Schools/Public Show Testimonials

Quotes 2018

        

“Thank you for your show at The Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre today. Our son Zachary was enthralled from start to finish, as were all of the children. I wouldn’t have thought that many kids could make as much noise as they did! They loved every minute!”
-Jen Saunders, Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre show, Beaver Bank, NS (August 2018)

“You know, I have never seen a group of High School kids feeling like Elementary kids for a full hour. Bravo!”
-Trevor Kendall, Teacher, New Germany High School, NS (May 2018)

“That was awesome! We will definitely be in touch again, Mr. J!”
-Sherrene Conrad, Teacher, and Sophie Mansfield, Student Council President, New Germany High School, NS (May 2018)

“All the kids and even the staff thoroughly enjoyed your show, Mr. J! It was laughter and smiles for the full hour- thank you!”
-Principal Marsha Costello, St. Louis Elementary, St. Louis, PEI (May 2018)

“Awesome, Mr. J! Great turnout, and lots of positive energy at each location…we will definitely be hiring you again!”
-Nicole Ellen, Owner, and Curt Stephens, Area Operations Manager, BOSTON PIZZA Lower Sackville, New Minas & Yarmouth (March 2018)

“You engaged all the kids the entire time, and that’s not easy to do with a 10 to 13 year old audience…very well done!”
-Principal Joyce Veinot-Gates, Chester Middle School, Chester, NS (February 2018)

“What a wonderful show! Thank you so much for giving the kids so much joy this morning…just fantastic!”
-Nathalie George, Teacher, École Beaubassin, Halifax, NS (February 2018)

Quotes 2017

“Thank you for the great time last night …. you entertained 76 energetic kids, while all their parents got to sit and eat without anyone needing anything!! Wow!!!! My son Liam can’t stop talking about you!!”
– Lindsay MacDonald, Organizer, Minor Hockey Christmas Party, Mabou, Cape Breton (December 2017)

“Hello, Amazing Mr. J! I am writing this note for my 6-year-old granddaughter, Sierra MacDonald who attended your show at the Stewiacke Community Centre. Sierra was enthralled with your show, baffled by the magic and in absolute glee with your humour, especially the talking monkey on the board. She is now asking for a magic set for Christmas! It is so nice to see that someone can keep the magic alive for the little ones and even some of us old fuddy duddies! Many thanks for that”
– Brenda MacDonald, Stewiacke, NS (December 2017)

“We had the honor of seeing a show this morning at my daughter’s preschool. She is normally a shy one, but today she was the first to raise her hand and speak up. I have never seen her jumping and laughing so much!”
– Jennifer Pothier, Parent at Lower Sackville Nursery School (December 2017)

“Wow, you have such a gift…everyone, kids and grown-ups too just loved the show. Thank you for spreading the joy!”
– Denise McAuley, Director & Bernice Mailman, Assistant Director, Bridgewater Day Care (November 2017)

“You were amazing…you had everybody laughing and entertained for all FOUR shows. Thank you, Mr. J!”
– Alyssa M. Langille, Coordinator, Boyneclarke Tall Ships Parade of Sail Event, Halifax, NS (August 2017)

“Fantastic show, Mr. J- the kids absolutely loved it (and so did the staff!)”
– Louise Coady, Colleen Dempsey, Tracy Dempsey, and Lori Rose, Daydreams Childcare Centre, Bedford, NS (August 2017)

“I highly recommend The Amazing Mr. J!”
– Samantha Wood, Owner, Musquodoboit Harbour Childcare Centre (July 2017)

“Thank you for the wonderful entertainment for our preschoolers…FOR THE 8th STRAIGHT YEAR!”
– Florence MacArthur, Director, Elmwood Child Care, Enfield, NS (June 2017)

“Thank you so much for today! Our preschool families loved the show!”
– Melissa Spence, Director, Marion MacLeod Preschool, Springhill, NS (June 2017)

