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The Children’s Home of Lubbock will host “More Than Magic – An Inspirational Evening with Jon Dorenbos” on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the MCM Eleganté Hotel ballroom. Dorenbos, a professional NFL player, was a finalist on the 2016 season of America’s Got Talent.
Magic became an escape during a time of mourning and transition in Jon's life. "Ive been doing magic since I was 13 years old," explains Dorenbos. "For me, it's not just about the magic. Magic is just a tool to develop a relationship with the audience. I hope they leave blown away and say to themselves, 'that was just cool.' Because for me, that's what magic is all about. It's just cool."
Dorenbos shares his inspiring story, from losing his parents at the age of 12, working through the foster care system, to making it to the NFL Pro Bowl. It's a remarkable story of overcoming adversity, with heart and perseverance. "Prepare and work hard, so when times get tough... all you have to do is be caught in the act of being yourself," states Dorenbos. Being a current player in the NFL and a renowned comedy magician makes the dynamic of Jon's presentation truly one-of-a-kind. He takes what he has learned on the gridiron, and from life, and shares it on the stage. The audience will experience Jon's inspiration, high energy, comedy, and amazing story firsthand.
Jon Dorenbos' past has made him the man he is today. In August 1992, at the age of 12, his father murdered his mother. His father was convicted of 2nd degree murder and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Jon then moved-in with a foster family and later went to live with his aunt, who took Jon and his sister in and raised them as her own.
Dorenbos, a native Texan, grew up in Woodinville, Washington. He graduated from UTEP, then was picked up by the Buffalo Bills in 2003. He has since played for the Tennessee Titans and the Philadelphia Eagles, entering his 14th season in the NFL. He hosts a television show with the Eagles and has won two Emmy Awards. He was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award in 2008, was selected to the 2013 All-Fundamentals Team, and to the Pro Bowls of 2010 and 2015.
This year, the Philadelphia Eagles nominated Jon for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, for his philanthropic and charitable contributions off the field.