TRAVELHOST Magazine Features Hamner Barber Variety Show

Thanks to Branson TRAVELHOST Magazine for featuring the following article (reprinted with permission) in their July/August 2010 Issue.

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“As published in Travelhost Magazine of Branson July 2010.”

Hamner Barber Variety Show

An Outrageously Funny & Magical Show That’s Pure Fun For Everyone

Illusionists Dave & Denise Hamner have teamed up with ventriloquist Jim Barber, and an award-winning song & dance troupe, for one outrageously funny, magical show that is truly fun for all ages!

The hilariously talented Jim Barber will absolutely blow your mind!  Barber captivates audiences as he interacts with a host of clever characters from “Chico Pete” the Chihuahua to “the Baby”, The extraordinary “Barber & Seville,” act puts Jim in the role of the “dummy” leaving audience members simultaneously awestruck and laughing hysterically!  In fact, it was the popular “Barber & Seville” act that captured the attention of millions of television viewers, when Barber performed during “Ventriloquist Week” on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Jim Barber is recognized as one of the world’s great ventriloquists, he regularly appears in Las Vegas and Reno and his participation in USO shows has taken him around the globe.  Jim has appeared on numerous television shows for NBC, ABC, Fox, A&E and The Nashville Network, and performed at the 2006 Academy Awards Ceremonies.

The Hamners are world renowned for their incredible illusions using a variety of exotic birds.  Beautiful Macaws and Cockatoos seem to appear out of thin air before soaring high above a cheering audience.  Along with up-close, slight-of-hand maneuvers, the Hamners pull off a rapid-fire succession of elaborate, dangerous and mystifying illusions that are choreographed with spectacular dance numbers, keeping the audience entranced and amazed.

The Hamner’s illusion, “Secrets of the Lost Ark,” takes the audience on a magical journey back through time, in a stirring production that will touch your heart.

The Hamners have performed around the world and have received numerous awards, including being selected for the “Magic Masters Award” by their peers in Las Vegas, and being honored by magicians Siegfried and Roy, who presented them with their “Bronze Lion Head Award” for performance excellence.  You may have seen them on NBC’s “World’s Greatest Magic” or on specials produced for the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

The Hamner Barber Variety Show also features an incredibly powerful salute to our country’s veterans.  With video footage from some of America’s greatest heroes, it’s one of the most touching and memorable tributes you’ll ever see.

Ricky Boen & Texas Mud are back, livening up the morning at the Hamner Barber Theater.  Join “World Champion Fiddler” Ricky Boen and his “Western Swing Group of the Year,” Texas Mud as they present the most “toe-tapping” show in town!  Fans of Texas Swing will enoy twin fiddles, harmonized vocals, gut-busting comedy and the incredible vocals of 11-year old singing sensation Brooke Hale.

Keep up to date with all things “Branson” with Dave Hamner and Jim Barber’s latest venture,  The website features news articles and stories of interest for Branson visitors and locals, along with audio and video interviews of some of Branson’s biggest celebrities, movers and shakers. has an easy to search database and visitors may subscribe to the free webcasts by email or via an RSS reader.

Don’t miss all the fun at the Hamner Barber Theater!  Located at 3090 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway (Next to Victorian Village Shops).

The Hamner Barber Variety Show performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.  See Ricky Boen and Texas Mud Monday through Friday at 10 a.m.

For information and reservations phone 417-334-4363 or visit their web site at

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