“Can’t say enough good things about the high-quality of your show! I’ve never seen the kids so happy!”
– Adrianne Daigle-Gouthro, teacher, Tantallon Sr. Elementary, Upper Tantallon, NS (June 2017)

“Very, very good! You kept the kids engaged and entertained from start to finish…really well done!”
– Wilma Hicks, teacher, Evergreen Parks School, Moncton, NB (June 2017)

“Your ‘Magic of Reading’ show was exactly what we needed for our Literacy Week- excellent message and excellent show!”
– Gwen Birt, Vice-Principal, and Amanda Hood, PTA, Duc d’Anville School, Halifax, NS (May 2017)

“There are no words to describe the sheer JOY of this day!! We were privileged to have 12 wonderful young men join our group today, and they squealed their way through an absolutely outstanding professional magic show – a world class spectacle, really – by The Amazing Mr. J! Best Boys’ Day yet – hands down. Wow, wow, wow.”
– Wendy Birt, Creator and Teacher-Mentor at THR!VE Education, Dartmouth, NS (May 2017)

“So glad you could entertain for our public Easter festivities here at Mic Mac Mall- everyone thoroughly loved your high-energy shows! Amazing!”
– Kendra Wren, Marketing Manager, Mic Mac Mall, Dartmouth, NS (April 2017)

“Thanks so much David, it was really great to have you come to our March Break Day Camp…we are hoping to have you come back in the summer for our programs then.. I will also spread the word to our families about you!!”
– Kim Fahie-Chambers, Program Co-ordinator, Family Resource Centre, Windsor, NS (March 2017)

“Our little family saw your incredible show this past weekend at Atlantica Oak Island Hotel. We have 4 children and they (and us) all LOVED it! Thank you so much for opening their imaginations!!”
– Sarah Whynacht, Chelsea, NS (March 2017)

Quotes 2016

“You are a RESOUNDING hit!!!! We definitely want you back next year.”
– Lesley Carter, Environment Canada, Dartmouth, NS (December 2016)

“Thank you for bringing so much joy and laughter to our Christmas Staff Party!”
– Denise Loar, Numeris Canada (December 2016)

“What a show! Everyone loved it, I was very impressed with your set up, and everything you did. Looking forward to hiring you in the future!”
– Jennie, Owner, Crystal Mountain Party Palace, Moncton, NB (December 2016)

“My daughter, Sarah Rogers, saw your show at Antigonish Education Centre yesterday. She LOVED it, and wants me to tell you that she didn’t colour you like a meatball! (She’s colouring your page now). She’d also love a magic wand if you can spare one:) Thank you so much for bringing so much joy to those kids. We’ll spread the good word!”
– Trudy Rogers, Antigonish (June 2016)

“The kids all loved your show! I can’t get over the reaction of the girl you brought on stage- she jumped up and down non-stop with excitement!”
– Sean Barker, Vice-Principal, Antigonish Education Centre (June 2016)

“Great having you back for a second time, Mr. J! The kids have been asking about you all year!”
– Principal Stephen Johnson, and teacher Erin Ramsay, Hebbville Academy, Bridgewater, NS (June 2016)

“Definitely recommended to all schools!”
– Principal April Weaver, and Vice-Principal Sean Barker, Antigonish Education Centre, Antigonish, NS (June 2016)

“Very glad you could perform for us today- everyone LOVED your show!”
– Amy Oppong, teacher, George Bissett Elementary School, Cole Harbour, NS (June 2016)

“The graduating class has been telling me this was the best Safe Grad they could ever imagine…thank you, Mr. J for making it magic!”
– Martha Baker, teacher, Musquodoboit Rural High School SAFE GRAD (June 2016)

“Outstanding, Mr. J! Hilarious, and super cool magic…all the high school students couldn’t wait to have you back again after your show last year…another huge success, thanks to you!”
– Rhonda Leights, administrator, Auburn Heights High School (March 2016)

