Jonas's "mind-reading" trick, wherein he receives intimate details about his marks via a small radio, loosely follows the exploits of televangelist Peter Popoff, who performed a very similar trick with his wife at the microphone. Popoff's career took a nosedive when he was publicly "outed" on the Johnny Carson show by professional magician and skeptic James Randi, who had managed to smuggle a radio scanner into one of Popoff's revival meetings.
At the end of the film when Jonas is asked where he is headed, he says, "Pensacola." Though the film was made in 1992 while he was married to Victoria Tennant, his present wife is from Pensacola and her parents reside there.
2.5 years after the release of the movie, America witnessed it's most influential Christian revival event that lasted 5 years in Pensacola, Florida (1995 - 2000). Dubbed the Brownsville Revival, a one week, Tuesday through Saturday event brought in 2.5 million people.
Just before their first show, Jonas says "always look better than they do;" a comment on his fancy suit. In his autobiography "Born Standing Up," Steve Matrin recalls this as the best performance advice he received as a young performer and led him to wearing his trademark white suit.