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

Hinal Guarev money shot
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

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.

Wedding Season in the Northeast

I know people are getting married throughout the year, but so many are booked for June, It’s a Wedding Planners Dream.

So many decisions, too many decisions, so much stress, relax and breathe deep.
In our own little worlds the globe revolves around each of us, even though we know it’s not true. I am one of many Wedding Magicians in Boston and Ma. I’m not here to tell you I’m the best. (Just one of the best.)

As you go through your list of priorities, the Magician may come after the Photo Booth. I know we are near the bottom…and that’s O.K. every event has a budget, and there is a point where the money shuts down. I totally understand, I live on a budget myself. If at the end of the day, you find there’s not enough money to hire a Magician, that’s fine, I’m sure you will have a wonderful celebration.

If however you find a few hundred dollars, you can take your event to an entirely different level for your guests. You can give them a gift of the most unique form of entertainment available.
My only Advice is to shop with knowledge. Insure that your Magician is a specialist in the Close Up/ Walk Around style of Magic. If you leave it in the hands of an agency, don’t just allow them to send over someone who is available on your day. In fact, if you can make the time, a google search should bring you to several web sites of competent Magicians. You can avoid the middle man altogether, and in the process you might save yourself 10 – 25 % of the cost. (Yeah, that’s what they get for introducing us.)

I’ll leave you with one tip, find out if the Magician will be performing a “Special Effect” for the Bride and Groom. If they hesitate for a second, hang up. We all do, and anyone of us could tell you which one it is. Trust me. I only lie when I am working.

Joe Ferranti Wedding and Party Magician, Boston, Ma.

Turning 60…Happy Birthday

So your husband is turning 60…congratulations.

You have many ways to celebrate. You might have a quiet dinner together. Maybe you will throw a party with your friends, either at home or a restaurant. Maybe you can add a little music? I’ve got an idea, how about a Professional Magician. That would make for an unforgettable event.

I know what you are thinking; you are a Magician you’re just trying to sell your services. Well yes, I’m not so much selling as suggesting a consideration of what I can provide. There is no doubt that any of the above suggestions would be a good time. Nobody would even suggest that something was missing, because nothing was. So why bring Joe Ferranti, one of the top Magicians in Boston to your celebration? Gee, I want to remain humble, of course it would be wrong for me to tell you I can make a difference. So I won’t, just listen to my clients.

It would have just been a “nice dinner” without you, but you took it up to the highest level of fun, with your showmanship and professionalism (not to mention, great sense of humor). You made all of the age groups at the party enjoy our very special evening, by giving each and every guest special attention. Again, thanks so much for the life-long wonderful memory. That’s really nice; I couldn’t have put it better without sounding like I have a fat head. You were so professional, prompt, kind, and fun! We all truly enjoyed your show and you! Thank you for making our sons milestone birthday a great one!

How about…
Joe is by far one of the best magicians in this area.
That was really sweet, anymore?
We hired Joe for my husband’s 60th birthday party and we are so glad we did!
OMG, this guy is great! But there is more…
Thank you so very much for working your magic at my husband’s party. Everyone, and I mean everyone loved watching you do your craft! You added that something special to the event!
I’m starting to get tears in my eyes.
Mr. Ferranti really made my best friend’s birthday unique, fun and really special. I would certainly recommend him to anyone.
My goodness, now I see it…you take it to a different level.
Right, but how could I say that about myself?

Joe Ferranti “One of the Top Magicians in Boston.”

Google Search

I just did a Google search for the best magician in Boston. Have no fear, I stopped counting after 50. There is no shortage of the “Best”. How can you go wrong?
Very easy, you may hire the wrong “Best Magician”.
You should have done a further search…Best Magicians that Suck. Just kidding!

Sadly, this is a business. It’s like picking out a Salad Dressing…Salad dressing is relatively cheap, so you can try a few and decide for yourself. Magicians? Not so cheap and you are having only one 50th Wedding Anniversary.

I was talking with a potential client, and I told her, “Truly, I am one of the best close up magicians in this area.” Well, I was hired and she was kind enough to write a review…here’s a bit of it. “Joe was one of the Best Magicians…” I’m not sure why she used the past tense. I also ask a few questions, it helps because I’m not a marketing specialist. Also, believe it or not I am humble and don’t like to brag, I’d rather have my work speak for itself. But I have competition with essentially the same claims. If I say I’m the second best, it doesn’t turn out so good.

Actually, I’m in the ballpark with everyone else, but here is a little truth for you. Whoever you hire, when you say Good night and walk out the door, they better think you were the Best Magician they ever saw. That’s the part each of us must fulfill. It’s probably not true, but the perception better be there.
Now here is the caveat to all us Magicians. This advice comes from many of the “Real Best Magicians around the globe.”

Appreciate the compliments, the applause, the laughter, the occasional scream, but the moment you start believing you are the best. You’ve let your ego get the “Best” of you. There are so many entertainers out there. Plenty are better in many aspects, some in all aspects. Keep yourself grounded. The moment you develop an “attitude” you’re done. Let’s face it; we’re not performing brain surgery. (Just doing a few tricks.)