“Mr. J is a must-see.”
– Jackie Molloy Samson, Head Coach, and Karla Jean, Richmond Cheer Athletics, Port Hawkesbury, NS (February 2016)

“Thanks for making our National Literacy Day event such a huge success! Looking forward to booking us again next year!”
– Tammy Hiltz, Chief Organizer, National Literacy Day, Middle Musquodoboit and Sheet Harbour, NS (January 2016)

Quotes 2015

“The way you keep the students entertained is really something…I could hear the excitement down the hall! Very positive energy and just an all around terrific show.”
– Principal Sandra Chauvin, Joseph Giles School, Dartmouth, NS (December 2015)

“Your ‘Back to the Future- Magic Party for Parkinson’s’ looked amazing, and you should be so proud of its success. Thank you for volunteering to organize and perform for this event, and helping to transform the lives of Canadians living with Parkinson’s disease. Deep appreciation for your support!”
– Cheryl Muschallik, Parkinson Society Canada (October 2015)

“The kids loved it! That went very well…great show!”
– John Roscoe, Hillcrest Academy, Shelburne, NS (October 2015)

“Students are already asking when we can have you back again!”
– Robin Smith, teacher, Hillcrest Academy, Shelburne, NS (October 2015)

“You are very much in tune with how to keep an audience engaged – very impressive show, and yes, would recommend to everyone!”
– Principal Mike Smith, Forest Ridge Academy, Barrington, NS (October 2015)

“What a wonderful show! You’ve got a great act, and you’re so good with the kids. This really impressed me!”
– Isabelle Gascon, teacher, École Bois-Joli, Dartmouth, NS (April 2015)

Quotes 2014

“Every day I have someone in the hall, stopping me to tell me their favorite part of your performance. The students were truly just AMAZED by you!!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us all!” 🙂
– Brenda Newcombe, Principal, and Charmaine McAdoo, teacher, Brooklyn District School, Newport, NS (June 2014)

“Thank you for an amazing performance, and for igniting the students’ imagination!”
– Principal Makiko Chiasson, St. Stephen’s School, Halifax, NS (June 2014)

Quotes 2013

“Outstanding show, Mr. J…great audience interaction and a true celebration of reading… exactly what we were looking for for our National Literacy Day event. Thank you very much!”
– Matt Taylor, Director, Colchester Adult Learning Association (CALA) (January 2013)

Quotes 2012

“Using magic, Mr. J shows everyone WHY reading is so important.”
– Wanda Kushner, Branch Coordinator, Bridgewater, Liverpool and Lunenburg Libraries (Summer 2012)

“Kids were laughing and enjoying the entire show! Thanks Mr. J!”
– Tina Knol, Principal, Enfield Elementary (June 2012)

“Great message! Everyone loved the Magic of Reading show!”
– Heather MacKeil, Principal, Maple Ridge Elementary, Lantz (June 2012)

“Great show, and definitely recommended.”
– Colin Chase, Principal, Hantsport School, and Lana Burns, Principal, LE Shaw School, Hantsport (March 2012)

“Super job as always, Mr. J! You really get the literacy message across well.”
– Barbara Jones, Youth Programmer, South Shore Public Libraries (March 2012)

Quotes 2011

“Mr. J has performed at every library in the HRM system, and kids always LOVE the Magic of Reading, and winning free books!”
– Peggy Denman, Halifax Public Libraries (Summer 2011)

“An absolutely wonderful show. I can’t believe your energy! You magically encourage the kids to read in a fun, memorable way. Awesome!”
– Darcy Johns, Youth Coordinator, Cole Harbour Library (August 2011)

“Amazing! So much fun. The reading message was very well incorporated into the show, and you had a very receptive audience.”
– Rachel Crosby, Youth Coordinator, Tantallon Library (August 2011)

