About

Born and based in Halifax, NS, The Amazing Mr. J travels all across Canada, entertaining with magic and comedy shows for kids, adults, and corporate groups (He’s even been hired by numerous celebrities!) Having performed over 3500+ shows nationwide since 1999, from Newfoundland, to Toronto, even to Whitehorse, Yukon (at the 2016 Sourdough Festival along with Natalie MacMaster), Mr. J loves this beautiful country, and all the truly amazing people who live here.

You may have seen The Amazing Mr. J on television over the years, on CTV’s Mike Bullard Show, Live at Five, Breakfast Television, his own show on EastLink, or many other TV guest appearances. Mr. J even faced the Dragons on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den, luckily scoring a deal with the famously (infamously?) money-loving Kevin O’Leary! You can read Mr. J’s first published story inside Dragons’ Den/Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary’s newest #1 international bestseller (pages 123-133) “Cold Hard Truth on Family, Kids & Money”. (Thanks for publishing Mr. J, Mr. Wonderful!)

How did it begin? When Mr. J’s wonderful MOM & DAD bought him a magic kit for his 5th birthday, he became hooked, performing his first ‘shows’ right out of the box. When turning six, a little show for guests at his grandparents house in Saint John, New Brunswick sparked a lifelong love of performing. (So, parents, it’s always good to encourage that stuff in your children!) A few years later, those same perfect parents hired some magicians to perform at his house, forever expanding little Mr. J’s imagination. From then on, he hoped someday to give this same joy and excitement to others.

Whilst taking circus training and attending theatre school, Mr. J called Toronto home for a few years too. By day, Mr. J is a Magician, Landlord, Writer, and Bon Vivant. By night, he is also those things. That’s because he’s that good kind of workaholic: a goal-setting, practical dreamer. Mr. J speaks French, and loves Canada, nature, the outdoors, green living, exercising, hiking, poetry, film, the arts, CBC Radio, singing, skydiving, new ideas, traveling, board games, magic (of course), plus virtually all music and literature. Geeky confession: Mr. J built a giant ‘drive-in style’ theatre in his forest behind the house, and collects vintage arcade and pinball machines (for retro parties!)

Mr. J loves children, and is writing an original children’s book. A couple books for adults are also in the works. (Keep watching your local bookstore!)

Mr. J is cosmopolitan and urbane, and (let’s face it), rather silly too.

By the way, Mr. J never goes around talking about himself in the third person like this. That’s just an understood pretense when writing this kind of stuff. So, “I” would like to personally and publicly thank my family, friends, and magic inspirations: Mom and Dad, The Immortal Mike Robinson (my magic mentor), Drew and Angela (of DV8 Reality Magic), Fraggle Rock Muppeteer Terry Angus, Jeff Pinsky of Browser’s Den of Magic (Toronto), Leno and Letterman star Ian Stewart, Strange Adventures owner Calum Johnston, plus fellow magicians John Talbot, Al Bernard, Michael James, The Amazing Kreskin, Penn & Teller, Lance Burton, Marco Tempest, Jay Sankey and many others. Thanks for the imagination to Jim Henson, Charles Schulz, Stan Lee, Dr. Seuss, Owen McCarron, William Gaines, Michael Landon, and of course, Canada’s own Mr. Dressup!

The biggest thanks goes to YOU- for visiting this site, and for helping me to live the dream as a full-time magician/entertainer. It has been a sincere pleasure, and honour, to perform for you for nearly 20 years, and to share so many fun-filled times with new friends of all ages. Naturally, your thoughts and comments are always greatly appreciated. YOU are helping keep the magic alive!

Would love to hear from you! Feel free to send your questions, heckles, marriage proposals, or really good jokes to: misterjmagic@hotmail.com

THANKS!

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Y'know, these comments and pictures made my whole year...and it's only January! Sent by Terra Michelle, after her daughter's birthday this weekend in Dartmouth: "Wonderful time today. Avery is still walking on a magic cloud and I have heard from several other parents, who said that it has been such a great day that their children are even now still playing elaborate imaginative games about being 'Mister J', or their own Magic persona with their wands and hats. I have never seen Avery so comfortable in any performance type setting, and have to say that based on today's confidence building show with you, she will likely be forever gracing stages with her brilliant smile, rather than worry. We couldn't be happier. You're a pleasure to deal with, and an awesome performer- thanks so much!!" ... See MoreSee Less

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Sorry to report the sudden passing today of another magic friend, Baby J the rabbit. (Maybe she wanted to join my late long-lived dove, from earlier this month?) Baby J had an exciting December, performing in front of 300+ adults at Mount Saint Vincent University, 1000s of children's birthdays over the years (maybe yours?) all across Canada (from Newfoundland to the Yukon!), entertained fiddling superstar Natalie MacMaster & her kids, and she brought so much joy during her final show just days ago...for a little boy with cancer. It's been a heartbreaking month. Luckily, some light today, as I just adopted a new bunny! As with all life, the show most go on! So, please help me welcome Mr. J's new sidekick...introducing: 'OREO!' Here's a sneak peek for you, plus a look back at the wonderful little life of Baby J. Happy New Year, Magic Friends! ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Birthday, STAN LEE! Beyond his characters, my main reason for being a fan is his unflappable optimism. We all need more joy and kindness. It helped 'The Man' reach 95 years! "Entertainment is one of the most important things in people's lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end. I feel if you're able to entertain people, you're doing a good thing." -STAN LEE ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy new Star Wars movie day (if you're a fan!) Either way, May The Force (of MAGIC!) Be With You! ... See MoreSee Less

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You know, they say white doves live about 7-8 years...my late magic friend lasted over 15! It's been a sad goodbye these last few days, but at least I got to hold her during her final hours, playing soft music and making her comfortable. Like dogs and cats, birds really do have personality! Imagine this- she's performed over 3200 shows across Canada (maybe in your home?). She gave wonder and joy to tens of thousands of children and adults. She's also been on CBC's Dragons' Den, met many celebrities, and even flew atop the head of the real-life Dr. Patch Adams! (She stayed there on his long blue hair, contentedly, for 20 minutes...while Patch continued to talk with me, unfazed by it all!) Though there have been others, she was my first, and best, dove. She first performed in Brookfield, NS in September 2002. Bibbish, aka 'Rosy', led a really neat life...sweet and silly, a true magic friend. Love her, and miss her. "It was a little life, but no less important in the world..." (Thank you for those words, Adrienne). Bye bye, Bibbish...hope she brought some joy to you, too. :) ... See MoreSee Less

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