About

Born and based in Halifax, The Amazing Mr. J (David Jolly) has performed for over 20+ years all across Canada (Nationwide Since 1999!), entertaining with Magic, comedy, and balloon art for kids, teens, and adults. (You can also let him entertain for YOU!)

The Amazing Mr. J loves adapting shows to YOUR audience, whether they’re for your: children’s birthdays, schools, campgrounds, festivals, malls, libraries, walk-around shows, weddings, libraries, PLUS house parties for adults, universities/colleges, high schools/Safe Grads, seniors, bachelor/bachelorette parties, weddings, and corporate groups (He’s even been hired by numerous celebrities! You can see pictures here in the celebrity section of the facebook photo galleries).

Having performed over 4000+ shows, from northernmost Newfoundland (Canada Day 2014 & 2015, in La Scie), to Toronto, even to Whitehorse, Yukon (at the 2016 Sourdough Festival along with beloved fiddling legend Natalie MacMaster), Mr. J loves our beautiful country of Canada, and all the truly amazing people who live here.

You may have already seen The Amazing Mr. J on one of his many TV guest appearances over years. (Most recently, in Summer 2021, Mr. J applied to perform on CityTV’s ‘Canada’s Got Talent!’).

You can read Mr. J’s story in print, since after facing The Dragons on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den years ago, he luckily scored a deal with Kevin O’Leary! Kevin published Mr. J in his 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 wonderful little Magic Kit for his 5th birthday, he became hooked, performing his first ‘shows’ for parents right out of the box. When turning six, a second Magic Kit turned into a little show for all the guests at his grandparents house in Saint John, New Brunswick… sparking 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. (Again, always a good idea, parents…you never know what long-lasting influence such a childhood experience can give your child!)

Inspired by Nova Scotia’s own world-renowned Magic talent Mike Robinson, Mr. J took a break from his school teaching career to attend Circus School in Toronto, where he also studied Magic at Browser’s Den (with super-cool owner Jeff Pinsky). After performing his first public Magic Shows in Toronto in 1999, and returning to NS, he then performed every day for two months over Christmas, at Dartmouth’s Mic Mac Mall, (right beside Santa!), where he learned the art of performing for large crowds…seeing firsthand the joy Magic can bring.

While still working as a schoolteacher, Mr. J used Magic tricks as a fun motivator for his students. He found he could actually incorporate Magic directly into his lessons each year, whether teaching Science, French, or even European History. Following some school Magic workshops, the demand for actual Magic Shows at events while he was still teaching became so great, that Mr. J finally left teaching for good in 2005, to pursue magic performing exclusively, nationwide, on a full-time basis. Seeing the wonderful reactions from kids, teens, and adults, the fully-grown David Jolly continues to try and share this joy and excitement with as many people as possible!

Today, Mr. J generally divides his time between Halifax, Truro, and throughout Atlantic Canada…plus regularly at his ‘second home’ in Toronto.

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, cooking, nature, the outdoors, green living, exercising, hiking, sports, writing, poetry, film, the arts, CBC Radio, singing, playing guitar and piano, skydiving, new ideas, random adventures, traveling, board games, magic (of course), plus virtually all music, and literature. (Secret confession: Mr. J loves hosting retro parties!)

Mr. J loves children, and is writing an original children’s book, hoping to make it into a series. 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 mini-bios like this…) 😛

Thank YOU for visiting this page, and for helping yours truly to live the dream as a full-time Magician and entertainer. It has been a sincere pleasure, and honour, to perform for you for over 20+ years, and to share so many fun-filled times, with old and new friends of all ages.

YOU are helping keep the Magic alive! Feel free to send your questions, heckles, marriage proposals, or really good jokes to: misterjmagic@hotmail.com

THANKS! Wishing you Joy & Magic.