Quotes 2010

“We just saw you for the second time at one of the Halifax libraries and you are great! The kids love you and I did as well. You are great with the way you relate to the kids and keep them in line- which can be a challenge. I love the fact that your are always positive when answering their excited questions.”
– Tamara Sharkey-Chouinard (August 2010)

“Incredible audience interaction, and you kept everyone completely entertained for a full hour!”
– Erin MacKay, Director of Children’s Programming, Spring Garden Road Library (July 2010)

Quotes 2009

“Your show is a real celebration of the magic of reading- the kids and grown-ups all loved it!”
– Charlene Noel, Colchester Adult Learning Association (CALA) (October 2009)

“I heard some of the teaching staff say this was one of the best shows they’ve ever seen! Thanks for incorporating the reading message so much into your magic.”
– Principal Kevin Mapplebeck, West Highland Elementary, Amherst (October 2009)

“Excellent show…always great to tie in the importance of reading and literacy!”
– Principal Carole DesBarres, Lakefront Consolidated School, Tangier (March 2009)

“Both the adults and kids loved your magic and reading message…thanks for making our Family Literacy event such a huge success!”
– Carollynne Nemecek, PiCCoLA (January 2009)

Quotes 2008

“You had the kids enthralled the whole time! Thanks for promoting literacy in such a memorable way.”
– Lara MacAllister, Youth Services Director, Bedford Library (August 2008)

“The kids loved you so much, they all demanded to see you again!”
– Mrs. Heather Hamilton, Youth Services Director, Spring Garden Road Library, Halifax
(July 2008, July 2007 and March 2007)

“An absolutely wonderful show! I can’t believe your energy!”
– Mrs. Darcy Johns, Youth Services Director, Cole Harbour Library (July 2008, March 2007 and June 2006)

Quotes 2007

“Great audience response….fantastic!”
– Mr. Matthew McCarthy, Youth Services Director, Sackville Library (August 2007)

“Your ‘Magic of Reading’ show was as entertaining as it was educational. It highlighted, in a very visual way, the importance of reading for our young people, and the fact that educators need to use different ‘tricks’ to establish that passion for reading at an early age. Your enthusiasm for both reading and magic was clearly evident, and your magic show was the highlight of our conference program.”
– Elliot Payzant, President, Nova Scotia School Boards Association, and Dr. Noel Hurley, Superintendent, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (June 2007)

“The kids loved it. Highly recommended!”
– Principal Lloyd Caldwell, Caldwell Road School, Dartmouth (May 2007)

“You really kept them entertained while spreading the word about reading!”
– Mrs. Anne Baker, Youth Services Director, Woodlawn Library (March 2007 and June 2006)

“You really involved the audience well, the whole time! Thanks for coming and putting on such a great show!”
– Mrs. Alison Creech, Youth Services Director, Alderney Gate Library (March 2007 and June 2006)

Quotes 2006

“Mr. J kept everyone engaged and entertained from start to finish, emphasing literacy throughout. Outstanding!”
– Mr. Ray Fernandes, Youth Services, Halifax Public Libraries (July 2006)

“A great way to reinforce the ‘reading’ message – with magic! Mr. J kept the kids entertained the whole time.”
– Principal Lori Garrett, East Court Road Elementary, Bible Hill, N.S. (May 2006)

“Great show! It’s not easy to keep 700 students entertained, but they enjoyed you the whole time!”
– Principal Al Kennedy, Redcliff Middle School, Bible Hill, N.S. (April 2006)

“Very well-received promotion of literacy. Even better than I hoped. Thanks, Mr. J!”
– Ms. Michelle DeWolfe, Literacy Co-ordinator, Halifax Regional School Board (April 2006)

“I’m still hearing lots of great things from parents and kids regarding your ‘Magic of Reading’ show. Thanks, Mr. J.”
– Principal Chris Boulter, Trenton Elementary (April 2006)

