Jon Dorenbos | NFL Pro-bowl Long Snapper & Magician from America's Got Talent

Jon Dorenbos

NFL Pro-bowl Long Snapper & Magician from America's Got Talent

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Jon Dorenbos

Jon Dorenbos played 14 seasons in the NFL, notably making 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. Jon has appeared on Ellen's show in various capacities as well as on The Today Show. He just retired from the NFL after having successful open heart surgery to repair a defective aortic valve.

Known for his great sense of humor and positive outlook on life, Jon is a successful motivational speaker who uses his skills as a magician and his incredible life story to inspire. He is currently writing a book for Simon & Schuster titled Life Is Magic that will go on sale 3rd Qtr 2019.

Jon is a seasoned motivational and keynote speaker with more than 10 years of experience. His topics are typically tailor-made to his clients' objectives and include: Life is Magic, The Power of Teamwork, Overcoming Obstacles, and Embracing Change.

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Life Is Magicby Jon Dorenbos

Life Is Magic

by Jon Dorenbos

In the tradition of inspirational bestsellers by Glennon Doyle Melton and Brené Brown, Life Is Magic is Jon Dorenbos’s extraordinary and empowering true story of resilience, forgiveness, and living a life of purpose in the face of unfathomable obstacles. 

You may know him as an NFL All-Pro or as a world-class magician who made the finals of America’s Got Talent. 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 his 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, 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 by now long taught himself—bounce back? “Talk to yourself, don’t listen to yourself,” Dorenbos advises for those moments when, facing seemingly insurmountable odds, the inner voice of self-doubt screams.

In Life Is Magic, Jon Dorenbos draws a roadmap for how to shut that voice up by choosinghappiness. 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 and death challenges with grace, persistence, a child-like sense of wonder...and jaw-dropping card tricks.

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