-David Jolly “The Amazing Mr. J- Magician & Entertainer”
782-414-3612 (That’s a Nova Scotia number, Magic Friends! CALL anytime, for more info, and bookings). 🙂

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Can YOU IMAGINE being in the same band, with the EXACT same line-up of three super cool dudes, since 1969? (Sadly, we lost one of 'em today, Magic Friends). RIP to beloved bearded bassist, Dusty Hill, of the legendary ZZ TOP. (You can see DUSTY on the left, in these pictures). Along with lead singer Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard, Dusty toured relentlessly. As you know, ZZ TOP have always been as hard-working as their music was good hard rockin'. The absolute furthest thing from a 'nostalgia act', they have been CONSISTENTLY amazing for over 50 years. Incredible! Their Magical mix of Texas Blues, good time lyrics, and iconic beards (except, ironically, the beardless drummer Frank Beard) made them stalwarts of the stage. Honoured to be able to thank them in person, with some Magic and balloons (videos attached for you). Always important in life to tell people you love 'em, while you can! If you're a fellow fan, (ZZ Top are longtime very personal faves) let's you and I raise a glass tonight for The Dust. (1949-2021) A hearty cheers, to our bearded blues brother!! www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsxS7MquxKI www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IzqklkMAEs#zztop #dustyhill #texas #blues #davidjolly #amazingmisterj #magic #balloons #doubleback #lagrange #sharpdressedman ... See MoreSee Less
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Many thanks to the fantastic folks at 'Adventure Earth' for inviting yours truly to perform for your summer camps. Super fun times. Nature is Magic! ... See MoreSee Less
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Are YOU a fan of Charlie Brown and Snoopy? We lost a legend, Friends. Jazz great JERRY GRANELLI (from HALIFAX!) was the last surviving member of the legendary Vince Guaraldi Trio, and in recent years, he's regularly performed his iconic 1965 'Charlie Brown Christmas' soundtrack live, with live children's choirs. Interestingly, he refused to revisit this music for many years (for which he was only paid $120 in the 1960s), as he felt hurt and upset about the record company snubbing him for any credit/royalties on it. However, when he realized how his Christmas music was so deeply beloved by so many worldwide, he turned the page and decided to play it live every year in December. (There's a lot to be said here for reconciling one's past, letting go of hurt, and moving on). Oh, the joy he created with these December shows! Hope you personally got to catch one...his shows were always a Magical experience. Naturally, you'll still hear his Magical Music every Christmas, forever. THANK YOU to a wonderful, immensely talented, kind-hearted Spirit. ❤ (RIP Jerry Granelli- 1940-2021) #jerrygranelli #charliebrownchristmas #snoopy #charliebrown #Linus #lucy #peanuts #jazz #vinceguaraldi #vinceguaralditrio #charlesschulz #thankyou ... See MoreSee Less
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Wishing you a Merry, Magical 51st ANNIVERSARY, MOM & DAD! You are my heroes, role models, inspirations, and all-time favourite Magicians. Here's a video tribute from your 50th last year (featuring the real-life voice of Peter Cullen, aka Optimus Prime!) www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHxZuih4oXY&t=12s All the sentiments in the video still hold true...as does your LOVE! Thank you for choosing each other on July 19th, 1970...enjoy YOUR day! :) <3WEBSITES: 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/ #DavidJolly #AmazingMisterJ #Professional #Magician #Entertainer #LiveAnimals #Balloons #Birthday #BirthdayParty #Magic #MagicShow #KidsBirthday #KidsBirthdayParty #ChildrenEntertainment #HouseParty #FratParty #Corporate #Entertainment #University #Campground #Wedding #Festival #TrueLove #MomAndDad #HappyAnniversary ... See MoreSee Less
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YES!! Feels so Magical to be performing (larger) LIVE birthday shows once more! The kids have been waiting so long to party with their friends (you can imagine the joy!) So, Magic Friends, What are YOU doing this fine weekend? Well, today is David Hasselhoff's 69th birthday...so whatever you do, 'Don't Hassle The Hoff!' :P www.misterj.ca www.amazingmisterj.ca www.halifaxmagician.ca #davidjolly #amazingmisterj #professional #Magician #entertainer #liveanimals #balloons #birthday #birthdayparty #magic #magicshow #kidsbirthday #kidsbirthdayparty #childrenentertainment #houseparty #fratparty #corporate #Entertainment #university #campground #wedding #festival #knightrider #baywatch #americasgottalent #davidhasselhoff #donthasslethehoff ... 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