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National Magazine ‘Today’s Parent’ showcases The Amazing Mr. J (October 2015):
https://www.todaysparent.com/kids/awesome-birthday-party-entertainers-in-atlantic-canada/


 
The Amazing Mr. J performs magic for Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and the cast of Back to the Future! (November 2018):
https://www.trurodaily.com/living/truro-area-man-meets-back-to-the-future-cast-members-257943/

The Amazing Mr. J performs magic for a childhood hero, the man behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch, who is retiring after 50 years. (Caroll Spinney’s Dad is also from New Brunswick!) He gave me an actual Big Bird feather, a gift to treasure forever. (October 2018):
https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/local/halifax-magician-meets-childhood-hero-the-man-behind-big-bird-251498/
https://www.trurodaily.com/news/halifax-magician-meets-childhood-hero-the-man-behind-big-bird-251498/

Some truly funny things happen when performing magic! Here’s a ‘True Story’ by The Amazing Mr. J – David Johnston, with Comic Art by MAD Magazine’s Mike Holmes, for The Coast (September 2010):
https://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/true-story-by-david-johnston/Content?oid=1901156

The Amazing Mr. J – a tribute to the music, and magic, of Stan Rogers (StanFest 20th Anniversary – June 2016):
http://www.trurodaily.com/news/local/2016/6/3/stanfest-it-really-is-magic-time-4548987.html

The Amazing Mr. J presents ‘Back to the Future’ Magic Party for Parkinsons! (Charity event – October 2015):
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/back-to-the-future-fundraiser-truro-1.3279619
https://www.facebook.com/events/510891619073396/
http://www.trurodaily.com/news/local/2015/10/18/how-time-mcflies-4313525.html
http://www.pressreader.com/canada/truro-daily-news/20151019/281539404802587

“Trenton Fun Fest” Pictou Advocate (July 2015)

“Mike Robinson and The Amazing Mr. J show, hosted by Lenore Zann” (April 2015)

“Music & Magic fundraiser for Mental Health” (April 2015)

The Amazing Mr. J presents ‘Music & Magic for Mental Health’ (Charity event – April 2015):
http://www.trurodaily.com/living/2015/4/19/music-and-magic-for-mental-health-4117002.html

The Amazing Mr. J interviewed at Billy Joel concert (Québec City newspaper, front page, July 2014):
http://www.journaldequebec.com/2014/07/11/une-vingtaine-dheures-de-route-pour-voir-billy-joel

The Amazing Mr. J- CTV interview at Billy Joel concert (July 2014):
http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.1910510   (Mr. J interviewed at 2:14)

The Amazing Mr. J meets Prince Charles & Camilla (May 2014):
http://www.ngnews.ca/news/local/2014/5/19/pictou-countys-royal-showcase-3730739.html

The Amazing Mr. J- Houdini Séance performance atop Citadel Hill, Halifax NS (Hallowe’en 2013):
Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW9Vknwm-dc

Mr. J’s Houdini Séance Articles:
http://www.thecoast.ca/TheScene/archives/2013/10/31/blinded-me-with-sance
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/harry-houdini-summoned-at-halifax-seance-1.2325688
http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1163519-halifax-s-history-with-houdini-the-naked-truth
http://www.wildabouthoudini.com/2013/10/official-word-from-halifax-houdini.html

The Amazing Mr. J on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den (2013)
Halifax audition: http://polargrizz.tumblr.com/post/45125821752/dragons-den-auditions-halifax-2013

Mr. J on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den Articles:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/community/halifax/1130606-mister-j-and-the-dragons
http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/911242-truro-magician-to-practise-on-dragons
http://www.pressreader.com/canada/truro-daily-news/20130221/281762741663163
“Truro Resident on Dragons’ Den This Fall” (March 2013)
“Truro Man Auditions for Dragons’ Den” (February 2013)

Following a successful publishing deal with CBC Dragon Kevin O’Leary, you can read The Amazing Mr. J’s story in Kevin’s #1 International Bestselling Book- ‘Cold Hard Truth on Family, Kids & Money’ (pgs 123-133):
https://books.google.ca/books?id=uXnqAQAAQBAJ&pg=PT124&lpg=PT124&dq=David+Johnston+magician&source=bl&ots=r1k4nsmbQ-&sig=mPvyZh6q4I27QgODQGQeOanYsZA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiKpKaeg9XTAhVF7IMKHQcnBUk4ChDoAQgoMAE#v=onepage&q=David%20Johnston%20magician&f=false

