Jon Dorenbos Profile
Jon graduated from the University of Texas, El Paso, with a degree in Business. He was picked up by the Buffalo Bills as a free agent in 2003.
He spent 14 seasons in the National Football League, playing for the Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints. Dorenbos' NFL career ended in 2017 due to a life-threatening heart condition.
•He hosted a television show with the Eagles and has won two Emmy Awards (2008 & 2015).
•He was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award in 2008. The Ed Block Courage Award honors those National Football League players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. This award is unique in that the recipients are selected solely by a vote of their teammates.
•He was selected to the 2013 ALL-FUNDAMENTALS team and was voted Special Teams Captain
•Jon was selected to the 2010 and 2015 Pro Bowl.
•He was a finalist in Season 11 of America's Got Talent
Jon Dorenbos' past has made him the man he is today. In August, of 1992, at the age of 12, his father murdered his mother. His father was convicted of 2nd degree murder and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. After the completion of his father's trial he and his sister, Kristina, moved in with a temporary foster family, The Robson's, to allow them to finish their respective school years. Following the school year Jon and Kristina moved from Woodinville, WA, to Garden Grove, CA, to live with their aunt, Susan. At the time Susan had no children and took Jon and Kristina in as her own. She devoted her life to her sister's kids and became the best mom anyone could ask for.
Jon got into magic just before his 13th birthday. He instantly fell in love with it. Magic became an escape during a time of mourning and transition in his life. He was obsessed with the sleights and skills involved. He spent all day, every day, practicing and rehearsing in front of the mirror. Jon's aunt, Susan, had a friend, Ken Sands, who was a magician and she made the introduction. Ken became a mentor, a friend and a father figure for Jon for years to come. Ken didn't just teach Jon the fundamentals of a trick, he taught him how to find himself as a performer.
"I've been doing Magic since I was 13 years old. I dig it. I love magic.
I was staying with friends in Woodinville, Washington and their neighbor was a magician. He was a 16 year old named Michael Groves. That was the first time I had ever seen a magician perform. Cards, coins, sponge balls and fire. What more do you need? Nothing. He inspired me to learn magic. Then I saw David Copperfield on TV and that inspired me to be a magician and a performer. People ask me all the time, "what is your favorite trick?" In 1993 David Copperfield was touring with his show called "Fires of Passion." He had a TV special and I watched it. I will never forget this. He brought a woman on stage and sat her on a stool. He explained that when he was a little kid he wore little shoes that he called Air Coppers. He takes his baby shoe and puts it in his back pocket. He borrows a ring and makes the ring disappear with such ease. His hands never left his side. He explained that when he was a little kid he would make his friends rings disappear and reappear tied in the laces of his shoes. Sure enough, he turns around and the ring is tied in the lace of his little shoe. By far, my favorite trick of all time. If anyone knows Copperfield, and can get me an invite to his private warehouse, it would be a dream come true to hold that shoe. Also an invite to his private islands in the Bahamas would be sick. I love the art of pickpocketing. My favorite pickpocket is Apollo Robbins. If you've never seen him, Google him!
On a personal note, I'm sorry to disappoint you, but I'm not David Blaine or Cris Angel and I can't levitate in the middle of Time Square or push over a palm tree in Vegas with my finger. But what I can do... is have a good time. My favorite magician and mentor, Ken Sands, is a genius. He would work with me and give me subtle hints trying to help me discover who I was as an artist. And let me tell you, it took me a long time to figure out who I was as a performer. After watching Ken perform for so many years, it finally hit me! I finally figured it out. For me, It's not just about the magic. Magic is just a tool to develop a relationship with the audience. It's about having fun and rockin' a crowd. After I'm done performing I hope my audience doesn't think I'm a supernatural human. I hope they leave blown away and say to themselves, ‘that was just cool.' Because for me, that's what magic is all about, It's just cool."