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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Happy Father's Day! Y'know, though I haven't yet been blessed with my own children, I'm lucky enough to perform for thousands every year. Well, one such youngster made me very happy at today's birthday show, presenting me with a 'fan letter' upon my arrival (see attached), which he wrote after having seen me perform once before. Humbling to think that my few hours spent with a youngster could leave such an impression...so all the MORE credit to all YOU full-time DADs, who give love and support for a full LIFETIME! Always remember the influence you have is REAL MAGIC. (Certainly has been the case with my own Dad, The Original and Most-Amazing Mr. J!) Here's to our Dads!! :) ... See MoreSee Less

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The Amazing Mr. J is LIVE in Toronto, making balloons for the kiddies in Jurassic Park!! (As you can imagine, it's so cute seeing little five-year-olds happily exclaiming: "Go Raptors!!") Good news for YOU- I will be waving the Magic Wand for Canada's Team tonight! (Heading back tomorrow for some Wednesday Magic Shows in the Maritimes, so I'm hoping our team can do it tonight!) Y'know, the TO streets here are abuzz with feelings of positivity, bringing our entire amazing nation together...it feels like New Year's Eve. What an experience...the kindness of so many strangers I've met here makes for instant new friends...like real Magic! Wherever you personally are enjoying the Big Game, we are all connected as Canadians. (My brother is watching live from Japan!) Have yourself a Party, and GO RAPTORS!!😀😁🥰 ... See MoreSee Less

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Story for you! Little boy (about 3 or 4) in the audience at a Magic Birthday Show this weekend was LAUGHING so hard, he was holding his belly, and couldn't even sit up anymore! (Sorry I don't have a picture of him...he was watching the show while I was busy performing, but you can imagine!) He was so overcome with natural giggling and joy, he fell over to his side...hitting his head on the floor! He hit pretty hard too. All attending adults were concerned of course, and you've all seen these situations, (and we've been in them as kids ourselves)...when we get hurt and we have the choice that we can possibly exaggerate the hurt to prolong the attention, or ignore it and move on. Well, it was like magic here...the poor little fellow did hit his head, and had every right to receive attention and to be soothed after falling over. However, here's the thing- it seemed there were some wheels turning in his little brain...something that told him in a quick inner-monologue: "Hmmmm, that really hurt...I *could* give in to my throbbing head pain, cry loudly, and have everyone rush over here...but if I do that, I'll miss the Magic Show!" So what did he do? He ignored the (legitimate!) bump on his head, sat back up...and within mere seconds, he was laughing hysterically again! Besides being adorable, and a fun little scene that some parents mentioned to me, there's a Magic Message here too. And a lesson for our life. That is: WE CAN ALWAYS CHOOSE JOY! Y'know, we all face inevitable pain and petty annoyances, but naturally, we have the POWER, we have the PERSONAL CHOICE, what we DO with that. This fun-loving, jolly, roly-poly little youngster chose JOY. He wasn't gonna let anything ruin his good time! What a wonderful, magical lesson, all from a happy child. Whenever possible, may we all always CHOOSE that same path to joy! :) ... See MoreSee Less

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Y'know what's really cool? Seeing your friend's children...now at the exact SAME age that YOU YOURSELF were...when you MET your now-adult friend! (Happy Birthday little Skye...such a pleasure to perform magic for her...her Dad and I met in Primary!) A reminder that time flies like magic...so treasure every day! :) "As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world continues into adulthood." - Jim Henson ... See MoreSee Less

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Can you personally remember the joy you felt, when you had your picture featured on a special wall, or say, printed in the newspaper? Felt overjoyed to hear that the little girl who graces the back cover of the new 'Amazing Mr. J Comic Book' discovered her star outing by surprise, when her friend randomly showed her a copy! (After receiving permission to use the photo after a Magic Birthday Show for her last December, I had planned to tell the family she was now featured in the new Mr. J Grandway Comic- though before I could, the youngster discovered it by this happy surprise!) THOUSANDS of these comics have now made their way into the hands of kids and adults throughout Atlantic Canada, so I hope she feels like the star she is! Here's the wonderful e-mail I received from her Mom: "Hi Mr. J! I just wanted to let you know that Sammy got a copy of your comic book from a friend who was at the McDonalds in Tantallon this week. She was so excited, and proud, to see herself on the back cover with you. She took it to school today for Show and Tell.
It reminded us how awesome her birthday was and how special you made her feel on her special day :) Take Care. Brittany Pottie" :)
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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