May 16, 2022



NFL Professional Bowler performs inspirational magic present at MGM Nationwide Harbor

Jon Dorenbos was a two-time NFL Professional Bowler as a long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles, but his best trick has been survival, and he is bringing his magic show to MGM Countrywide Harbor to distribute his information of optimism with others.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews Jon Derenbos at MGM Nationwide Harbor (Component 1)

He was a two-time NFL Pro Bowler as a long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles, but his best magic trick is survival, and he’s spreading his concept of optimism with other people.

This Saturday, Jon Dorenbos performs his inspiring magic show at MGM Countrywide Harbor.

“My display is my daily life story,” Dorenbos told WTOP. “It’s motivating it’s inspiring you are likely to see mind-blowing magic you are heading to chuckle and replicate.”

Magic “helped me get out of poor moments in my lifetime,” Dorenbos said. “Watching your father go to prison, observing your mother go to heaven … how do you continuously uncover happiness?”

Born in Humble, Texas, Dorenbos learned magic to cope with his tragic childhood.

“When I was 12 yrs outdated, my father murdered my mother,” Dorenbos claimed. He and his sister went into intense treatment and short-term foster treatment, “life transformed dramatically and a new daily life began,” Dorenbos stated.

“I uncovered soccer, which intended I could get out aggression and anger then I found magic, which was the only time the outside environment shut down and I did not think about losing my moms and dads.”

He began undertaking magic publicly at school expertise demonstrates. In eighth quality, “I really did a detail that David Copperfield did on national tv, where you fold this very little piece of paper, you fold it into a rose, the paper rose floats in front of you and you light-weight the matter on fireplace and it will become authentic. I really do not assume persons were being expecting that, so I bought initially position and I received a $25 gift card to Safeway, so I was like, ‘Killing it!’”

In the meantime, he performed football in higher college and junior university ahead of earning a entire scholarship as a long snapper at the College of Texas at El Paso. He was signed as a absolutely free agent by the Buffalo Expenses and played for them for two a long time, the Tennessee Titans for two yrs and 12 yrs for the Philadelphia Eagles.

“Being a lengthy snapper and currently being a specialist is 90% psychological,” Dorenbos said. “You have just one shot to do your work and you are graded on that. You may perform 10 plays a sport and you gotta go 10 for 10.” Around the a long time, he figured out from long run Hall of Famers, which includes mentor Andy Reid and teammate London Fletcher, whom Dorenbos referred to as “an complete legend.”

He began competing as a musician on TV’s “America’s Received Talent” in 2016, even though he was still enjoying for the Eagles.

“From 8 a.m to 5 p.m. was instruction camp in Philadelphia. I then boarded a 6:15 flight [to L.A.]. I would land for ‘AGT’ and do B-roll filming, interview filming, digicam blocking or a rehearsal, to get back again on a aircraft by 10:15, to land in Philadelphia at 7:15, to get to my 8 o’clock meeting at teaching camp right up until 5 o’clock to fly back to L.A.”

Immediately after earning the Best 3, he was in warm demand on national television, with appearances on NBC and “Ellen.”

“It’s not often about the trick,” Dorenbos said. “The trick is the resource. I wanted to be a rock star. Here’s the issue: I can not sing, I can’t dance and I just cannot perform an instrument, so that was not heading to come about. But I identified magic, cards, props can be my instrument and words can be my ballad or my jam.”

His phase wardrobe is very simple: jeans, brief-sleeve hoodie and backwards hat.

“[I’m not] a magician in a top hat and a go well with,” Dorenbos said, introducing that previous teammate LeSean McCoy after informed him, “‘Man, you slow as heck. You will need to place 1 of those speed towels in the back of your jeans so when you run all over you look faster on stage.’”

In 2017, he was traded to the New Orleans Saints, but was compelled to retire following crisis open up heart surgical procedures. “That season the Philadelphia Eagles made a decision to go to the Tremendous Bowl and acquire it,” Dorenbos stated.

However, the workforce did not neglect about him: “The proprietor hit me up and stated, ‘You’ve been a portion of this organization for a lengthy time you assisted form the tradition you aided shape anything about this location. You are an Eagle for lifetime, and we want to give you a [Super Bowl] ring. … I got to go to the parade and be on the bus.”

Nowadays, he holds the document for the most consecutive games played as an Eagle, when touring with his magic reveals, and, irrespective of his beginnings, reflecting on how fortuitous he’s been in everyday living.

“You can’t wait for daily life to be uncomplicated to be happy,” Dorenbos said. “If a child arrived up to most individuals in this globe and stated, ‘I’m likely to make it as a magician and a specialist athlete,’ most folks would be like, ‘Sure, great luck child.’ Listed here I am, lucky to have completed equally on the optimum stage. … I remaining anything on the area and I depart every little thing on stage. I’m gonna give you every thing I’ve received.”

WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews Jon Derenbos at MGM Countrywide Harbor (Aspect 2)

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