The Buskers and David Blaine

Street Magic, a brief history… The Buskers and David Blaine

Street magic has a long history, but most people understand it from a TV Special…

David Blaine: Street Magic 1997

Many viewers thought David was the first Street Magician. (We’ll get to the buskers in a moment).
David took to the streets and performed close up magic for every type of person he encountered. From the homeless, to the everyday man. Notably, the “Show” highlighted the reactions of the spectators as much as the magic itself. This was a novel approach for a television magic special.

David Blaine’s “Street Magic” inspired a new generation of magicians. Many literally took to the streets and performed for anyone who would stop to see their tricks. I benefit from the popularity created for a “new form” of magic…” Close- Up Magic.” (close – up magic has been around since the beginning of time.)
For the first time on television, a magician showed the impact of close – up magic in the “real world.” Of course, magic has been on television since variety shows hit the airwaves, but no one had shown it from this perspective.

Busking Magicians:

Long before David hit the streets, buskers were performing magic in a different capacity. (Buskers include many street entertainers,compensated by gratuities.)

As I mentioned, busking was income for the “Street Performer.” So, this affected the style as well. The professional busker is talented in over one way. Of course, they are great entertainers. Beyond that, they build their crowds, provide compelling entertainment, and convince their audience to drop a little money in a “hat”. These skills are just as important as the technical skills.

Note on Crowd Building: 

It is likely all readers have witnessed a street performance. By the time most of us arrive, there is a good size crowd. This does not happen on its own. The performer captures the interest of a few and sustains it as he/she adds to the crowd without losing the first to arrive. If you have an interest in this craft, there are books written on the subject… an internet search will turn up quite a few.

The style of magic as a busker is also different from what David Blaine brought to the streets, back in “97.”
The busker needs to entertain a large crowd, so the magic entertains a sizable audience. It’s a simple equation, more people equals more money.

Street Magic created a wave of enthusiasm for magic. A heightened interest is good… very good for the working magician.
Magic, the most unique form of entertainment.
Joe Ferranti

Boston Street Magician…almost.

Two delighted spectators enjoying magic during the cocktail hour at a wedding.

  Boston Magician

Finding the right Magician part two

                            The Magic of Joe Ferranti 339-927-4710

Finding The Right Magician For your Event Part Two

I left you with solid information to enable you to search the internet and make an informed choice to assist you.
                                               The Agent/Agency
agent.: a person who does business for another person: a person who acts on behalf of another.
There was a time when individuals worked hard on behalf of entertainers, securing them with steady work. Of course, the agent received a fee/percentage for his work. (Well-deserved too.)

How nice would it be to just do what I enjoy most…. entertaining with magic, and not spending time with the business end. From where I sit, those days are long in the rear-view mirror.
there’s a new agent in town.
I must admit, it was a brilliant idea, and well marketed.
In the field of Magic entertainment, do a search and you’ll find the agents. “Gig this, Gig that… Party Time, Woof, Thumbs Up, Bish Bosh, World Entertainment.” I’ve changed the names to avoid conflict.
                                             

 What do you get?

As a consumer, you receive a list of entertainers that you may contact, their promo info, etc. Sounds good? Mostly, but the listing of magicians is not all-inclusive. The only contact comes from “paid members”, that’s us the magicians.
Competition? Touted as benefitting the consumer. Not necessarily, you’re not buying canned soup. Recently, a potential client asked if I could meet the same fee as another magician had quoted. As much as I want to accommodate my clients, I politely declined, wishing them a successful event. Moments later, the client contacted me again, and they were happy to pay my fee.
                                         

What does the Magician get?

We receive information about your event and can contact you with a quote for our services. This is nice… contact info with a motivated client, but there is a price.
The part that you don’t see is the fee we pay to be included on the list of magicians for your event. Or the additional fee if we choose a “Top List profile.”
Or the fee we pay if you hire us. Yeah, there are a lot of fees. Do we pass on the costs?

There you have it…how to find the right magician for your event. Go back and look at part one again.

