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!

The Amazing
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They're watching you. You know they're always watching you. (Not "Big Brother", Google, or all our nebulous electronic overlords- though they are too!) **CHILDREN**. Like sponges, always eager to learn, always watching how we act. How we REACT. They see, they absorb, they IMITATE. You know, a few adults approached me after some Magic Shows this week, recalling in vivid detail how they had "The Amazing Mr. J" perform for their birthday...20 years ago! Now, quite possibly, some of the magic tricks in those long ago early shows were as awkward as a cow walking on ice. Yet magically, these kids still loved them...happily remembering their "Mr. J Birthday Experience" to this day! Such shared reminisces remind you: Children are more impressionable than stem cells! So here's the thing: Surely our pathway to a more positive, loving world- a world we all desire- begins with...EVERYTHING we as adults say and do? How we spend our time, and how we treat others? Children-all children- adapt to YOU. They remember so much. It's amazing. YOU and I have more Magic power to influence than we realize! May you continue to use your Magic power for goodness, spreading positivity and kindness. What you say, what you eat, what you read, what you watch...you lead by your awesome example. Remember, Friends: We are all Teachers; we are all Magicians. They're watching you. ;) :) #Kindness #Love #Teachers #Magic #Magician #AmazingMisterJ ... See MoreSee Less

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Did you hear, we just lost WILFORD BRIMLEY? You'll remember him, of course, from his many ads for QUAKER OATS, and diabetes awareness. However, do you recall his Grandfatherly lead role in the 80s family show 'Our House,' with Shannen Doherty? The consummate loving patriarch, Brimley's 'Gus Witherspoon' (perfect name for him, eh?) became synonymous with Sunday night Family TV time. (Wonderful memories of 'Our House' here at 'Mr. J's House'). <3 The late 'Cocoon' star/actor/singer/Marine was also synonymous for his trademark cowboy hat, hence Mr. J's own version for our meeting. Although Mr. Brimley kept his famous serious visage for our picture, a sly smile surfaced on the surprised southerner, as he first saw Mr. J's silly balloon hat! "Well now! That's quite the hat you got 'dere, Son!" he quipped in his classic dialectic drawl, adding with a chuckle "Ya want me to sign 'dat Quaker Oats box?" Yes, I did (and yes he did). :) Always nice to be able to thank a hero personally, shake their hand, plus hopefully give them back a little amusement, and positivity. RIP Wilford Brimley. Bottom line for YOU: Whoever you look up to in life, hope you take the time (while you can!) to THANK them as well, in your own Magical way! As you'll remember Wilford Brimley himself always said, in his Quaker Oats ads: "It's the Right Thing to Do." www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVIewv1K3CA :) (Y) #WilfordBrimley #QuakerOats #Magic #Magician #AmazingMisterJ #BirthdayParties #BalloonHats #ItsTheRightThingToDo ... See MoreSee Less

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Wishing YOU a Merry Magic Canada Day!! You know, we may be socially isolating, but nothing can stop you from SINGING! Story for you: when meeting my late Canadian hero, Stompin' Tom Connors, back in 1991, it was so exciting to talk with someone who led that true troubadour life. The romance of being a travelling entertainer across our great nation, appealed greatly to the wanderlust of many young dreamers. As you can imagine, Tom's life- visiting every inch of our wonderfully vast and diverse country, no road too gravelly, no town too large or small- using your talents to spread joy, and celebrate our country...embodied the Canadian spirit for yours truly while growing up. Well, after my personal accolades to the legend, the beloved black-hatted patriot looked me right in the eye, saying in his trademark road-forged voice: "Y'know, son...someone has to carry this on, when I'm gone...it's up to all you young fellers today!" Fast forward to 2018, sharing that meeting story with Taw Connors (Stompin' Tom's talented SON), told him I felt that his Dad would have been let down by the fact that becoming a minstrel was sadly not in the cards for me. Despite my love of singing and playing music. Just the same, travelling from Newfoundland to the Yukon to perform thousands of Magic Shows, still carrying a deep abiding love for Canada, I hoped to at least honour the spirit of his Dad. Well, didn't Taw Connors put his hand on my shoulder, and say: "What you're doin' is great too...ANY kind of entertainment is good! Keep it up...my Dad would've been proud." My reply: "Thank you very much, and after your concert tonight, Mr. Connors, he definitely would've been proud of YOU too." (What a Canadian moment, eh?!) The bottom line: You don't have to be a Stompin' Tom, George Canyon, or Anne Murray to SING! Even as a full-time magician, music is still a passion...a way to express yourself...and we have much to celebrate in our great land! Corona can't stop Canada! So as we stay the blazes home, raise a glass and raise your VOICES...HIGH! Today, we are one GIANT kitchen party! Our country is still the most MAGICAL place in the world!! #CanadaDay #Magic #StompinTom #AmazingMisterJ #GeorgeCanyon #AnneMurray #KitchenParty #Magic #Music #Magician #CanadaRocks ... See MoreSee Less

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Like some FREE MAGIC for YOUR family? The Amazing Mr. J teams up with an All-Canadian cast of 100 Top Magicians (including TV mega-star & AGT Winner, the sensational SHIN LIM! And Toronto's fantastic First Couple of Magic, Brent and Sarah!), in a NEW super showcase Magic video extravaganza, just for YOU! All to raise funds for Food Banks Canada! Y'know, we're all stuck inside, but for entertainment, your friendly local Magicians have got your back! This all-new, all-amazing video is for all-ages...for all you high class lovers of Magic, mystery, and fun...that means YOU! :) By the way, many of us in the Magic community are currently available for online "virtual" Magic shows (including yours truly!). ;) Right now, you can enjoy the best of The Amazing Mr. J and my pulse-pounding prestidigitation pals for FREE, when our Magic video drops on May 12th at 1:00pm Atlantic Time...right here! Please 'like' and 'share', Magic Friends...and please consider a donation to FOOD BANKS CANADA! Together, we will all Keep Canada MAGIC! (Y) #FoodBanksCanada #Magic #Magician #TheAmazingMisterJ #ShinLim #BrentandSarah #Canada #MagicinCanada #KeepCanadaMagic ... 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