Performing at The Summit Lounge

 Boston Magician Joe Ferranti

Early in September, Samantha Taylor contacted me about performing my strolling magic at the Grow off. I knew little about the Grow Off, but understood what it was about. It sounded interesting and likely would be a good time. So I sent her a quote, and she got back to me. She asked if I would have any problem performing for their group. I told her I was young once and saw no reason I could not do a good job.

Magician for all occasions …!

I realize why she must have asked me that question. People must have strong views on the legal use of cannabis. Perhaps,like politics, it must be a heated division. I have no personal problem, and my job is to provide entertainment, so we went forward and booked the gig.

The awards party was taking place at The Summit Lounge on Water St. in Worcester Ma.

The Summit Lounge 116 Water st.Worcester, Ma.

The event took place on September 25th. As I always do, I arrived about 30 minuted before show time. Pulling on the door, I found it locked. There is a “buzzer” I needed to press to gain entrance. I felt like it was 1920, and I was entering a “speakeasy.” Not exactly, it’s a private club… but it’s fun to pretend.

Arriving at The Summit Lounge

The young woman who opened the door said, “You must be the magician.” I suppose my suit gave me away. Her name is Elysha and is the general manager. In order to enter, you need to become a member. Elysha explained the conditions. I signed, and am now a member of The Summit Lounge for life.

Samantha made her way out to greet me. After we exchanged pleasantries she told me the turnout was below what they expected and wondered if I could perform a “show” in place of walk around? “Sure…” I replied. Having a well-received parlor show in my repertoire made it easy to solve this non problem. 

No problem Changing the Program to The Intimate Magic Parlor Show.

I always come prepared to perform parlor or strolling magic at all my jobs. It seemed we were ready to proceed. Their food would arrive and after they had eaten, I would go on followed by the awards ceremony. Should be smooth sailing… but the food is late, Samantha is on the phone, and there is little she can do to speed up the delivery.

To Samantha’s credit, she didn’t get angry, at least she didn’t show it. She decided. I would go on ASAP get the show on the road. When the food arrived, she would give me a sign and I would wrap up the show with a finale piece and then step aside so their evening could proceed.

Making the best of a not so perfect situation.

Kudos to Samantha. It was a brilliant decision. I started my show and won over the spectators. A lot of laughs and powerful magic. I got 20-25 minutes into the show when Samantha gave me the sign.

I wrapped up the show with my seven card multiple location routine. Although it is not my “finale” routine I use in my show, it certainly has the strength to suit the situation. Wrapping up my show, saying Thank You and good night. Receiving an abundance of applause, leaving the room to the crowd chanting… “Joe! Joe! Joe! Joe!” This is an ending I receive often, at other times, a very gratifying standing ovation.

Waving a “Thank You” to Samantha as I left the room. (We didn’t have time for a face-to-face goodbye). She was busy moving the event to the food portion of the evening. 

I felt bad I didn’t have time to perform my entire Cabaret act, but no one was at fault…it just feels awkward not to deliver my full performance.

Sending Samantha an email the next morning, I thanked her, and got this welcome response.

A 5 Star review…

“Joe was fantastic! Our schedule was thrown off because of a catering mishap, and Joe stepped right up to fill the time like a true professional. We hired him to do roaming magic, but changed things last minute to do a mini theater show. Joe got everyone involved, and they had the best time. Thank you, Joe!”

Hey, I’m a life member… maybe I’ll return to finish the show.

Joe Ferranti

Boston Magician Strolling Magic and The Intimate Parlor Show

Close Up Magic in Boston Massachusetts

The Magic of Joe Ferranti

In your mind’s eye, can you imagine 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!

There is a well-known comedy plot for children’s magic,known as “see don’t see”. Here’s an example. The magician is holding a flower and the children notice it “wiling”, bending over. They tell the magician what is happening. When he looks at the flower, it has straightened out. The magician continues, as he does the flower “wilts” again. The children scream at the magician. When he looks at the flower again, it is standing straight again. Get the point? This continues ad nauseam, as children never tire of such “humor”, and it’s a win as the adults are getting what they paid for, their children having fun.

