“Jessica Jane Peterson is a testament to the adage that when one door closes, another opens. Her life for the first quarter century has been a series of opportunities that she has grabbed ahold of time and time again.” Tom Vorjohan, The Linking Ring
Jessica Jane is an odd girl, but it’s hard to blame her for it. She was born into magic, literally! Jessica’s mother worked as a magician’s assistant for several illusionists and her father designed various magic tricks and methods. As a child, Jessica spent more time backstage than in her crib. Because she grew up on the road with her family’s magic show, the illusions backstage served as her playground! Her mother would set her in a spot backstage, and she couldn’t leave until the show was over! Her childhood heroes weren’t Ken and Barbie, but Harry Houdini and Harry Blackstone.
When she turned 12, her uncle decided she was old enough to get sawn in half, and she joined the family illusion show as an assistant, tech, and magician!
Jessica is originally from New Jersey where she spent most of her teenage years. Her first side job wasn’t working in a supermarket or delivering newspapers, but performing strolling magic in the casinos in Atlantic City.
When she was 16, her father took her to Las Vegas to attend Lance Burton’s Teen Weekend at the World Magic Seminar. That’s when she became hooked and knew this wasn’t just a hobby, but her future! She returned home and was immediately cast in the ‘Shazam’ illusion show at Clementon Amusement Park in NJ.
At the age of 17, she ran away with the circus and joined Ward Hall’s World of Wonders sideshow, which took her all over the U.S.A. It was there that she learned all the ins and outs of fire eating and other timeless vaudeville stunts.
After her circus adventure, she joined a magical play called The Magyk Tsar with Magician Alan St. George. The show was centered around the last Tsar Nicholas Romanov and his wife Alexandra, who Jessica portrayed
In 2010, she ran away from the circus and joined a home in Pigeon Forge Tennessee, which is one of the busiest tourist destinations in America. She was there on vacation attending Terry Evanswood’s Wonders of Magic show when he suddenly needed a new assistant…five minutes before show time! Jessica jumped in to the action packed illusion show, and she never left! She has performed over 2500 shows with Evanswood.
While in Pigeon Forge, she also performed daily in the neighboring town of Gatlinburg at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. She performed in a 2 hour comedy variety show where she’d sing, dance, and make ’em laugh!
In 2014, acclaimed female magician Connie Boyd cast Jessica in her headline show Illusions onboard Costa Cruise Lines. Jessica became the star of the show and performed everything from a straitjacket escape, to large scale illusions, and even a routine where a mystical sphere floated about the theater. She was also accompanied by a cast of 9 dancers.
Jessica performed on the ship for two season and returned to Gatlinburg TN with a new dream…to have her own show. This dream was put on hold after a terrible wildfire swept through the town leaving it devastated. Quite affected by the fire, she sent an audition video to Penn and Teller: Fool Us talking about her experience. While the story was not the final one filmed for the show, Jessica was invited on and conquered her new found fire fear by performing with it under her control and then making magic with it on National TV on the CW Network.
She returned to Gatlinburg and opened her own 90 minute show at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre to rave reviews!
Jessica currently performs her own show, headlines on cruise ships, entertains at corporate engagements, and just returned from performing 13 shows in 7 countries in 23 days for our men and women serving overseas in the military with the Operation Magic All-Stars produced by Armed Forces Entertainment.