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It is with great sadness that I report that Elaine Lund, widow of Bob Lund and owner of the American Museum of Magic, in Marshall Michigan, died at the age of 79 on May 1, 2006.

Here is the press release:

It is with great sorrow and sense of loss that we announce the death of
Mrs. Elaine Halstead Lund on May 1, 2006. She was 79 years of age.

With her passing, the magic community loses its last connection to the
originators of the American Museum of Magic, a major center of magic
memorabilia. Elaine Lund was an equal partner with her husband, the noted
collector Robert Lund, in creating the museum in 1978 in Marshall, Michigan.

Until her marriage, she had no interest in the magic arts, but she often
said she knew she would end up in magic since her birth on Oct. 25, 1926 had
taken place in the same Detroit hospital in the same week Houdini came there
to die.

After Robert Lund's death in 1995, Mrs. Lund provided for the museum's
continuation. Ultimately she doubled its size by purchasing a second building
to hold the growing collection.

She also established a Board of Directors to assist her, and to carry on
the museum's mission in perpetuity.

Remembrances may be made to a favorite charity, or to the American
Museum of Magic, PO Box 5, Marshall, MI 49068.

For the Board of Directors

Allen Berlinski, President

Elaine and Robert left a legacy that is priceless. Protective of what they had done, and very generous at the same time. A gracious lady, who not only helped Bob carry out his dream, but worked very hard, continuing the overwhelming task of sustaining and growing it as well.
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It'd be a sad thing if this announcement went unacknowledged by at least one person here. Elaine was an unsung hero in supporting Bob Lund and his American Museum of Magic. Bob got most of the credit, but I don't think he could have done what he did without Elaine's supprot. Clay
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She was a wonderful lady.

I remember calling her to arrange a tour, when I found out the museum owns Houdini's Milk Can.

After learning that Copperfield had offered to purchase it several times, I asked her why she had never sold it, since he could afford to pay a great price for it.

She said, "Well...if I sold it to him, it goes in his own collection and many people wouldn't get to see it that way. There would be some, but I like it so everyone can and the children can get inside it. That's what's important...children."

I never forgot that and I've tried since then to be more aware of children.
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