One of Gatlinburg’s most gifted entertainers now has her very own variety show in the Smoky Mountains! Longtime vacationers to the Smokies may recognize Jessica Jane Peterson from her memorable performances at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre and Terry Evanswood’s Wonders of Magic. After years as a supporting player, Peterson is ready to take center stage in Jessica Jane’s Magic, Comedy & Variety Show in Gatlinburg. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Timber Tops Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to Jessica Jane’s thrilling new show.
Jessica Jane’s Magical Life
Jessica Jane Peterson is a rising star in the world of magic. In 2017, she was named the Magic Entertainer of the Year by the TMT Entertainment Awards and she also performed on the hit television show Penn & Teller: Fool Us. During her appearance on Fool Us, Jessica was charged with the task of devising a trick that would stump the legendary magical duo of Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller.
You can watch Jessica Jane’s performance on Penn and Teller’s show in the video below: (Please note that the music cuts out briefly from 1:17 – 1:48, but it isn’t necessary for enjoying the trick.)
While Jessica Jane has been performing in the Smoky Mountains since 2009, she is originally from Franklinville, New Jersey. Born into a family of magicians, Jessica Jane has been on stage since before she was born. As Jessica told the Knoxville News Sentinel, “My mom was a magician’s assistant…[she] was getting sawed in half while she was pregnant with me.”
Growing up, Jessica Jane would travel with her magical parents as they performed at casinos, fairs, festivals, and theaters all around the country. At the age of 10, Jessica officially joined the act when her folks sawed her in half on stage! As she got older, Jessica contributed her own illusions to the show.
After graduating high school at age 17, Jessica took up with a traveling circus sideshow where she picked up valuable skills like fire eating, escaping from straight jackets, and walking on broken glass. Since leaving the circus, Jessica has performed on international cruise ships and in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, and, of course, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
What to Expect at the New Show
Jessica Jane’s Magic, Comedy & Variety Show has something for everyone! Guests can expect to see mind-bending illusions, with everything from close up magic to Houdini-style escapes in the mix. In addition to magic, Jessica enthralls audiences with comedy routines, heartfelt storytelling, and singing. Audience participation is a big part of the show, so you may very well be called up on stage to join in the fun!
Where to Stay in Gatlinburg
When you stay with Timber Tops Cabin Rentals, you will be just a short drive away from Jessica Jane’s Magic, Comedy & Variety Show in Gatlinburg. Our cabins come with your choice of wonderful amenities, including incredible mountain views, decks with hot tubs and rocking chairs, fully furnished kitchens, awesome theater rooms, fun game rooms, and even more excellent features. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 15 bedroom lodges, we are sure to have the ideal property for your escape. To start planning your getaway, browse all of our Gatlinburg vacation rentals!