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Magician Romeo to appear in new theater

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Jan. 31, 2017 — The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is proud to present the return of “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” in the ALL NEW Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo Theater, 2135 Parkway in Pigeon Forge (across the street from “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™”). Co-owners David Fee and Jim Hedrick, of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, will premiere the new 525 seat-theater on Friday, March 3.

Romeo, an internationally acclaimed magician, has been the star of Fee/Hedrick’s “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” show for the past two years in a matinee show at The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater. Romeo will now star in his own show in a magical evening time slot at the new theater.

This full, two-hour “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” production will feature stunning illusions, mind-boggling special effects, parody celebrity impersonations, hilarious comedy, vocal performance and a huge tribute to the magicians who inspired him the most:  Siegfried and Roy and Harry Blackstone Jr. It is a high-energy, fast-faced production.

“As a former magician myself, I have loved magic all of my life,” said David Fee, co-owner of the new theater. “Darren Romeo is one of the best magicians I have ever seen. He is extremely special and unique. His show mixes amazing magic with music, and it is mesmerizing! We are very proud of Darren and of the success of his show in Pigeon Forge and it became obvious to us that he needed his own theater.”

“We expect to invest over $500,000 dollars in theater upgrades to complete the theater with all of the bells and whistles for a truly magical experience,” Fee said. “Two large video screens will complement the show, as well as the glamour of mood-setting lights, engaging music, new elaborate sets, fantastic costumes and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.” Fee says the show will leave the entire family spellbound.

Romeo, the first and only protégé of Master Magicians Siegfried and Roy, will appear Monday through Saturday, March through October, at The Magic Beyond Belief Darren Romeo Theater.  Romeo’s “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” is known for his combination of live singing with the art of magic and illusion for a one-of-a-kind magical performance.

Before coming to Pigeon Forge, Romeo previously performed in his own show as “Siegfried & Roy presents: Darren Romeo” at the Mirage in Las Vegas and all over the world.  He has also performed in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace, at the Flamingo Hilton and at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.
Magician Romeo said, “Magic is my passion, and I will be able to present the biggest and best versions of my show to date in the new Magic Beyond Belief Darren Romeo Theater.”

One of the most awarded magicians in the history of magic, Romeo has garnered an extensive list of accolades including:
“Show of the Year” (2 years in a row) from the Branson Critic Association, Magician of the Year” from the Magic Castle, The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc., the prestigious Merlin Award for “Entertainer of the Year” from the International Magician’s Society and the Milbourne Christopher Award for “Notable Contributions to the Art of Magic” from The Society of American Magicians (SAM).

In addition to all of the large illusions people would expect to see on stage from Siegfried and Roy’s protégé, Romeo will perform close-up magic and sleight of hand tricks in the new show as well.

Romeo will carry on Harry Blackstone Jr.’s legacy by performing his famous “Floating Light Bulb” Illusion.  He is the only magician in the world granted permission from the Blackstone family to perform this tribute.

The New York Daily News called Romeo’s show “Irresistible” and the Las Vegas Review Journal said it was “the most unique and compelling show to hit the strip in many years.” Entertainment Today said his show was “Extraordinary. Fantastic!”

“We want to provide clean wholesome entertainment for families who will return to see our shows again and again,” Fee said. “Our new theater is Beyond Belief! Get your tickets now before they all . . . DISAPPEAR!”

“Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” will be performed at 8:15 p.m. on Monday through Saturday.  Tickets for the show will be $29.95, plus tax per person and children 11 and under are only $9.95 plus tax per person. There will be a combo deal when guests buy tickets to “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” they will be able to purchase tickets to “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” for $19.95 plus tax per person. For more information visit pigeonforgemagic.com.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including “The Smoky Mountain Opry,™” “The Comedy Barn®,” The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud,™” and “The Smith Morning Variety Show.”

