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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Looking for some live Magic at your local Summer Festival? Last week's group at the Marina show in St. Peter's, Cape Breton, WON MY HEART! Today's audience in Montague, PEI was OFF THE CHARTS! And the upcoming public shows in Downtown Halifax (Thursday), Shelburne (Friday), and Richibucto, NB (Saturday) are SOON TO START! With live animals, FREE prizes, and entertainment better than my rhymes (it would have to be!), hoping to see YOU in person for some live MAGIC this summer, Friends! :) ... See MoreSee Less

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Do you LOVE CANADA? Can you name all Magic FIFTY-TWO of these famous, beloved Canadians, in "Mr. J's Great Canadian Celebrity Quiz?!" These are all Stars you know from TV, Radio, Sports, and Movies! (Mr. J entertained them, now you try to NAME them!)
Scoring as follows:
-If you can name 0-10 Stars: "Hoo-boy! You need more Maple Syrup!"
-11-20 Stars: "You must be NEW here! A Come From Away?"
-21-30 Stars: "Hmmm...you *might* be a Snowbird, but not bad, EH?"
-31-40 Stars: "Leaping Gordon Lightfoot! Jumping Joni Mitchell! You know your Canucks!"
-41-52 Stars: "You are a TRUE CANADIAN! TERRY FOX & STOMPIN' TOM would be PROUD!!"
Good luck, and feel free to post YOUR score in the comments! (Or let me know if you need any HINTS!) Have fun, and HAPPY CANADA DAY, FRIENDS!!!! :)
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Didja know YOU have Magic Powers? Just like WWE Legend, THE UNDERTAKER! Quick story: Mr. J's meeting with the Superstar was brief, (just a quick mutual "how ya doin?' at first), but when he saw his ridiculous balloon tribute, his beaming SMIRK (on his usually super-serious face!) spoke libraries! The Taker was likely truly feeling like The Dead-Man, since our Niagara Falls meeting was only a day after he appeared in a Main Event match, way over in Saudi Arabia! Thanking my hero, and turning to leave, the most unexpected thing happened. You know how a blow can seem to hurt more, when it's unexpected? Well, there was a strong impact, (it felt like an anvil!!) dropping on my shoulder, after my back was turned. It was of course, The Undertaker, who had slammed his hand on my shoulder as I walked away. Then, in his trademark very-familiar gravelly, deep, sepulchral voice, that we've all heard on TV for over 30 years, he exclaimed: 'GOOD JOB, BUDDY." Wow. You know, I had hoped to bring him some joy with the balloon, and he in turn did the same for me. Such a treat also to make so many different balloons, for so many kids (and adults!) that day, and to reconnect with many super cool folks (some of who kindly actually remembered me from last year!) It got yours truly thinking of the takeaway lesson: YOU and I ALL have the Magic Power to affect others...spreading joy and kindness in small ways every day...and you never know how far your influence goes. Most likely beyond the grave itself! Y'know, if even The Undertaker himself can muster a smirk, then we can all choose JOY, every day!! "All the darkness in the Universe cannot extinguish the light of a SINGLE CANDLE". -St. Francis of Assisi ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Father's Day! Y'know, though I haven't yet been blessed with my own children, I'm lucky enough to perform for thousands every year. Well, one such youngster made me very happy at today's birthday show, presenting me with a 'fan letter' upon my arrival (see attached), which he wrote after having seen me perform once before. Humbling to think that my few hours spent with a youngster could leave such an impression...so all the MORE credit to all YOU full-time DADs, who give love and support for a full LIFETIME! Always remember the influence you have is REAL MAGIC. (Certainly has been the case with my own Dad, The Original and Most-Amazing Mr. J!) Here's to our Dads!! :) ... See MoreSee Less

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The Amazing Mr. J is LIVE in Toronto, making balloons for the kiddies in Jurassic Park!! (As you can imagine, it's so cute seeing little five-year-olds happily exclaiming: "Go Raptors!!") Good news for YOU- I will be waving the Magic Wand for Canada's Team tonight! (Heading back tomorrow for some Wednesday Magic Shows in the Maritimes, so I'm hoping our team can do it tonight!) Y'know, the TO streets here are abuzz with feelings of positivity, bringing our entire amazing nation together...it feels like New Year's Eve. What an experience...the kindness of so many strangers I've met here makes for instant new friends...like real Magic! Wherever you personally are enjoying the Big Game, we are all connected as Canadians. (My brother is watching live from Japan!) Have yourself a Party, and GO RAPTORS!!😀😁🥰 ... See MoreSee Less

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