Comedy magician J.R. Grieco is performing more than what he refers to as "small miracles" these days. He is being sought after more than ever to perform at churches, restaurants, libraries, birthday parties, and family events throughout the Greater Cleveland area.
J.R. mesmerizes his audiences not only with his sleight-of-hand, but also situation-comedy magic which also includes fire juggling, stage magic, and most recently added balloon twisting and puppetry for his younger fans. His quick humor accent the showmanship that have his clients saying ...that's not possible! He does a fast paced, highly interactive show. It incorporates sophisticated sleight-of-hand magic and mind boggling mental aerobics, precisely timed and punctuated with comedy. His exceptionally likable stage personality makes people feel instantly at ease and his performance is not blemished by any off-color material. His presentation personally involves a large number of people from the audience and gives the group a common frame of reference that stimulates conversation and social interaction. They usually brainstorm and end up losing sleep trying to figure out how what he does can actually be done.
J.R. Grieco has devoted a lifetime to practicing magic. J.R.s quest to be the best has been a lifelong endeavor, beginning with his first interest in magic at the age of four. When attending St. Ignatius High School, J.R. studied under Art Thomas and learned that entertaining the audience was twice as important as fooling them. J.R. later went on to John Carroll University where he studied theater, film, and television and earned his degree in Communications. While still in college he met Buck Bresler, owner of Illusions Magic & Costume, and learned what real sleight-of-hand was. J.R. has spent many years honing and developing his act and his performing style. According to the shop owner, "I've really enjoyed watching (J.R.'s) progress in magic from novice to polished performer. While diligently honing his skills he never lost sight of the fact that the entertainment aspect is the most important part of the performance. He'll fool you badly, and you'll love it!!
J.R. has performed all throughout the Greater Cleveland area including: The Cleveland Zoo, Deloitte & Touche, Beaumont High School, Cleveland Metro Parks, and the Cleveland Free Masons. But J.R. still has a few tricks left up his sleeve. He currently is a regular at Hilarities' Pickwick and Frolic in downtown Cleveland during select weekends.
Warm-up act for Night Court's Harry
Hilarities Comedy Club
Christmas Connections at Cleveland I-X Center
Boo at the Zoo - Cleveland MetroParks Zoo
Multiple Performances at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Cleveland Indians' Opening Exhibition Game to dedicate Jacobs' Field
Cleveland's 1993 New Year's Eve Party at Gateway
Indians' Home Game Opener (1989-1991)
Participation in 90 minute juggling/magic production "Suspended Disbelief"
Appearance with Gregor Popovich and Moscow Circus
House magician and juggling instructor at Emagication Magic Shop
Hosted local cable special on juggling
Multiple appearances on "Big Chuck & Lil' John" show
"Square to Square" parade and show
Numerous appearances at Stouffer's Hotel
"April in Paris" - Berea County Fairgrounds
Multiple appearances on channels 3, 5, & 8 - nightly news
Write-ups in Cleveland Plain Dealer and Sun Journal Newspapers
Juggling instructor at J. Bean's Magic & Novelty Shop