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Published by Simon & Schuster

An extraordinary and empowering story of resilience, forgiveness, and living a life of purpose in the face of unfathomable obstacles. 

You might recognize him as an NFL All-Pro or as an elite magician who made the finals of America’s Got Talent and regularly appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. But Jon Dorenbos says that what he does is not who he is. Who he is is someone forced, at the most tender of ages, to coach himself into turning tragedy to triumph.

One morning in August 1992, when Jon was twelve years old and living a seemingly idyllic childhood in suburban Seattle, he woke up for baseball camp. His dad waved good-bye. Later that day, Jon heard the news: his father had murdered his mother in the family’s three-car garage. In an instant, his life had shattered. He’d been essentially orphaned.

Thrust into foster care while his father stood trial for murder, Jon struggled. Left to himself, he discovered an unlikely escape performing magic tricks. If you found a way to alter your reality after your dad—your hero—killed your mom, wouldn’t you cling to it too? Then came football, which provided a release for all of Jon’s pent-up anger. Together, magic and football saved him, leading to fourteen NFL seasons on the gridiron and raucous sleight-of-hand performances to packed houses across the globe.

In 2017, after being traded to the New Orleans Saints, Jon was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition. He had a choice: break down, or—as he’d long by now taught himself—bounce back. “Talk to yourself, don’t listen to yourself,” Dorenbos advises for those moments when the inner voice of self-doubt screams.

In Life Is Magic, Dorenbos draws a road map for how to shut that voice up by choosing happiness. At his darkest times, he writes, he’s learned lessons of love, forgiveness, and perseverance. His story is poignant and powerful, told by a charismatic and optimistic man who has overcome life-or-death challenges with grace, persistence, a childlike sense of wonder . . . and jaw-dropping card tricks.

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Overcoming Adversity | The Power of Teamwork | Self Talk | Accountability | Leadership | Living in Vision Not in Circumstance | Embracing Change

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Jon is one of the most sought after Keynote Speakers on the circuit. His presentation, LIFE IS MAGIC, is truly one-of-a-kind. Weaving his inspirational story with world-class magic, his energy is contagious and his passion for life infectious.

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After losing both parents at the age of 12, Jon spent a year in foster care before moving in with his Aunt Susan. With the attitude of “Live in Vision, not in Circumstance”, Jon rose above all odds to eventually earn two Pro Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl ring in his 14 year NFL career. Jon was forced to retire from the NFL when the New Orleans Saints diagnosed him with a life-threatening heart condition that required emergency open heart surgery. When asked about it, Jon saw the ‘magic'.

“I was traded to New Orleans and my life was saved by a Saint. All of us have experienced hard times in our life. That’s something all of us can relate to. We then make a decision, do we become victims or do we become people of vision? That decision is what separates us.”

Jon placed 3rd on NBC’s hit TV show, America’s Got Talent, and is a regular on the ELLEN DEGENERES Show. He was honored when asked to compete on America’s Got Talent: The Champions Edition, and making it to the finals recognized him as 1 of the top 10 acts in the world. His book, Life Is Magic, is scheduled to be released in 2019 by Simon & Schuster and Academy Award nominated producer, Mike Tollin, is in the process of making a major motion picture based on Jon’s life.



Overcoming Adversity | The Power of Teamwork | Self Talk | Accountability | Leadership | Living in Vision Not in Circumstance | Embracing Change

Companies’ messages and objectives can be seamlessly incorporated into the keynote

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A trick using Twitch’s real cell phone and a magical gender reveal on ELLEN

Jon’s Performance as seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent: The Champions

America’s Got Talent: The Champions Finals

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