The Amazing Mr. J at Atlantica Oak Island (March 2013):
http://www.familyfuncanada.com/halifax/family-fun-at-the-atlantica-oak-island-resort/

“Family Literacy Day” (January 2013)

“Magic Moments front page picture- New Year’s Eve Party” (December 2012)

“Town of Truro New Year’s Eve Celebrations” (December 2012)

The Amazing Mr. J – Reveen TV commercial (November 2012):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hqmb3Jwlc-I

“Magic Moment” (August 2012)
“12th Annual Community Fair” (May 2012)
“New Year’s Eve Magic” (January 2012)
“New Year’s Eve Magic Show” (December 2011)
“New Year’s Eve on the Town” (December 2011)
“Mr. J’s Library Donation” (November 2010)
“Mr. J – Live at Truro Mall” (March 2010)
“The Magic of Reading – Great Village” (November 2009)
“Halifax Library Guide” (Summer 2009)
“Wilson’s 9th Annual Community Fair” (May 2009)
“March Break Fun at Truro Mall” (March 2009)
“Truro’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations” (December 2008)
“The Magic of Reading” (Summer 2008)
“Bedford Magazine” (August 2008)
“Museum Events Magazine” (Spring 2008)
“Magic of Chocolate” (March 2008)
“Magic of Chocolate” (March 2008)
“Library Guide” (Summer 2006)
“A Little Magic Goes a Long Way” (2006) (Photo and article by Caitlin McIntyre)
“Celebrating Family Literacy Day” (2006)
“Truro Mall March Break Promo” (2005)
“Abracadabra” (2004)
The Hero’s Hero- Remembrance Day show (November 2003)
“Now That’s a Balloon” (2002)
“Teen Friends of the Library” (2000)
“Nothing Up My Sleeve” (2000)

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Do you have restless kids, cooped up at home? Have you considered having them magically imagine...you are all in a SPACESHIP? Had this idea after just watching the (very emotional!) Season Finale of Star Trek: Picard! Just like the touching reunion scenes with our beloved Captain and his longtime friend Commander Riker, your kids can send 'Space Transmissions' to their own Number One, via Skype, or just phoning their fellow awesome astronauts and interstellar pals! If your family is feeling cosmically creative, feel free to copy Mr. J's space balloon designs, pictured here! Maybe have some galactic fun, building a pillow tent "shuttle craft?" Plus, you'll definitely be inspired watching the AMAZING online videos of Canadian Hero, Commander CHRIS HADFIELD (who knows a thing or two about Space Stations, and social isolation!) We are all presently voyaging "where no one has gone before", but we will still "live long and prosper" with the MAGIC of our imaginations! Fly high, Magic Friends! (Chris Hadfield link for you here): www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uL5sqe5Uk8 #Imagination #Magic #AmazingMisterJ #StarTrek #Picard #Riker #ChrisHadfield #MajorTom #BoldyGo ... See MoreSee Less

