Jon Dorenbos' past has made him the man he is today. In August, of 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. After the completion of his father’s trial he and his sister, Kristina, moved in with a temporary foster family, the Robsons, to allow them to finish their respective school years. Following the school year, Jon and Kristina moved from Woodinville, WA, to Garden Grove, CA, to live with their Aunt Susan. At the time, Susan, had no children and took Jon and Kristina in as her own. She devoted her life to her sister's kids and became the best mom anyone could ask for.
Jon got into magic just before his 13th birthday. He instantly fell in love with it. Magic became an escape during a time of mourning and transition in his life. He was obsessed with the sleights and skills involved. He spent all day, every day, practicing and rehearsing in front of the mirror. Jon's Aunt Susan, had a friend, Ken Sands, who was a magician and she made the introduction. Ken became a mentor, a friend and a father figure for Jon for years to come. Ken didn't just teach Jon the fundamentals of a trick, he taught him how to find himself as a performer.