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When you think of a magician at a birthday party, what comes to mind? A top hat? A cape? Of course…a rabbit! Close your eyes and imagine the noise, can you hear it? Yes, children screaming, usually because they see something the magician “can’t see.” As soon as the magician turns around to see what the children are screaming about, “it” goes out of sight. When the magician turns back to the children, the “gremlin” returns and the screaming resumes. This continues ad nauseam, as children never tire of such “humor”.

This is great, if you are a kid or if you are throwing a party for your own child.

Unfortunately, this is where most stop thinking, but what about adults? They wouldn’t be interested in a magician at their birthday party? Of course, they would…remember not to stop thinking.

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Imagine again, a birthday show designed for adults. Mix a little magic with a little comedy and you’ve got the perfect combination for the adult birthday girl or boy. And, if you’ve hired the Magic of Joe Ferranti, the birthday recipient will be thrilled with Joe’s exclusive Birthday Card Trick. Joe’s signature effect leaves the guest of honor with a memento they are sure to keep and a birthday memory like no other.

Word of mouth has brought us many Birthday party jobs as friends tell friends of the “Birthday Card Trick.” We are confident you will spread the word as well.

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Of course, Birthday parties are only one part of the entertainment we provide. Some others that come to mind are Wedding Cocktail hours, Corporate Cocktail Hours, Company Holiday Parties, Private Holiday Parties, Anniversaries…you get the idea.

Our mission is to bring magic entertainment to every type of adult function imaginable, and we can do that… if you “don’t stop thinking.”

Best Wishes,
Joe Ferranti
Massachusetts Close-Up Magician

Boston’s Best Magician

The Birthday Card Trick

The Birthday Card Trick

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When performing for adult Birthday parties, I always begin with my Birthday Card Trick.

This sets the tone for the party, whether it be a Strolling Gig or a Parlor Show. The guests know immediately they are in for a good time with plenty of laughter.

Lay people don’t care, but for magicians, I perform this trick in two different manners. As a magician, you have obviously had your audience react loudly with…” No Way…No Way!”, as they anticipate the ending but clearly feel it is impossible. This is a powerful moment.

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However, as a personal challenge, I thought, how can I perform this effect, and hide that anticipatory moment. you can see that in the video.

It is not difficult to do, it is just a choice. I frame the effect so the spectator feels they have seen the trick. In magician’s terms, it’s a Triumph Effect, at its climax they think the trick is done.
So when I go to my wallet, they are remembering back to my introduction, when I told them I have brought them a Birthday Card.

When I bring out my wallet, unzip and remove the envelope, I do point out that it is entirely sealed. Next, I tear the end of the envelope and remove a card, which has a Happy birthday greeting on it with their name. You can see the only reaction is to say thank you. In this instance, the spectator said, “That’s sweet.”

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I eventually use a gag, to encourage them to turn the card over, and they are totally surprised to see their signature on the card they selected.

Which ending is better? I don’t know, probably the one with everyone yelling “No Way!”, but it’s good to know I have control over the situation.

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Strolling Magic

Boston Magician performs for Adult birthday party

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Many people don’t know one form of magic from another. That’s O.K. It’s not their fault. Most have a stereotype of what a magician is and does. Some think we are childish and are only entertainment for Children’s Birthday Parties. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
I do perform Birthday parties in Boston and its surrounding suburbs, but for adults.

I have one specialty which goes by many names. Strolling Magic, Walk Around Magic, Mix”n Mingle, Close Up Magic. If you know other names or something comes to mind send it to me

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The Strolling Magician does not perform a formal show. I mean you wouldn’t set up chairs and have your guests seated to watch a 45-minute show. ( Although you may be interested in a formal close-up show.)
There are unlimited venues where you may utilize a Strolling Magician. These are listed on my services page.
In short, The Magician makes his way through the event entertaining groups of people. It is not unusual to hear loud clapping, laughing, and cheering. It truly is a good time for everyone involved. No doubt, you will have people approach you and tell you they have never seen a Magician as good as you in their life. ( A wise Magician advises, not to get a fat head!) It’s really quite simple. Most people have never experienced the talents of a professional Magician. If they do again, he will be their “New Best Magician ever.” That’s why you don’t have to order a new hat size.

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More often than not, you will be everybody’s new best friend. I’m not sure what that says about my needs for having my ego stroked.
Make no mistake, whether it be Boston or Worcester, no one will put more heart into their Mingling show than Joe Ferranti.
It would be my pleasure to entertain your guests for any occasion. They will thank you. That is a guarantee.

