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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What a glorious group celebrating 'The Magic of Reading', at the 8th Annual Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival! Y'know, we've still got some summer left, Magic Friends- so still time to sit out in your favourite sun-chair with your kids, and enjoy some good old-fashioned book readin!' Super thanks to all the supremely creative ladies and gents there, the always stellar Stoo Metz Photography, plus all the swingin' Super-Heroes at Strange Adventures Comic Bookshops, for makin' this magical merriment happen every year! (And hang on tight to your new copies of 'Amazing Mr. J #1' from Grandway Comics...they might be worth a million someday...give or take a million!) :) #strangeadventures #grandwaycomics #stoometzphotography #magic #reading #AmazingMisterJ ... See MoreSee Less

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Hey Magic Friends! Do your kids like super-heroes, comics, and MAGIC? It's FUN for ALL-AGES today (Sun. Aug. 18th), at the 8th Annual Dartmouth Comics Arts Festival! FREE admission! You can meet dozens of top comic writers and artists, including top talent from Marvel, and political cartoonist Michael DeAdder! (But wait, there's MORE!) FREE Magic Entertainment and balloons from yours truly, and your chance to grab a FREE exclusive copy of 'The Amazing Mr. J #1', thanks to the glorious gang at Grandway Comics! So whaddaya waitin' for? All the DCAF action happens at Alderney Gate in Dartmouth! See ya there, Fellow Fans of Fun! :) dcaf.strangeadventures.com/ #strangeadventures #dartmouthcomicartsfestival #DCAF #grandwaycomics #magic #fun ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks to Evergreen Home for Special Care for the chance to entertain for their children and adults with special needs! The first class quality staff, and kind, joyful, fun-loving residents, made for a truly magical experience! As you know, people with special needs inspire a special kind of love, and this day truly warmed my heart. "Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work." -C.S.Lewis ... See MoreSee Less

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You know you're doing OK when you actually receive top billing over..."Bouncy Houses!" Thank you, New Glasgow, for rocking the community with all your Magical energy...it felt like a Bouncy House on stage! :) ... See MoreSee Less

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For your birthday, have you ever gone on a nostalgic trip/sentimental journey? Yesterday (August 4th) was my birthday, but also EXACTLY 40 years to the day Mr. J performed his FIRST MAGIC SHOW EVER! (August 4th, 1979- Grandparents house in Saint John, NB- 6th Birthday!) By lucky coincidence, I had a Magic Show booking near Sussex, NB this weekend (!), so decided to drive to Saint John with that EXACT SAME BIRTHDAY GIFT MAGIC SET (saved the packaging and everything!), given to me as birthday gift EXACTLY 40 YEARS AGO (THANKS, MOM & DAD!) to return to my late Grandparents' house, where I did that first ever "show". Felt very surreal and emotional, as that long ago day started a lifelong love of entertaining for people, and trying to make folks smile. Still remember all the laughing encouragement from all the adult guests that day, as yours truly (at six!) tried to walk around to everyone in turn, performing magic tricks. Who knew, 40 years later, I'd return to that same house after performing a real live show nearby, wearing full tuxedo and top hat, celebrating 20 years now as a professional magician? (This second anniversary made for a double coincidence, having been entertaining 'Nationwide Since 1999', across Canada from Newfoundland to the Yukon!) A thank you from deep inside my heart to everyone for all their encouragement on this journey, and all the kind birthday wishes. It has been an overwhelming joy to entertain for so many grown-ups and kids over the years. And upon seeing children at Magic Birthday Shows receiving a Magic Kit themselves, it always makes me smile inside.So thank you, Magic Friends! By the way, if you personally have the chance to visit a treasured childhood place of your own, replete with rich memories, treat yourself to your own "nostalgia trip/sentimental journey" and DO IT! And if you have any children with a passion for something- sports, music, writing (or Magic!)- your encouragement means the world. You know, my Parents and Grandparents changed my life that day, on my 6th birthday, 40 years ago. So that's a personal Magic Power YOU have too!! :) ... 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