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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Who's your personal hero? Naturally, this month we're all thinking of our veterans. Y'know, on Hallowe'en, for yours truly, it was Terry Fox! Why that great Canadian? Well, with a one-day, pouring rain, nine hour total trip to Terry Fox Elementary (in Bathurst, NB!), (with the return home needed the same day, to greet trick or treaters that night), it felt like a true Magic Marathon! But y'know, exhausted or not, if Terry wouldn't give up his cross-country run, Mr. J couldn't give up sharing some fun! Especially if it meant these kids would enjoy a Magical, Happy Hallowe'en! Seeing the posters of Terry Fox throughout this school felt inspiring, as did all the wonderful, kind, excited staff and students. Though part of any performer's job is constant travel far and wide, thanks to the kind encouragement of the staff (see video in the previous post!), the long miles disappeared like magic! The energy flowed, and this made me wonder how Terry himself felt, especially during his long days, when the crowds came out to support him. The gift of encouragement, that YOU possess in abundance, is the most magical power of all! So get out there tell someone you love...that you're proud of them. Especially this weekend: Thank a vet. Thank one of your heroes. By doing so, you'll become one yourself! Like Magic!! 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Who's your personal hero? Naturally, this month we're all thinking of our veterans. Y'know, on Hallowe'en, for yours truly, it was Terry Fox! Why that great Canadian? Well, with a one-day, pouring rain, nine hour total trip to Terry Fox Elementary (in Bathurst, NB!), (with the return home needed the same day, to greet trick or treaters that night), it felt like a true Magic Marathon! But y'know, exhausted or not, if Terry wouldn't give up his cross-country run, Mr. J couldn't give up sharing some fun! Especially if it meant these kids would enjoy a Magical, Happy Hallowe'en! Seeing the posters of Terry Fox throughout this school felt inspiring, as did all the wonderful, kind, excited staff and students. Though part of any performer's job is constant travel far and wide, thanks to the kind encouragement of the staff (see attached video!), the long miles disappeared like magic! The energy flowed, and this made me wonder how Terry himself felt, especially during his long days, when the crowds came out to support him. The gift of encouragement, that YOU possess in abundance, is the most magical power of all! So get out there tell someone you love...that you're proud of them. Especially this weekend: Thank a vet. Thank one of your heroes. By doing so, you'll become one yourself! Like Magic!! 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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You know, it's wonderful being a professional, performing Magician on Hallowe'en...when kids come to your door, you can offer BOTH tricks, AND treats! (And they thought they could only get one). Happy Hallowe'en, Magic Friends! :) ... See MoreSee Less

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Kids after recent Magic Performance: "Ay, MR. J! Great show, but how come you look a lot OLDER than on your sign?" "Yeah! You should be Mr. GREY! Hahaha!" (Y'know, if you have to get hecklers, at least they were funny! Little do the kids know, that THEY actually keep me YOUNG at HEART).😊 ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Thanksgiving to YOU! And y'know, even a turkey like MR. J knows the REAL MAGIC of this wonderful season...spending time with your family and friends. Especially, (as you can see here!), those with superb fashion sense! ;) Enjoy your Holiday, Magic Friends! 😀 ... See MoreSee Less

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