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‘Magic of Broadway’ comes to MontBleu

It’s a wonderful life for Joseph Gabriel.

The magician has performed all over the world, including on the stage of “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” Broadway in New York and the White House, where he met Jimmy Stewart and Ronald Reagan.

“It was toward the end of Reagan’s reign as president,” Gabriel said. “It was the last big blowout party. He was a very good friend with Jimmy Stewart, who was one of my idols.”



Gabriel learned the first time Stewart and Reagan appeared onstage it was in the role of magician’s assistant.

“Both loved magic and enjoyed watching good magic being performed,” Gabriel said. “Both told me their story. Stewart told me about the film “Harvey” he did with the invisible rabbit. He said I was the most amazing magician he had ever seen.”



A sleight-of-hand magician, Gabriel works with a number of exotic birds. He also pays homage to Folies Bergere headliner Barclay Shaw by performing with marionettes.

Gabriel might be best known for his seven “Carson” appearances and his “Magic on Broadway.”

“The ‘Magic on Broadway’ show was only supposed to be there for three months and we were held over again and again, and we stayed a year and a half,” he said.

“Magic of Broadway” is coming to Tahoe this week for the first time. It will be presented Saturday, Dec. 26 through Jan. 3 in the MontBleu Casino Resort and Spa.

In next week’s Lake Tahoe Action: Gabriel explains what inspired him to become a magician and tells a story about a surprising phone call from Paul Newman.


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