Meet Gakita the Gorilla at Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show

Branson Wildest ShowWorld renowned performers and illusionists, Dave and Denise Hamner, have some exciting surprises in store for Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show this year, including Gakita the gorilla.

Yep, you heard right: a gorilla. Bet you’re never seen that on a Branson stage before!

As always, the Hamners can be expected to treat their guests with a delightfully fun and incredible experience where birds appear, people fly, voices soar — and humans turn into gorillas.

A welcome new addition to the show, Gakita the gorilla showcases the wilder side of Hamners’ Variety Show and is sure to keep your child’s eyes glued to the stage. Pair that with first rate choreography, side-splitting comedy and mind-boggling magic, and you have one experience in Branson that you don’t want to miss.

HamnerThis season’s show features an exciting mix of old and new, including some of those returning favorites like Dave’s close-up baseball magic tricks, Russian acrobatic pair Vadim and Mariya Serykh, ventriloquist Brenda Hahne and the stunningly accurate vocal impersonations of Jeff Brandt.

The Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show of 2015 is packed full of fun and entertainment, suitable for the entire family and is sure to make for and adventurous night out in Branson.

Get your tickets now and head to Hamners’ Variety Theater to see this one-of-a-kind show featuring Branson’s sole performing gorilla and an entire cast of talented individuals.

6 Incredible New Year’s Eve Shows in Branson

Can you believe it’s almost New Year’s Eve already? I can’t. In fact, I’m in such disbelief, I haven’t made any plans yet! Have you?

If you’re still on the lookout for a fun and exciting way to spend your New Year’s Eve, Branson has a slew of incredible shows lined up for you. Spend the last hours of 2014 enjoying great food and drinks, incredible live entertainment and the joyous sounds of the Branson community in full celebration mode. Check out some of these New Year’s Eve shows in Branson and make it a night you’ll never forget!

The Clay-Goods Jambor-Eve

Wednesday, December 31
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Clay Cooper Theatre
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Count down to the new year with the Clay Cooper crew and The Haygoods. Join the celebration complete with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and incredible, fast-paced entertainment. At midnight, toast with a non-alcoholic beverage and watch the balloon drop!

Legends In Concert New Year’s Eve 2014

Wednesday, December 31
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Location: Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
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Spend New Year’s Eve with some of the biggest stars in music history. You’ll enjoy stellar performances from Rod Stewart, Reba McIntire, The Blues Brothers, Nat King Cole and Elvis Presley with special guest Kenny Chesney. Call us here at Branson Shows to learn more about special celebration packages featuring gourmet boxed lunches, party favors and preferred seating. 1-800-987-6298

Grand Jubilee 

Wednesday, December 31
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Grand Country Music Hall
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Your New Year’s Eve couldn’t get any more fun and dynamic than when you spend it with the crew of Grand Jubilee. They might as well celebrate New Year’s every show! With incredible variety, mind-blowing talent, larger than life personalities and hilarious comedy, you’ll have a blast welcoming the new year with Grand Jubilee.

Doug Gabriel New Year’s Eve Show

Wednesday, December 31
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Doug Gabriel Theatre
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Ring in the new year with Doug Gabriel and his incredible family. At the Doug Gabriel Theatre, they like to go big or go home so you’ll be treated to party favors, cake, drawings a live countdown and fantastic entertainment!

Pierce Arrow New Year’s Eve Show

Wednesday, December 31
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Pierce Arrow Theater
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This New Year’s celebration is one you simply can’t miss! Enjoy special party favors for each guest and gourmet boxed lunches from Vasken’s Deli as you sit back and enjoy fabulous entertainment. Incredible vocals, fast-paced action and a live countdown all make the Pierce Arrow Show the perfect way to welcome 2015.

Hamners’ New Year’s Eve Show & Dinner

Wednesday, December 31
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Hamners’ Variety Theater
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Get in on the fun at Hamners’ Variety Theater this New Year’s Eve, with unparalleled entertainment featuring comedy, incredible music, unbelievable magic, ventriloquism, amazing acrobats and more! You’ll enjoy delicious food from Qdoba Mexican Grill and at midnight, raise a toast to the new year with a non-alcoholic beverage.

Experience the Unbelievable with Hamners’ Christmas Variety Show

On Saturday I went to see Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Christmas Show and was highly entertained.

These talented performers definitely have the definition of “variety” down to a science because every time the curtain closed and opened again, I had no idea what kind of act I was in for next.

Although it’s a Christmas show, don’t expect to see all the holiday trimmings right away — the first half is the best of Hamners’ unbelievable variety from the year round show.

