stop? Right up the road in magical Marshall. Thanks for watching! :) #LorisHiddenMichigan #LHM #magic FOX 2 Detroit

Lori Pinson from Fox 2 News stopped into the museum... and levitated me in a bit of role reversal! :)
12/29/2018

Lori Pinson from Fox 2 News stopped into the museum... and levitated me in a bit of role reversal! :)

Introducing my new segment, Lori's Hidden Michigan during our 6p newscast! Tonight it's all about magic!

We are closed now for the winter season, however you can still schedule group tours and research appointments at our arc...
12/05/2018

We are closed now for the winter season, however you can still schedule group tours and research appointments at our archive. We also have public tours available on select Saturdays! No reservation is required for public tours. See the dates below.

Just when you thought we were done, we go and surprise you! Come and see Joel Douglas (from Las Vegas, but a native of L...
11/28/2018

Just when you thought we were done, we go and surprise you! Come and see Joel Douglas (from Las Vegas, but a native of Lansing, Michigan) perform this Saturday at 1 PM.

Joel is a versatile performer who will amaze and amuse you. He creates wonder, excitement and laughter. Kids to adults are captivated by the magician and eager to help make the magic happen. Years of experience are evident. The Vegas magic of Joel Douglas with his charming personality will be at the American Museum of Magic this Saturday and is one show not to miss!

11/21/2018

UPDATE: Just when you thought we were done, we surprise you once more! Joel Douglas from Las Vegas (but a native from Lansing) is coming to do one final show for our season this Saturday at 1 pm! Check out our latest post to find out more.

Just a reminder that our Saturday Magic Show Series will be on hiatus starting this week- we'll be returning next April. Thank you for a wonderful year!

Address

107 E Michigan Ave.; P.O. Box 5
Marshall, MI
49068

General information

Hours: We close on Dec. 3, 2019 for the winter season. We will re-open in the Spring. Groups of 10 or more and research appointments can be scheduled year-round. There will also be public tours available on select Saturdays. Please see our facebook and website for details. No reservations are required for public tours. Admission: Adults- $5 Children 12 & Under- $3.50 Children Under 5- Free

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(269) 781-7570

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