BEST Branson Magic Shows 2018
Forty years ago you might have visited Branson, MO for a great gospel, country music or bluegrass show, but now thousands flock to this family vacation mecca for so much more, including great magic. With over 50 theaters offering live entertainment morning, noon and night, you will find Branson to be a surprising competitor for some of that Vegas live entertainment sparkle and fun. If Branson is your families next vacation destination, then be sure to catch one of the many magic shows on offer and we're pretty sure you won't be disappointed.
CURRENT Magic Shows in Branson, MO
Andy Williams Performing Arts Center and Theatre - Various Dates
After years of traveling the world, doing countless Vegas shows and doing numerous television appearances, Rick is back in Branson with a regular show. His spectacular stage show is big, bold and beautiful. His years as a ballroom dancer add a grace and fluidity to his performances that few magicians can match. He has won numerous awards including Stage Magician of the Year given by The Academy of Magical Arts. His shows will keep the whole family enthralled from young to old. Rick's shows are also affordable, with a great children's ticket price and a family pass price as well.
Branson's Famous Theatre - Various Dates
Reza is back in Branson with his own stage show called Edge of Illusion. This young, cutting-edge magician is bringing something fresh to the world of magic. His show incorporates both large glitzy illusions and clever sleight of hand tricks. His charm and wit will win you over and there is something in his show for everyone. Reza has been on television all over the world and was voted Branson's Best Magician of the Year 2016. Come see this rising star of magic.
Jim Stafford Theatre - Various Dates
Taylor's Magic and Comedy Show is truly a family fun experience. Taylor loves to bring up kids from the audience to participate, there's tons of youthful energy onstage and there is even a wonderfully sweet dog that assists with some of the illusions. His full team helps Taylor to showcase some fabulous illusions. Not only will the family enjoy seeing the show, but they will get to meet and greet the performers after the show. Taylor has over 4 decades of experience and has been seen on America's Got Talent.
Hamners' Variety Theatre - Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday
Yes, this is a magic show but it has a little secret! It is really a variety show that includes magic, acrobatics, ventriloquism, dancing and more. There is something for the whole family and you get lots of bang for your buck. This two-hour show will feature world-class magicians Dave and Denise Hamner who have received both a Merlin Award and a Bronze Lion Head Award. They were also featured on NBC's World's Greatest Magic and have performed at Hollywood's Magic Castle. This show has a bevy of birds, a gorilla, and a large cast of talented performers. This is clean family fun!
That Old Ozark Magic
Deep in the heavily forested hills of southern Missouri, not far from the Arkansas border, lies a place of wonder, fun and especially magic...stunned? Most people are. That place, however, is Branson, Missouri. When thinking about the Midwest, words like “entertainment” or “magic” seem like a foreign concept. Oddly enough, this modest section of Missouri has always had some magic. Whether based on a dare, too much alcohol, or an impressive amount of forward thinking, Reuben Branson decided to put down roots in a small Ozark settlement in 1882. He later opened a general store and post office close to a riverboat stop on the White River. While the land was beautiful, it wasn’t all that inviting until the promise of “free land” attracted settlers to the area looking for freebies. And the city of Branson was born.
Missouri’s Ozark area is naturally prone to large caves (and lots of bats). In 1894, William Henry Lynch purchased one such cave (but not the bats) that he named Marvel Cave. The first Branson attraction was born. Travelers would come to see the magic of this natural wonder, starting Branson off on its path to entertainment mecca.
With the publication of The Shepherd of the Hills in 1907, Branson was soon visited by scores of people looking to experience the magic captured in the author’s story. Local businessmen saw this opportunity and soon hotels started popping up. As more visitors came to Branson, more entertainment was needed to satisfy curiosity and ensure repeat customers. By the 1950’s, and with the completion of the Table Rock Dam, flooding problems were solved and theaters were being built.
As musical entertainment dominated the scene, other theaters sought out diverse types of entertainment. Magic shows and illusionists were slowly added to Branson’s growing list of attractions. Finally, people actually had a reason to visit Missouri--even in the summer. The 70s through the 90s saw Branson become the live entertainment capital of the Midwest. With literally hundreds of live shows weekly, magicians and illusionists came to Branson and set up their acts.
The illusionists Dave and Denise Hamner bought a small theater, featuring a variety of family-friendly and eye-popping magic shows. With Reza’s Edge of Illusion, you get a quirky and fun magic show that takes an unconventional spin on traditional tricks. Or explore the humor and magic of Taylor Reed. For the young (or older...we’re not judging) magic lover, there’s the Magic Shop. Purchase simple to complex magic tricks to feed the inner Houdini.
While Midwest stereotypes may abound, Branson, MO shows that even the most unassuming place can hold unprecedented magic and fun.
PAST Branson Magic Shows
Branson Famous Theatre
Brad Ross has performed magic in more countries than we care to count and has been on literally hundreds of international television shows. It is not surprising to find out that he brands himself as an International Star Illusionist. One of Brad's many world tour experiences has been to perform as master illusionist for Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show. He is also the recipient of the Merlin Award (magic's Oscars), for Best International Family Entertainer. Brad brings a boy next door charm and lots of enthusiastic energy to the stage in a show full of participation and family fun. Be sure to keep your eyes out for any future visits to Branson.
Branson is a great place for family fun, and Branson's magic shows are perfect for everyone in the whole family. Most shows offer children's pricing, on top of already great ticket prices for adults! The kids will be grateful that you took them to see something with some flash, fun and a huge dose of the mysterious. It may even inspire the little ones to dream big and create some magic in their own lives.