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Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains are famous for their family-friendly entertainment! Gatlinburg and the surrounding cities have become a magnet for talented magicians, musicians, and actors. Whether you’re in the mood for mind-blowing spectacles or laugh out loud comedy, you’re guaranteed to find a show with your name on it in the Smokies. To help you make the most of your next vacation, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to the three best shows in Gatlinburg TN.

1. Impossibilities: Magic, Mindreading & Mayhem

Running at the Iris Theater in the Gatlinburg Space Needle, Impossibilities is a one-of-a-kind show unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Starring magical comedian Chris Collins and master mentalist Erik Dobell, this show promises “magic, mindreading, and mayhem”, and delivers heaping helpings of all three.

Collins and Dobell have taken their act all around the world, including stints in Las Vegas and South Korea. The duo has also frequently appeared on television, including the hit show America’s Got Talent.

Guests at the Impossibilities show can expect to enjoy a little over an hour of mind-bending tricks. Trust us, you’ll still be trying to figure out how they performed some of their illusions weeks after your vacation! Audience participation is a big part of the show, and volunteers will even have the chance to come right up on stage.

2. Musical Comedies at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre

The Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre hosts some of the very best shows in Gatlinburg TN! Established in 1977, this vaudeville-style theater has built a stellar reputation for its original musical comedies, some of which have gone on to be performed in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Much like The Carol Burnett Show or Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the shows at Sweet Fanny Adams are filled with zany and outrageous humor that will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter.

The Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre produces a number of different shows throughout the year, so you can come back again and again to see a different performance!

3. Jessica Jane’s Magic, Comedy & Variety Show

In addition to its musical comedies, the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre also hosts Jessica Jane’s Magic, Comedy & Variety Show. Named the “2017 Magic Entertainer of the Year” by the TMT Entertainment Awards, Jessica Jane Peterson is a world-class magician, fire-eater, and storyteller. Fans of the television program Penn & Teller: Fools Us may recognize Jessica from her memorable performance on the show.

In her Gatlinburg variety show, Jessica Jane dazzles the audience with head-scratching sleight-of-hand tricks, a bit of hypnosis, incredible stunts, and tales from her day as a circus performer. After the show, Jessica loves to chat with guests and pose for pictures, so don’t hesitate to say hello!

Located right on the Parkway, The Appy Lodge is just minutes away from all of the best shows in Gatlinburg TN. Offering free parking, complimentary breakfast, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and walk-in showers, our lodge has everything you need for an unforgettable escape. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of Gatlinburg hotel rooms!