A legacy of magic makes appearance at “Magic Beyond Belief™ starring Darren Romeo

wife of late magic icon Harry Blackstone Jr. visited Pigeon Forge at the Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater

Pictured are Gay Blackstone and Darren Romeo

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2016–- The “Magic Beyond Belief™” Show in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., starring nationally known magician Darren Romeo, “The Voice of Magic,” hosted a special magical guest recently at The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater.  Gay Blackstone of Los Angeles, the widow and former magic assistant of the late stage magician and illusionist, Harry Blackstone, Jr., was in attendance to see what her late husband inspired.

Romeo has long been a fan of the late famous illusionist Harry Blackstone Jr., and his wife.  Blackstone was Romeo’s inspiration for entering the profession after he received a magic kit for Christmas at the age of 9. At age 11 Romeo attended one of Blackstone’s shows, where he was enamored watching the Blackstones’ perform. This was when he first saw Blackstone’s signature piece, “The Floating Light Bulb Illusion.”   “Blackstone was the first magician I ever saw,” said Romeo. “He took a lighted bulb from a lamp and floated it, still glowing, through a small hoop,” Romeo said.  “He then threw the light bulb from the stage, and it floated out over the heads of the audience.

“I was a kid watching my idol,” Romeo said.  “I wanted to meet him, so I wrote him a note on the back of my business card, ‘I am 11 years old.  I love magic.  Can I please see you after the show?” The Blackstones did indeed meet him after the show and gave him their doves from the performance that day.

Upon Blackstone’s death, Gay Blackstone found Romeo’s business card in her husband’s wallet.   “Out of the thousands of people who gave Harry Blackstone their business card, Darren’s was the one that was in his wallet when he died,” Blackstone stated.  “That is the magic of life that you cannot explain.”

Romeo and Gay Blackstone became friends. Romeo says they came close to having a show that was “Blackstone presents Darren Romeo,” but then Siegfried and Roy entered Romeo’s life. Romeo said, “So before my Las Vegas premiere at the Mirage, I said to Gay, ‘Siegfried and Roy and I have been in your lives and Harry’s.  Harry was one of the most influential people in my life. Could I have the honor of performing the ‘Floating Light Bulb illusion?’”

darren-romeo-performs-__floating-light-bulb-illusion__1Blackstone said, “I discussed it with my daughter, and my daughter said, ‘Dad would have liked it to continue with Darren.’  We decided it must be someone who has great respect for his legacy. We said this is a young magician who is going to do magic and make it magical, so we agreed to let him have the rights to perform the illusion.”  Romeo first performed the “Floating Light Bulb Illusion” five years after Blackstone died.

“The first time Gay saw me perform was at the Magic Castle in Hollywood,” Romeo said.  “It was a very emotional thing for me.”

Blackstone said, “Darren’s premier of the lightbulb illusion was bittersweet and glorious.  I never wanted to see the illusion leave the world of magic.”

Today Romeo carries on Harry Blackstone Jr.’s legacy  by performing his famous “Floating Light Bulb Illusion”  at The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater.  He is the only magician in the world granted permission from the Blackstone family to perform the illusion and full tribute. It is one of only three pieces of magic that is protected and controlled.

Blackstone said, “Harry’s legacy continues at the lovely Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge.  The legacy is continuing.  I am proud to be a part of it.  As the magic goes on, the legacy goes on.  There is a lot of magic in the world but very few miracles. The ‘Floating Light Bulb Illusion’ is a miracle.”

darren-romeo-performs-__floating-light-bulb-illusion__2As the saying goes, the show must go on, and it does. Romeo, a magician and a singer, stars in his critically acclaimed full-scale production show “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo that features exotic animals including: a white Bengal tiger, stunning large-scale original illusions, vocal performances, celebrity impersonations, mind-boggling special effects, comedy, and a huge tribute to the magicians who inspired him the most, Harry Blackstone Jr. and Siegfried and Roy.

Romeo appears six days-a-week March through October at The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater.  Romeo’s “Magic Beyond Belief™” is known for his combination of live singing with the art of magic and illusion for a one-of-a-kind magical performance.

