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First headline act coming to new Live! Event Center

1 October 2021

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia today announced the first headline act in the new Live! Event Center will be Magician and former Philadelphia Eagles Long Snapper Jon Dorenbos on Saturday, 6 November 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Guests will get to experience the magic of this America’s Got Talent finalist first-hand in the new 1,000-seat, state-of-the-art facility.

Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at

Jon Dorenbos played 14 seasons in the NFL, notably making the Pro Bowl twice as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2016, Jon competed on America’s Got Talent where he showcased his skills as a slight-of-hand magician, making it to the finals and placing third overall in the competition amongst tens of thousands of competitors. He then put his talent on display as a guest on Ellen, who quickly became one of his biggest fans and advocates. Jon has appeared on Ellen’s show in various capacities as well as on The Today Show. He retired from the NFL after he was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition requiring emergency open-heart surgery.

Known for his great sense of humor and positive outlook on life, Jon uses his skills as a magician and his incredible life story to inspire audiences around the world. He wrote a book entitled Life Is Magic that draws a roadmap for how to shut that self-doubting voice up by choosing happiness.

“Jon Dorenbos is the perfect performer to be the first headline act in the new Live! Event Center because he’s one of Philadelphia’s most beloved personalities,” said Mario Maesano, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia. “He brings so much more to the stage than a traditional magic show. He brings his life story, which in turn we know will inspire so many people. We can’t wait go Live! with Jon this November.”

The Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia is a new multi-use meeting, concert and event venue that will feature some of the nation’s best touring acts, comedians, championship boxing and other show-stopping entertainment.

Combining more than 15,000 square-feet of event space with the services and amenities of a luxury hotel and world-class casino, the Event Center at Live! is also poised to be one of the most sought-after meeting and event venues in the Northeast. The Event Center offers groups customizable event space, including a large ballroom, two breakout rooms, expansive pre-function space and three executive boardrooms. Spaces are equipped with a seating capacity of up to 1,000, a performance stage, as well as high-tech A/V systems throughout all rooms that can be synched and show the same content on the screens of each room. Groups can choose between one of the four event spaces that have been purpose-built to meet guests’ needs, complete with all the high-tech essentials in a distraction-free setting.

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