I just turned down a job…

The details are not important; although the location was perfect…Near Boston, drive time about 15 minutes, the fee was acceptable. Why?

I always reach out to discuss anything and everything with all potential clients. I believe everyone providing any service should do this, not just Magicians.

My only requirement, before I go and provide my Close Up/Strolling Magic is…”Am I the right fit?” No amount of money should over rule this simple test. Granted, I probably would have done alright, and the client most likely would have been satisfied. I’m just not sure if they would have been thrilled. I never take chances when I am accepting money.

Whenever possible I will direct the client to someone who will likely be “just right”. I know several Magicians in Massachusetts who provide excellent entertainment. It’s a favor, and is returned if possible.

I only have one reputation…so far so good.
Joe Ferranti
Magician, Boston and Suburbs

Have you noticed people are saying…“What!”

I certainly don’t know how “catch words and phrases” get into our vocabulary, I’m just an observer. When performing Strolling Magic at events, I have the good fortune to meet lots of new people, young and old. So recently I have been hearing a lot “What!”…this is a good reaction. If you know who started it, drop me a line, I’m just a little curious.
Do you remember when people said, “in the future…from now on, from here on, henceforth.” These workhorse phrases have been replaced with, wait for it…”Going forward”. Who started this? “Going forward? As opposed to going backwards? I’m sticking with “in the future.”
I believe President Obama created, “A teachable moment.” Let me know if I am wrong. This is a great phrase to use every time somebody does something incredibly stupid. It’s not a bad thing if it’s a “teachable moment.”
I guess I’ve gone off track, check this out for a couple of “What!” moments.

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The Close Up Strolling Magician

I often reply to inquiries for Magical services/entertainment with little no information of the type of Magic they are looking for. Of course, some are unaware there are so many types to choose from.
These are the types most clients are looking for.

The Stage Magician: The Stage Magician can entertain hundreds of people at a performance. For best visibility a stage is desirable, in an auditorium with theater type seating.

The Parlor Magician: The Parlor Magician will entertain less people than a stage Magician. This depends on the venue, but remember you will need seating for your audience. Also you will book your entertainment for a time that you feel will suit your audience or specific event. Usually thirty minutes at least and most often not more than an hour.

The Close up Magician: The close up Magician should be hired to entertain at an event with significantly less people. The Magician will often be seated at a table, so consider how many people will be able to have a good view of the action. Inability to watch can be boring and annoying.
There are Magicians who will entertain standing, but again carefully choose the number who will be in attendance…and yes, they will also need seats.

The Strolling Magician: (Probably the most talented of all 😉 Just kidding, this is what I do.)
The Strolling Magician will perform for groups of people at any type of social occasion, moving throughout the venue providing entertainment for your guests. He/she will not need a table; your audience will usually be engaged in casual conversation and will welcome professional close up magic, performed right before their eyes.

That’s the nuts and bolts, but consider the occasions where this is desirable. (Adult Birthday parties, Weddings, Holiday parties, all cocktail situations, corporate events, Fund raisers, graduations, anniversaries, …you can finish the list.

Keep in mind your guests, will be laughing and amazed all at the same time. (See videos) They will tell you how much they enjoyed the entertainment. If you are the one in charge for the entertainment for the company Holiday party, you will receive many pats on the back.

Of course I personally enjoy this entertainment and am privileged to have been able to perform it for so many people. And as long as I have been performing there are very few who have ever seen “professional close Up Magic.” This is suitable for young adults to senior citizens. This is not your children’s party magician, not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just another branch of Magical entertainment.

I hope this is helpful in understanding exactly what you might expect when hiring a Magician for your event. If I can help you, contact www.joeferrantimagic.com or call 339-927-4710 and leave a message for Joe.

I need an Award!

I don’t have any awards…and I want to be your Magical entertainer. That’s my problem…you’re searching for the very best Magician to provide entertainment at your event. (You deserve the best.)If price is your only qualifier, you go for the “cheapest”, case closed. (Good luck!)