All Best Wishes,
Joe Ferranti

Boston Magician

three spectators in anticipation of a magic effect by Joe Ferranti Boston Magician.

Working a Birthday Party, Mass. Magician Joe Ferranti

Finding the Right Magician For Your Event

How to Hire a Magician in Boston Mass.

Back in the 20th Century, people found their “Magicians / Magic entertainment” through the Yellow Pages. (some of you may need to visit a museum to see a physical Yellow Pages Book)
Advertising was quite expensive through the Yellow Pages. Some businesses could only afford a line or two. They sold ad spaces in little blocks. A quarter-page Ad was expensive and reserved for the “Big Boys.”

This is all ancient history now; the internet turned the world of advertising on its head.
A website is essential for conducting business in the world of corporate and private entertainment.
Your first impression is what you see on The Home Page. “Should I stay or should I go?” If you don’t create an interest or have the potential to solve a problem… poof, they’re gone, no sale!

Finding a great Magician

If a client is searching for a Children’s’ Birthday Magician, I don’t expect you will find a link to my site. I don’t want to waste your time. However, if you are looking for an adult birthday party magician, I expect you might find what you see below.

Adult Birthday Party Magician Boston MA | Mass | Massachusetts
www.ferrantimagic.com › Testimonials
Boston’s best adult birthday magician. Although the magic is for adults, the entertainment is “clean.” Including Joe’s special effect for the birthday recipient.

So, now you have arrived at my website. It should be easy to navigate. (I know you don’t have all day.)
My goal is to show the services I provide in a clear and concise manner.

Read some testimonials and above all see some video footage of “The Magic of Joe Ferranti in action.” (videos are usually 60 seconds) If the video appeals to you, we can begin the conversation.

Of course, I’m not the only magician who provides the services you are searching for. Check out anyone who interests you. Compare everything, but I strongly urge you to compare video performances. Everybody should have some video footage. It’s the 21st century, you can record video on your phone! No excuses.

You should be able to narrow down your choices to two or three magicians. Now it gets real. If money is no object, forget all my advice and hire David Blaine. Back to reality. In order for me or any other magician to quote you an accurate fee, we need some information.

1. The date and time of your event.
2. The theme of your event… Adult Birthday, Wedding, Corporate Cocktail Hour, etc.
3 Length of service: One Hour or more.
4. Number of guests, very important in determining the length of service.
5. the City, town or address of the event.
Once I have all this information, I can calculate a price for your event.

To be Continued… Booking through an “agency”
Best Wishes,
Joe Ferranti

Boston Close Up Magician 339-927-4710

Waiting to return…

Joe Ferranti Strolling Magician in Massachusetts

Mass. Covid information

It’s been a couple of months since my last performance. I miss the live interactions with clients.

Honestly…it seems I may never return to my “work.” I may never shake another hand, or experience the mere casual touches which make up respectful human interactions.

I have cancelled accounts which help with contacting potential clients. (Gig this or Gig that…) Their fees cost a substantial amount of money, but there was a return for having listings beyond my website. No one is contacting me for events that can’t take place.

If I ever return, I hope you shop locally. That means, take the time to search out magicians and visit our web sites. Of course, price shop, compare experience, check the reviews…see some videos. (The videos tell the actual story)

As I write this, I see a wedding my wife and I were to attend in July. They have postponed their wedding … I guess the Bride and groom want “real” guests present, not virtual ones.

When you feel safe, call me or contact ferrantimagic.com

Hoping we meet soon.

All Best Wishes,
Joe Ferranti
Close Up Strolling Magician
spectators at a table enjoying Boston Close Up Magician Joe Ferranti

Back to Work…kinda.

Back to Work… Kinda

Walk Around Massachusetts’ Magician Joe Ferranti

It’s not exactly breaking news that the entertainment industry has predominantly come to a halt. I do not know how those who rely 100% on their income providing entertainment are surviving.

I used to receive multiple inquiries for work each week… more than enough to keep me busy during my retirement years. A few months ago, that stopped… nothing.

