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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Need some hope? Something to which to look forward? The great GEORGE TAKEI posted this past Wednesday he will be the final torchbearer, who will light Tokyo's OLYMPIC FLAME in 2021! That may seem like a long way off, but we have many lights to guide us towards the future! Tough times don't last, but tough people do...and the sun always returns when the rain is done. Plus, just like the Magic balloon you see pictured here for George: "Rain Makes Rainbows!" (By the way, thanked him for being a positive ambassador for love, to which he laughed at the balloon, replying- in his trademark voice- "YES! And love- should always be...COLOURFUL!") Just like the everlasting, eternal Olympic Flame, humanity will get through this. YOU will get through this. Pressure makes diamonds. Iron sharpens iron. It's ALL good! Plus, a secret for you: "IT'S ALL GOOD!' is not only a great Canadian saying, and a life motto...it's the TITLE of the new motivational BOOK Mr. J is now writing! Providing examples for you from people all over the world how: "You can come back from anything; You can find good in everything!" As you can imagine, performing Magic full-time across the country, ironically, it's these current restrictions of extra free time that we all now have, that are ALLOWING said book to be written in the first place! So truly, "It's All Good". Bottom line: We cannot control the wind, but we can adjust our sails. And there is a Magic RAINBOW on the horizon! Steady on, and stay hopeful, Friends! Here's a link to George's announcement for you...which, by the way...I later realized he posted on April 1st...so you know what that means. Ahhhh! (Even Magicians can be fooled!!) Still, finding levity during dark times still keeps the spirit of the 'Hope During Crisis' message. It's All Good! ("Oh My!") :) www.facebook.com/georgehtakei/posts/3877985262230898 #Magic #Magician #AmazingMisterJ #Love #OlympicFlame #Tokyo2021 #GeorgeTakei #Rainbow #OhMy ... See MoreSee Less

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Do you have restless kids, cooped up at home? Have you considered having them magically imagine...you are all in a SPACESHIP? Had this idea after just watching the (very emotional!) Season Finale of Star Trek: Picard! Just like the touching reunion scenes with our beloved Captain and his longtime friend Commander Riker, your kids can send 'Space Transmissions' to their own Number One, via Skype, or just phoning their fellow awesome astronauts and interstellar pals! If your family is feeling cosmically creative, feel free to copy Mr. J's space balloon designs, pictured here! Maybe have some galactic fun, building a pillow tent "shuttle craft?" Plus, you'll definitely be inspired watching the AMAZING online videos of Canadian Hero, Commander CHRIS HADFIELD (who knows a thing or two about Space Stations, and social isolation!) We are all presently voyaging "where no one has gone before", but we will still "live long and prosper" with the MAGIC of our imaginations! Fly high, Magic Friends! (Chris Hadfield link for you here): www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uL5sqe5Uk8 #Imagination #Magic #AmazingMisterJ #StarTrek #Picard #Riker #ChrisHadfield #MajorTom #BoldyGo ... See MoreSee Less

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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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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