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Posted on Mon, Oct 3, 2011 : 11:34 a.m.

Former U-M police chief Ken Magee adds sports memorabilia to magic shop business

By Lizzy Alfs

Former University of Michigan Police Chief Ken Magee has expanded his downtown Ann Arbor retail endeavor to include a sports memorabilia shop, according to an interview Friday on the ‘Lucy Ann Lance Business Insider’ on 1290 WLBY-AM.

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Magee, who started the Ann Arbor Magic Shop in early 2011, recently added sports memorabilia to the lower-level space at 255 E. Liberty St., located underneath Afternoon Delight.

Magee was born and raised in Ann Arbor and said U-M football has always been a passion.

“I decided to take this hobby of mine that I have and turn it into a business,” Magee said in the interview.

The store carries collectibles such as old coffee mugs, autographed books, buttons, pins, ticket stubs and programs.

Magee agreed to resign from his post as U-M police chief earlier this year after a prolonged period of sick leave. Critics accused him of violating U-M's sick leave policy by starting the magic shop.

Magee, who had a 33-year career in law enforcement, said he still hasn’t “closed the door totally” on the field, but for now, he’s moved on to run his retail business.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at