However, I’m assuming you’ve honed your search down to 2 or 3 entertainers. They all seem excellent, great reviews, video and photos which give you a pretty good idea of what you will get. All things are basically equal…oh wait, Magician X has an award. Bingo! that’s the one. Darn, I lose again. See the problem? This is important, I understand and it should be.

But…but, but, all awards are not equal. Believe me I have great respect for Magicians who have won awards. They work very hard to participate in competitions. If you see a Magician who has a FISM award, he’s probably your guy, spend the money…you won’t be disappointed. There are many other meaningful awards, but it’s not likely you will know the difference.

Here’s my little gripe…some awards are handed out like candy at a kids B’day Party. Yup, a few clubs hand out “Magician of the Year” awards to members who are not particularly talented. Now these are handed out with the best of intentions. People work hard in many ways to help out their club…how can we say thank you? Yup, Magician of the Year Awards…OMG, I can’t compete.

So help me out here. Think of hiring the generic Magician…you probably buy your bread this way, or better yet…Could somebody please send me an award.
Alright, it’s kind of tongue in cheek…here’s a little video of my Wedding work.
https://youtu.be/I_AkeCLHAxA  www.joeferrantimagic.com
Corporate Magician, Wedding Magician…specializing in Close Up/Walk Around Magic.

Give them a good time! (With Magic)

In the beginning we had photographs…yeah; a picture is worth a thousand words. Not so much in the 21st century. Of course we’ve always had language to convey information, and writing wasn’t far behind.

What do we use to show are clients that we have exactly what they are looking for. It’s not feasible to audition for an hour show. The answer is of course live action video performance.

We have had video for a long time…once the media for the rich. Today our phones can do a pretty impressive job. A decent camcorder for $200+ is better than the $1,000 dollar camcorder I use to get my children’s first steps. (Worth every penny.)

As a professional Magician, I have numerous reviews/testimonials. My clients rave about my performances at their weddings, corporate events and every type of celebration you might imagine. I’ve just found it’s never quite enough. All the pictures of people laughing and gasping at…? Well in my case magic. The pictures have never been quite enough. It’s hard to be the salesman and tell everyone, “I am the best in my field”. I prefer a little humility…or as they say the “proof is in the pudding.” I finally have some pudding samples for my clients to taste test. Have a taste of one of Boston’s most entertaining close up Magicians. See the video here.

Nothing makes it any clearer than a video of a live performance. It’s not about the “tricks”. If your audience does not have a great time, then it’s time to go home and collect stamps. Did I mention the video? https://youtu.be/I_AkeCLHAxA oh sorry, I did. Well, I plan on making more, because I can. I want to show you the adult Birthday, the corporate cocktail, the company Christmas party. If I do it, I want to show you a video. No longer will you need to take a leap of faith. If you like the reactions of my magical entertainment, I can do the same for your event. Except better, because it’s your party. Don’t be shy, call me, email, text…I want to take your event to the next level. Don’t believe me? Did I tell you about the VIDEO!

Joe Ferranti Professional close Up Magician Boston and surrounding towns and cities in Mass.

Tricks? I Don’t Think So

“There is a world of difference between some guy walking around doing tricks, and a professional entertainer performing Magic.”

Has anyone ever shown you a trick? Most likely, maybe a card trick…They probably start dealing cards for no apparent reason. Nothing is said as they continue to deal. Somehow you find yourself trying to remember a card, but the tedious process is not helping you remember. Finally, a card is turned over, “Is that your card?” At this point you’re thinking, “Who cares”.

The professional appears to be doing something similar, but it is not. There is no tedium. You are laughing, having a good time, perhaps there are three or four of you engaged. There is a moment of suspense, you want a resolution, but the suspense builds a little more…and then Bang! You’re senses question a reality you have known to be true for a lifetime. Someone might say “No *^$# Way!” Perhaps a scream or maybe just laughter. You find yourself applauding along with your friends. Excitement builds interest to other guests, like dominoes tipping over, the response is contagious. Everyone wants to know what happened? If you have not witnessed this, you have not experienced the professional Magic entertainer.
We walk around from group to group. People tell you they’ve been waiting for you. Others don’t wait; they have a need to see what’s going on at that very moment. That’s O.K. it is totally expected.

