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Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Oct. 23, 2014 – In a move designed to bring a taste of Las Vegas to East Tennessee, The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has signed nationally known star magician Darren Romeo, “the Voice of Magic,” to a multi-year, contract beginning March 7, 2015. Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment will be investing millions in the new show. Romeo, a magician and a singer, will bring his critically acclaimed full-scale production show to the Smoky Mountains to star in “Magic Beyond Belief.” The new show will feature 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.
The first and only protégé of world-renowned magicians Siegfried & Roy, Romeo will appear 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. He previously performed in his own show as “Siegfried & Roy http://siegfriedandroy.com/ presents, Darren Romeo” at the Mirage Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and all over the world. He has also performed in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace and the Flamingo Hilton, and at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and venues such as the Eldorado Resort Casino in Reno, Nev., Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Miss., and Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, (N.J.).
Magician Romeo said, “Magic is my passion and The Smoky Mountain Opry is one of the most beautiful theaters I’ve ever seen. I will be able to present the biggest and best version of my show to date. Siegfried and Roy forever changed the face of entertainment. As their protégé, it is my job to honor and celebrate their legacy as I present illusions with these majestic tigers.”
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 Siegfried & Roy’s protégé, Romeo will perform close-up magic and sleight of hand tricks in the new show as well. Two large video screens will complement the show as well as music, dancers, new elaborate sets and costumes and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. There will be interactive media designed for the audience to participate in illusions from their seats.
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.
David Fee, co-owner of the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater and president of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group said, “I can’t believe we were able to sign a contract with a world-famous magician of the caliber of Darren Romeo, and now Pigeon Forge has a new star! We are thrilled to have Darren join us at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater. He is an amazing magician, singer, actor, and impressionist. He is extremely special and unique.”
Fee said a worldwide search was launched last year to find the right magician who could offer a family friendly show that would leave audiences spellbound. “We knew Darren had been voted ‘Entertainer of the Year’, so we had our sights set on him,” Fee said. “When word spread among magicians of what we were looking for, other magicians began contacting us for the sole purpose of suggesting we consider hiring Darren.
“To have that level of respect among your peers is very telling of his talent,” Fee said. “Once Darren saw our beautiful state-of-the–art venue, and met our rare white lion and our tigers, he told us that he was interested in creating a long-term partnership that would provide his show a permanent home. His show mixes amazing magic with music and he is mesmerizing. He has one of the best magic shows I have ever seen and I am a former magician.”
Fee used to be a professional magician and his business partner, Jim Hedrick, was a professional juggler. Fee performed at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville. Both Fee and Hedrick performed at the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans, La., and were featured entertainers on Carnival Cruise Lines for over 10 years. Their roots go way back to being performers at Magic World in Pigeon Forge. When they opened The Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge in 1995 they were performers as well as co-owners.
Jim Hedrick, co-owner of The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater and sr. vice president of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group said, “Darren is unbelievable. He will daze, amaze and astound. He can sing and do magic tricks at the same time. This show will be totally new and different and huge. The show is full of mystery and illusion and is one of the best magic acts of all time. It is a show that families can enjoy together, and will want to see again and again.”
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 afternoon matinee slot at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. 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) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit
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 Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is currently running a special combination show deal that offers customers the opportunity to buy a ticket to “The Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Show” for $49.95 plus tax each which qualifies them to purchase “The Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Dinner Show” at a hugely discount rate of only $14.95 plus tax. 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. +++
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