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.
All this sunshine is reminding us that Camp Abracadabra is coming up! The dates are July 20-24 and financial aid is available- the application is included in our camp registration available on our website. http://americanmuseumofmagic.com/events/magic-camp/
Looking for a way to support the American Museum of Magic while we're closed? Mugs are $12 each plus shipping. Message us on facebook with your email and location (so we can estimate shipping) and we'll email you a link to pay for your order online!
Take a look what our board member Jeff Broderick is up to! Live on the International Brotherhood of Magicians page tomorrow at 9pm EST.
What a treat! A personal tour of the American Museum of Magic with Jeffrey Alan! Tuesday March 24, 2020
8:00pm CDT (central)
As an author, magic collector and a University Professor, Jeffrey Alan (aka Jeffrey Brodrick) is a true lover of magic history. His presentation "Magic: As Seen on TV" was featured at the Pittsburgh I.B.M. JAM in January 2020 showcasing long-hidden gems from his personal collection.
As an Executive Board member of the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan, he oversees the largest private magic collection on public display in the Western Hemisphere.
Jeffrey hosts "magician only" tours at the museum for magii from around the world, most recently inviting Criss Angel for a rare peek into the museum. For the first time ever, Jeffrey brings the American Museum of Magic right through your screen, going LIVE for this one-of-a-kind virtual tour that is sure to inspire a new curiosity, wonder, and appreciation for what lies in store.
For your own personal tour at a later date, PM Jeffrey Alan on Facebook.
Along with all other events, our 1:00 pm public tour tomorrow has been cancelled. We will see you in spring!
New additions! There's a ton of free entertainment available if you know where to look.
To help insure our community’s well-being and the well-being of our volunteers, the American Museum of Magic will remain closed until May. All events during this time period have been cancelled. Our Opening Day celebration has been postponed- our tentative reschedule date is currently May 30th. Thank you for your understanding and stay turned for updates!
We are doing a little rearranging on the second floor for our 2020 season. Can't wait til April!
Join us for guided public tours this month at 1:00 pm on March 7 & 21.
Did you know we have our own Michigan Historical Marker?
There's nothing like a classic decapitation act!
Our Chavez College of Magic exhibit is one of the many things you'll see on the public tour tomorrow at 1 pm. No reservations needed!
Visit Choose Marshall, Michigan for some frugal family fun! Spend a day (or more) in Marshall without breaking the bank. Be sure to make time for the American Museum of Magic, celebrating the contributions and life stories of magicians from around the globe. See treasures from Houdini, Thurston Kellar, and Michigan’s own Blackstone, among hundreds of others. Select days also include shows by local magicians. Admission to the American Museum of Magic is just $5 for adults, $3.50 for children.
More mugs! Mugs are $12.00 each and shipping is available for a fee. Just email us at [email protected].
During World War II, Magician Arnold Furst (1918-2002) entertained troops in the Pacific with the USO. Touring with him was Oscar the rabbit- who had a pretty entertaining military ID.
We are sad to announce that our tour guide, magician, former board member, and all-around-wonderful-volunteer, John Sherwood, will be moving to Connecticut. He deserves a big thank you for all the volunteer work he has done for the American Museum Magic. We'll miss him!
If you're looking for something to do this weekend, we are opening our doors for a guided public tour at 1 pm on Saturday!
Cats and magic is a purrfect combination! Show us your feline assistants! (This is Gibbs. He assists our Director.)
Guided public tours are available at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 8 & 22.
We have a public tour coming up tomorrow (Saturday) at 1:00 pm. No reservations needed. We hope to see you there!
This prop looks familiar. From Top's Magazine 1942.
Looking for a place to hold your reception, party, or even wedding that'll make it magical? We accommodate rentals! Please contact us for more information.
Guess who toured the museum last night after an AWESOME show?
Criss Angel! #crissangel #ibmmagic #firekeepers
“Guess who toured the Museum last night after an AWESOME show! @FireKeepers @ibmmagic @CrissAngel https://t.co/XzqHNH7PFG”
For many Marshall Public School third graders, their first live magic show was with the wonderful Mr. John R. Dudley who has helped with our field trips for years! Who was the first magician you remember seeing on stage?
From our collections: Bill Baird's rather entertaining business card. Anyone else have a creative one?
TOUR CANCELLATION NOTICE: For the safety of our staff and volunteers, the 1 PM public tour on January 11 has been cancelled due to an ice storm warning. Thank you for your understanding!
Our archival collection isn't just books and props! For example, this letter from Howard Thurston to Dante was recently requested by a researcher.
Don't forget- we will have guided tours at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 11 and Saturday, January 25.
Did you know that the AMM is housed in a building over 150 years old?