Magician Romeo said, “Magic is my passion, and The Smoky Mountain Opry is one of the most beautiful theaters I’ve ever seen.  I am able to present the biggest and best version of my show to date.  It is my joy to honor and celebrate Blackstone’s legacy as I present the ‘Floating Light Bulb Illusion.”

One of the most awarded magicians in the history of magic, Romeo has garnered an extensive list of accolades including:

“Magician of the Year” from The Magic Castle, The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc., “Show of the Year” (2 years in a row) from the Branson Critic Association, and the “Milbourne Christopher Award for Notable Contributions to the Art of Magic” from The Society of American Magicians (SAM).

In addition to all of the large illusions people would expect to see on stage from someone with the very select rights to perform Blackstone’s legacy illusion and Siegfried & Roy’s protégé, Romeo also performs close-up magic and sleight of hand tricks in the show.  Two large video screens complement the show as well as music, dancers, elaborate sets and costumes and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.

The New York Daily News called Romeo’s show “Irresistible” and the Las Vegas Review-Journal said it was “the most unique and compelling show to hit the strip in many years.” While Entertainment Today said his show was “Extraordinary. Fantastic!”

Romeo is a highest ranking member of the Inner Magic Circle (MIMC), a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) and the Society of American Magicians (SAM).  Romeo is also a lifetime member of the International Magicians Society (IMS), who awarded him with a “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

“Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo is performed in the afternoon matinee slot at The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater at 3:00 p.m. every day except Wednesday. Tickets for the show are $29.95, plus tax each and children 3 to 11 are only $9.95 plus tax. Children under 3 years old are free.  The theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  For more information, call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit www.pigeonforgemagic.com .

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, also owns and produces four other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including “The Comedy Barn®”, “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™,” “The Smoky Mountain Opry™” Show, and “The Smith Morning Variety Show.”  The company also owns Happy Days restaurant and Chef’s Catering.

Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment offers a combination show deal when guests buy a ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” for $54.95 plus tax they can buy a ticket to “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo for only $19.95 plus tax for an adult ticket. With this combo deal, children are free to the “Magic Beyond Belief™” show starring Darren Romeo (after guests have bought a child’s ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™”). +++

Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Holds Area Appreciation Days Through May 19

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., May 10, 2016 – The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., one of the largest theater production companies in the southeast, is holding Area Appreciation Days now through May 19th to invite residents who live and work in Sevier and neighboring counties to attend any Fee/Hedrick shows in Pigeon Forge for a special appreciation rate.   Those who live or work in Sevier, Blount, Knox, Greene, Anderson, Cocke, Jefferson, Loudon, Roane, Union, Grainger and Hamblen counties can attend the following shows for only $9.95 plus tax:   “The Comedy Barn®,” The “Smith Morning Variety Show,” “Magic Beyond Belief”™ starring Darren Romeo, and “The Smoky Mountain Opry.”™ The Area Appreciation Days special dinner/show rate for The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud”™ is $19.95 plus tax for adults and $9.95 plus tax for children.

Anyone living or working in these counties must present a valid county driver’s license or proof of residence and a photo ID or a current business paycheck stub (within 30 days) and a photo ID. Each adult must show a valid ID.

“We appreciate the people of Sevier County and our neighboring counties who support our theaters and refer others to our shows throughout the year,” said theater co-owner David Fee. “This year’s Area Appreciation Days are our way to say thank you.”

Jim Hedrick, theater co-owner said, “Area Appreciation Days also provides us with an opportunity to share five fantastic production shows and celebrate the kick-off to the 2016 season.”

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Darren Romeo Talks to the Animals in Second Season at “Magic Beyond Belief™”

MagicSecondSeason1Pigeon Forge, Tenn., March 28, 2016– “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo has begun its second season of magical entertainment complete with thrills, surprises and exotic animals at the Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.  Romeo, a magician and a singer, stars in a critically acclaimed, full-scale production magic show that features white tigers, large-scale original illusions, vocal performances, celebrity impersonations, comedy and a huge tribute to the magicians who inspired him the most:  Siegfried and Roy and Harry Blackstone Jr.

