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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As you embrace your personal day of reflection, respect, and Remembrance...you are also showing your CHILDREN what this day is all about. Whether you have your own children, (or perform for them, like yours truly), we ALL have the Magic Power to be role models. Your solemnity and reverence for this day opens their eyes. Your gentle answering of their questions opens their minds. And the kindness you show for others all year round opens their HEARTS. Naturally, there isn't a parent in the world that wants their child to grow up surrounded by violence. As you may recognize, pictured here with 'Mr. J' is General Roméo Dallaire...Canadian hero, author, and founder of The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative. If you personally have also read The Honourable Mr. Dallaire's books, you'll also have been profoundly moved by his harrowing first hand accounts of children as young as 8, 9, and 10 being recruited as soldiers into the theatre of war. These accounts deeply affected me. (What's more, recently, I dated a wonderful Croatian woman, who grew up in the tragic and terrifying shadow of that country's 1990s Balkan conflicts). Hearing such harrowing stories, you feel deep empathy. You also feel overwhelming gratitude to be Canadian, and a palpable sense of responsibility. As you know, the calm and peace we breathe in Canada is the gift of Centuries, and must never be taken for granted. The price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance. As we honour all our veterans today, let's also share their 'Never Again' message with the next generation. This post is just a little friendly reminder to also try your best to role model kindness for children, too. May we treasure their innocence...they remain, as ever, our best and most magical hope for the future. "Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of mankind." -R. Tagore #RemembranceDay #Veterans #ThankYou #AmazingMisterJ #RomeoDallaire #NeverAgain #Canada #Children #Innocence #Hope #Kindness #WeWillRememberThem ... See MoreSee Less

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Do you believe in Magic? Spoiler alert: It's real! 🙂 It's alive and well in the hearts of kids (of all ages). ;) Grateful for this wonderful review, after entertaining last week for some equally wonderful kids and adults:
"Oh, Mister J - you work so hard at your tricks and illusions - and your performance is simply wonderful art, transporting and solidly entertaining!
We appreciate how you captivated our entire group and appealed to the imaginative child in each of us. It was especially dear how you were able to conscript the youngsters and lead them into an understanding of your magical realm.
We hope to see you again and we remain -
your fans and admirers- Joan Nightengale & Family, Cole Harbour, NS (November 2020) #BirthdayParty #AmazingMisterJ #Magician #Magic #Joy #Happiness #Believe #MagicIsReal
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For YOUR Hallowe'en...the man who lives it ALL YEAR (!)...ALICE COOPER! You'll be happy to hear the Prince of Darkness is super cool, and conversational, in person, as my brother Chris and I luckily learned. Didja know the spooky song-man is actually an avid GOLF LOVER? Plus he actually has a deep-rooted fear of snakes? And get this: he once lived next door to, (and partied with), GROUCHO MARX?!? Weird is truly wonderful. Y'know, maybe Alice's song: "Welcome to My Nightmare" could apply to 2020, but here's hoping this October 31st, your spirit finds all the far-out fun of your freaky festivities. Bonus: This year features a FULL MOON (!!), so may your kids, (and/or your personal inner child!), enjoy the MAGIC of Hallowe'en. Alice is counting on you! ;) #AmazingMisterJ #AliceCooper #Magic #Magician #BirthdayParty #Halloween2020 #FullMoon #BalloonSnake #BalloonSpider ... See MoreSee Less

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You like Magical new taste sensations, AND supporting local, right? Have to share this with you. Imagine: Chocolate creations sooooo good...Heaven would ask for the recipe. Plus, pastries...par excellence. Best of all...Cheesecake that could create world peace! (Where, you ask??) 'Busy Lizzy Sweets!' She so thoroughly impressed yours truly, this unsolicited plug needed to be brought to the attention of your most discerning taste buds. If you personally are too busy to cook, or you need to add that special Magic Touch for your next dinner/party, lucky you! You now have a guaranteed option...'Busy Lizzy Sweets' has you covered. Unique European recipes, plus personalized custom orders too! If you can imagine it, I'm pretty sure she can create it for you. As you can imagine, (performing as a full-time Magician for Birthday Parties), Mr. J sees a lot of different cakes. A LOT. Well, this young lady takes the cake, for first class quality food, coupled with personal style, flair, and LOVE! Above and beyond impressed...energetic personal service, highly recommended. Like Magic, good food always brings people together. 'Busy Lizzy Sweets'...Your new 'Destination for Delicious!' :) Soooo good. <3 You can like her page here: www.facebook.com/Busy-Lizzy-Sweets-108822311010083 ... See MoreSee Less

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"Thank you so much, Mr. J! The boys had a blast. You were incredible." -Lisa Marie Cormier, Hammonds Plains (October 18th, 2020) A very kind review, from a very fun group of Magic Birthday Partiers! Wishing YOU personally a fantastic Fall...may you celebrate the Multicolour Majesty, Magic, and Mystery, of this season. "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." -Albert Einstein ... 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