If you have witnessed this, believe me, it doesn’t happen by accident. The entertainer can do this seven nights a week and always get near identical reactions. Spontaneity can be well rehearsed. Yes, many hours go into apparently approaching a small group of strangers, becoming a new friend in moments, and leaving them pleased to have met the most interesting person in the room.

Of course they are not the most interesting of people…it’s just an illusion, but that’s the beauty of rehearsed spontaneity. It seems real, and a little bit like Magic.

Joe Ferranti Professional Magician, Massachusetts, Boston, Walk Around Magic

Reviews of a successful Wedding Magician

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On the day, when you hope everything goes right, you can depend on one of Boston’s finest Magicians.
“One of the most talented, nicest and punctual vendors we had at our wedding.”
“It’s all about you, I never forget that.” Joe Ferranti Professional magician

You can expect what my past clients express.

“What A Wedding! We can’t thank you enough – you absolutely CRUSHED it!!!! I lost count how many people were absolutely blown away by you. Your talent is incredible… I must admit, without seeing it firsthand I found myself wondering “could I catch on too what he’s doing”. But after seeing you in person, I was amazed. Your reputation is well deserved! Thanks again so much! Andy and Laura”

“As a surprise to our guests, we wanted to include a unique touch to our wedding reception. The Magic of Joe Ferranti, regardless of the specific event, will provide that special touch that will leave your guests talking. It certainly left an impression with our guests! The best part about Joe is his attention to detail in preparation and communication prior to the event. We were certainly grateful that he was willing to travel a significant distance to perform at our wedding reception. Wedding planning takes time, even with wedding planners, and Joe was a consummate professional throughout the process. My wife and I highly recommend Joe for any event you may have. You will not be disappointed.” Alex and Megan R. Vermont

“One of the most talented, nicest and punctual vendors we had at our wedding. Joe was fantastic at the cocktail hour of our wedding reception. Our guests were absolutely floored by his magic, which was coupled by a great, clean sense of humor. We 100% recommend Joe’s services. Please do not hesitate to email with any questions.” Gaurav S. Woburn, Ma.

“Hi Joe! It was a pleasure to meet you and have you perform some extra Magic
at our Wedding. We really love our card, and we are already looking for a way to frame it,
to do it justice. Thank you so much for your promptness and excellent performance.
Many Thanks!” Marina and Zach

“Dear Joe, “I had great feedback from our(Wedding) guests and would like to thank you for entertaining them so well. Kind regards” Sharon V. Haverhill, Ma.

A Magical December

December is always a busy time performing Magic in Boston and its suburbs. Most often I’m hired for Holiday parties, private and corporate. I have had the pleasure to perform for every type of person and personality you might imagine. I am often warned things like, “Everybody here is an engineer…This is a group of Doctors.” I always make some polite reply…”Thanks, but it doesn’t matter.”
Why does it not matter? Because I am performing Magic, and Magic defies explanation. Well not really, maybe its just a collection of tricks, but tricks based on a solid foundation of entertainment and psychology.
One request I recall, ‘Looking for elegant sleight of hand, for a smart fun sophisticated group” at the risk of not being hired, I told the client who was one of my most appreciative and generous clients, “Well, you won’t know if the sleight of hand is elegant, because you won’t see it.”
If you have the patience, let me leave you with a review I got from the Happy couple pictured below.
”One of the most talented, nicest and punctual vendors we had at our wedding. Joe was fantastic at the cocktail hour of our wedding reception. Our guests were absolutely floored by his magic, which was coupled by a great, clean sense of humor. We 100% recommend Joe’s services. Please do not hesitate to email with any questions.”
”Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse…”
Merry Christmas,
Magician joe Ferranti www.joeferrantimagic.com

Holiday Parties = Busy and fun Season

Great news for all the Walk Around and Strolling Magicians working in Boston and throughout Mass. (R.I. N.H.). It seems there is plenty of work for everyone. The December Calendar is full and running into January. Some businesses like celebrating the Holidays in January. I imagine December can be too hectic for some, and the turnout is likely higher in January.