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Who's YOUR personal HERO? ❤👍Kenny is my Cape Breton cousin, the Big Brother I never had. But who was HIS hero? Growing up, it was EVEL KNIEVEL (Kenny took me on his Ski-Doo behind the North Sydney Mall, performing "jumps" off the huge snow piles...among other wild stunts!)🚲🛴👍Today, the beloved Kenny is the recipient of HRM Volunteer awards, and a successful computer repair entrepreneur, who always goes out of his way for everyone else. So, yours truly had to surprise Kenny for his BIRTHDAY...with an "Evel KENNY-VEL" balloon.😋 (Y)Amid shutdowns and storms, BIRTHDAYS are still your #1 opportunity to send someone you love a well-wish. Hope you do! Even your smallest action will be as memorable as a crazy Evel Knievel stunt (Plus, you'll never crash...you're guaranteed success!)Everyone Needs A Kenny. Who's YOURS? 🦸‍♀️🦸‍♂️🦹‍♀️🦹‍♂️❤🙂👍MR. J WEBSITES: www.misterj.ca www.amazingmisterj.ca www.halifaxmagician.ca YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/channel/UCTOLa5EKW2ZrAx2-Y2EdSqATWITTER: twitter.com/AmazingMisterJINSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/theamazingmisterj/TIKTOK: tiktok.com/@theamazingmisterj/LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/theamazingmisterj/ #BirthdayParty #AmazingMisterJ #Magician #Magic #LiveAnimals #Balloons #Joy #CapeBreton #Stuntman #EvelKnievel #Hero #Kenny #EveryoneNeedsAKenny ... See MoreSee Less
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2021 is DONE...and YOU made it THROUGH! Symbolically, just like the Magic Silk you see in this video, (gliding THROUGH the solid microphone stand), YOU also persevered. You got clean THROUGH all the tough times. PLUS, throughout it all, you still made some new Magic Memories to treasure. And The Best is Yet to Come...😉👍Happy New Year!🍾🍷🍹 Wishing you Peace & Progress, as we all move forward together. Here's to YOU, Magic Friends.😊🎩❤⭐👍MR. J WEBSITES: www.misterj.ca www.amazingmisterj.ca www.halifaxmagician.ca YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/channel/UCTOLa5EKW2ZrAx2-Y2EdSqATWITTER: twitter.com/AmazingMisterJINSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/theamazingmisterj/TIKTOK: tiktok.com/@theamazingmisterj/LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/theamazingmisterj/ #BirthdayParty #AmazingMisterJ #Magician #Magic #LiveAnimals #Balloons #Joy #Kindness #Gratitude #Joy #Love #HappyNewYear #TheBestIsYetToCome ... See MoreSee Less
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How are YOU feeling, Magic Friends?🤗🎩It's Christmas. So, Hopefully Happy! 🎅❤👍HOWEVER, if your Heart hurts for those departed, or distant... If you've got 'The Break-up Blues?' Covid confused? Missing your Muse?If you're feeling: Lost, lonely, or unloved...(Or all of the above!)This is especially for YOU.👍Just read Leonard Cohen's bio. You know Cohen, of course: Icon of Montreal. Canada's Poet Superstar. And later...Ordained Buddhist Monk. (!) Why pursue THAT path? Imagine this: after all his success, the great COHEN was deeply DEPRESSED. (!) However, let me share with you, the profound positive balm he gleaned, from his monkish meditations (which showed him a new, different reality): "The LESS of ME there was, the HAPPIER I BECAME."Dr. Patch Adams (the real one, from the Robin Williams movie) shared this, in his (excellent) autobiography. PATCH was also DEPRESSED...seeing his Dad return broken from the Vietnam War, to a country that shunned his Father, and segregated minorities. After hospitalization, Patch turned PROACTIVE. He decided to ride the elevator in a New York skyscraper all day long, intentionally engaging folks in conversation. Exchanging simple compliments, friendly banter and jokes, his intent each time was to get a laugh. To his surprise, 99% of people were eager to talk with him. (Even the other 1% would smile!) He learned that all people- including and often especially complete strangers- deeply desired CONNECTION. These days, Patch's idea of a "Day Off" is to performing clowning at hospitals for sick kids (!), or even flying into the hospitals of war zones (!), to give comfort to others. HERE's THE THING: these encounters actually made PATCH HIMSELF feel infinitely better. "Depression is a Symptom of Loneliness", he often says, having found the key to regaining his own inner happiness...by sharing joy with others. Recurring theme here: It's All about Others. It's All about Love.In case you were wondering:What is the Purpose of Your Life? To Share Joy. What is the Meaning of Your Life? To Share Joy.