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By Dianne R. Davis
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Seth Grabel Has the Magic Touch and Acrobatic Magic

There's a certain magic to following family tradition. In the case of Seth Grabel, magic is the family tradition. Turns out his father was a magician. Seth is currently performing in the Wolf Theater at the Clarion, just off the north strip at 350 Convention Center Drive.

You can see Seth in his variety magic show on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 6 p.m. Perfect time for a kid-friendly show. Get there early or definitely on time to enjoy some video that takes you back to Seth's childhood. Even before the show begins, there's a funny nerdy guy collecting tickets. More on him later.

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Photo by Dianne R. Davis 

And speaking of kids, I saw the production recently with my friend Stu Schweit, his son Jack, and his seven year old grandson Benjamin. Three generations - neat. 

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Seth Grabel has an intense stare, almost scary, but then there's that twinkle in his eye. His production combines magic, comedy, and variety


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In addition, he brings in a toe dancer of all things. Seth also has the requisite young woman balancing on cloth suspended from the ceiling. I've seen it done before, but if you haven't had the chance to see an act like this, it is impressive.

I've enjoyed so many magic shows in Vegas that it is hard to find new ways to impress me. Seth's act includes the usual tricks, but they are usual because audiences love them. And Seth has a way of infusing tricks with his unique personal touch. He talks a guy into surrendering paper money, destroys it, etc. Finally the bill shows up when Seth cuts into a lemon. His assistant stands on a box, the curtain covers her, the curtain is uncovered and there is Seth in her place. It works every time.

Seth adds something unique to the mix. He's a trained gymnast and you may be treated to watching him tumble, flip, and vault around the stage. He calls it Acromagic. It is unique. It is what helped him earn a spot in the finals during America's Got Talent, season six. Oh, and did I mention a little pick-pocketing of his on stage helpers selected from the audience.

Then there's the moment when some lucky kid gets to participate. This time it was Benjamin Schweit, my friend's seven year old grandson who had been sitting mesmerized in the front row. The thrill was written on his face. His job was to check the box. He performed his indicated assignment and it's clear he will remember that moment for a long time.

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The magic continued as Benjamin's dad Jack took part in the action as he was called on stage as one of two assistants. They help to bind Seth into a straight jacket. Yup, its all secure. Yup, the magician got out. Standard magic -- because we love it every time. 

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Photo by Stephen Thorburn

 That nerdy guy comes back on stage to do some card tricks and slight of hand. It takes a while for us to realize that it is Seth in an alternate persona. Well, the adults may realize it. The kids most likely think it is another magician.

If Grabel looks familiar, it is because his talent shined on America's Got Talent. Some performers do the same act show after show, year after year. Not Seth. I saw the show months ago and found this one contained so many new elements. He continues to develop new illusions and is proud that no two shows are the same.

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Photo by Burt Davis
Ben Schweit was delighted to have his photo taken with magician Seth Grabel.

And don't rush out after the show. Seth greets his audience and is happy to take photos with them. You can pick up the usual shirts, etc. Seth also spices up his sales with a jar of his own special spices which you can purchase.The Wolf Theater in the Clarion is a comfortable small venue with 350 seats. For tickets which are $29.95 order on line at  Always ask about locals or other discounts. Remember, this is a show that is suitable for anyone over five. For more information, go to or call 702 990 1524.

Seth Grabel believes that, “ If you give your audience love and energy, they will remember every second you were on stage and you will create magic.” Seth Grabel creates magic.


World’s Biggest, Richest, Longest-Running and Most Prestigious Poker Series To Run May 29 - July 15, 2013 at the Rio® 

Main Event Begins July 6th
The 44th annual World Series of Poker® (WSOP®) – a set of poker tournaments open to anyone 21 years of age or older – officially puts cards in the air on Wednesday May 29, 2013.
The annual poker extravaganza is televised on ESPN from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino . The tournament series consists of a comprehensive slate of the game’s most popular poker variations running this year from May 29 through July 15. 

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In 2012, total entries for all WSOP tournament offerings at the Rio, (bracelets, satellites, deep stacks) eclipsed 230,000. The tournament set an all-time record for prize money awarded, at over $222M and the 74,766 entries in bracelet events was second-most all-time, only one percent off the all-time mark.

A total of 62 coveted WSOP gold bracelets will be up for grabs in 2013 – which is one more than last year.
“Dreams are dealt each year at the World Series of Poker,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the WSOP.  “From the opening weekend, where we will make yet another millionaire, to the Main Event, which awards the largest single prize in the world, the WSOP is an annual affirmation about the strength and global appeal of the game.”
The Pavilion, Brasilia and Amazon ballrooms will be transformed into poker mecca.  There are expected to be a record 480 poker tables spread throughout the Rio Convention Center’s three largest areas, allowing for non-stop tournament, satellite, daily deepstack and cash game action.
“Bring your bankroll, whatever it is, and come have the time of your life,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel, who will oversee the tournament for the eighth consecutive year.  “We think this is the most diverse schedule we’ve ever had and we’ll be ready for an all-time turn-out at the 44th annual WSOP.”
All Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas offer special reduced hotel room rates for entrants of WSOP bracelet events.  The Rio is offering its lowest weekday (Sunday-Thursday) rate ever to WSOP players, beginning at just $59.  On the Las Vegas Strip there are plenty of options as well.  Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas and The Quad provide WSOP player rates as low as $40-$110 a night.
The Millionaire Maker: To kick opening weekend off in grand style, Event #6 ($1,500 No-Limit Hold’em) on Saturday, June 1 will feature a one-day start, two-flight, single re-entry No-Limit Hold’em event, where the winner will receive $1,000,000!
The 44th annual WSOP concludes with the grandest spectacle in all of gaming – the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship (aka “The Main Event”) (Event #62), which begins Saturday, July 6 and will reach its final table (nine players) on Monday, July 15, at which time play will be halted until November. 
As is now customary with the Main Event, the delayed final table, aka “the November Nine” returns and is to be contested live on ESPN and ESPN2 during a two-night extravaganza on November 4 & 5, 2013. Check back for key highlights of the 2013 season.

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