Magic Musings

Gotta get me some Tattoos

Massachusetts Magician Joe Ferranti looks at the Modern Magician

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I’ve been working a lot lately. Not that I’m complaining. That means I usually present the same material, and no matter how many times I perform an effect, I have to present it as if it is the first time. Yes, I’ve got to keep it fresh.

Being busy is financially good; as a semi-pro, the money is a bonus and comes in handy for many things. Sometimes, magic related. As a magician, we’re always searching for the newest trick, the method never dreamed before, perhaps… Real Magic.

Keeping up with the latest magic

However, I usually find some time to go on my computer and watch the latest tricks being pitched in the business. (Inside secret, many are old tricks repackaged for a younger generation and overpriced; yes the same tricks hidden in books and VHS videos for pennies on the dollar!). What’s the point you must ask? Well, although my material is solid, my look is apparently out of date. I work in a suit. My shoes are polished and I don’t wear a hat.

Tattoos are in!

Now tell me if I’m just too old to continue… the magicians peddling the “new” magic all have tattoos up and down their arms. Sorry to disappoint if I remove my jacket and reveal my arms. There’s nothing to see, except some sparse hair and my not so muscular physique.

Now, my dad had a couple of tattoos. Something you sometimes did in the army. (WW II) You know the Popeye stuff. He actually cared little for them. Stories of the War went untold. I’m no longer cutting edge. You are as people see you today. They don’t imagine you as a young man.

There’s a young man inside my heart, but no longer visible in the mirror. I know my magic is up to date, in the sense that it pleases my audience. Classic plots never die. They sometimes need reframing or a little dusting.

Well, I’ve got to go shopping for a hat and some colored sharpies. Need to keep up to date.

Joe Ferranti

Walk Around Magician Boston

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