Rick Thomas

Rick Thomas will headline “Branson Country USA” Friday night.

This weekend’s edition of “Branson Country USA,” set for 10:30 p.m. Friday at the Grand Country Music Hall, will feature famous illusionist Rick Thomas, currently hosting his “Mansion of Dreams” show at the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center & Theatre.

The oldest of six children, Thomas started practicing magic at the age of 7. Several years later, he even convinced his youngest sister, along with the help of his other brothers and sisters, that he could make his little sister disappear.

“We found her in a back room in a closet by herself,” he said. “She had disappeared and as far as she was concerned she was gone.”

By the time he was 13, Thomas was performing magic shows for small crowds. When he was 18, he began performing at the Disneyland Hotel while attending Long Beach City College in California.

After that, Thomas performed on cruise ships, as well as in Europe before beginning an extended run in Las Vegas. After performing more than 500 shows every year and honing his craft, Jimmy Osmond said he felt the time was right for Thomas to come to Branson, which he did in 2014.

In addition to performing throughout the world, Thomas has also been featured on numerous national TV specials, including “The World’s Greatest Magic” specials on NBC as well as his own special for ABC that aired in Asia.

“Branson Country USA” is a weekly radio and TV show, featuring Patrick and Haage as hosts, as well as the New South Quartet, David Ragan, Jon Drockelman, Mark McCauley, Luke Menard, female vocalists Jackie Brown and Melody Hart, and the Grand Band, known locally as the “Rhinestone Mafia,” which features steel guitarist Gene Mulvaney, keyboard player Michael W. Davis, bassist Larry Allred, drummer Rob Blackburn, guitarist Chad Cathell and fiddler Wayne Massengale.

Showtime is 10:30 p.m. Friday at the Grand Country Music Hall.

Next week’s “Branson Country USA” guests will see the cast of “The Statler Brothers Revisited” from the God & Country Theatre.

Showtime is 10:30 p.m. Friday at the Grand Country Music Hall. 

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Showtime is 10:30 p.m. Friday at the Grand Country Music Hall. Visit grandcountry.com for more.

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