Jessica Jane sees herself as an entertainer first and a magician second. That philosophy is reflected in her new show, Jessica Jane’s Magic Comedy & Variety Show, which opened last month at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The show features singing, dancing, comedy, and, of course, magic.
“Magic is the main thing I do,” she told Laura Fraker of Mountain Fun Life, “but I try to blend a little bit of everything with it to make it a full variety show.”
“I want to be the Carol Burnett of magic,” she said with a smile.
Jane has spent most of her life in and around the magic industry. Her mother was a magician’s assistant and her uncle was a magician. As a child, Jane often accompanied them on tours.
“My mom was getting sawn in half and I was sitting there with beanie babies,” she quipped.
She began practicing the art in her own right at the age of 14, after she got her hands on a dancing cane while visiting Colon, Michigan, “The Magic Capital of the World,” (seriously). A career in magic soon followed, and Jane has since toured the country and made a number of TV appearances, including a great performance on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us. Earlier this year, Markos Papadatos named her as his entertainer to watch in 2018.
Jessica Jane’s Magic Comedy & Variety Show runs every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1pm at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. During busier months, Jane also performs on Wednesdays at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now, and can be had for just $19.95 for adults or $12.95 for children. The show is family friendly.
Digital Journal writer Markos Papadatos picked Jessica Jane Peterson as his entertainer to watch in 2018. Besides ‘magician,’ Tennessee native Peterson has a bunch of very cool entries on her performer’s resume. She’s also a fire-eater and worked as a crossbow assistant. Calling her a ‘seasoned performer’ barely scratches the surface of her more than 10,000 shows done since the age of 16.
Papadatos interviewed Peterson last year about her act, and it shows the breadth of her skills in entertainment as well as her charming personality. We’ll be watching where she goes next in 2018 too.
You can read more about her development as a magician and her encouragement of women in magic here. Or you can take a look at the promotional video for Jessica Jane’s Magic, Comedy and Variety Show, coming to Gatlinburg, Tennessee this year (above). Or revisit her television debut on Penn & Teller: Fool Us below.