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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⭐️***MAJOR IMPORTANT UPDATE!***⭐️‼️Reports of Mr. J's "retirement" have been greatly exaggerated! 😋​ 🎩🪄‼️Of course, yesterday was April 1st.🤡Hence, a gag post about "packing it in"...that was April Foolishness!😜(See the hashtags at the end of that post #AprilFools). 🤡🤡🤡Looks like YOURS TRULY might be the FOOL, though🤪🤡🤪...since after that post, the entire day yesterday‼️ was then spent reassuring folks that Mr. J isn't going anywhere...the Magic is still going strong!❤️🎩🪄💪⭐️STILL AVAILABLE for YOUR Magic Birthday Parties, House Parties for Adults, Corporate Events, Schools, Campgrounds, Malls, Weddings, Fund-Raisers, and MORE!😃🎊🎉🎂🥳👍Those of you who ⭐️Fantastic Folks⭐️ who thought it was legit: Feeling touched by a tidal wave of overwhelmingly kind "retirement well-wishes"...you truly moved my heart.🥰☺️Rest assured, the Best is yet to come! New Magic tricks, new prizes...Much More MAGIC in the future!🤗😄🎩🪄⭐️You know, 2024 is already been the biggest year yet- looking forward to bringing the fun to YOU!🙏⚡️👍So to be clear: Still going strong!🎆💪Mr. J doesn't even know the meaning of that word...what is it again?🤔❓️"Reeeee-tire-ment??⁉️" Pfft!😅😅❤️THANK YOU SO MUCH❤️for all your deeply kind words, though! You made me wish for a second that was legit!😋🤭Planning a Party? Make it MAGIC!⭐️🎩🪄👍#AprilFools #TheJokesOnMe! #StillGoing!#Magic #AllAges #AllOccasions ... See MoreSee Less
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⭐️😲😮🤔Breaking news/Special Announcement⭐️: Thank you so much for 25 Magical Years (1999-2024).🎩🪄 Travelling nationwide to entertain for children's birthdays, adult events, and (favourite of all) fund-raisers for many of you fantastic folks, has been the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition.🥰 You can only imagine my deepest, most heartfelt gratitude for your support all these years.🙏You have made me feel lucky beyond words.🍀It's been said that everyone must know when to take a final bow, and to leave the stage.😌🥲As you can see in the attached pictures, the animals🕊🐇🐰 have been pretty wild and restless lately (‼️), so that was the first sign. Secondly, the rigors of travel🥺...spent virtually all of March on the road, performing in every corner and far away alcove you can imagine.🫠 Wonderful fun, though the schedule catches up with you.😐Having experienced some recent bookings literally for the children of folks who saw me as children themselves when first starting (❗️), felt it was time to finally pack it in. Time to explore other projects...first, a yoga🧘‍♂️ and meditation 🙏 retreat, and then specifically, writing some longtime planned books. 📚You know, 25 years, and 5000+ shows, is a good run. 🤗❤️So, with a contented, gratitude-filled sigh, and a rather heavy heart, announcing my retirement. 🎩🪄🫡At least, a transition. From Magic, into the next great mysterious Life adventure.😃More rhapsodic reminisces for you in the weeks ahead⚡️, with some pics📷 of career highlights.😇 In the meantime, for one last time, a tip of the Magic Hat to ⭐️YOU😁...you amazing Fantastical Friends, who have made it all worthwhile.👍👍⭐️THANK YOU.⭐️ From David Jolly "The Amazing Mr. J"...wishing you JOY and MAGIC, always.🎩🪄🕊🐇🐰🥰👍👍#APRILFOOLS!! #LovePerforming #LoveYOU #NotRetiring #NEVERRetiring#AvailableForBookings #Performing247ForLife #FullTimeEntertainer #FunGuaranteed #TravelAnywhere #AllAgesAllOccasions #BiggerAndBetterTricksOnTheWay #StillWritingThoseBooksThough #TheBestIsYetToCome ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy Hoppy Easter🐰, Magic Friends!🎩🪄Soak up the Spring☀️, Rejoice in Rejuvenation🤗, and Remember...YOUR Greatest Magic Power of all...Your Power to PARTY!🥳🎂🎊🎉👍Even with all the nutty nuisances of Life, you can always make Merry with your fantastic friends.🎶😄Kids, adults...nationwide...have seen it firsthand, performing everywhere...something we all have in common: Everyone loves to Party.🎶😄👍So, Round up Your coolest compadres!⭐️May YOUR Easter Bunny Bash this weekend be filled with Joy🥰, Magic🎩🪄, and Chocolate.🍫#easter #party #magic #joy #chocolate ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank You, Cape Breton!❤️🙏IMAGINE: Your little 3 year old boy has just been diagnosed with a rare eye cancer.😪 You repeatedly have to fly to another country (from Croatia🇭🇷 to Switzerland🇨🇭, where you don't speak the language, plus have to take time off work), for specialized operations, plus multiple regular follow ups. Heartbreaking.💔 To help a childhood friend during their hour of need🙏, Busy Lizzy Sweets has been steadfastly baking bread and sweet goodies, plus they held a 50/50 draw (get this: today's winner even donated her winnings BACK to the little guy!) all to help little Marino and his family. Rita Campbell kindly donated the use of Millville community centre near Bras D'or, and with yours truly already on the Island for performances over the weekend, we decided to organize an extra fundraising Magic Show!🎩🪄 And all YOU big-hearted folks came out in big numbers to support!🤗We raised about $1000, and even more importantly for the hard-working Croatian🇭🇷 family, we are sending from Canada the gift of Love and HOPE.🙏🕊❤️🇨🇦Hoping now that little Marino👶🍼 will grow up to know that a whole kaboodle of kind Capers came together to help him.✨️ And for the family to know that they are loved.☀️As the Magical Cape Breton author Alistair MacLeod once wrote: "All of us are better when we're loved."🤗🎩🪄❤️🕊⭐️👍THANK YOU, Everyone.👍👍Here is Marino's story, and you can still help here: www.gofundme.com/f/krn5ce-3-year-old-boy-needs-your-help?utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet-first-la... ... See MoreSee Less
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Wishing YOU a Magical International WOMEN'S DAY!⭐️👩❤️👍If you're a Woman, THANK YOU.🤗You gave us Life, and You make it so so so much BETTER.❤️If you're a Guy, wow, we are blessed!🙏My beloved Mom, Sister, Aunts, Grandmothers and Female Friends have all deeply enriched, and inspired, my life.❤️(Secret theory: From 25 years of performing shows, I suspect that women enjoy seeing Magic so much, because they are literally MADE of it).🎩🪄Grateful for Y'a#magic#strong#SmartM#cool##talentedm#womeno#internationalwomensdayt#thankyoulWomensDay #ThankYou ... 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