I recently received an inquiry for an event in Rhode Island with attendance of 60 people. The number bothered me. There is a pandemic going on. So, I felt it was not worth the risk.

Back to work, really!

We all have to weigh the risks we take with consideration to any risk we may expose to others. I see my actions can have consequence to others…I do not live in a bubble. (Almost a bubble 🙁 )

There is no magic number, but they presented me with the opportunity to perform for 15 adults in a “safe” environment. At the time of the event, the state of Massachusetts was doing well. I believe the risk was extremely low, and the reward extremely high.

So now, I wait… avoiding the public. If absolutely necessary, I may adventure out at off hours, with my mask. Properly worn and fitted.

Stay Well!

Coronavirus status

Adults love Magic…many just don’t know it yet.

Walk Around/Strolling Magician Massachusetts

I have had the pleasure to work many cocktail events for private parties and large corporate events. I have performed for more people than I can remember.
what I have learned is that the large majority have never seen a professional magician, other than on television.

Being the first magician that people see is a special opportunity. Many have only seen an uncle or friend perform a self-working card trick, dealing endless piles of cards and just before you are ready to fall asleep, they find your card. (sometimes)

Yes, we know why many of you are reluctant to welcome us into your circle for even a few moments. But if I do my job right, it only takes a few seconds and I know you will want to see more. These are not your grandfather’s magic tricks.

See for yourself

 

Close-Up Magic Boston

See the reactions your guests will have, laughter and amazement as they have never witnessed. Often happening in their own hands.

Working with everyday objects elevates the impossibility of magic. No trick boxes or gimmicky props. We use playing cards, coins, rubber bands, dollar bills. I even borrow items from audience members. (of course I return them unharmed.)

Even those reluctant to take part, see the playfulness and gladly join in to “play the game.” Bringing the Magic of Joe Ferranti to your event is one of the best decisions you can make.

The Performance of Magic

 

Just Give Them the Damn Card!

Boston Strolling Close-Up Magician

An Article addressed to Magicians

So, the concepts I’ve learned are not new… I am sharing my experiences, which agree with the conventional knowledge of magicians through time. However, those who are new to this type of entertainment may discover something “new” to them.

Anyone working for the audiences that count, lay men. Most likely perform an Ambitious Card Routine. Why wouldn’t you? So much magic in a short period. (Yes, please keep it short.)

Walk Around Magician Massachusetts

Often when performing the Ambitious Card routine for couples, I will follow up with a Signature Fusion Effect. Why not? I am already halfway home as I’ve already got one signed card. All that requires to be done is to get the other side of the card signed, unknowingly to the couple.

The method I use is Shaun MCCree’s Second Inkstain, from his excellent two DVD set… Mix N’ Mingle So with a little extra effort, I have a unique “signature fusion” card to leave with the couple.

Sleight of Hand Magician Massachusetts

The drawback of performing the Ambitious Card is you will quickly note the size of the deck diminishes rapidly.

The answer to this problem was simple, carry extra cards. This way, your deck stays intact. (Advice provided by experts since the beginning of time.)

In some tricks, the free choice of a card is paramount. This is not so with the Ambitious Card.

Solution: I carry a bunch of red number cards in a pocket… signatures show up well on a red number card. Signing the card is stronger than the free choice of one.it Following this procedure avoids getting bogged down in a selection procedure. I just give them the card. I normally say something like…

”Here’s a card I brought for you. It was sitting in a drawer, collecting dust. Do me a favor, sign your name as big as you can on the face of the card…now I think it’s kind of special…don’t you? (addressing the boyfriend, they always agree.) Now we’re off to the races.

Simple… Just give them the damn card.

spectators at a table enjoying Boston Close Up Magician Joe Ferranti

Rhythm Off/Out of Sync

Rhythm Off/Out of Sync

Greater Boston area Magician

Joe Ferranti www.ferrantimagic.com 339-927-4710

It is easy to relay stories of our successful, over the top “shows” …everything goes right, the reactions, applause, shouts of NFW pretty much tell the story. But…every now and then, for some reason, I don’t quite get my footing. I never quite reach my comfort zone.

