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Posted on Apr 15, 2015 in News

“You really put a smile on my face! Thanks, Mr. J.” said country superstar GEORGE CANYON, upon receiving a balloon caricature of him. The award winning singer and actor could not have been cooler in person. He even did a facebook post, and tweeted about the experience: “Sometimes we get very creative gifts from fans !!” #‎balloonpeoplegeorgecanyon‬ George asked to keep the balloon, and Mr. J kept a great...

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McMagic with Ronald McDonald!

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 in News

Though McDonald’s has hired The Amazing Mr. J for corporate events before, this was the first time making balloons and entertaining the kids alongside Ronald McDonald himself! Inner child:...

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Posted on Mar 6, 2015 in News

Balloons, magic and music with a true Canadian classic rock treasure…TOM COCHRANE! After a stellar concert, I had the great pleasure to perform some magic backstage for Mr. ‘Big League’ himself. Laughing at his balloon guitar (as he kept describing it as something obscene!), he loved the card tricks, adding: “You’ve gotta teach me that! Every time my friend Bobby Orr invites me over, he always asks me to play ‘Big League’. Maybe I could show him your trick instead?” So great when your musical idols turn out to be really cool…Tom was very warm, with a great sense of humour. The night was made complete by enjoying the concert along with John Paul Tremblay, aka Julian, from the Trailer Park...

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Magic Night in Canada! (Mr. J *on stage* with Ron MacLean and Don Cherry!)

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 in News

Hockey Day in Canada hits Halifax! Hockey stars, Olympians, Premiers…even the President of Rogers was there. What better way to celebrate, than with…magic and balloons? (!) After table hopping to entertain NHL alumni like Doug Gilmour and Lanny MacDonald, Don Cherry himself invited me onstage! Grapes loved the balloon caricature of his famous ‘Coaches Corner’ set, loudly and proudly exclaiming: “I gotta show it! Dis is what dis guy thinks of us, right here!” Always quick on his feet, Ron MacLean then got overwhelming laughter from the capacity crowd, by looking at the balloons, and adding: “Yeah, it’s like your ego, Don…slightly inflated!” (Check out the video!) Though the headlining hosts were in a huge hurry after their speech, luckily Don Cherry himself waved me back stage for some personal photo ops. (Thinking we have similar taste in suits??)...

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Posted on Jan 31, 2015 in News

Not only is the multi-talented, ECMA and Juno winning JOEL PLASKETT a first class Canadian musician, it seems he’s a magic fan as well! “That’s quite amazing, actually!” exclaimed the friendly front man, after seeing some up close magic, and accepting a complimentary balloon guitar for his kids. Considering Joel opened for Sir Paul McCartney in Halifax, what’s truly amazing is how down to earth he is. As a fan, this was a magical...

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Mr. J meets The Muppets!

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 in News

Very special thanks to former Jim Henson Muppeteer, Fraggle Rock star and dear friend, the inestimable Mr. Terry Angus, for allowing me to meet (and occasionally perform for!) his wonderful creations over the years. Through your incredible talent and gifts, the spirit of Jim Henson will live forever!...

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Canada Day Magic in Newfoundland!

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 in News

Such a pleasure to perform on Canada Day for the wonderful folks of La Scie, Newfoundland- a small harbour community on the northeastern coast…(“where no magician has gone before!”) On a rocky hilltop, overlooking *icebergs* in the ocean (!), a large enthusiastic crowd showed why Newfoundlanders are among the very best people in the entire world. So much fun, so much heart, so much laughter…can’t wait to perform here...

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Magic for Royalty! Mr. J meets Prince Charles & Camilla

Posted on May 19, 2014 in News

A lucky Royal encounter! Upon seeing the splash of balloon colour in the busy crowd, The Future King of England waved, pointed and laughed heartily during his recent Royal Visit to Pictou, NS. “Oh look, someone’s made balloons!” professed the pleasant Prince, pleased with the balloons made in his honour. There was a very jovial feeling about the heir to the throne, who stopped to chat with many along the route…really fun to see in person. Moments later, his wife Camilla approached, remarking that the balloon flowers were very nice. The delighted Duchess and I briefly exchanged pleasantries, after which I (in the excitement) committed the ultimate royal faux-pas, by quickly replying: “Thank you, SIR!” to Camilla (!) Immediately correcting my massive mistake, I stuttered: “I mean…Your Highness!” With Her Ladyship blatantly hearing my original, unintentional slip of the...

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“Ayyyyyy!” Mr. J performs for THE FONZ!

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 in News

Happy Days hero HENRY WINKLER hits Halifax! And The Amazing Mr. J was lucky enough to have some fun with the former Fonz, performing magic and presenting him a balloon tribute! “Ayyyyyyy!” Mr. Winkler’s witty, emotional and heartfelt speech centred on learning disabled children, with a focus on dyslexia (which Henry himself has lived through). A very passionate, funny and inspiring speaker, he even kept his new ‘Fonz’ balloon on stage with him the entire time! Quick story: His bestselling children’s book series, Hank Zipzer, chronicles the hilarious adventures of a boy with dyslexia (obviously mirroring Henry’s own life). When the series became a popular worldwide hit, an American network offered him money for the cartoon rights, though they insisted on one (major) alteration…that title character Hank Zipzer *NOT* be dyslexic (!) Obviously, this would mean compromising the entire...

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Magic bike for an Olympic cycling hero!

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 in News

Honoured to present six-time Olympic Champion and Canadian hero CLARA HUGHES with a magic balloon bike! Even after cycling all the way from Charlottetown to Truro today(!), she still lit up with pure energy and joy upon seeing it, shouting: “Oh, wow! Thank you VERY much! I’m so keeping this!!” (Maybe she could use it as a spare?!) Bravo to Clara for tirelessly promoting mental health awareness through ‘Bell: Let’s Talk’, and ‘Clara’s Big Ride’ across Canada. Her own journey through depression shows courage and triumph, and considering how personable, dynamic and open she is when meeting, she’s definitely one of Mr. J’s Canadian...

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