Captivating Conversations


Jon Dorenbos

March 31, 2017 | Rhythm City Casino Resort

Gilda’s Club Quad Cities Captivating Conversations Series is excited to introduce you to Jon Dorenbos; America’s Got Talent finalist, magician, Philadelphia Eagles player, and survivor of a traumatic childhood.

The Genesis Cancer Care Institute is proud to present an event that is geared for the whole family.  The event will start at 6:30pm on Friday, March 31 at the new Rhythm City Casino Resort in Davenport, IA.  Tickets are only $35.00.  Seating will be assigned at time of purchase.  Please make sure all tickets that wish to be seated together are purchased on the same transaction.  Once tickets are issued, seats can not be reassigned.

A special meet and greet dinner will take place before the main show to a limited number of guests beginning at 5:00 pm.  Those attending this meet and greet will enjoy a fabulous dinner while mingling with Jon prior to the show.  A professional photographer will be on hand to capture the special moment with a photo of you and our special guest.  Don’t delay, these limited tickets sell out quickly.  Individual meet and greet tickets are $100 or you can purchase a table of 8 for $800.

2 talented individuals or groups from the Quad Cities will win the chance to showcase their talent and be the opening act for Jon Dorenbos at this event.  Please go to our Talent Search event page and cast your vote for your favorite talent.

See Jon’s latest on America’s Got Talent

Jon Dorenbos’ past has made him the man he is today.  In August of 1992, when Jon was 12, his father murdered his mother.  His father was convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to 13 year in prison.  After the completion of his fathers trial he and his sister, Kristina, moved in with a temporary foster family, the Robson’s, to allow them to finish their respective school years.  Following the school year Jon and Kristina moved from Woodinville, WA to Garden Grove, CA to live with their Aunt Susan.

Jon got into magic just before his 13th birthday.  He instantly fell in love with it and it became an escape during a time of mourning and transition in his life.  He was obsessed with the sleights and skills involved.  He spent all day, every day, practicing and rehearsing in front of the mirror.  Jon’s Aunt Susan had a friend, Ken Sands, who was a magician and she made the introduction.  Ken became his mentor, a friend, and a father figure for Jon for years to come.  Ken didn’t just teach Jon the fundamentals of a trick, he taught him how to find himself as a performer.

Jon graduated from the University of Texas, El Paso with a degree in Business.  He was picked up by the Buffalo Bills as a free agent in 2003.  He has since played for the Tennessee Titans and he is currently playing for the Philadelphia Eagles and entering his 14th season in the NFL.

When Jon isn’t performing magic or playing football, he hosts a television show with the Eagles and won an Emmy Award for his work in 2008 and 2015.  He was also awarded the Ed Block Courage Award in 2008.  This award honors those NFL players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.  The Ed Block Courage Award is unique because the recipients are selected solely by a vote of their teammates.  Jon was selected to the 2013 All-Fundamentals team and was voted Special Teams Captain.  He was also selected to the 2010 and 2015 Pro Bowl.

We hope you will enjoy us for this amazing event and are sure you will be captivated by Jon’s magic and inspiring message, making it an event you will not soon forget!

This event is made possible, thanks to our sponsors: The Genesis Cancer Care Institute, WQAD News 8, Wells Fargo, and Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy.  Interested in being a sponsor for this event or donating a basket for our raffle? Please contact Joy McMeekan, Development Director, at or 563-326-7504 for more information.