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June 6th, 2021…graduation and celebration for the Senior Class of Newburyport High School.
In May, I performed for the Billerica Memorial High School Graduating Class. Although I was fully vaccinated, the students were not. Following safety protocols, I performed with a mask as well as the graduating class. It was a great evening, enjoyed by all. We made the best of what we had, still not out of the pandemic.

Jump forward to June 6th, the entire graduating class on Newburyport High School has been vaccinated and we picked up where we left off pre-pandemic. No holds barred, Close Up Magic performed as it is meant to be performed, “Close Up and Personal.” The kids, 17 and 18 years old loved it. I mean kids compared to me, the young men and women are heading off to college at the end of the summer, and they’ll be attending classes in person. The graduates caught a “break” after the seemingly endless life with restrictions.

Of course, we will all go through many challenges as the return to “normal” is not going to happen overnight.
Good Luck to you all, it was a pleasure to meet and spend a few minutes entertaining you with magic.
Joe Ferranti

Update 9-18-21

The return to normalcy was short-lived. We have stalled at 54% vaccination. Certainly short of slowing the spread, or variants of this virus. We are booked into December for holiday parties. Money has been spent securing venues, let us hope we can gather together to continue the celebrations.

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Graduation parties are a small part of the total entertainment package you will find from The Magic of Joe Ferranti. We are available to help you celebrate all the milestones through life. Contact us for Birthdays, cocktail parties, Holiday Parties, Christmas, New Year. Magic entertainment is only limited by your imagination. Where ever people gather is a good time to have magic on the menu.

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Post Pandemic?


I see concert tickets on sale for December 2021 at the Boston Garden. Sporting events are running currently at limited capacity and expect to increase as we head towards summer. Other states are already open at full capacity…we have our fingers crossed. I will continue to follow all best practices to provide our services safely for our clients.

With concerts pending in the coming winter, I expect a busy Holiday season, filled with performances for current and future clients.

Weddings are resuming, as well as graduations and many other celebrations…I will do whatever it takes to ensure your safety as well as provide the Very Best in Magic entertainment.

Sincerely,                                                                                                                          Joe Ferranti

Boston Magician poses with Bachelorette Partiers.

In the above picture, we see Boston magician Joe Ferranti with the “girls”. I was not part of the original plan. (Not even close!)

Joe Ferranti is not your typical entertainment for a bachelorette party

The ladies had originally planned to spend a weekend in Miami, but the world changed because of the coronavirus. Still, they wanted to celebrate in some manner, back home in Boston. They found me on Google, which lead to additional bookings from the hostess.

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I’m back!…kinda

“Don’t spike the ball on the five yard line.” I don’t suppose I need to tell you who to attribute that quote to? I believe it is excellent advice.

Honestly, if you’re not a little anxious during these times; you ain’t got blood running through your veins. This past year, we have seen over a half million deaths because of a virus. A crash of the economy, food lines, business closings…you get the picture. Anxiety? We no longer need fluoride in our water supply, but a good dose of Prozac might be a good idea.

On the personal side, I had two live Magic shows in Boston in the past two weeks. As a courtesy, I used the recommended precautions to ensure my audience’s comfort. A year ago, this would not have occurred.

This is not normalcy… but we don’t expect “normal” by a flip of the switch.

I would love to work with anyone, and will accommodate your needs with your local guidelines.

I’m ready for your wedding, graduation and more.Hopefully, we will have a “total celebration” on December 31st.

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A Rare Performance During the Pandemic

 Boston’s Best Adult Birthday Magician

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So, here we are… February first. 2021. The pandemic is still a menace to the globe. I, like many other entertainers, am “running in the red.” It’s been a year without income, it will be the first time in years that I will not be sending a large check to the IRS in April. my expenses, even with serious cuts, far outweigh the miniscule income. But don’t feel bad for me. My retirement income, along with my wife’s, keeps a roof over our head with enough left for food.

Currently, two vaccines have received approval, with at least a couple more approaching on the horizon. I can hardly contain myself, but I must wait for my “turn”. You can see in the picture, I am using two masks. We are not really sure if this is beneficial. I come from the “more is better” school of thinking.
Last week, I received a request for an adult birthday performance. My response was to the point and succinct. “I perform with a mask and follow all guidelines of the State of Massachusetts.” the client assured me they take this virus seriously, and the number of guests would be below the limit. So we proceeded forward.
On January 31’st we were in the crosshairs of a Nor’ Easter, a major stumbling block for driving. This party was in jeopardy. The client contacted me and asked if it would be better to start early… I said, “yes, yes, yes!”
Honestly, the driving was not good… I took the back roads and drove slowly. I made it there with only two minor skids.
What a pleasure to perform. It has been so long. I don’t think the rust showed. We all had a good time, and I headed home. This time only one minor skid. I got in the door to the delight of my wife and dog.
I got changed out of my suit and relaxed in front of the TV. About an hour after I got home, the phone rings…guess who? It was Mike, the client. He was checking in to make sure I made it home safe. Wow, what a wonderful human being. They are still out there. Thanks Mike, you made my day. (Thank you for your more than generous tip as well.) I believe we will meet again.
Joe Ferranti
audience are looking at cards, not cell phones.

