Some magicians are celebrated long after they are gone. The most famous grave is probably that of Harry Houdini. The huge and impressive monument at the Machpelah Cemetery in New York stands watch over the gravesites of the famous magician and his entire family (with the exception of his wife, Bess). The most interesting site is the grave of the much-loved Harry L. Collins. Harry, famous as the Frito-Lay Magician, arranged for the installation of a life-size sculpture of a magician beckoning to his visitors to visit him graveside. And many people do- the custom is to leave a fresh red carnation in the magician's outstretched hand. A nice way to be remembered!
The locations of many famous magicians' graves are not easily found. Sadly too, when they are located, many of these graves are found neglected, with overgrowth covering broken headstones. A few lucky magicians have had their graves located and restored; it is a worthy project for anyone interested in the preservation of magic history.