Have a wonderful holiday season from the American Museum of Magic! Thank you to all our members and donors for making 2019 a fantastic year!
This photo is a real piece of history! Inside Abbott Magic circa 1936.
The end of the year means time to process new additions to our library! We'd like to offer a thank you to Todd Karr for sending us a copy of his "Annemann's Enigma". If you'd like to learn more about the book, you can head to www.miraclefactory.net
A membership to the American Museum of Magic makes a great gift! At the $100 level, your lucky recipient will get a year of free family admission (that includes our magic shows every Saturday!) and a collectible, limited edition canvas print of our 1929 Blackstone lithograph. The design was never actually produced, making this reprint of the artist's copy extremely rare. http://americanmuseumofmagic.com/memberships/
Join us for a guided public tour tomorrow at 1:00 pm or on Saturday, December 28 at 1:00 pm! No reservations are needed.
From the AMM archives: A photo of magician and mystery writer, Clayton Rawson. He was one of the founding members of the Mystery Writers of America and informal head of the Witchdoctors Club in New York. I would love to know the story behind the ghost sitting at the table!
Museum members receive fun benefits like free admission, a canvas print of this fantastic 1929 never-before-released billboard design for Blackstone, and, of course, the knowledge that you're helping to keep the American Museum of Magic open to the public! Find out more on our website http://americanmuseumofmagic.com/memberships/
What was your first magic set?
Another wonderful image from the AMM archives- Marian Chavez instructing a class at the Chavez College of Magic circa 1950s.
Our regular hours will resume on April 1, 2020, but we'll still be open for guided public tours on select dates (see image below) and you can schedule group tours with us year round!
Tomorrow is our last day for regular hours! That's right, we'll be closed on Sunday, December 1 and regular hours won't resume until April. However, we will still have public tours at 1 PM on select Saturdays throughout the winter. In December we'll have tours at 1pm on the 14th & 28th.
We love this photo of the "Queen of Magic", magician Adelaide Herrmann (1853–1932).
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, November 30 at 1:00 p.m., for a LIVE magical performance.
Ferran lives in Mattawan and recently graduated from Western. 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.
107 E Michigan Ave.; P.O. Box 5 Marshall, MI 49068
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.
Children 12 & Under- $3.50
Children Under 5- Free
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Ron Carnell's Imagination Test
Every Saturday afternoon, all summer long, the American Museum of Magic offers amazing magic shows just for the cost of admission ($5 for adults, $3.50 for children). Magicians both local and from all over the Midwest volunteer their time and talents to bring the wonders of magic into the city of Marshall. Pick a Saturday (or several) and join us for a lot of fun and some great history.
In this short video Ron Carnell performs an Imagination Test to open his show at the American Museum of Magic
Hello I am a you tuber from Lansing called the traveling Buddy and this is the link of my video I did of your museum I hope you enjoy it.
I have this 999 brass padlock ,it attracts metals
Remembering a great magician today. Jay Marshall was born August 29, 1919.
I went last Saturday and it was Great. The Magic show was awesome with great magic and lots of laughs. The museum director Sara gave us a very nice little tour. Planning on going again this weekend to see the magic show at 1p.m.
Come for the MAGIC and stay for the BLUES!
I am excited to announce that I will be presenting a public performance of magic, comedy and sleight-of-hand artistry at the historic American Museum of Magic located in the beautiful community of Marshall, Michigan with the city's annual Marshall Blues Festival beginning after the show!
When: June 22, 2019
Show Time: 1:00 PM
Where: The American Museum of Magic - Marshall, Michigan
The Blues Festival is scheduled to run from 3:00 to 11:00 PM
Come on down for the show, tour this very special and magical museum and enjoy the rest of the day at the Blues Fest!
Wonderful News Update for all the American Museum of Magic friends that came either to the October Saturday show or the private Chavez display dedication in November with June Herbkersman McLaughlin, Neil Herbkersman and their father (1948 graduate of the Chavez Studio of Magic) "Herb" Herbkersman.
Just heard from former Chavez student and good friend, Matt Tran, that he will be presenting his 90 minute, one man show titled, Mind & Magic at the University of Macau 澳門大學 on March 12th & March 26th.
In addition to being a graduate of the Chavez Studio of Magic located in the United States, Matt is also an alumni of the University of Macau. This is a homecoming performance that will not be forgotten!
On November 10, 2018 at 1:00pm, I will be performing at the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan. I am hoping my friends will come. Thanks
The celebration of the life of June Horowitz will take place at Temple Emanuel in Grand Rapids on Sunday, July 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is asked to write down their favorite June story to be read at the event. If you do not wish to read your story, or cannot attend, a volunteer will do so for you. All stories will be saved in the Temple archives.