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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The Amazing Mr. J - Magician & Entertainer

Can you imagine ZZ TOP laughing like little kids? It's amazing the effect balloons have on all ages! The blues rock legends have seen it all over their 50 year career, including (now) some magic balloon versions of themselves! After telling the bearded icons that I perform for kids, lead singer Billy Gibbons replied: "Great! You're in good company with us!" He then asked everyone: "Give this man a big hand!" (!!) A true honour, and proof that, like ZZ Top's music, magic and fun are always in style. :) #zztop #magic #balloons #sharpdressedman ... See MoreSee Less

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The Amazing Mr. J - Magician & Entertainer

Need a smile? While visiting my Aunt, a little neighbourhood girl named Kylie randomly rolled into the yard to play on her scooter. Since my Aunt knew her, and introduced me as a magician, I decided to do a little impromptu magic show on the back deck. Kylie, only six, squealed with joy and delight the whole time. Only afterwards did I learn that her Father had passed away from cancer earlier this year, and she was having a hard go of it. A sobering reminder that we often don't know the burdens others carry deep down, and also that you personally always have the power to bring light to someone in need! Sharing a smile, singing a song, sending a kind word...or any good deed you can dream up! And everyone knows a Kylie. So if you need a smile, share a smile...and naturally, this of course cheers you up too. Like magic! :) ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

The Amazing Mr. J - Magician & Entertainer

Spent my birthday "working"...but at least I didn't spend it alone! Thanks to the wonderful audiences in both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia today, and thank *YOU* for your kind birthday wishes, to this (now slightly older) magician! Promise you much more magic in the year ahead! :) #magic #birthday #AmazingMisterJ #sleepwhenimdead ... See MoreSee Less

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The Amazing Mr. J - Magician & Entertainer

Can you imagine actually being *happy* to work on your own birthday? I am! Here's some pics to show you why...performing magic this past year for folks from 3 to 93! Personally, it's a busy birthday today, with a show near Saint John, NB, then an evening show near Cape Breton, but it's all good! Thanks to my wonderful family for the cake, and especially for *YOU* for inviting me to so many of your birthdays...you make Mr. J's party last all year! :) ... See MoreSee Less

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The Amazing Mr. J - Magician & Entertainer

Have you ever received some encouragement that changed your life? For example, my parents bought me a magic set at six years old. BRYAN ADAMS ended his live Sydney concert this week by sharing this: his folks not only let him drop out at 15 to pursue music, but at 17, they allowed him to use the $1000 they scraped together and saved for his college fund, to go towards buying him a piano! Shortly thereafter, he co-wrote 'Straight from the Heart', (and you know how that went for him!) Bryan then disclosed that his Mother *just* turned 90, and his Father passed away only two months ago. With clear, raw emotion, he ended his show by dedicating this same song to his parents who supported him, all those years ago. Talk about 'straight from the heart'. You know, whether it's a simple kind word or deed for your child, friend, or even for a stranger...the gift of encouragement is pure MAGIC! :) ... See MoreSee Less

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YOUR MAGICIAN to the STARS!

The Amazing Mr. J performs for celebrities at VIP events, and loves sharing stories! He’s faced the Dragons on Dragons’ Den, entertained for CBC’s Peter Mansbridge, Gerry Dee (Mr. D), Lionel Richie, Natalie MacMaster, NHL stars, Hulk Hogan, Stan Lee, and many more!

“HOW the heck did you do THAT? That… was… amazing!” – Stan Lee, Toronto, August 2010