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What's YOUR personal favourite KENNY ROGERS song, and why? Genuinely curious! The late legend just left us at 81, but (as my tribute sign said at his recent concert)..."The Magic Lives Forever!" To share a story with you (as Kenny's songs always did!), Mr. J's favourite song is "THE GAMBLER"...so much so, that the eponymous album rests permanently displayed in Mr. J's Magic Room at home (see pictures!) as a REMINDER. A reminder of WHAT? Well, EVERYTHING! So much subtle wisdom in that simple, oh-so-catchy song. Especially the often overlooked line: "Cause every hand's a winner...and every hand's a loser." Why? Well, we all know life's not fair. But y'know, it's like a Poker game. You could be born rich, you could win the lottery, you could be born super-good looking, or with an exceptional gift to sing, write, or play sports...some folks start the game of life, being dealt an amazing Poker hand. But if you're not smart, if you don't play your cards right, you can sadly squander those gifts! You can blow it, waste your potential, and lose the jackpot, if you don't play your cards right! A winning full-house hand could STILL lose (like Aesop's speedy hare, who actually lost against the slow but steady tortoise!) Likewise, you could be dealt a terrible hand...really crummy cards...but you can STILL WIN the game! You can bluff, you can use strategy, you can use what you got...Poker is like life...and your "losing" hand ends up WINNING! "EVERY hand is a winner, AND, every hand is a loser." (Love the word "AND" in there). Cards are cards...cards are potential...but WE control how they are played. Kenny's 'The Gambler' song reminds us: Life is all about how you play your cards. As a full-time magician who uses cards for a living, let me share with you, you also have the magic power to manipulate cards, too! You really can make them do anything you want! We ALL have that magic power in the Poker Game of Life. Of course, lately the entire WORLD has been dealt a really lousy hand. So how do we decide to play these cards? We can still win this game! This temporary crisis will bring people together spiritually. You can use the time at home to exercise, read, compose a hand-written letter (gasp!) for someone you care about, organize your favourite pictures, or finally do all those home projects you never had time for before. (Yours truly is writing a couple original books, and practicing all-new magic tricks! Hoo boy, just you wait!!) So let's raise a glass to the message of 'The Gambler', and to the entire amazing catalogue of Kenny Rogers music today. So many stellar, heartfelt memories. (Personally, will be playing his signed tambourine gift (!), which the beloved Bearded Bard triumphantly tossed to this ecstatic magician and lifelong fan during his final Maritime concert- see pictures!) We are in tough times, but it's nowhere near the end. You may lose one round of Poker, but you will always get to play the game again. And as we play, we all learn "how to hold 'em, and how to fold 'em.", getting better each time. IT'S ALL GOOD! (Secret hint: That's also my new book's title!) And remember: "You never count your money, when you're sittin' at the table. They'll be time enough for countin', when the dealin's done." RIP Kenny Rogers...The MAGIC lives FOREVER! :) <3 #Magic #Magician #AmazingMisterJ #KennyRogers #TheGambler #KnowWhenToHoldEm ... See MoreSee Less

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Didja hear CHUCK NORRIS was exposed to the Coronavirus?? The virus is now in quarantine for 2 weeks!! :) Hope the attached pics give you a laugh, during these topsy-turvy times. Didja also know our beloved Martial Arts master turned 80 (!) just last week?? Yep! You'll be pleased to know that in person, he's the coolest guy going (plus he loved his goofy Mr. J balloon gift too). Life is still MAGIC, and we will all get through this together. (Besides...CHUCK is on OUR side!) ;) "Keep your face always toward the sunlight, and the shadows fall behind you." -Walt Whitman #Magic #Balloons #StayPositive #AmazingMisterJ #ChuckNorris #Coronavirus #RoundhouseKick ... See MoreSee Less

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY! To all my fantastic, phenomenal female friends, plus my beloved Mom, Sister, and Aunts: you are celebrated, and you are much loved...PLUS (just like all the famous females featured here!), *YOU* are ALSO a **SUPERSTAR!** A special tip of the Magic Hat to beloved songstress Laura Smith, (who we sadly just lost), and with whom I had the honour to perform magic alongside during several shows over the years. THANK YOU, lovely ladies, for making our world MAGICAL!! :) #internationalwomensday #love #magic #womenrock ... See MoreSee Less

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Jolly Good Magic Fun...THANK YOU, SACKVILLE! Holy turnout, Batman! A SELLOUT capacity crowd, and very sorry for the 100+ we had to TURN AWAY- (lined up all the way out the door!)- but just for showing up you all still receive a FREE Amazing Mr. J Comic Book, and FREE Magic Wand by mail!) Funny story from the Magic Show for you: Asked a young boy "What's your name?", he replied "MAX!", so then asked him what he'd like to eat for lunch from all the items on 'Mr. J's Magic Menu.' Examining all his options, and taking time to think, he pointed and shouted "French Fries!" So, I made some REAL French Fries appear! Handed him his FREE prize choice, (which MAGICALLY appeared at his random request out of nowhere), and said: "Here ya go, MAX!" He looked amazed (which was the point), so I continued: "You look surprised! Betcha didn't think you'd see French Fries appear like that, huh, MAX?" (Now get this): He hilariously yelled back: "No, no, it's not the fries...HOW did you guess my NAME??!?" #Magic #Magician #AmazingMisterJ #ShortMemory ... See MoreSee Less

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