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Brandon 5-year-old brings magic to others


Published:   |   Updated: January 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM

CARROLLWOOD – John John Humphries is a jack of all trades. The Brandon resident is a scientist, a magician, an accomplished pianist, an actor, and he spends a lot of his time visiting children and adults in hospitals all over the Tampa Bay area. He also works as a model, which makes sense for a blond-haired, blue-eyed guy who knows how to flirt.

John John is 5 years old.

John John, who spends a decent amount of time practicing magic at the Magic Emporium in Carrollwood, seems to be a natural at everything he tries. As far as his science skills, he plans to be an astronaut when he grows up. He’s even met a couple of space shuttle astronauts who were amazed at his knowledge of rocket science.

Going by the stage name “The Amazing John John,” he is a favorite with older people in local hospitals. He can make a ball appear and disappear, does tricks involving candy, card tricks – just about anything short of making himself disappear.

 

Home schooled, John John doesn’t brag but says he does it all out of a love of helping others.

“There are people that are not as lucky as me,” John John said. “If I can help them and talk with them and make them happy with magic or anything else, that’s fun for me. I’m lucky.”

Does it need to be restated that he is only 5?

John John also makes appearances at local shelters for abused children. An avid reader with a voracious appetite for learning, he still finds time for the occasional video game.

“He is enthralled by all of the things he’s into,” said his mother, Nicole. “He is fascinated by everything. He goes into all of his hobbies head on. We are so proud of him and he’s kept his head on his shoulders the whole time.”

But John John’s plate is about to become even more filled. He wants to play soccer and basketball as soon as he’s old enough. He’s also a Junior Ranger and wants to keep moving up the ladder with the Rangers.

Not long after discussing his very brief life, he found his way to the toy section of the store. He wanted a toy.

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