Regarding his career as a pimp, Campbell noted, “I’d see a pimp, so I’d pattern myself after that. I’d read Iceberg Slim. I’d watch Superfly, with the flashy cars and clothes. I went for all of that. When I came to the game I was 16.” During the 1970s, Campbell operated a record store that doubled as a “turn out joint” to recruit additional prostitutes.
In an interview with Joan Rivers Bishop Don Magic Juan admitted that while smoking PCP, he realized that he should dedicate his life to God. In 1985, Campbell ceased operating as a pimp, stating, “God don’t want me to do it no more…[i]t was like something grabbed my heart to convince me.” He was later ordained as a minister by Dr. F. L. Johnson of the Christian Ministers Congress Non-Denominational Council, Inc., and in 1989, he opened the Magic World Christian Kingdom Church of the Royal Family.