Ma­gi­cian Jon Doren­bos in­spires au­di­ences to fly higher than an Ea­gle.

Kid re­viewer in­ter­views for­mer NFL player af­ter show in Lan­caster

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Rodeo Marie Han­son Kid Re­viewer Kid re­viewer Rodeo Marie Han­son 12, Fleet­wood, con­trib­utes col­umns to Berks-Mont News­pa­pers.

About 103.4 mil­lion peo­ple watched the Philadel­phia Ea­gles win Su­per Bowl LII on tele­vi­sion. If you had a chance to meet some­one who played in the NFL, what would you ask?

I had an op­por­tu­nity to think about that be­fore meet­ing Jon Doren­bos, a for­mer Philadel­phia Ea­gles long-snap­per and now ma­gi­cian and in­spi­ra­tional speaker.

Jon was a long snap­per who wore jer­seys for sev­eral teams in­clud­ing the Philadel­phia Ea­gles. Af­ter a health is­sue ended his foot­ball ca­reer, Jon turned his at­ten­tion back to his child­hood in­ter­est in magic. Now he is a pro­fes­sional ma­gi­cian who uses sto­ries about his own life, ex­pe­ri­ences in the NFL, com­edy and il­lu­sions to en­ter­tain and in­spire his au­di­ences.

I re­cently caught up with him in Lan­caster when he pre­sented an evening of magic, foot­ball and com­edy at the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Theatre.

As I made my way in to get my ticket and backstage pass for the in­ter­view af­ter the show, I thought about what kind of tricks Jon might per­form. He wowed Si­mon Cow­ell on “Amer­ica’s Got Ta­lent,” so even though this was go­ing to be my first time see­ing him I al­ready knew it would be to­tally cool.

You have to walk through doors to get to your seats in­side the the­ater. Min­utes be­fore the show started, Jon stopped at those doors and thanked the peo­ple stand­ing there for com­ing out to see his show be­fore he went run­ning down one of the aisles to the stage.

As soon as the show started, I no­ticed that the peo­ple who came out to see him are fans of magic, foot­ball, or both. There were many green Philadel­phia Ea­gles jer­seys with the #46. That was Jon’s num­ber when he played for the Ea­gles.

If you haven’t seen Jon’s unique blend of magic, foot­ball and com­edy, I rec­om­mend that you catch the show when it comes to your area be­fore it dis­ap­pears. I had a su­per en­ter­tain­ing night.

Some of the things that I didn’t ex­pect to see at the show were gi­gan­tic balls that bounce from the stage over the au­di­ence, col­or­ful lights, loud mu­sic, and spray paint ... lots of spray paint, and, of course, the magic tricks or il­lu­sions are spec­tac­u­lar.

If you’re like me, you will be up all night try­ing to fig­ure out how they were done, but I don’t want to give too much away. I will tell you that Jon makes things dis­ap­pear, reap­pear, and he is the only per­son I know of who can use a deck of cards to tell a story about him­self when he was a kid that will make you both laugh and cry. Jon’s dog Saint was one of my fa­vorite parts of the show.

Go­ing to see a Jon Doren­bos show is like go­ing to your best friend’s house for a party, if you were lucky enough to be besties with an awe­some ma­gi­cian, and the party had a cou­ple thou­sand peo­ple.

You might even have a chance to be­come part of the show your­self! Jon runs out from the stage into ev­ery sec­tion of the au­di­ence to find vol­un­teers to help him per­form his magic tricks. When he walked by the sec­tion where I was sit­ting look­ing for vol­un­teers, I won­dered if kids can par­tic­i­pate or do you have to be a grown-up? Then I saw him tell some kids to walk up to the stage. That was su­per cool. And the grownups are just as ex­cited as the kids to be­come part of the show!

Af­ter the fi­nal il­lu­sion, I make my way to the stage for the in­ter­view with Jon. He is su­per nice to fans, sign­ing au­to­graphs, and pos­ing for self­ies, and is also su­per nice with me when we meet. Saint is also backstage with us.

Jon has been in­ter­viewed by Ellen DeGeneres, so I wanted to have some good ques­tions for him. He also does some to­tally cool things to sur­prise fans. Re­cently, he re­turned to the “Ellen” show to sur­prise Ben Har­tranft, of Penn­syl­va­nia, who is an am­bas­sador for the Ea­gles Autism Chal­lenge.

I asked Jon about foot­ball and magic, and ad­vice for young peo­ple like me.

What is harder be­ing a foot­ball player or be­ing a ma­gi­cian?

Jon: Train­ing camp in Au­gust is hot. Both are su­per cool. They’re both the same.

Which foot­ball player do you most ad­mire?

Jon: There’s a lot of them... Drew Bled­soe who I looked up to as a kid, and got to play with in Buf­falo.

What ad­vice do you have for a young per­son who wants to grow up to be a foot­ball player or ma­gi­cian?

Jon: I’ll give ad­vice to a young guy or young woman who wants to grow up to be what­ever it is they want to be. It’s not easy. There are go­ing to be times when ob­sta­cles come and peo­ple try to hold you down. You’re not alone. There’s times when you’re go­ing to get bul­lied. Even­tu­ally you’re go­ing to get to an age where the world ap­pre­ci­ates how dif­fer­ent you are so don’t get down.

To find out more about Jon Doren­bos, in­clud­ing what his fa­vorite go to food, watch my backstage in­ter­view at https://drive.google. com/open?id=1K_MBSWZLnOLrzxLmH6LnX89VrR8V YoCz

For more about Jon Doren­bos visit http://www. jon­doren­bos.com.

To learn about the Ea­gles Autism Chal­lenge go to www.ea­gle­sautism­chal­le­nege.org

Rodeo would like to thank Tim Mooney at New Leaf Mar­ket­ing for be­ing su­per, awe­some, cool!

Spe­cial Thanks to Justin Baker for his video edit­ing ex­per­tise!

SUB­MIT­TED

Kid re­viewer Rodeo Marie Han­son 12, Fleet­wood, in­ter­viewed ma­gi­cian Jon Doren­bos, a for­mer Philadel­phia Ea­gles long-snap­per, af­ter a re­cent show in Lan­caster.

Kid re­viewer Rodeo Marie Han­son 12, Fleet­wood, in­ter­viewed ma­gi­cian Jon Doren­bos, a for­mer Philadel­phia Ea­gles long-snap­per, af­ter a re­cent show in Lan­caster.

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