Press

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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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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