          The Miracle Finale performed by Massachusetts’ Magician Joe Ferranti

Happy New Year…2021

Massachusetts’ Close-Up MagicianHappy New Year 2021Most often we welcome a New Year with immediate expectations of turning the page and moving “onward and upward.” Unfortunately, we are unable to shake 2019,2020 of their impact on our lives. I certainly do not need to tell my story of how my business is on hold. Everyone on the planet has their own story to tell.

I am fortunate, I’ve lost some income and dearly miss human interactions of my magic performances in Boston and throughout Mass. So many have lost everything, there are no words that can convey the sadness we feel for the less fortunate.

In 2021, I look forward to performing at Weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, and 2021 Holiday parties. I want to shake hands, hug, (when appropriate)
I am ready for my vaccination, and will continue to cooperate until it is safe for everyone to move about freely without fear of harming my fellow humans.

The Magic of Joe Ferranti is ready to provide the Very Best in Close Up Magic and Parlor shows for your events. Let us reacquaint and celebrate whatever portion of 2021 remains for us to celebrate.
Best Wishes for a Safe and Healthy 2021!
Joe Ferranti

Boston Massachusetts Close Up Magician

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The Year Without Christmas…(parties)

Magical Wishes from,
Massachusetts Magician
Joe Ferranti

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One year ago, the season had already begun. businesses big and small gathered together to “celebrate.”

Celebrate the season, Christmas, Hanukah…celebrate their friendships, their accomplishments of the previous year.

They shared food and drink, and comradery. Things were going well from my observation point. the CEOs made speeches recognizing individuals for their contributions. Handing out gifts to one and all.

In retrospect, 2019 was a good year. many of us just didn’t know the correct perspective to see it as the blessing it was.

I hardly had time to appreciate my fortune…busy performing, scheduling as many bookings as possible, meeting hundreds of new “friends”. Feeling the warmth of appreciation for magical performances, the laughter, the screams of delight.

2020 is quiet, no inquiries for the intimate walk around magic I provide. No calls for the magic comedy Parlor Show.

I miss it dearly, I’ll be O.K. The rent is always paid, no meals missed. But to be honest, I am a little sad. If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t be human, that’s O.K.

I wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season…If you are having serious symptoms of depression, please reach out. I expect we will celebrate next year.

I am part of a service industry that is suffering…I look forward to exchanging stories of survival, soon.

Peace to all,                                                                                                                      Joe Ferranti

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New Meaning…The Masked Magician

Do a Google search…for “masked magician”, I’m quite sure you won’t find me in the results. Yet there I was on September 6th, 2020, providing entertainment at a wedding reception at the Inn at Woodstock Hill in Connecticut. Wearing a Mask!

Of course, you know where this is going, and I don’t mean to “make light” of the global pandemic. But this is where we are. We still celebrate life’s important occasions; some weddings have been postponed and others go on with some changes.

The Bride was making preparations many months ago and I was contacted for availability…availability? Oh yes, at that time my calendar was empty, and I was happy to get on board.

As a vendor I always want my clients to be stress-free when working with me, especially at weddings. Look up stress and you’ll find a picture of a bride. It is by nature a beautiful day, with potential stress points laid out like landmines.

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I was working with a lovely young woman, and I didn’t want to add any stress. Knowing the future was uncertain I let her know, that she should feel free to cancel my service at any time, with no penalty and no explanations necessary. At the time of hire, no one had any idea of what size gathering would be permissible at an indoor facility months down the road.

So, we kept in touch as time passed, and we never needed to change anything.

I arrived and was supplied with a very nice mask/ face covering, as all the guests were.

My job was to entertain during the cocktail hour, and as usual, I shared a special effect with the Bride and Groom, which they enjoyed while being surrounded by their guests.

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The Cocktail period continued in the dining area and the guests enjoyed some hors d’oeuvres along with their cocktails…of course, they were able to remove their masks at this time.

Honestly, I never thought I would/could entertain while wearing a face-covering…I am so glad to say I was wrong. Everything proceeded well, the guests enjoyed the magic, and I had the opportunity to finish with a few more pieces for the Bride and Groom.

I know many magicians are testing the waters with “virtual entertainment” …That’s not for me.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for a performance by “The Masked Magician.”

Stay Safe,                                                                                                                          Joe Ferranti

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