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Jack “Black Jack” Ryan is the “Premiere Basketball Party Performer”
Jack Ryan is a crowd electrifying basketball party performer, entertainer and motivational speaker who started in New York City and has traveled the world performing his one man show! From numerous NBA all star events and final four appearances to performing/entertaining at Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, summer camps and birthday parties it’s always a fun time!
It all started when Jack became a Harlem Wizard in 1997 and one year later became the first white showman for the Wizards! In addition to being a “Premiere Basketball Entertainer”, Jack Ryan has been named:
- “One of the greatest playground legends of all time!” by Slam Magazine
- “20 greatest basketball players to not make the NBA” by Complex.com (Jack was #18!)
Jack is also one of the main character’s in an acclaimed street ball documentary released in the spring of 2013 called “Doin it in the Park”! Jack’s life story has also been the subject of a documentary called “Release” The Jack Ryan Story and now a feature film is in the works!
Jack is now accepting booking requests for:
- Half time Basketball Entertainment shows: 5 to 7 min of Basketball Entertainment “tricks” ending in spinning 9 basketballs at once!
- School assembly, performing at summer camps, Motivational Speaker: 45 min interactive comedy basketball show with inspirational and motivational messages.
- Day Camps, summer camps, basketball themed birthday parties, scouting events and all other children’s events: 45 min interactive comedy basketball show
- Bar Mitzvahs & Bat Mitzvahs Basketball Entertainment: Cocktail hour entertainment – walks around spinning balls for kids or a 15 min show on the dance floor!
JACK RYAN’S FILM CREDITS AND BASKETBALL AWARDS:
- 2013 Complex.com: One of “The 20 Greatest basketball players of all time not to make the NBA”
- 2013 Complex.com: Named to the list of “Top 25 Streetball Players of All Time”
- 2011 At 50 years old led West 4th Summer league in scoring
- 2010 MTV: Band Of Ballers Champion
- 2010 Converse TV Commercial: “Join The Procession” with Julius Dr. J Erving
- 2009 “Release: The Jack Ryan Story”, Documentary by Aaron Bierman & Mitchell Tannen
- 2008 THREE-time Guinness Record Holder, achieved at NBA All Star Weekend in New Orleans:
- Longest spin on toe
- Longest spin on nose
- Most free throws blind folded in a minute
- 2005 ESPN: City Slam National 3-point Shooting Champion
- 2003 NY Times: Life story article, front page of sports section, written by Ira Berkow
- 2003 Slam magazine: Named “One of the Greatest Playground Ballers of all time”
- 1999 First white showman in Harlem Wizard history
- 1997 Became a member of the Harlem Wizards Entertainment Basketball, touring internationally
- 1990 Free agent with NJ Nets Basketball Team, was last cut at 29 years old
- 1980 Jack Ryan averaged 26 points as a Senior at John Jay High School Brooklyn, NY