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article imageJessica Jane talks magic career, influences and 'Fool Us' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 11, 2017 in Entertainment
Acclaimed female magician Jessica Jane Peterson chatted with Digital Journal about her forthcoming appearance on Penn & Teller's show "Fool Us," and her future endeavors in magic.
Jessica Jane will be appearing on Penn and Teller's Fool Us, which will be televised on August 3 on the CW Network. "I am very excited," she said. "It was an unexpected thing. I went to Las Vegas in January, and I found out that the deadline was coming up for submissions. Never did I think I would be back two months later to film a segment for the show. I am excited to see how it turns out. It was a really great experience."
"I've been eating fire and performing with it for ten years now," she said. Jessica Jane performs regularly in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Throughout her impressive career in the magic scene, she headlined “Illusions” on board Costa Cruise Line all over the Mediterranean Sea. Jessica is a fire eater and was a crossbow assistant to Ben Blaque at Circus Flic Flac in Germany. "Ben is incredible. I was so privileged to work with him. He's a remarkably talented daredevil. I learned a lot from him," she said.
On her magical handkerchief illusion, she said, "That is something I'm working on, and I'm planning on doing new things with it."
Jessica Jane was influenced primarily by her mother, who was a magician's assistant. She subsequently toured with her family in their "Illusions" show. At the age of 15, her father took her me out to the World Magic Seminar, where they were doing a special event with Lance Burton. "They accepted 20 to 30 kids, and we competed there with our acts. I learned so much, if I hadn't attended those seminars,I wouldn't be where I am today," she said, graciously, and went on to express her gratitude towards such magicians as Lance Burton, Jeff McBride and esteemed lecturer Eugene Burger.
She is all about female empowerment, and has praised more female magicians in the scene. Most notably, he had kind remarks about noteworthy female magicians Josephine Lee and Issy Simpson, both of which competed on Britain's Got Talent. She revealed that she had e-mailed Josephine Lee extolling her for her brilliant audition performance on the British reality show, and was thrilled to receive a response from her, and she also praised eight-year-old Issy Simpson. "Issy is adorable. She's doing great. She is smart and sassy," she said.
Most impressive about Jessica Jane is that she has performed over 10,000 shows since the age of 16, but she has never done a television show, so Penn & Teller's Fool Us will be her first appearance on national television.
To learn more about female magician Jessica Jane, check out her official website, and Facebook page.
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