(Talk about convenient...both deep eternal questions have the same easy answer. Cool that The Universe is set up this way) 🙂Y'know, personally, I spent the last week criss-crossing Nova Scotia (covid-masked, of course!) as SANTA. 🎅 With more than a dozen scheduled Magic Show bookings all cancelled due to Omicron (aka The Grinch), what's a Magician Bon Vivant to do? Forced out of work, a rare week of free time...Hmmm, OK...it's time for "Santa Tour 2021!" Delivering cards/balloons/fresh-baked treats/ to family/friends/complete strangers. (See pictures!) Performing some Magic tricks too. Dropping in on folks I hadn't seen in YEARS. The visiting times were random (Santa never reveals exactly WHEN he will arrive!), and responses were 100% amazing. Get this: in the Big Stop parking lot in Auld's Cove, a random couple ran up to me, excitedly asking Santa to hold their newborn BABY. They just wanted take a picture of their new precious gift, with St. Nick (Pic attached for you!). What an honour to be that young angel's first ever picture with Santa. Plus, what hope, what warmth, what Magic in those little eyes. Losing a few weeks of work was all beyond worth it, just for that moment. To hold The Christmas Child. The Light of the World.So, what is the Magic Secret to beating the Holiday Blues? Motion is the Lotion. Or, as Johnny Cash sang "Get Rhythm...when You get the Blues." Good News: YOU don't have to become an ordained Monk, like Leonard Cohen. Or yack it up on New York elevators, like Patch Adams. Or perambulate the province, galivanting in garish Santa garb, like 'ole Mr. Jolly here. YOU can perform YOUR OWN personal Santa Tour!Ask for help if you need it. You are NOT alone. Also, try and push yourself. Try making a random video call, e-mail, phone call, or write a (gasp!) hand-written (!) letter. Cook something, surprise someone, reach out to someone. This,, I GUARANTEE YOU (and this is the amazing part) WILL MAKE YOU FEEL WONDERFUL. ❤It truly is better to give than receive. The more you think of others, the happier you will become. Like Magic.🎩(Can YOU imagine how the REAL SANTA must feel, after delivering free presents to the ENTIRE WORLD?)Merry Christmas, Friends. May the deep, lasting, MAGIC of this season be YOURS.😀🎩❤🎅🎄👍MR. J WEBSITES: www.misterj.ca www.amazingmisterj.ca www.halifaxmagician.ca YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/channel/UCTOLa5EKW2ZrAx2-Y2EdSqATWITTER: twitter.com/AmazingMisterJINSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/theamazingmisterj/TIKTOK: tiktok.com/@theamazingmisterj/LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/theamazingmisterj/ #BirthdayParty #AmazingMisterJ #Magician #Magic #LiveAnimals #Balloons #FelizNavidad #MerryChristmas #PatchAdams #Happy #Joy #Kindness #Gratitude #Joy #Love ... See MoreSee Less
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I wanna wish YOU...a Merry Magic, Holly Jolly Christmas! (But from where?? You guessed it!) From the bottom of my heart. 🎅🎄❤🎩👍 "The most REVOLUTIONARY ACT one can commit in our world is to be HAPPY. Commit RANDOM KINDNESS and SENSELESS ACTS of JOY!" -Dr. Patch Adams ⭐❤👍 MR. J WEBSITES: www.misterj.ca www.amazingmisterj.ca www.halifaxmagician.ca YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/channel/UCTOLa5EKW2ZrAx2-Y2EdSqATWITTER: twitter.com/AmazingMisterJINSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/theamazingmisterj/TIKTOK: tiktok.com/@theamazingmisterj/LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/theamazingmisterj/ #BirthdayParty #AmazingMisterJ #Magician #Magic #LiveAnimals #Balloons #FelizNavidad #MerryChristmas #PatchAdams #Happy #Joy #Kindness #Gratitude #Joy #Love ... See MoreSee Less
