Decked out in a two-piece gold suit, sporting mutton-chop sideburns, the trademark sunglasses and an uncharacteristic tuft of curly hair, Elvis has found work in Brainerd.
Elvis has a job delivering flowers. At least for Valentine's Day he does.
Impersonator Bill Musel, head engineer at Mississippi Horizons school, will make the Valentine's Day rounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday for North Country Floral.
Though the impression is a rough one, Musel said it's one that's popular with his customers, who love his tongue-in-cheek imitation.
"I want it to be almost that, while you can see the resemblance, it'll look a little trashy," he said. "I don't want to look like your ordinary Elvis entertainer."
In fact, Musel isn't the greatest fan of Elvis or his music. It's The King's persona that intrigues him.
"I get a kick out of it," Musel said.
Though impersonating Elvis hasn't been a lifetime goal -- he said he couldn't see himself doing this five years ago -- theater has always been an interest for Musel, and he said the Elvis thing "just sort of happened" two years ago at Mississippi Horizons.
The school was dubbed "The Magic Kingdom" because it was new, so Musel filled the role of The King. Since then he has been increasing his Elvis appearances at the school -- appearing in costume on Fridays -- and working some birthday parties.
Delivering flowers, however, may be a launching pad to something bigger.
"I did this for two years for nothing because it's fun and now they pay me for it," he mused. "I can't believe it."
Along with birthday parties Musel has appeared as Elvis at the hospital and Alcoholics Anonymous. He plans to continue delivering for North Country Floral after his day of work is done at Mississippi Horizons, and has talked with other organizations, such as the Rotary Club, about making appearances.
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