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Lee Grabel

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Lee Grabel (b. March 12, 1919 ) was born in Portland Oregon.

Lee Grabel
BornMarch 12, 1919
Portland, Oregon


In 1931, Grabel presented his first one-hour program sponsored by The Boy Scouts of America.

In 1942, he was inducted into the US Army during World War II.

In the 1950's, after Blackstone Sr.'s retirement, he became recognized as America's No. 1 Magician. In 1954, Grabel was chosen by the Great Dante as his successor, who later passed the mantle on to Lance Burton in 1994. In 1959, he announced his retirement from professional magic for a quiet life on his ranch in California.

His major illusions were a piano that floated as it was played by a seat-belted pianist and shooting a girl from a cannon into a nest of boxes hanging in mid-air.[1][2][3]


In 1936 he won the award for sleight-of-hand presented by the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians.

The 2002 Harvey Award was presented Grabel on October 16, 2002, by the Invisible Lodge, in recognition for many years of service and support.



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