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Do YOU believe the things you do make a difference? Christmas story for you: Before becoming a full-time entertainer, my most entertaining student was Mike Little, during my days as a schoolteacher. Mike was a likeable, easy-going but very quiet 10-year-old, and I needed a lead for the class Christmas play. Seeing Mike's subtle sense of humour, (and how he would always try and get one over on me), I sensed: "This young guy's got something!", so I asked if he would play 'Scrooge' (alongside me as 'Santa') in my Dickens sequel attempt: "Another Christmas Carol". With the entire super-talented class backing him up in their roles, Mike came alive on that school stage...dancing, clicking his heels, and making the audience merry. His wit and natural charisma shined! Couldn't have been prouder. Mike's parents (who later hired me as his tutor for a while), said they could hardly recognize their son, who they always thoughts was way too shy to ever perform in such an extroverted fashion. And in front of such a huge audience? It felt like a Christmas miracle. FAST FORWARD to 2020...who stops by for a visit to one of my houses? Mike himself...now a successful farmer, hard-working man, and Father of four. We have a few laughs and catch-up. Mike sees my driveway in need of repair, so what does he do? He brings up his big machines, and takes a few days...to build me a new driveway. Get this: for FREE. All his generous time, equipment, and labour. For free. He insisted. Humbled and grateful doesn't begin to describe. (Finally, I did convince Mike he could use some of my land for his crops, as payback). And it continues...Mike's younger brother Robbie (also a former student, now a very talented and successful entrepreneur in Alberta) was the key volunteer in fixing up the giant highway billboard in my woods, into a rallying 'Nova Scotia Strong' sign last year. Thanks again to another amazing former student. FAST FORWARD to 2021...just paid Mike a surprise birthday/Christmas visit, with balloons for him and his daughter...who is now the same age Mike was, when I first met him, years ago. Full circle. Christmas continuity. Plus, what lucky kids Mike has, I thought...having such an amazing, kind Dad. And Mike still has his sense of humour...when I asked what balloon he'd like, offering to make "anything at all", he said: "How about a LOBSTER?" (Now that was a first!) Luckily, was able to grant his wish (see pictures!)Bottom line: Anytime you influence children for the better, you are affecting eternity...you never know how far your influence goes. You never know the positive, lasting impression you can give to other people. Like creative ripples, through the lake of time. Such an inspiring blessing to experience this firsthand, with so many children through the years. Just imagine those that have magically touched YOUR life...now YOU get to be the Magician. For them."The Thoughts of Youth are long, long thoughts..." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "My Lost Youth"MR. J WEBSITES: www.misterj.ca www.amazingmisterj.ca www.halifaxmagician.ca YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/channel/UCTOLa5EKW2ZrAx2-Y2EdSqATWITTER: twitter.com/AmazingMisterJINSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/theamazingmisterj/TIKTOK: tiktok.com/@theamazingmisterj/LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/theamazingmisterj/ #BirthdayParty #AmazingMisterJ #Magician #Magic #LiveAnimals #Balloons #Joy #Happiness #Believe #Gratitude #Love #Longefellow #MerryChristmas #TheMagicOfChildhood #Eternity ... See MoreSee Less
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