Jon Dorenbos On His Heartbreaking Childhood

Jon Dorenbos On His Heartbreaking Childhood


Former NFL All-Pro, elite magician, and survivor of immense tragedy, Jon Dorenbos’ extraordinary life and talents are showcased in this emotional video.

Jon sits down with Bryant Gumble to discuss his life story, explain his family tragedy, and how it pushed him to where he is today. He shares how he turned to magic to get through the darkest time in his life, while also demonstrating some of his slight-of-hand.

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.

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As an entertainer for over twenty years, Jon is known as the NFL's “Magic Man" and is respectfully referred to as the "Entertainer's Entertainer." He also has performed personally for Jason Stathum, Nicholas Cage, Garth Brooks, Magic Johnson, the entire New England Patriots football team, Joe Montana and Dan Marino.