Rob Zabrecky (born Robert Zabrecky, June 2, 1968 in Burbank, California) is an American songwriter, actor and magician. His career began as a musician while being the front man for the band Possum Dixon. He later found success as a magician and actor.
Life and career:
Zabrecky was born and raised in Burbank, California. From 1989 to 1999 he was the singer-songwriter and bassist for the Los Angeles group Possum Dixon. The band, originally hailing from Silver Lake, are best remembered by their distinguished slacker spirit, unique song writing ability and new wave idealism. In 1993 the band signed to Interscope Records and released three albums during the 1990s.
During the mid-1990s, he stumbled into magic and has since become a performer and award-winning magician at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. In the mid-2000s he began a career in acting and has since landed roles in films, major network television programs, and commercials.
Zabrecky appeared in the 2012 film After the Triumph of Your Birth, which garnered favorable reviews. In 2013 he starred in the upcoming horror film Decay, playing a middle-aged groundskeeper at a theme park with a terrible case of OCD. It has been recently reported he has completed principal photography in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut How to Catch a Monster, playing the role of Silver, a master of ceremonies at an underground fetish nightclub.
As a television actor he has appeared on CSI: NY, The Mentalist, Brothers & Sisters and in several episodes of MTV's ROOM 401. In theater, he graduated from the Associate Program at Theatre West, where he has appeared in theatrical adaptations of the television classic, The Twilight Zone and other productions.
In addition to television and theater, he has appeared in several short films and in a variety of commercials for a wide range of companies.
After his music career ended Zabrecky has worked throughout the United States and Japan as a magician. In magic, he is best known for an aberrant magician character in which he combines irreverent dark humor, mentalism, and the artful use of elongated pauses during performances. Since 2002 he has been a regular performer at the Magic Castle. In 2003 he formed the off-beat magic trio, The Unholy Three in the basement of that establishment by presenting a provocative Dada-esque combination of wizardry, mentalism and off-beat humor. In 2011 and 2012 he was voted "Stage Magician of the Year" by the Academy of Magical Arts.
He has also been the featured magician at annual magic conventions and appeared on the cover of magic-related journals and periodicals including Genii and the Mandala.
Was host of Who's Hoo, an on-line interview talk show for members of the Academy Arts at the Magic Castle, which he co-created with his wife, Tommi Zabrecky. Since airing in 2008, Zabrecky interviewed over 85 Magic Castle luminaries and performing members including co-founder Milt Larsen.
In February 2009 after returning from a string of magic appearances in Japan, Zabrecky performed for Michael Jackson, four months before Jackson's death. He was hired to perform for Blanket's 7th birthday at Jackson's Holmby Hills home (A juggler and a hula-hoop artist also performed; there were no other party guests.)
In 2010 he performed at New York's longest-running Off-Broadway magic show, Monday Night Magic. In 2011, Magic Magazine described him as, "A unique persona, highly reminiscent of Norman Bates, with a bit of Rod Serling in the mix -- a psycho from the Twilight Zone, doing magic. Whether performing the Diminishing Cards while spasmodically "dancing" off beat to the music, getting electrocuted, cutting paper into two-headed dolls, or introducing his 95-year-old grandfather -- who turns out to be ashes in an urn -- the results are both mystifying and amusing, fascinating and entertaining. One cannot help but wonder, however, just how much of the strange fellow onstage is the real Rob and how much is acted by design."
Night of Zabrecky, a one-man variety show, was premiered and developed at the Steve Allen Theater from 2010 - 2012. The show featured highlights from his award winning Magic Castle act, song & dance, conversations with the moon, and audience interaction. "These new shows, at the Steve Allen Theater, allow Zabrecky to combine his many talents -- acting, music, magic and dance -- into one highly entertaining bundle with a distinct point of view." (L.A. Times)
He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the Academy of Magical Arts where he is also one of the primary Seance Mediums in the Houdini Seance Room.
As the front man for Possum Dixon, Zabrecky became a notable figure in the early 1990s emerging Silver Lake independent music scene. During those years he wrote, recorded and performed with several musicians and producers including Beck, Earle Mankey, Tom Rothrock, Pleasant Gehman, Carla Bozulich, Tim O'Heir and others.
In 1998, Zabrecky, with Possum Dixon released New Sheets, which would be the last album by the band. The LP, produced by Ric Ocasek, featured co-written material with Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey, Dave Stewart and Pat MacDonald. Shortly after the breakup of Possum Dixon he spent time singing for the Los Angeles art rock band, Human Hands and played bass in a Gun Club tribute band alongside original members Ward Dotson and Terry Graham.
In early 2010 he appeared on-stage with Maria McKee at a fund raiser in Hollywood. The pair sang a duet to Lou Reed's Satellite of Love. The pair performed the song again as part of a Night of Zabrecky performance at the Steve Allen Theater in 2012.
He is a skilled auctioneer, trained by Bonhams auction house (known then as Butterfield & Butterfield), during the late 1990s. For over a decade he has helped organizations such as the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, The Academy of Magical Arts, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Laguna Art Museum, Project Angel Food, and many others with fundraising events.
Additionally, he has played the role of an auctioneer on several television shows including "Brothers & Sisters" and "The Mentalist."
Zabrecky has appeared in magazine and print advertisements for Vogue Italia, Mercedes Benz, Flaunt, UNICEF and Oliver Peoples among others.
Zabrecky is married to his wife Tommi. They married in 1998 and live in Los Angeles, California.
The Magic Newswire, 2012 ,
The Avant/Garde Diaries, 2012 ,
Dan & Dave, 2012 ,
The Alibi; Illusion Noir, 2012 ,
Los Angeles Times, 2011 ,
Pop Culture: Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie, 2011 ,
Carson Daly, 2010 ,
Music for Deaf People chapbook (1992),
Smartish Pace Art/Poetry Journal (contributor),
The Underground Guide to Los Angeles (contributor),
Stories of Famous Magicians (contributor),
Secrets of My Friends 2 (contributor),
MAGIC, The Magazine for Magicians (contributor) ,
MUM, The Society of American Magicians (contributor) ,
An Exploration at the Intersection of Magic and Theater (2010) ,
Awards and Nominations:
1999 LA Weekly Award for Best Pop/Rock Band (Award),
1999 California Music Awards (Award),
2008 Parlour Magician of the Year, Academy of Magical Arts (Nomination),
2009 Parlour Magician of the Year, Academy of Magical Arts (Nomination),
2010 Parlour Magician of the Year, Academy of Magical Arts (Nomination) ,
2010 Stage Magician of the Year, Academy of Magical Arts (Nomination) ,
2011 Lecturer of the Year, Academy of Magical Arts (Nomination),
2011 Stage Magician of the Year (Award) ,
2012 Stage Magician of the Year (Award)