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

No Challenge Magic

It’s human nature to seek knowledge of how things work. It separates chaos from order. Even if we don’t truly understand we may convince ourselves into believing false theories. What has this got to do with Magic, especially close up magic, where “miracles” are performed inches from our eyes? Well step back to separating chaos and order. It is perfectly natural for a layman to speculate how a Magician performs his feats of dexterity. (or is it dexterity) However if you are to truly enjoy the entertainment, it is the Magicians job to end this as quickly as possible. When performing strolling magic, I open with some pretty strong magic. I do not personally challenge my new friends, (spectators) to seek solutions. That is not the game I want to play. Why? Because that’s not entertainment.
Allow me to be blunt and courteous. Since I know every show, whether it be walk around magic or a formal parlor show. I will open with something strong. I refer to it as a Maze. Knowing what your mind will be doing the magic performance will send you in maze where you will go in a direction to try and figure out the how. As in a Maze, you will hit a wall, so you go in a different direction, yeah this must be the way to understanding. Bang, another wall. Eventually you will realize that there is no way out of the maze. You might as well relax and go for the ride, I assure it’s far more enjoyable. When you reach this point you can stop looking where you think I don’t want you to look, as you will not find the answer that you seek. Now I am not suggesting that you will believe it is “real Magic”. What I am suggesting is that we do the dance. I am the entertainer, so it’s my job to lead. I have to earn your trust that you will enjoy the Magic Dance. (and you will.) Joe Ferranti “ The Magician for all Occasions”