Box Car Jim - North Carolina Magicians

Box Car Jim

Boxcar Jim’s magical journey begun in 1968. As a youth, he saw the magical illusions of Mark Wilson and Harry Blackstone Jr. He embarked on a magical journey that made him a fantastic children’s performer. During the early 1970s Jim was a student to one of the most known and beloved magicians on the east coast, Art Kahn of Jersey City, New Jersey. Kahn was the owner of the famed Zanadu Magic Shop and was inventor and innovator of magical effects still in use today after his passing.

During the mid-70s Jim’s mentor was none other than Joe Zawislak, who is better known as Dr. Shock, Philadelphia’s famed television monster movie host. Jim had begun performing for children throughout the 70s and then enlisted in the United States Navy. After receiving his honorable discharge in the late 80s, he began putting together his grand illusion show which was a success and toured into the mid-90s.

Needing a break from the road, Jim decided to follow the footsteps of his mentor, Joe Zawislak, and became a television horror host named Professor Zedekiah. Jim’s television show was aired on Berks television in Pennsylvania and was a huge success. Children and adults tuned in to see the crazy antics and especially the magical feats that he would present each week. In 2001, Jim and his children moved to North Carolina.

Boxcar Jim is an award-winning magician whose brand of magic enchants the entire audience. Combining zany comedy with unique and artful magic, Box Car Jim is a full-time professional children’s entertainer and magician. His magic show is especially suited for children age 5 and older (and adults who embrace their inner child) and promises to make your next children’s party or family/community/social event a unique and unforgettable experience; one that everyone of every age will enjoy.

Box Car Jim keeps his audiences on the edge of their seats with his exceptional one-of-a-kind act, keeping them suspended in laughter with a comedy-magic show that features mind-boggling magic, slapstick comedy, and tons of surprises. Any magician can pull a rabbit out of a hat, but Box Car Jim is the original funny bunny and the most versatile comedy-magician kids have ever seen!

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  • Wilmington, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Durham, NC
  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Rocky Mount, NC
  • Knightdale, NC
  • Garner, NC
  • Clayton, NC
  • Apex, NC
  • Holly Springs, NC
  • Wilson, NC

Box Car Jim will travel for an additional fee!


Strolling: Bringing magic into one on one interaction, yet involving an entire crowd, is what happens when Box Car Jim hits the area. Box Car’s personality draws people to him and as they see him perform miracles', even as he fumbles around, adds to the enjoyment of all.

Birthday Show: Box Car Jim performs his unique magic, guaranteeing each and every child (including young at heart adults) the best and most memorable experience. Children laugh as he fumbles his way thru some of the tricks making the children the true magicians. He includes balloon animals in each party without charge. His finale, which he produces Hocus Pocus the magical rabbit, adds to the air of excitement!

Stage Show: Box Car Jims stage show is all about BANG, excitement, and large illusions. The audience will feel like they are in Las Vegas. Excitement and mystery fills the air as comedy hits with force. It is an all out spectacle.


Strolling: $150/hr with a two hour minimum.

Birthday Show: $280 for a show for 20 children or less.*

Stage Show: $400 for the show description outlined above.*

*All pricing is in US Dollars and is subject to change if your specific requirements differ from the descriptions.