Joseph Gabriel's biography
Johnny Carson, kingpin of American late-night television, introduced Joseph Gabriel, and what transpired on the “Tonight Show” stage for the next several minutes was sufficient to amaze millions of viewers and leave Carson himself visibly and vocally enthused.
“ONE OF THE CLASSIEST MAGIC ACT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE IN A LONG TIME! THE BEST I'VE SEEN!” This was Carson’s reaction after witnessing Joseph Gabriel’s first appearance on the Tonight Show in 1983. Over the next several years, Joseph would appear a total of seven times with Carson. Gabriel has appeared on virtually every major television variety show, most notably his televised Command Performance for President Reagan.
Back in April of 1983 Joseph was booked for one week at the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood. The response to his act was overwhelming! For the next couple of months he continued to rock the magic world until he achieved the break of all show business breaks. After only seven months in Hollywood, he was asked to perform on the “Tonight show” with Johnny Carson. Months later, February 1984, Joseph Gabriel made his Las Vegas debut fittingly in the most lavish show in town, the “Lido de Paris” at the Stardust Hotel. Two years later he was asked to be the starring act in ”City Lites” at the Flamingo Hilton where he performed for ten consecutive years.
In 1996, Joseph made a mega-leap from Las Vegas act to Broadway star, when he created and
opened his own full-evening show entitled, “MAGIC ON BROADWAY” in New York City. The show opened to rave reviews and ran for an unprecedented 18 months. Within the first three months, Joseph’s show broke all box office records at the Lamb’s theatre. After returning to Las Vegas, Joseph performed at Caesar’s Magical Empire in Caesar’s Palace. A 60 million dollar facility that rivaled any Hollywood special effects sound stage. The Magical Empire was an amazing two hour theatrical dining experience that ended with a spectacular stage show.
For those of your who have not seen Joseph perform, you have every right to feel denied. He is a master of sleight-of-hand and has created some of the most spectacular illusions in the world of magic. Gabriel’s stage presence is commanding, distinctive, and hypnotic. His originality in style and presentation is a sight to behold, making a marvelous mixture of kinetic energy on stage. It is his creativity and power of performance that has brought him to the forefront as one of the leaders in shaping the future of magic. After seeing Joseph perform, there are only two words you will think of when you think of magic… JOSEPH GABRIEL.
Joseph Gabriel's appearances:
Record-Breaking New York Show, "Magic on Broadway " year and a half run
Winner of the "World Magic Awards" TV Special
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - 7 appearances
Command Performance for President Reagan
Regis and Kathy Lee - 2 appearances
The Rosie O'Donnell Show
"World's Greatest Magic" NBC Special
"Champions of Magic" ABC Special
The Today Show - 3 appearances
CBS This Morning
The Merv Griffin Show
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
Dick Clark Live
"The Great Magic of Las Vegas" TV Special
"Witness The Impossible" TV Special hosted by Christopher Lee
10 consecutive years as the star of "City Lites" at the Flamingo Hilton LV
2 years as the featured act of the "Lido the Paris" at the Stardust Hotel LV
Magic Consultant, $40 million production MGM's "EFX" with Michael Crawford
"Caesar's Magical Empire" at Caesar's Palace
"The World's Greatest Magic Show" at the Sahara Hotel LV
Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary Convention at the Venetian Hotel LV
Joseph Gabriel articles:
The New York Times - ''Magic on Broadway'' is good fun. by LAWRENCE VAN GELDER
The New York Times - IN PERSON; Calling a Cab, Out of Thin Air By ALVIN KLEIN
The New York Times - "Mr. Gabriel has not lost the magic of making an evening disappear most pleasantly." by LAWRENCE VAN GELDER