“This year there are some new and fun elements added to an already incredible one-of-a-kind illusion show,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  “We hope you will join Darren as he ‘Talks to the Animals’ combining puppetry designed by Michael Curry (of Broadway’s ‘The Lion King) and the incredible magic from Siegfried & Roy’s Las Vegas show.  The hilarious ‘Tiger Tails’ segment that Siegfried and Roy gave Darren contains puppet tails that come to life, dancing around the stage, all the while interacting, talking and singing with Darren. This new addition is definitely sure to be a treat for kids of all ages!

“There is also a new magical piece celebrating ‘Heroes’ that has been added to the show,” Fee said.  “We all have heroes. When we are children, we have heroes, and as we grow older, our definition of heroes changes. In a beautiful, magical, musical, multimedia tribute to heroes of all kinds, Darren introduces a rare Frank Sinatra song with an entirely new and modern twist. This is the don’t miss show of 2016!

“All that said, this outrageously high energy show that features magic, music, comedy and our 650-pound tiger, Hollywood, is sure to be the talk of the town again this season,” Fee said. “Magic Beyond Belief is Pigeon Forge’s premier show for amazing, heart-pounding, fast-paced magic and grand illusions!”

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“Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Siegfried & Roy’s Protégé, Darren Romeo, Opening Saturday

DarrenRomeo_pressPigeon Forge, Tenn., March 5, 2015– “Magic Beyond Belief™,” starring Siegfried & Roy’s Protégé, nationally known magician Darren Romeo, “The Voice of Magic,” will open Saturday, March 7 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for a seven-month engagement through Oct. 25, 2015.

Romeo, a magician and a singer, will bring his critically acclaimed full-scale production to The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in the 3 p.m. matinee time slot.  The new show features tigers, large-scale original illusions, vocal performances, celebrity impersonations, comedy, and a huge tribute to the magicians who inspired him the most: Harry Blackstone Jr., and Romeo’s mentors, Siegfried and Roy.

Theater owner David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group said, “We can’t wait to open this astonishing magic show at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater.  Darren Romeo has a powerful mix of singing, incredible illusions, exotic animals and many surprises that make it a one-of-a-kind show.  Prepare to be amazed! It will be a truly entertaining experience for the whole family.”

In addition to worldwide touring, Romeo starred in his own show as “Siegfried & Roy presents, Darren Romeo” at the Mirage Resort Hotel and Casino. He has also performed in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace and the Flamingo Hilton and at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood to name but a few.

One of the most awarded magicians in the history of magic, Romeo has garnered an extensive list of accolades including: “Magician of the Year” from the Magic Castle, The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc.; “Show of the Year” (2 years in a row) from the Branson Critic Association and the ”Milbourne Christopher Award for Notable Contributions to the Art of Magic” from The Society of American Magicians (SAM).

Recognizing the historical importance the “Art of Magic” has had throughout the centuries, Romeo will honor Harry Blackstone Jr.’s legacy by performing his famous “Floating Light Bulb” Illusion – the only magician in the world granted permission from the Blackstone family to perform this full tribute.

The New York Daily News called Romeo’s show “Irresistible” and the Las Vegas Review-Journal said it was “the most unique and compelling show to hit the strip in many years”, while Entertainment Today said his show was “Extraordinary. Fantastic!”

Darren Romeo in “Magic Beyond Belief™” will be performed in the The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The magic show  will not perform on Wednesdays due to the 3 p.m. Smoky Mountain Opry Show.  Tickets for the show will be  $29.95, plus tax each and children 11 and under are only $9.95 plus tax. The theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  For more information call the theater’s box office (865) 428-SHOW (7469) or 1-800-768-1170 or visit

www.pigeonforgemagic.com .

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, also owns and produces four other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including  “The Smoky Mountain Opry,” “The Comedy Barn®”, “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show,” and “The Blackwoods Morning Show” featuring the world-famous Blackwoods.  The company also owns Happy Days restaurant, Chef’s Catering and a web site, www.seepigeonforge.com, which helps guests plan their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.