Magician & NFL Star Profiled

Inside Magic Image of Philadelphia Eagles Center and Magician Jon Dorenbos

Philadelphia Eagles long snapper, Jon Dorenbos had all the excuses necessary to fail but chose the tougher route and is a success.  We learn from The Press of Atlantic City that magic has been a big part of his very difficult life.

After 20 years of marriage, his father brutally murdered his mother and was sentenced to more than a decade in prison.  He was released in 2005 but has not been a part of Mr. Dorenbos’ life since their last, heated exchange in 1993. 

"I haven't seen or spoken to him since 1993," Jon Dorenbos said. "The last time I saw him was when I was 13 years old. I visited him in prison in Walla Walla, Wash., and his last words to me were (profanity). Those were also my last words to him."

Mr. Dorenbos was a talented athlete and invested time and practice in several sports.  In fact, it was during an all-star team series in Woodinville, Washington that he fell in love with magic.  While staying with a coach and his son, one of the neighbors performed a single trick that got him hooked.

"He gave me a sponge ball to hold and he held the other one," Dorenbos said. "When I opened my hand, I was holding both of them. I still have the VHS tape from that day. The next day, we went to a magic store and I bought my first magic book, 'Modern Coin Magic,' by J.B. Bobo."

He moved to California to adoptive parents and found a new father figure in magician Ken Sands, owner of Magic Galore in Westminster, California. 

Mr. Sands taught him tricks and how to entertain with magic.  How to go from performing a series of tricks to presenting a magic act.  "He taught me how to connect with an audience. If you just do a series of magic tricks, people will get bored. But they dig you as a person, you can make their experience go through the roof."

When not performing on the field with the Eagles or as a NFL Pro-Bowler, he works as a magician and motivational speaker.  During the regular season, he can be found in Philadelphia-area restaurants signing autographs with other players and entertain the crows with his card tricks. 

You can read more of his inspiring story and check out his non-football talents at his web site here.

Read the full profile at The Press of Atlantic City here.

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