Collective Magic: An Interview with Ken Trombly

This week Collective Magic introduces Ken Trombly, an avid magic collector and magician. He has also contributed articles to numerous publications such as Magic Magazine and M-U-M. Mr. Trombly started his collection over 30 years ago and highlights include Houdini posters and broadsides as well as photographs of Bess Houdini and Cecilia Weiss, Houdini’s beloved […]

Collective Magic: An Interview with Jeff Taylor

Jeff Taylor, Director of the American Museum of Magic, is this week’s contributor to our blog series Collective Magic. Located in Marshall, Michigan, AMM was founded by Robert Lund who collected magic objects and ephemera for over 60 years. Acquisition highlights include Houdini’s Milk Can and collection of needles and thread used for his famed […]

Collective Magic: An Interview with Kevin Connolly

Collective Magic presents a closer look at collectors who have contributed to Houdini: Art and Magic. Kevin Connolly has been acquiring Houdini memorabilia for over three decades. His vast collection includes pamphlets, broadsides, and photographs of the magician’s thrilling feats such as his escape from the Water Torture Cell. Mr. Connolly’s website,, provides comprehensive […]