RV: How did you get into Magic?
SG: I was a very shy kid growing up and often spent time alone. When I was alone I would draw or build some sort of contraption. It wasn’t until much later in life that I found a joy for entertaining with magic. I remember finding a book in the local library about magic and spent hours reading it. That book taught me all kinds of amazing things that I tried out in the mirror. Once I got the courage to perform it in front someone and got such an amazing reaction that I started to perform magic everywhere I could.
RV: Why do you do magic?
SG: It’s a rush of energy to be able to make others feel excited through my magic. I am fulfilled with enjoyment when my spectators give me reactions. As children we do things to get a reaction, when we grow up we often know what kind of actions will solicit a certain reaction. I love doing magic because I always get varied reactions from my spectators. Some people have a methodical mind and enjoy figuring out the trick where others just enjoy it for the fun. Often people who are good with numbers accountants, scientists, and engineers want to figure out the magic. Creative spectators like writers, artists or entertainers just enjoy it at face value.
RV: How do you make these illusions happen?
SG: I love making things happen. When I get an idea, it’s always fun to reverse engineer the concept and make it happen. It’s often never what I thought and way more time and energy than I anticipated but that’s the job and that is what I signed up for. I will get an idea from a dream, reading or researching than I will achieve it. For example; I thought it would be really cool to be locked in a cop car then crushed by a 40-foot giant fire breathing machine. I made this stunt happen in two years on the Penn and Teller “FOOL US” show. At first, I thought of bringing the stunt to a smaller venue that was televised on a local channel, but everything happens for a reason and we brought the stunt to a whole new audience.
RV: What is in store for your career?
SG: I perform weekly on at Tahiti Village show and am working on my next stunt. Currently I see TV and movies as the next focus. As a magician, doors open up all the time and it takes being prepared and situated properly to take advantage of the opportunities that come your way. I will be flying to Catalina with an IEX Helicopter tomorrow to do a special set of magic.
RV: Why did you start a family?
SG: As an entertainer it’s extremely hard to have a family since there is a great deal of dedication. Getting married to Tammy and having kids is the best thing I did in my life. It makes life fulfilling and gave me an inner focus that makes all the hard work worth every minute. We travel together and bring the kids everywhere we go. They have become part of the magic package. We are a magical family.
RV: Who were your mentors?
SG: My father Gary Grabel is my biggest mentor, he taught me much of what I know about magic and business. When I started in magic one of my mentors was named George Millward, he specialized in dove magic and was a true magician as he loved the craft. I then met a magician named Carl Beck or the Great Carlton who became famous for his tigers, at one time he was a college professor and taught me philosophy and physiology. Every day we learn something new the people who are around us influence you the most. I feel it’s best to surround yourself with people who enrich you and make you a better person.
RV: What is your show like?
SG: I started performing with close up magic and then went on to stage magic. Now I am at a 200-seat theater at Tahiti Village, so it’s intimate but also on stage. I do some close up magic but play to a larger crowd. Most of my show is audience participation, I get the whole audience involved and we all create a unique memorable time together.
RV: Why are you a performer?
SG: It’s a labor of love. I love performing and giving the audience all my energy. It’s a very unique experience on stage and putting yourself out there in front of an audience that humbles you. I have been on stage so much, sometimes I feel more at home when I am performing than in real life. I just love being on stage, I can’t get enough of it.
RV: Do you like Vegas?
SG: Yes! I love it! Vegas has been good to me. I really enjoy the community and the melting pot of different people. It’s almost similar to the wild west, where everyone has something different they are excited about. When entertainment is your life you find others in the industry. The entertainment community in Vegas is flourishing and always interesting.
RV: Tell us one thing about you that no one knows.
SG: I love a clean house and am obsessed with my calendar. I scheduled everything out, even my workouts and showers.
RV: What is one thing you can’t live without?
SG: My beloved wife, Tammy Grabel and my kids! Tammy is my love, she helps keep me balanced and brings the best out of me. My kids teach me all kinds of life lessons and they make life worth living.
Seth Grabel is a magician, character actor and unscripted TV personality known for America’s Got Talent. His show is at Tahiti Village and performs regularly all over Vegas. To learn more about Seth visit: sethgrabel.com.