Our Stage Manager Mike was destined for show business. From nearby Oneida, Tenn, he was the classic “small town boy with big dreams”. His creative imagination kept him busy throughout his childhood. Always producing, performing, directing and dreaming never far from the spotlight. He is as comfortable center stage as if he were in his own backyard. It was while pursuing his business degree and working as professional fitness trainer that Mike accepted his first theatrical job for a top modeling agency that had him crisscrossing the country appearing both on the runway as well as print ads. In 2003 Mike auditioned for Terry’s “Grand Illusion” magic show. It was obvious that Mike had the qualities and the abilities that make for class showmanship. Because of Mike’s natural skills and theatrical background he quickly moved from the lead male assistant to stage manager in charge of all aspects of production, from the footlights back. In addition to local venues for the past eight years Mike has also assumed the duties of production manager for Terry Evanswood’s national tours. Mike’s professionalism on and off stage makes him truly a class act!
Jessica is originally from Boston, Massachusetts but has called East Tennessee her "home" since 2004. In the last 10 years, Jessica has graced several stages in the Pigeon Forge area. In 2005, she was a featured vocalist at the Smoky Mountain Jubilee. The following year, Jessica was a featured performer at Dollywood in two of its most popular shows; "Country Crossroads" and "Christmas in the Smokies". In 2008, she was a featured singer on Holland America Cruise Lines that took her to the beautiful state of Alaska. After her return home to the Smoky Mountains, Jessica became a singer and dancer for the Tennessee Shindig. She was also a featured singer and dancer at The Grand Majestic Theater in "America's Hit Parade" for the 2013 season. Jessica first met and worked with Terry Evanswood in 2009. Little did she know, she would fall in love with the joy a magic show brings people of all ages. Jessica is thrilled to be back with Terry and the rest of the cast bringing smiles, tears, and most of all, wonder to audiences that come to find magic!
Jessie was born into magic, literally. The vivacious, petite, performer toured and appeared with her Illusionist Godparents 'The Belmonts" as a child and teenager. Jessica is passionate about magic, her teenage years were spent absorbing and learning as much as she could about magic as an art-form and business. She is an avid magic fan and collector reading magic history and actively collecting magic antiques, autographs, posters and props. Peterson’s favorite magicians include Doug Henning, Channing Pollack, Celeste Evans, Houdini, Del Ray, Lance Burton and Blackstone Sr and Jr.
Jessica embraces all forms of performance and at twenty-six years old, she has had an eclectic career to date. At just 15 years old, she was one of few chosen to compete in the World Magic Seminar’s Teen Competition. At 16, she was the featured Illusionist in ‘Shazzam’ at Clementon Amusement Park. She toured with Ward Hall’s side-show “World of Wonders” and honed skills as a fire-eater and barker, she’s assisted cross-bow performer Ben Blaque at Flic Flac circus in Germany, and has worked the fair and festival circuit for several consecutive years.
Jessica has just recently returned from touring the world as the star magician of ‘Illusions’ onboard the Costa Classica. She performed for over a year on the ship along with her cast and crew.
She can currently be seen in Terry Evanswood’s Wonders of Magic at Wonderworks in Pigeon Forge, TN.