Born in Baton Rouge, LA Jamahl’s parents who were both school teachers moved up to South Bend, IN he was then bitten by the “magic bug” in third grade. His mother (who was a third grade teacher) wanted to find away to encourage Jamahl to read more. She would perform a magic trick overnight at the dinner table. When Jamahl would ask, “How did you do that?” She would reply with. “I’m not going to tell you the secret but I’ll give you the book that it is in.” Jamahl ended up not only reading plenty of magic books, he became a very good and confident performer for his age.