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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Hey Magic Friends! What are your favourite childhood SOUNDS?? Jolly Christmas cheer? Fun with family? (Maybe even the merry madness of a Mr. J Magic Show?!) How about the VOICES from your favourite TV CARTOONS? Recently honoured to make Magic Balloons for Canadian legend PETER CULLEN, the original voice of OPTIMUS PRIME (!), Eeyore, Predator, and hundreds more, along with FRANK WELKER, the voice of Fred from Scooby-Doo, plus Scooby himself (!), along with Garfield, Hefty Smurf, Baby Kermit, Transformers' Megatron & Soundwave, Simpsons' Santa's Little Helper, Futurama's Nibbler, The Hulk, and even the memorably sepulchral villainous voice of DR. KLAW, from Inspector Gadget! Basically if you watched ANY cartoon show EVER over the last 50 years, from Gummi Bears to Gargoyles, from Smurfs to Simpsons, from Real Ghostbusters to Winnie-the-Pooh...you heard one of their THOUSANDS of cartoon creations! They even did some original recordings, in character, for yours truly, Mr. J! (!) Warm, very engaging to converse with, and hilarious in person, they actually got down on the floor, on their knees with me (three grown adults!) to play with my toys, and balloon gifts. Truly a Magical Experience in Toronto, to spend time with the talents behind the soundtrack to our shared childhood. Thought you'd be pleased to know the men who shaped all your personal cartoon memories...are magical class acts! :) ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking for some Magic for your weekend? The Amazing Mr. J performs a FREE all-ages public show in Waterville, NS from 1:00pm-2:00pm on Saturday, September 14th. It'll be a hoot and a half! :) ... See MoreSee Less

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For young children, the wonder is in seeing new magic for the first time, (and even volunteering to perform themselves, as the star!) For yours truly (Mr. J), it's the joy of seeing them experience this excitement! Y'know, after nearly 4000 shows, every performance still feels entirely fresh, and brand new! Feeling Super-Mega-Excited to perform this weekend in New Brunswick, Cape Breton, and throughout mainland Nova Scotia. So, whatever YOUR personal plans, and despite the madness of modern media and random ridiculous roadblocks in your path, always remember the Magic and Mystery of Life! During these wacky way-out times, have to share one of my favourite quotes with you: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed." -Albert Einstein (Remember: "It's YOUR life...Make it MAGIC!"- Mr. J) :) ... See MoreSee Less

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Need a smile? Need a reminder of the GOODNESS, MAGIC, and generous LOVE in people? Quick story: This little 3-year old boy has a cancerous brain tumour, the treatments for which have hampered his immunity, preventing him from even the simple joy of going outside. At all. A sunny day? Seeing others playing? Sadly, little Quinn can only observe from inside, from his window, in this small New England community. So, people from far and wide randomly started showing up on his front lawn...to entertain him! Dynamic dance troupes! Merry musicians! Big-hearted police officers, blaring their sirens! (Imagine the excitement of seeing such a cavalcade of creativity as a little kid!!) Every day, the 'Mighty Quinn' (as he's become known) is made to feel loved, and that he belongs. His parents are overwhelmed with the thousands of acts of random kindness. (Wish Mr. J lived near Massachusetts, 'cause he'd definitely get a Magic Show too!) But wherever we all are, we can all make a difference. When seeing this story on TV, it deeply touched my heart, so just had to share with you. "The greatest thing we can do is to let people know they are loved, and capable of loving." -Mr. Rogers ... See MoreSee Less

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Naturally, Mr. J LOVES to dance...and so does...JOHN TRAVOLTA!! You know, sometimes to find your groove, all it takes is a goofy balloon, a shared laugh, and some MAGIC. The Hollywood Superstar even enjoyed the Grandway Comics...it was 'Grandway Night Fever!' You'll be happy to know John Travolta is super nice and easy-going in person, and after a couple hearty handshakes, it was actually the Grease/Disco/Pulp Fiction Legend HIMSELF who INSISTED we do some dance poses! (Hilariously, this happened one day before his now-famous MTV award snafu with Taylor Swift, so who knows...maybe Mr. J's Magic Balloon distracted him!) Though it's all good; Dancing is MAGIC, and the dance goes on! "Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." :) #AmazingMisterJ #JohnTravolta #MTVAwards #Dancing #Magic #Magician #MagicOfReading #GrandwayComics ... See MoreSee Less

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