What a great day I had yesterday. Call it what you want, Walk Around Magic, Strolling Magic, Close Up Magic and if you must…”Street Magic.” How much do I love this, I drove one hour and twenty minutes each way, not to mention, performing entertaining Magic for an hour and a half. There were only about 35 people in attendance. With an age span of about 13 years old to some over 50. (That’s a relatively small group) it’s not unusual to entertain 100 or more people. This means you don’t have the time to perform too much material, as you need to reach all of the guests.
Yesterday’s challenge was that I had groups of ten people surrounding me at any given time. So what’s the challenge? When you have close to one third of the attendees watching at once, you have to dig deep into your repertoire. So you better have the depth or be able to tap dance. Well there was no dancing, just magic and fun and laughs. Not just from the guests, me too! The things that people say can be hilarious.
What’s the pay off? Instant gratification. They let you know in the moment if you are doing your job. I’m not a scientist or psychologist, but this must give you those endorphins you hear about but never see. You feel good immediately.
I have many people to thank who have taught and inspired me, and I will acknowledge all of them soon, but for the moment I must thank Paul Gordon of England. Paul’s a great magician, writer and inventor of all things magical. What Paul taught me was, not just tricks. He showed me the magical use of “enthusiasm” If you don’t give it… you won’t get it back.
So, let me end with, I’ll drive almost anywhere in Massachusetts to perform some of the best close up magic you will ever see, but more importantly, we’ll all have a good time. I’ll be waiting for your call. Joe Ferranti “The Magician for all Occasions”