The phrase “smoke and mirrors” refers to the Victorian practice of a magician using actual smoke and mirrors to distract audiences while he made a quick pact with the devil. Peek behind the curtain with this GrouponLive deal to see Seth Grabel's variety magic show at Wolf Theater. Performances take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 6 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $22, you get one general-admission ticket (up to a $44.90 value, including all fees)
- For $85, you get four general-admission tickets (up to a $179.60 value, including all fees)
Seth Grabel, a finalist on America's Got Talent in 2011, regales audiences with his brand of “acromagic,” blending flips, leaps, and other aerial stunts with sleight-of-hand and large-scale illusions. An easy comedic charm and capable grasp of nail-biting dramatics make his shows an exercise in nerve-wracking tension and breath-catching release. On television, the magician mystified the country with an anti-gravity hoop routine that culminated in the appearance of a time-traveling DeLorean, and a straitjacket escape performed over a boiling vat of tar. With his steampunk style and envelope-pushing ethos, Grabel melds old-fashioned entertainment with forward-looking experimentation, not unlike biologists' ongoing attempts to clone Frank Sinatra.