Cover of Genii (1979)
|Born||May 04, 1925|
|Died||October 20, 1995 (age 70) |
|Resting place||Lakeside Cemetery, Colon, Michigan|
Robert "Bob" Lund (May 4, 1925 - October 20, 1995) was a noted magic historian and author, was also one of the world's foremost magic collectors.
Born in Saginaw, Michigan, he resided in the Detroit area for most of his life where worked as a reporter and editor on the newspapers in Detroit, Chicago and New York. He was also an editor for Motor Magazine and was the auto editor for Popular Mechanics Magazine. Lund served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Realizing that he lacked the flair for performing, Lund decided to make his mark on the magic world by becoming a student of magic history and collecting anything and everything related to the art. His accumulation was called the "largest such collection in private hands."
Lund contributed articles to more than 20 magic journals and indexed numerous books on magic and magic history, including the Magico reprint of The Annals of Conjuring. He was the last editor of The Conjurors' Magazine (1948-1949), and edited the newsletter of the Magic Collectors Association (1962-1963).
He was awarded the Academy of Magical Arts Award of Merit in 1983, and the Literary Fellowship in 1988. He has also been honored by the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians.
With his wife, Elaine, Lund co-founded the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan. The museum was built around his collection of posters, playbills, books, photos, apparatus, scrapbooks, letters and thousands of other pieces of magic memorabilia and ephemera. The first building opened to the public April 1, 1978. A second building, the vacated former Marshall Public Library, was purchased in 1999 as the collection continued to expand.