You’ll experience a bit of everything from ventriloquism and acrobatics to incredible vocal performances, magic, comedy and illusions. I was blown away by the things these performers were doing. I kept trying to figure out the magic tricks, but to no avail. Nevertheless, one particular magic act was centered around birds. The magician kept pulling bird after bird out of a simple cloth. It was incredible. And these were real birds, by the way. Several of them even flew across the audience directly overhead which made for an awe-inspiring, extraordinary experience.

I also really enjoyed the ventriloquist. She has perfected her craft so well that at times, it’s difficult to remember the doll isn’t really the one doing the talking. I can’t imagine how much time and practice it takes to actually make that act believable.

The acrobatics had to be my favorite part of the show though. The show features a Russian duo that perform some jaw-dropping feats of strength and agility. You’ll be amazed by all that they can do!

The second half of the show was starkly different with creative holiday sets, festive costumes and of course, Christmas music! It was a lot of fun and I could tell the performers were having a blast as well. Although the second half is purely a Christmas celebration, it still featured that unstoppable variety that keeps this fast paced show interesting.

At Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Christmas show, you’ll find yourself believing the unbelievable, so don’t miss out! Click here for tickets or more information.

Hamners’ Variety Theater is at 3090 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway in Branson, just down the street from the Shoji Tabuchi Theater.


Branson: It’s A Magical Experience

If you think Disney World is magical … well it is. But come to Branson! We’ve got magic up the wazoo, from acts of levitation and mind reading to stunning optical illusions and death-defying escapes. If magic is your cup of tea, Branson has a variety of shows that will suit your fancy. All you have to do is pick one.

The RevollusionistsRevollusionists

This show is described as “not your average magic show” and features world-class magic tricks, optical illusions and other unbelievable acts. This show rivals those in Vegas and the talented cast of Brett Daniels, Kevin James, Reza, Luka and Kid Kadabra will have you questioning the things you see with your very own eyes. The Revollusionists play at the Music City Center at 1835 W. Country Blvd, Branson, across the street from the God & Country Theatre. For tickets or more information visit

Rick ThomasIllusionist Rick Thomas

Rick Thomas will impress you with his incredible tricks and slight of hand. The magic is intertwined with music, choreography and audience participation which makes for a well-rounded and exciting experience. His show speaks strongly to the imaginative dreams of children and the practice that made his own dreams of becoming a magician come true. Rick Thomas plays at Andy Williams Moon River Theater at 2500 W. 76 Blvd., Branson, just down the road from Ride the Ducks. For tickets or more information, visit

Kirby Van Burch Magic ShowKirby VanBurch

Kirby’s new up close and personal magic show will put you right in the heat of things as he performs some of the most amazing magic tricks. Nicknamed “the prince of magic,” he has been performing in Branson for years and will mesmerize you with his optical illusions. Kirby VanBurch’s show plays at the Crystal Theatre at the Lodge of the Ozarks at 3431 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson, next door to the Hughes Brothers Theatre. For tickets or more information visit

Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety ShowHamners' Unbelievable Variety Show

This show has it all: magically appearing birds, flaming swords and jaw-dropping optical illusions that seem to be simply impossible. Along with breathtaking magic, you’ll enjoy acrobatics, ventriloquism, outstanding vocal impressions and amazing dance and choreography. For a little bit of everything, try Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show. This show plays at Hamners’ Variety Theater at 3090 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Branson, across the street from the Pierce Arrow Theater.

Whatever Branson magic show you choose to see, you’re sure to be amazed with incredible feats of skill and unbelievable acts that will leave you talking about it for years to come.


See Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show in Branson this Summer

Hamners' Unbelievable Variety ShowFor a show filled with comedy, music, illusions, magic, ventriloquism and much, much more, see the Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show.

True to its name, this show packs an incredible amount of variety into two entertaining hours filled with laughs, applause and enchantment.

Dave and Denise headline the show as they introduce you to a diverse assortment of talented individuals including International Ventriloquist of the Year, Jim Barber, impressionist Jeff Brandt, Russian Acrobatic pair Vadim and Mariya Serykh, magician Johnny Thompson.

Hamners' Unbelievable Variety ShowBe entertained by this hodgepodge of entertainment at Hamners’ Variety Theater and I bet you and your family won’t be able to stop talking about the amazing feats you’ve seen at Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show!

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Hamners’ Variety Theater is located at 3090 Shepherd of the Hills Expwy., Branson, MO 65616, across the street from Pierce Arrow Theater.


New Additions to Branson in 2014

2014 is going to be a year of many changes for the Live Entertainment Capital of the World! New shows, new attractions, and new rides are all in store for Branson during this upcoming year. Branson Shows Blog is keeping up-to-date on these new developments and letting Branson lovers know what they can expect for 2014!

