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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Lookin' for somethin' to do with your kiddies on March Break? How about a FREE MAGIC SHOW, and a FREE copy of the ALL-NEW AMAZING MR. J comic?? Fun GUARANTEED! Yours truly and GRANDWAY COMICS are celebrating 'The Magic of Reading', along with the life of STAN LEE! All this week, it's a once in a lifetime experience: 'The Merry Marvel Magic Show'...and YOU'RE invited!! SEE! LIVE ANIMALS, and super fun MAGIC for ALL-AGES! HEAR! Stories of Mr. J performing magic for Stan The Man himself! TOUCH! (The future!!) As Nova Scotia's own GRANDWAY COMICS creators will be live in-person, as we all look forward to the FUTURE with Grandway's exciting ALL-NEW characters and comics...all in the style of the old-fashioned FUN you remember growing up! You can meet Derek and Jeff live in person, and pick up their soon-to-be-famous first issues! Show Dates as follows:
-Monday March 18th: 11:00am, Halifax Central Library (BIG show in the giant Paul O'Regan Hall...arrive early to get a good seat!)
-Tuesday March 19th: 1:00pm, Musquodoboit Harbour Library
-Wednesday March 20th: 2:30pm, Bedford Library
-Thursday March 21st: 2:30pm, Woodlawn Library in Dartmouth
See you there, friends! As Stan would say: "This is the Big One! Excelsior!!"
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**BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, FRIENDS!!** Would you like YOUR CHILD to be *excited* about reading? Would you like to see them exercise their minds with fun word games, learning magic secrets, challenging puzzles, along with inspiring their imagination? Well, THE AMAZING MR. J MAGIC COMIC BOOK is HERE!! And it's FREE! (Just for YOU personally, of course...because naturally, YOU are awesome!!) It's jam-packed with stories and activities, and thanks to the creative wizards at Nova Scotia's own Grandway Comics, you can get your magic-lovin' hands on this all-new, collectable, original, and exclusive comic at ALL future live Mr. J Magic Shows! Plus, copies also available FREE at Strange Adventures Comic Bookshop locations too. Why the new comic? Well, in celebration of 20 years (performing 'Nationwide Since 1999!'), this is a special prize give-back for YOU! As a lifelong reader, this has been a passion project too. PLUS! You'll have MORE chances than ever to catch a FREE public magic performance over March Break, with Mr. J performing throughout the Maritimes (stay tuned for March Break show dates!) And did I mention the new FREE Amazing Mr. J Comic Book is dedicated to my Mom & Dad (who bought me Marvel Fun & Games #1 in 1979, 40 years ago) and also dedicated to the late Halifax cartoonist Owen McCarron, who DREW that very 1979 comic! You'll also notice the comic cover is an homage to a certain famous STAN LEE creation as well. ;) Again, The MR. J MAGIC COMIC BOOK comes to you in partnership with the gracious gang at Grandway Comics, who have lots of amazing original super-titles of their own (that will keep your child's imagination working wonders!) Thanks for your support, friends, and see you over March Break for some new live magic shows, and some good old-fashioned comic book fun. As Stan the Man always says: Excelsior!! #magic #magician #GrandwayComics #StrangeAdventures #reading #StanLee #Excelsior ... See MoreSee Less

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Food for the magic rabbit and dove? $25 month. Adding new magic tricks and prizes to the show? $100 month. Hearing the laughter of seniors, and seeing a smile on a young boy in a wheelchair? Priceless! Remember, *YOU* personally are a magician too...a kind word or smile can magically make someone's day. Remember: Joy is FREE! "The most radical act anyone can commit is to be happy." -Dr. Patch Adams :) ... See MoreSee Less

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Y'know one of the biggest joys in life (besides a happy child, at a Magic Birthday?) It's seeing adults, turning INTO children again! One place you see it is during a MAGIC Show! Thanks to the corporate group at Halifax International Airport for a super fun day. For you personally, as long as we all keep our sense of wonder, play, and remember to laugh, we are all big kids. "Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever." -Walt Disney ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy 'World Thinking Day', Friends! You can always use the POWER of your mind to set your sights HIGH, like 'The Little Engine That Could!' Naturally, all great women, men, and businesses begin with positive thoughts! You can change the world! Remember, "THINKING is MAGIC!"😀 ... See MoreSee Less

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