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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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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