The “Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show,” is not only Branson’s best true variety show offering an array of singers, dancers, an impressionist, a ventriloquist, an aerialist, exotic birds, one-of-a-kind magic tricks and illusions, it is a fun, family-friendly experience that must be seen to be believed.
The brainchild of Merlin Award winning husband and wife illusionists Dave and Denise Hamner, the “Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show” is the culmination of a dream more than 25 years in in the making. Dave and Denise have been at the pinnacle of the magic community for more than 25 years, calling Branson home for more than a decade. After a successful partnership with ventriloquist Jim Barber ended in 2013, the Hamners decided they wanted something different. Very different.
“For many years we had a clear vision of what we wanted for a variety show,” Dave said. “And our new cast has the same feelings, goals and vision for this new show.”
The first thing Dave and Denise did was recruit two well known vocalists in Tamra Tinoco, star of the Magnificent Variety Show,” also at the Hamners’ Variety Theatre, and singing impressionist Jeff Brandt.
“We know here in Branson they like a lot of music, so we brought in Tamra, who is one of the best female vocalists, not just here, but anywhere,” Dave beamed. “And, of course, Jeff, who is a great impressionist performing everything from Elvis to Kenny Rogers and the Oak Ridge Boys, (yes, all of them) he also has a wonderful voice as himself.”
With Jeff and Tamra on board, Dave and Denise kept stockpiling talent, adding the graceful and jaw-dropping Russian acrobatic adagio pair of Vadim and Mariya Serykh and the hilarious comedy of ventriloquist Brenda Hahne, who literally has her hands full with her Aunt Ruby. Dave and Denise rounded out one of the best production teams in the area when choreographer and dancer A.J. Heard and assistant choreographer and dancer Ken Brown returned.
Armed with the perfect cast, crew and production team, Dave and Denise went to work on a handful of all-new thrilling illusions, up-close magic and a totally new format.
In the spring of 2014, the “Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show” opened to rave reviews from fans and critics alike.
While the show definitely has its share of flash, there is also substance, especially when Dave pays tribute to the Veterans.
“One of the things we’re most proud of is we’ve updated our tribute to the veterans with a new original song by A.J.’s husband and local entertainer Bucky Heard,” Dave said. “We added some new interviews from Pentagon officials who were there during the 9/11 attacks, and it’s just powerful stuff.”
Hamner said he is proud of his wife, the cast and the crew for making sure the show lives up to its name each and every night and is truly “Unbelievable.”
“That’s the name of the show, but more importantly, that’s what we want people to say once they see it,” he said. “We’re so excited about the show, and what we have here, so we want people to have a full experience and to leave satisfied that they saw something truly unbelievable.”
From the time the curtain opens to the sounds of the classic rock tune “Grand Illusion” until the emotional finale, guests are treated to some of the finest entertainment on any stage, in any venue, in any place. You must see it to believe it.