DisneyDreamer.com has been a fan of Dana Daniels for many years, so we thought it would be appropriate to have a page dedicated to Dana. Disney fans would probably have been introduced to Dana’s unique style of performing during his shows at the Golden Horseshoe.
The Golden Horseshoe can be found in Frontierland Disneyland Park Ca.
DisneyDreamer.com webmaster recalls:
The first time I saw Dana a group of us had wandered in to the Golden Horseshoe Disneyland. My friend and I laughed so hard we almost fell off of those little cheesy chairs you sit in on the main floor. I am very picky on comedy I usually don�t buy right into the act but I was defiantly and instant fan that day. Later on I was in charge of running an event in our hometown and we hired Dana through Outreach Comedy to come do the show. It was a major success and our town still talks about it.
Dana’s best remembered work at Disneyland took place at the Golden Horseshoe, the show he was in was the called The Golden Horseshoe Variety Show.
> The Golden Horseshoe Stage unofficially opened on Wednesday, July 13, 1955, as the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, when Walt and Lillian Disney, along with dozens of guests, celebrated their 30th anniversary with a private party and premiere showing of the original Golden Horseshoe Revue. On Saturday, July 16, 1955, the Golden Horseshoe opened a day early for a private party of corporate sponsors. This show marked Wally Boag’s first official performance as Pecos Bill/Traveling Salesman at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon.
Nothing ever stays the same at Disneyland, and on Wednesday, October 8, 2003, The Golden Horseshoe Variety Show performed its final show at 5:30 pm after 4000+ performances. Guests at the final performance included Dana Daniels’ wife, Jane and two children, many fellow cast members, his former piano player, Richard Allen, original sound technician, Bobby Davis, dozens of magicians and co-workers, friends and fans as well as special guest, Wally Boag, star of the original Golden Horseshoe Revue for over 27 years and Dana Daniels’ mentor.
Here is a history of the shows over the years:
The Golden Horseshoe Jamboree Show This show ran from November 1, 1986 until December 18, 1994 starring over the years ~ Judi Wallace, Judy Bell, Heather Paige Kent, John Eaden, Don Payne, Gil Christner, Joe Jacoby, Eric Gunhus and many others.
Billy Hill and the Hillbillies
This show ran from December 22, 1994 until present starring over the years ~ Kirk Wall, Dennis Fetchet, John Marshall, Evan Marshall, John Eaden, Duane Michaels, Rick Storey, Anders Swanson, and many others. It features bluegrass and comedy.
The Golden Horseshoe Variety Show
This show featured the comedy and magic talents of Dana Daniels. It ran from June 13, 1995 until October 8, 2003 ~ It starred Dana Daniels, Richard Allen, Hal Ratliff and many others over the years.
Woody’s Round-up This child friendly show ran from November 21, 1999 until July 17, 2000 and featured characters from the Disney/Pixar movie “Toy Story”.
Frontierland: The Little Town That Could This comedy/melodrama ran occasionally from 2001 until 2003 and featured my supposed history of the founding of Frontierland. It starred players from Laughing Stock and Company; including John Eaden, Kevin Gregg, Ken Parks, Danny Roque and Cory Rouse.
>Here is a YouTube clip of Dana performing live click here to see more performance videos.
> Mini Biography
Dana Daniels is well known as a comedian magician who performs an act with a psychic parrot. Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Daniels has been called one the funniest comedy magic acts working today. In-fact, he was the very first magician to receive the Comedy Magician of the year award from the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.
Corporations such as McDonalds and Lincoln Financial both have had her perform all over the country for their top sales people, management and store owners. Dana keeps the laughs going at a speedy clip using his trusty side kick Luigi the psychic parrot. Yes, you read correctly — a psychic parrot! In-between Dana’s outrageously funny sight gags and poking fun at magicians, he sets out to prove that his little green friend is truly clairvoyant.
Together, they perform such miracles as finding chosen cards, reading the mind of somebody on a cell phone and turning a member of the audiences $100 bill into bird food only to have it reappear inside an egg laid by Luigi. (Tough trick for a male bird.)
Dana’s many television appearances include Evening at the Improv, CBS Morning Program, Masters of Illusions, Lance Burton’s Taking it to the Streets. She has also opened for such stars as Jan & Dean, Charo, Amy Grant & Vince Gill.
The Orange County Register wrote an article April 8th 2008 called: The secret life of magic’s most famous parrot It is definitely worth the read.
Check out Dana Daniels on MySpace you can find a ton of really cool pictures.
For booking and contact information check out the official Dana Daniels Website.