If this is your vision of a magician, I can see why it wouldn’t cross your mind to think about having one at an adult birthday party. Because, as I explained, we often stop thinking too soon.

Boston Massachusetts’ Best Adult Birthday Magician

Imagine again a birthday show designed for adults. Magical entertainment designed for adults. If you are in the greater Boston area, please call me. 339-927-4710 I have an exclusive Birthday Card Trick. This signature effect leaves the guest of honor with a memento they will keep. Also, 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 aim 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

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The Birthday Card Trick

The Birthday Card Trick

Adult Birthday Magician Boston Massachusetts

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.

Walk Around/Strolling Boston Magician Joe Ferranti 339-927-4710

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.

The Close-Up Magic of Joe Ferranti
Best Birthday Magicians in Massachusetts

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Boston Magician performs for Adult birthday party

Strolling Boston Magician

Many people don’t know one form of magic from another. 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.

I 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 www.ferrantimagic.com.

Birthday Magician Boston Ma.

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 use a Strolling Magician. I list these 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 is a good time for everyone involved. You will have people approach you and tell you-you are the best magician they have ever seen. When, in fact, you may be the first professional magician they have seen.

If they see another magician in the future, it is likely they will feel the same way. Just the latest best magician they have ever seen.

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The way we present our magic will put us in a category. If you present yourself as a psychic, and your audiences believe you. Then your appeal will be dramatic, if not a little unsettling.

If your approach is magic with a “wink” in your eye, the entertainment will be fun and comedic. Presentations with a comedic edge come naturally to magicians, as the surprises which naturally occur in a magic performance result in laughter from your audience.

I enjoy the comedic approach. I take nothing too seriously. Yet, the magic is still impactful.

Joe Ferrnati

Comedy Magician Boston Massachusetts

Close-Up Magic Vs. Stage Magic

Full Frontal Performance

Graduation Party entertainment – Get Magic

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.

Boston Ma. Close Up/Strolling Magician

Certified Professional Magician

Boston Magician Joe Ferranti entertaining with magic.

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?

Boston Magician Resumes Live Performing

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! Magic in Ma.

Working through a pandemic

“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.

Recent Magic gigs in Boston Massachusetts

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. It will take time and no one can set a specific end date. I’ve heard to expect a slow return,maybe by 2023. That’s hard to take, but after what we’ve been through, it’s understandable this will take longer than we expected.

The challenges of the international supply chain are beyond most of our comprehension, but we can easily understand its effects in our daily lives.

Available for future Magic Shows in Massachusetts

I would love to work with anyone, and will accommodate your needs with in any way I can. Your confidence in the Magic of Joe Ferranti goes beyond your total satisfaction of our performances. If you care to see vaccine records, do not be shy to ask.

I’m ready for your wedding, graduation, adult birthday party, and holiday celebrations and more. Hopefully, we will have a “total celebration” before 2023.

For the Very Best in Close Up and Parlor Magic in Mass. and New Hampshire, contact…

The Magic of Joe Ferranti 339-927-4710
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A Rare Performance During the Pandemic

 Boston’s Best Adult Birthday Magician

Joe Ferranti 339-927-4710

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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.
Sincerely,
Joe Ferranti
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audience are looking at cards, not cell phones.

          The Miracle Finale performed by Massachusetts’ Magician Joe Ferranti

Happy New Year…2021 ferrantimagic

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!
Sincerely,
Joe Ferranti

Boston Massachusetts Close Up Magician
339-927-4710

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The Year Without Christmas…(parties)

Magical Wishes from,
Massachusetts Magician
Joe Ferranti

Santa Clause waving "Hi"

Christmas, a magical time

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. Looking forward to further accomplishments.

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.

2019 not so bad…

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.

Looking back, I didn’t take the 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 Shut Down

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

I miss it. I’ll be O.K. we always pay the rent, 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.

The Magic of Joe Ferranti sends wishes to everyone for a Happy Holiday Season… If you are having serious symptoms of depression, please reach out. Professional services are available. I expect we will celebrate next year.

Being 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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