Joe Ferranti “The Best Magician in Boston” well, you know.

All Things Must Pass

Just a couple of weeks ago I was on my way to do my Strolling/Close up Magic for a retirement party. My trip took me on rte. 128. I passed a building being demolished. I remember this building so well. When I was a kid it was one of the largest on that highway. Also the buildings were rather sparse back then. It represented the cutting edge of invention. It had a product that was “The Greatest Thing since Sliced Bread.” The building I knew way back then was owned and operated by the POLAROID Co. Remember them? One of the fastest growing and largest money making firms of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Just imagine, you could take a picture, it would pop out of the box or you opened the back and in 60 seconds you peeled off a fully developed black and white picture. Instant gratification, maybe Polaroid was also the foundation of our impatient society. (But that’s a stretch.) On the first cameras, each film cartridge came along with tube of fixative. Unless you’re an old time photographer you’re probably unaware of what fixative was. It was the same process that was used in the darkroom. If you didn’t put your final product in fixative, the photo would fade away. It was kind of like Magic. An actual picture in your hand in 60 seconds. In reality, the quality was second rate compared to film, but for many that didn’t matter. With film, you took your pictures, brought them to the drug store. They went them out to be developed and printed, and at best you would get them back in a week. It was like waiting for Christmas.

Polaroid kept developing more advanced and better quality cameras and pictures, but they could never stand side by side with a 35 mm picture. Little did that matter…no matter how great your imagination, you couldn’t see the digital age in your rear view mirror. I don’t have to tell you of the digital revolution. Magic strikes again, and it will strike again, I don’t know when or how, but sure as I’m at this keyboard something will surpass the age of digital everything. I suppose I’ll be gone. As long as you live you are constantly experiencing the Magic of change. Just a wave of a “Magical time Wand” greater things lie ahead. Joe Ferranti “Magician for All Occasions.”

Graduation Time

“Well not quite…but getting close. It’s time to start thinking of how you will celebrate. Rent a hall? Backyard? What to serve? Who to invite? Music? Rent a Tent? I think I’d definitely rent a tent. If you’ve been a lifer in Massachusetts, you know the weather is pretty unpredictable. One thing that is totally predictable is the best in magical entertainment. My God! Am I blowing my own horn? Tacky, tacky… Well if I won’t tell you, who will? Oh I know, check out the testimonials from my extremely satisfied customers.
What will the best in magic do for your event? First, I promise, your guests will ask, where did you get this guy? Others will tell you what a great idea for entertainment. You will hear your guests laughing and applauding.That is just the beginning, believe me you will see some of the best professional close up illusions of your lifetime. Guaranteed!

I’ve heard of so called “Magicians” who visit there local magic shop, pick up a few of the “self-workers” or the E-Z magic sets. Set up a web site and there in business. That’s not nice. If this were easy, everybody would be doing it. I want to send your young graduate off into the world, believing that anything is possible. At least for a few minutes. Your party will stand out from any others that you will attend this season. Good luck to All the Graduates, the world awaits you. Go get’em! By the way, my guarantee is you are satisfied or money back. The Magician for All Occasions

Do you want a pat on the Back?

Each holiday season, many companies celebrate with their co-workers. Depending on the size of the company, most often some entertainment will be hired.
The hiring in usually done by a committee of two but I’ve noted it’s usually one person who carries the largest burden if the entertainment is great or a flop. (Which is enough reason to pass this high pressure job on to different people each year.)
Of course, these jobs are more than welcomed by me, and all the other magicians in the area. Arriving at one this past season I was awaiting to meet the young woman who had hired me. While waiting I find a place in a corner where I’m not readily observed. First, this is an opportunity to get set for the night. (Make sure each item is in the correct pocket, very important.) Second, I’m not really too keen on making small talk before I perform.
Shortly, I am approached by the person who hired me. After the customary introductions I asked her what they’ve had for entertainment recently. She told me comedians. “Actually, they haven’t been very funny” she said. Of course this struck me as odd. I don’t remember if I said, “that’s funny.” Wanting to calm her nerves I told her to relax, I’m here to entertain. I promised her that her friends would be patting her on the back for her choice of entertainment. I know this sounds like I might have a hard time finding a hat to fit my head. Not really the case. My confidence comes from knowing that most lay people have never met a professional Magician. Many have seen uncles and others deal countless piles of cards until they finally point to a card and declare they have found your card.
Point being when they see what can be done with an ordinary pack of cards and a few coins etc. they find their eyes bugging out of their heads, not to mention the laughter which comes along for a free ride.
Honestly, I’ve never had a bad night…I’ve been a little bit off, but that’s never the end of the world. By the time you leave, you will have heard that you are “The Best Magician” they have ever seen. I learned a long time ago (from one of THE BEST) that you should expect that every time you perform. However, keep yourself grounded. Remember, you are probably the first professional magician they have encountered. So keep your ego down, you are not “the best magician” you just did your job. After all, you did not perform real miracles.
I got a follow up email the next day, “You were right about the pats on the back.”
Joe Ferranti, “The Magician for all Occasions”