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Variety Show brings comedy, juggling and magic to GPAC

Variety Show Act

Jessica Jane has appeared on Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us” TV Show and Niels Duinker holds seven Guinness World Records for juggling.

The two are coming Friday, Sept. 28, for a night of laughs, thrills and family fun at the Givens Performing Arts Center on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $5 for children and students. The show is sponsored in part by the Pembroke Activity Council, a division of Campus Engagement and Leadership.

“We are excited to present a magic show with such high caliber performers as Jessica and Niels,” said James Bass, director of GPAC. “If you like high energy shows that keep you on the edge of your seat, you’ll love this show!”

Jessica Jane was born into magic, literally. Her mother was a magician’s assistant for several illusionists, and her father designed magic tricks. By the age of 12 she was being cut in half as a stage assistant. A New Jersey native, her first real job was as a roving magician in the casinos of Atlantic City. She has performed in Europe and around America. 

She now lives and performs in Pigeon Forge, one of America’s busiest tourist destinations. Her show “Jessica Jane’s Magic, Comedy and Variety Hour” is performed regularly in Tennessee, and in 2017, she appeared on the Penn & Teller show “Fool Us” to the delight of the magic duo’s audience.

Niels Duinker is a three-time winner of the International Magician’s Society Award, a three-time National Juggling Champion in The Netherlands, and a Gold Medal winner of the 2009 Taiwan Circus Festival. He has worked all over Europe and Asia. He is also a seven-time Guinness World Records holder in juggling, and he was voted Best Corporate Entertainer 2018 by Corporate Vision Magazine.

He has appeared at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, Harrah’s Hotels and Casinos and on several cruise ships, including Crystal Cruise Lines, Oceania Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

The Variety Show is part of UNC Pembroke’s Family Weekend events.

Other performances coming to GPAC include “A Night of John Williams” performed by The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, “Comte Dracula: A New Musical” on Oct. 27; The UNCP Holiday Extravaganza on Nov. 30; Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer on Dec. 2, and “So Good for the Soul: A Motown Tribute” on Jan. 12.

Visit to see the full list of shows coming this season or call the GPAC Box Office at 910.521.6361.