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Visitors to Gatlinburg, TN now have another can’t-miss show to add to their vacation itinerary! Acclaimed illusionist Jessica Jane Peterson recently launched her very own Magic, Comedy & Variety show in the Smokies. Having appeared on Penn & Teller’s TV program and in a number of popular shows around Sevier County, it’s no surprise that Jessica Jane was named the 2017 Magic Entertainer of the Year by the TMT Entertainment Awards.
Running at the historic Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre in downtown Gatlinburg, Jessica Jane’s one-of-a-kind show features head-scratching tricks, hilarious family-friendly comedy routines, heartfelt storytelling, and great music. Read on to learn everything you need to know about Jessica Jane and her new Gatlinburg magic show.
Destined to Become a Magician
Believe it or not, Jessica Jane has been participating in magic shows since before she was born! As Jessica told the Knoxville News Sentinel, “My mom was a magician’s assistant when she was pregnant with me. My mom was getting sawed in half while she was pregnant with me. True story.”
A native of Franklinville, New Jersey, Jessica spent her youth touring all across America with her magical family. At first, Jessica would just sit backstage waiting for her parents to finish the show, but age 10, she officially joined the act when her folks started sawing her in half on stage! Before long, Jessica Jane was doing her own bits in her family’s magic show as they performed at fairs, festivals, casinos, and theaters around the U.S.
The day after she graduated high school, Jessica literally ran away and joined the circus. At age 17, she became a cast member in a traveling sideshow, where she learned useful skills like walking on broken glass, escaping from straight jackets, and eating fire. After her time with the circus came to a close, Jessica continued to hone her magical abilities performing in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and on cruise ships sailing around the globe.
Around 2009, Jessica Jane moved to Gatlinburg and fell in love with the Smoky Mountains. Before starting her own Gatlinburg magic show, she appeared in the musicals at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre and performed alongside fellow magician Terry Evanswood at The Wonders of Magic show in Pigeon Forge.
Watch Jessica Jane on Penn & Teller: Fool Us
A career highlight for Jessica Jane was her appearance on the hit TV program Penn & Teller: Fool Us. In the show, magicians from around the world come to Las Vegas to attempt to stump the legendary illusionists Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller with a trick that they cannot figure out. You can watch Jessica Jane’s incredible performance in the clip below. Please note that the music cuts out briefly from 1:17 – 1:48, but it isn’t necessary for enjoying the trick.
About Jessica Jane’s Gatlinburg Magic Show
Jessica Jane’s Magic, Comedy & Variety Show has been getting rave reviews from audiences! Here is what TripAdvisor users are saying about the show:
• “We were amazed by Jessica’s magic tricks, mesmerized by her stories, and thoroughly entertained by her comedy routine! It is obvious Jessica loves what she does, and she pulls you into the magic of her show!”
• “It is a true variety show: magic, comedy, singing, illusions, escape, audience participation, family fun! The audience was attentive, appreciative and had a big part in the show. Jessica met with guests after the show in the lobby, which was nice.”
• “You’ll come out of the show feeling like you’ve been hanging out with your best friend. Can’t wait to see it again.”
Jessica Jane’s Magic, Comedy & Variety Show runs at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, which is located at 461 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Tickets for the show are available online.
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