Please understand, I am not talking about a “failed” performance. In fact, my audience was not aware that I was not on my “A game”. (See review at the end.)

What went wrong? Well, I will go over the evening in my head, over and over… it’s not what went wrong. Maybe it comes down to the personal connection or in this case the slightly off target personal connection. I feel I missed the Bull’s eye. Everything is a maybe?

So, I reflect, what’s going on in my personal life…hmmm? I am working on some family matters that require a lot of my attention. (Don’t worry, my marriage is fine…I’m on a solid foundation.) Maybe, just maybe this is a small part. There are so many pieces that make up a puzzle, I might never quite figure this out. However, I owe it to myself, and future audiences… to analyze everything to insure I give my very best every time I entertain.

Always working and analyzing to bring The Very Best in Strolling/Walk Around Magic to all my clients.

Here’s the review…

“Joe entertained at our company party and was wonderful! He arrived early, left late, and our guests really enjoyed his magic! The CEO of our company actually just came into my office, saying how great Joe was. He was professional and fun – he worked the room like a champ. I definitely recommend Joe for your gathering.”

Joe Ferranti “Boston’s Best Strolling Magician”

Some Magicians…

Some magicians worry about how much “time” they get out of a routine. I suggest you
only worry about the impact on your audience.

Everybody gets lazy now and then…not you of course, the rest of us. However, it’s
better to take a break, or rest if you are feeling tired, or less than inspired.
I’ve learned a few things thinking back at my time in school. Certainly not my glory days,
and not directly pertinent to this topic. What does apply was my attitude. Never
enjoying the journey, and too much focus on “being done.” As a child, being done meant
reclaiming time to do what I wanted…playing with friends, watching TV…all important,
but not at the cost of other things of equal importance.

I won’t name the “tricks”, but I am talking about the ones which are promoted as “time
consumers”. Time is important when putting together an act, even more important in
most competitions. Time is not important, in fact detrimental when viewed from a
perspective as “filler”.

(Caveat: Tricks advertised as time consumption may be, beginning to end, non stop laughs, magic…in
fact, top notch material. I merely suggest we keep our focus on our audience.Win/Win!)
The length of a routine is important information, inasmuch as we have timelines which
affect our clients needs, Not to fill a program with fluff! There’s just no room for
filler…you are making entertainment, not pillows.

Two, Three minutes…Maybe five!

I have a very short time to entertain a small group of people before I must move on to the next group. No time to spare, right? Right!

while others debate whether “Magic” is an art…or they want to make their audience feel the “awe” and experience wonder as if they were a child again. All lofty and worthy goals, but at my age and the type of Magic I perform, I have cut corners to simplify my work.

I have seen the magician who’s work is art. (Names are not important.) But my name will never be considered for the title “artist” and that’s O.K. because I will never deserve such a title. I will never strive to bring you the feeling of child like wonder, as that’s a tall order. I will also not try to take you away from the problems of your day. There are better methods than that of a brief encounter with a Close Up Magician. If you want to send someone back to another time, the quickest way to arouse that feeling is with music. We’ve all had that moment when we here an old song and we recall the joy or pain that is triggered, and attached to an emotion we weren’t having a moment before. If you need to get away from the daily grind, perhaps meditation, or Yoga, and you can afford it, a vacation to the ocean.

I will tell you, there are magicians who achieve all these things, but my experience tells me you will see this on a stage, where they have all your attention and the time to create their personal fantasy to take you…to who knows where.

I’m just saying, I can’t do that in three minutes. My goal is simple, insure you have fun and are treated with respect. I want you to smile, perhaps laugh or scream. And finally, if I can get you to remember me, perhaps my name as well, but maybe I’m asking too much.

Ahhh, the life of the strolling magician, the court jester perhaps…in it as a choice. The rewards…try it out, I’m sure you’ll be pleased.

Joe Ferranti
Walk Around/Strolling Magician in Massachusetts