Basketball Entertainer Jack "BLACK JACK" Ryan

Hire a crowd-electrifying basketball party performer, entertainer, and motivational speaker today. "Black Jack" Ryan, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Jack proudly serve the entire Tri-State area with an array of impressive basketball tricks and other forms of performative expertise. Jack provides a one-man show for professional halftime shows, motivational speaking and comedic performances for school assemblies and camps, and all kinds of entertainment for birthday parties and other celebrations. Jack also has other basketball performers if you were looking for a two man or three-man show or more!

Jack Ryan has traveled far and wide providing basketball entertainment services, from NBA all-star events to bar mitzvahs and summer camps, and he hopes to continue providing his basketball entertainment services all across our beautiful nation.

Jack’s life story has been made into two documentaries - one on YouTube and one on the Netflix series "Losers". He is episode number seven "Blackjack". Jack also has a Ted talk titled "Basketball Saved My Life". There is also a Hollywood movie titled "Blackjack the Jackie Ryan story" streaming on Amazon Prime, iTunes and Hulu.

Jack Ryan prides himself on putting a real fresh spin on entertainment, so hire him today to experience his unique form of basketball entertainment.

School Assemblies

HOOPWIZARD is proud to provide educational basketball entertainment assemblies to schools across the USA! Our assemblies consist of 45-minute interactive basketball shows that may help support your schools SEL (Social Emotional Learning) initiatives.

Birthday – Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

I come straight to the location of the party fully prepared to be your children's entertainer with a public address (PA) system, music selections, and all kinds of basketballs and games.

Summer Camps

I am pleased to provide summer camps with a complete 45-minute interactive performance.

Halftime Shows

I pride myself on putting a real fresh spin on entertainment, so hire me today to experience my unique form of basketball entertainment.

Reviews and Testimonials

  • "Hey Jack! My son did not stop talking about BlackJack Ryan for weeks! Thanks for making my sons party His best one yet!"

    James M.

  • "Jack, I just wanted to thank you again for making my kids birthday so special!Everyone loved the show and the community center took your card! Hopefully you will get some more gigs from this one!I really appreciate all your flexibility with the weather and your enthusiasm with the kids! You did a great job!!"

    Amy C.

  • Jack Ryan Averaged 26 Points As a Senior At John Jay High School In Brooklyn, NY


  • Free Agent With NJ Nets Basketball Team, Was Last Cut At 29 Years Old


  • Member Of the Harlem Wizards Entertainment Basketball, Touring Internationally


  • Jack Ryan, the "Hoop Wizard" was a big hit and Performed for Isaac and his friends!


  • First White Showman In Harlem Wizard History


  • Slam Magazine Named Me "One Of the Greatest Playground Ballers Of All Time"


  • New York Times Life Story Article, Front Page Of Sports Section, Written By Ira Berkow


  • He taught Bar Mitzvah boy Jordan how to twirl 2 basketballs!

  • ESPN's City Slam National 3-Point Shooting Champion


  • Three-Time Guinness Record Holder Achieved At NBA All-Star Weekend In New Orleans, Including Longest Spin On Toe and Longest Spin On Nose, and Most Free Throws Blindfolded In a Minute


  • Release: The Jack Ryan Story, a Documentary By Aaron Bierman and Mitchell Tannen


  • Converse TV Commercial "Join the Procession" With Julius Dr. J Erving


  • MTV's Band Of Ballers Champion


  • At 50 Years Old Led West 4th Summer League In Scoring


  •'s "Top 25 Streetball Players Of All Time"


  •'s "20 Greatest Basketball Players Of All Time Not To Make the NBA"


About Me

Jack "Hoopwizard" Ryan

I first became a Harlem Wizard in 1997, became the first white Harlem Wizard Showman in 1999, and I have enjoyed providing basketball entertainment ever since. My work as a Harlem Wizard evolved quickly into my own company, Hoopwizard.

Through my combined efforts, I was recognized as the main character for a 2013 documentary entitled Doin’ It In the Park. My life was also a subject of interest in a documentary called Release: The Jack Ryan Story, and a feature film is now in the works!

3-Time Guinness Record Holder

ESPN National 3-Point Champion

#19 In’s 25 Greatest Streetball Players of All Time

One of SLAM Magazine’s Greatest Playground Legends of All Time

#18 In’s 20 Greatest Playground Basketball Players to Not Make the NBA

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Service Area: New York Metropolitan (Tri-State) Area
International inquiries welcomed & encouraged.

Thank you for your interest.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.