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Grave of the Frito-Lay Magician.

Grave of the Frito-Lay Magician

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Louisville, Kentucky

In 1970 Harry Leon Collins made an unusual career switch: from Frito-Lay sales manager to full-time Frito-Lay corporate magician. Known professionally as "Mr. Magic," he became one of Louisville's most popular entertainers, and traveled the country performing feats of prestidigitation, and pulling quarters out of kids' ears.

When Harry died unexpectedly in 1985, his widow -- who was also his on-stage assistant -- commissioned local sculptor Barney Bright to make a life-size bronze of Harry for his grave. Barney sculpted Harry wearing his magicians' tuxedo -- no doubt stuffed with collapsable birdcages and yards of silk scarves -- smiling as he gestures in greeting to his imaginary audience (And probably palming a card in his hand). Behind Harry, half hidden under his magician's cape, is a wheeled box of props for his magic tricks.

Grave of the Frito-Lay Magician.

Harry's bronze feet are surrounded by pennies tossed by appreciative visitors.

The lengthy epitaph carved into the slab covering Harry's grave concludes:

Never again will we see the twinkle of his eye, the sleight of his hand
That drew the children of the land

Harry is buried only a few plots away from another junk food hero, Colonel Sanders.

Also see: Cave Hill Cemetery

Grave of the Frito-Lay Magician

Cave Hill Cemetery

701 Baxter Ave., Louisville, KY
Cave Hill Cemetery. From the Cave Hill Cemetery main entrance, at the corner of Baxter Ave. and E. Broadway, follow the road with the solid yellow line into the cemetery for 1.5 miles. The line ends at Col. Sanders grave, and the Magician's grave is about 100 yards further along the road, on the right.
Daily 8-4:45. Gated after hours. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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