Jon Dorenbos On His Heartbreaking Childhood
Magician and Former NFL Player
- Nominated for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award
- Featured by HBO, FOX Sports, ESPN and E! for his inspirational triumph in the face of adversity
- Master magician who finished third in season 11 of America’s Got Talent
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Former NFL All-Pro, elite magician, and survivor of immense tragedy, Jon Dorenbos’ extraordinary life and talents have made him one of the most renowned motivational speakers on the circuit today.
Jon’s incredible accolades include his 14 seasons in the NFL, during which he made the Pro Bowl twice as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2016, Jon competed on America’s Got Talent, where he showcased his skills as a sleight-of-hand magician, making it to the finals and placing third overall in the competition amongst tens of thousands of competitors. He then put his talent on display as a guest on Ellen, who quickly became one of his biggest fans and advocates. In 2017, after his trade to the New Orleans Saints, Jon was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition requiring emergency open-heart surgery. Despite this spurring his retirement from the NFL, Jon’s positive outlook on life and determination to help and inspire others never faltered.
At just 12 years old, Jon’s life was forever changed when his father did the unthinkable and killed his mother. Essentially orphaned, Jon was forced to navigate the foster care system as his father stood on trial for murder. Dorenbos turned to magic and sports as an escape, honing his skills to become among the best magicians and athletes in the world.
His book, Life Is Magic, recounts his journey from tragedy to self-discovery, and offers a roadmap for how to mitigate self-doubt and choose happiness. Dorenbos, known for his great sense of humor and positive outlook on life, is a seasoned motivational and keynote speaker with over 10 years of experience. His topics are typically tailored to his clients’ objectives, and include Life is Magic, The Power of Teamwork, Overcoming Obstacles, and Embracing Change.
An Evening With Jon Dorenbos.
Jon's inspirational life story of triumph over adversity has been retold on national television in features by NBC, HBO, FOX Sports, ESPN, E! True Hollywood Story: An American Story, ABC, and CBS. Jon tailors his presentations to fit the needs of his audience. He inspires others by sharing his life experiences and NFL stories, relating them to corporate culture. He discusses the importance of discipline, teamwork, perseveranc, and the acceptance of failure in achieving a common goal. In his words, “Live in vision not circumstance.”
As a professional keynote speaker since 2008, Jon has motivated and wowed audiences including AT&T, Nationwide Insurance, Marriott International, Kroger Foods, Boeing, SAP, Black & Decker, Lincoln Financial, Nexxus, MGM Resorts International, Jackson Hewitt, Merrill Lynch, Taco Bell, Pappa John's, DigiKey, and numerous other Fortune 500 companies.
Live In Vision, Not In Circumstance.
Despite losing his parents at age 12, Jon worked through the foster care system and made it to the NFL Pro Bowl. In this talk,, Jon touches audiences with his story, demonstrating the power of perseverance and courage whilst overcoming adversity.
Life Is Magic.
As a finalist in Season 11 of America’s Got Talent, Jon entertains and stuns viewers with comedic acts and magic tricks, proving it’s possible to overcome the odds—both in magic and in life.
The Power of Teamwork.
People gravitate towards Jon Dorenbos, it starts with 2 or 3 people, then 10, then 20. Next thing you know, nobody is listening to the band and everyone is surrounding Jon. His life experiences and determination separate him from the rest, and he is able to share that with everyone on stage.
This guy's not just okay; we're talking about awesome right here! He had me entertained for hours."
Jon Dorenbos had every one of my 300+ managers hanging on his every word and eating out of the palm of his hand. They walked out of the session renewed, refocused and rejuvenated