I saw an article article in today's paper about the 90th birthday of magician Lee Grabel.
I got to interview Grabel and write a profile (much shorter than Jones's, alas) for Diablo Magazine in 2006.
Grabel retired in 1959 and went into real estate.
The transition was initially rocky; he
recalls an exasperated loan officer asking for a reference "who isn't a magician, musician, or dancer."
The Illusionist - a profile of magician and Alamo resident Lee Grabel
- January 2007.
den is covered with playbills and pictures of Grabel
wife, Helen, onstage.
Files overflow with newspaper reports of their performances in the 1950s, when Lee was America's preeminent magician.