New ShowsDublin's Irish Tenors and The Celtic Ladies

Dublin’s Irish Tenors and The Celtic Ladies
The 12 Irish Tenors broke hearts all across Branson in 2013 when they told fans that they would not be returning for another season, but admirers of the handsome group need not despair; in 2014 five of the lads now known as “Dublin’s Irish Tenors” will once again grace the stage at King’s Castle Theatre in Branson and this time they’re bringing some special guests along!

New to Branson in 2014, Dublin’s Irish Tenors with special guests The Celtic ladies will bring audiences beautifully blended harmonies alongside Irish elements of music and dance! Audience members will be captivated by the tenor’s radiant smiles and mesmerizing harmonies as they melt hearts performing timeless hits such as “Danny Boy”, “Hey Jude”, and many more! Joining the company of this good-looking group, the Celtic Ladies proudly hold their own! Audiences will fall in love with this gorgeous group of lasses as they perform the finest mix of traditional Irish tunes, adult contemporary and beloved classics such as “Scarborough Fair”, “Ticket to Ride”, and more! No strangers to the spotlight, the Celtic Ladies have performed with the likes of Santana, Rihanna, and Rod Stewart at the 150th anniversary of the Sporting Summer Festival in Monte Carlo!

Dublin’s Irish Tenors and The Celtic Ladies will perfectly blend together traditional Irish melodies along with a hot new stage production, something that Branson visitors will not want to miss!

Over 800,000 audience members have enjoyed the inspirational story of Jonah at Sight & Sound Theatres in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and in 2014 this epic production is due to begin in Branson, Missouri!

Opening March 22 at Sight & Sound Theatre, Jonah tells the Biblical story of one man’s tribulation and God’s grace and everlasting love—all the tune of a $3 million production value! Audiences will be immersed in the larger-than-life tale of Jonah as they witness the hero’s journey take him through a terrifying storm, a fishy encounter of massive proportions, his new life in a corrupt empire, and his internal battle as he learns to trust the Lord.

Dazzling audiences with state-of-the-art special effects, original music, and spectacular staging, Jonah at Sight & Sound Theatres in Branson is a definite must-see show for 2014!

Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety ShowHamners' Unbelievable Variety Show
Featuring world renowned illusionists Dave & Denise Hamner, Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show is one of Branson’s most anticipated new shows in 2014!

Best known for their one-of-a-kind act, The Hamners have performed throughout the entire country including Las Vegas, Disneyland, and Hollywood’s MagicCastle, and now proudly present their newest stage production complete with comedy, singing, dancing, magic, and a heartfelt veteran’s tribute. The show will be premiering at Hamners’ Variety Theater (formerly Hamner Barber Theater) in 2014 and show creator Dave Hamner vows to amaze audiences with unbelievable illusions, close up magic, Russian acrobatics, impressions, and even a few surprises. Audiences of all ages are welcome to come see the spectacular wonderments at Hamner’s Unbelievable Variety Show in Branson, Missouri!

New Attractions

TitanicBranson Titanic Museum
In January 2014 the Branson Titanic will feature a newly added major themed exhibit, for the first time anywhere, introducing visitors to the eight heroic musicians who played on board the Titanic as it sank. These brave men played music, intending to calm passengers, for as long as they possibly could and went down with the ship when it went under, losing their lives. The stories of their bravery have captured the spirit of courage, duty, and self-sacrifice honored at the Branson Titanic and this awe-inspiring tribute will be something that you won’t forget.

Get more information about this new exhibit and other events hosted by the Branson Titanic years year here.

New Rides

White WaterWhite Water
Coming to White Water in mid-May 2014 is the $1.7 million thrill ride, Ka Pau. This new ride at the well-known Branson water park boasts a staggering tower height of 40 feet, two encapsulated slides whose bottom drops out, creating a free-fall drop for the rider at 70 degrees at 26 feet per second (that’s 18 miles per hour) through a looping 240-foot translucent waterslide, before spitting them out into a pool of water. This rocket-like plunge is complete with an AquaLaunch trap door and has an impressive water flow of 1,000 gallons per minute! This thrill ride is guaranteed to go beyond any ride constructed at the tropical theme park in Branson and families will not want to miss out on their chance to take the plunge at Ka Pau!

New Themes


Silver Dollar City
When the theme park opens this coming March, it will open with a brand new theme and an upcoming new festival. “Celebrate America,” says the theme park, and this new theme will bring in several new attractions and rides. General Manager Brad Thomas says they hope that every day, all summer long it feels like you are visiting Silver Dollar City on the Fourth of July with red, white, and blue coloring everything! Along with this new theme, the park will replace its long-running “KidsFest” with a brand new summer festival called “Star-Spangled Summer,” which will feature illusionist Brad Ross, as well as Olympic athletes performing stunts on trampolines. This festival makes it the perfect time to celebrate an all-American summer with your family!

For more information about these new developments, shows, attractions, and places to stay in Branson please visit