As for Holiday related material, I don’t use any. I don’t feel a demand or need for it. Of course if something is requested in advance, I will always accommodate. A few twists on most anything can change the theme.

The main theme is fun, laughter and amazement. Without that I’d be dead in the water. Hopefully without sounding like an ego maniac, I achieve this goal consistently…time after time. (Of course that is the case with many others.) My only secret is I never take a job if I have the slightest hint, I might not be able to provide what my “Client” is looking for.
In everything we do, it pays to listen. Most prefer to talk and bluster. (As I’m doing now.) But you will learn very little from yourself. Most importantly, when someone’s reputation is on the line, (think event planner) this is more valuable than the money. You can never afford to get it wrong.
Let me leave this, with a wish that everyone has a pleasurable Holiday season and the greatest of health in the New Year.

Strolling Magicians in the Boston area…

I get many inquiries from people who think they might like to try magical entertainment for their, event, celebration, wedding, cocktail party…and more.

As is often the case, so many are unsure of what will fit their program the best. Most haven’t thought about or totally understand their options. It is my obligation to help them understand what is available; it is NOT about selling me or my performance.

I am a strolling/ Walk Around/ Close Up Magician, and love what I do, if my services fit you, I’m all over it. If not, I’’ guide you to another professional or an agency.

Let’s look at Stage, Parlor, and Platform Magic…Most often people pay to go to a show. They have a good idea of what to expect, and understand that they will be seated. They are welcome to applaud, gasp in wonder, but their attention is expected. They are not welcome to use their cell phones in a way that will interrupt the show or disturb people they are seated near. They are also not expected to carry on conversations with people next to them, much less shouting out across the seats to get the attention of a friend. Those are the rules of polite society…get it? Yup, most of you. A Stage show is appropriate for any venue. A stage show is also appropriate where an individual hires a Magician for his/her guests. It is best that the guests are aware that they will be asked to devote an hour of their undivided attention. If this is unknown to your guests it may not be what they were expecting and may make some feel they want to bow out for a little while. Let your guests know you are inviting them to a show.

Strolling Magicians play by slightly different rules. Many might perceive that what they do is Helter Skelter, unplanned or improvisational. Nothing could be further from the truth. The professional strolling magician presents highly structured and rehearsed entertainment. I paraphrase, but the best improvisation is extremely well rehearsed.

Where is the strolling Magicians best venue? These are numerous, cocktail Parties, Holiday Parties, Weddings and everything you can possibly think of.

It is always best if your guests know a Magician will be there to provide entertainment. It just makes it easier on the introductions…not necessary; we can slip in without being rude, and are always welcome, 99.9% of the time. When you are skilled from experience you can tell when old friends are catching up…give them some time and return later.

Truthfully, when you begin entertaining your first group there should be so much laughter, applauding and things I can’t mention, you will be welcomed wherever you go as each group is anticipating what all the noise was about.

When is this entertainment not a good idea? When people are dining! Very important, I repeat, when people are dining. The only entertainment that will work properly in this environment is quiet music, which will allow the diners to talk as they eat. You would think this is a no brainer…it is not. Can you imagine, a magic show interrupting your dinner? When the show is over, your dinner is cold…or you pay no attention and the Magician is wasting his time, but more importantly, your time.
This does not rule out cocktail parties where food is served. The professional strolling magician has no problems providing entertainment to suit the circumstance. One person may be texting…carry on, everyone else is totally immersed in what you are doing. People may interact with you, perfectly fine, this does not mean they run the program, but they have to feel free to talk with you. I ask many questions of the guests, and I listen, it is part of the “Magic”
There are always pros and cons in every situation. Weigh out you options, the pros should outweigh the cons 99 to 1. If this is not the case perhaps Magic is not your best entertainment.Stage or Close Up? Not so mysterious now.

If you need a free consultation please call me…you and your event come first. My finding my next Gig…There’s always another around the corner. I can always take some time to help a friend.
Joe Ferranti One of the Best Magicians in the Boston Area.
339-927-4710 www.joeferrantimagic.com