Waiting to return…

It’s been a couple 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 in having listings beyond my web site. 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 real story)

As I write this, I see a Wedding my wife and I were to attend in July. It has been postponed…I guess the Bride and Groom want real guests present, not virtual ones.

If and when you feel safe, give me a call 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

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”

Reviews of an Adult Birthday Party Magician

Joe Ferranti Magician Boston and beyond

When searching for a Magician to entertain at an adult function, please do not search for “Birthday Magician”…oh go ahead…are you back? See what I mean? When it comes to the best in adult entertainment, the results come down to a handful of qualified candidates. Find several qualified candidates and then price shop from the Best. (If you must.)
One way to make that determination is a perusal of testimonials from past clients, and I just happened to put some together.

Adult B’day
Thank you so much for such a wonderful and unforgettable birthday night! You were more than I could have wished for…I will be sure to recommend and send along your information to anyone looking to elevate their parties as you were absolutely fantastic.
Thanks Again,
Krista N. Boston, Ma.

60th Birthday Party
Thank you Joe for your spectacular performance for my husband’s 60th surprise birthday party. You gave our friends and family such an awesome evening, that they are still talking about it weeks later! It would have just been a “nice dinner” without you, but you took it up to the highest level of fun, with your showmanship and professionalism (not to mention, great sense of humor). You made all of the age groups at the party enjoy our very special evening, by giving each and every guest special attention. Again, thanks so much for the life-long wonderful memory. With respect and gratitude. Valerie K. from West Roxbury
PS: My guests are still asking (me as well), “Now how did Joe do that?”

Private B’day Party
“Joe is by far one of the best magicians in this area. He performed for a party for my father and had myself and all the guests laughing and entertained all night. His close up tricks blew everyone away. It was a great time! Thank you Joe!”
Samantha B.

60th Birthday – Dec. 14
We hired Joe for my husband’s 60th birthday party and we are so glad we did! First of all, he was very good at communicating with me before the party and making sure that we were all set. It was so nice not to worry. When he arrived, he was so easy to work with. He entertained everyone (adults and kids) and left several people scratching their heads wondering how he did his magic. His humor and banter were very entertaining—even converting some non-believers!!! Our guests loved him. We would hire him back in a minute! Thanks Joe! —Linda B.

25th Birthday
I just booked Joe for my girlfriend’s surprise 25th birthday party. We love magic and Joe EXCEEDED our expectations. He worked a room of 50 guests for 2 hours and kept everyone entertained.

Reviews of a Corporate Magician

Boston area Magician Joe Ferranti

Wine & Cuisine Society, a Student Club at Harvard Business School
Joe was a fantastic addition to our event. He mingled for 3 hours with over 250 guests at a black-tie gala and kept everyone entertained. We had so many people ask for his card or contact information, really the star of the show. Very professional and courteous, great communication before the event, and extremely conscientious and punctual. He was even doing impromptu magic for the catering staff during the event setup, which they loved and set the perfect mood for the evening. Will definitely use again, and highly recommend. – Will F.
Tatnuck Country Club
We hired Joe for our annual “I survived the holidays party” for our employees. We are an exclusive country club and have continuous holiday parties and get to celebrate ours after the fact. We were looking for something fun and interactive and found him. He utilized his mix and mingle magic skills to wow every one of my coworkers. His sleight of hand is immaculate and left everyone wondering for weeks after on how he did it.(Magician Joe Ferranti) He is a very friendly and personable professional and you can see the air of enthusiasm that surrounds him. He had everyone laughing and many following him around not wanting to miss anything. He was very humble and able to ‘go with the flow’. We were very unorganized as to the actual flow of events with in the fiesta but his ability to shift gears at a moment’s notice is what really amazed me. Many entertainers can get frustrated or offended if they are in the middle of something and then you start making announcements, but he was able to foresee and prepare to start again without notice. He came early and stayed later than expected. Very nice and magical guy. Highly recommended for any event and his prices are unbeatable. Kyla H.
Tatnuck Country Club – Worcester, MA
Apollo Professional Solutions
My Company had a national conference in Boston over the Halloween weekend and the theme was a “magical” theme. Joseph Ferranti was our professional magician and he was absolutely perfect with a great combination of magic, comedy, engaging our employees and weaving our theme into his presentation. I would recommend Joe Ferranti as he will work with you to customize your event.
Gayle Williams, President, Apollo Professional Solutions, Inc.
Senior Whole Health
I would like to thank you for the fun and wonderful performance you put on for the clients at the Adult Day Center at Blair House in Tewksbury MA this past Tuesday. I know they enjoyed it as much as I did!It was a pleasure doing business with you, starting with my finding your services on the internet, contacting and communicating with you was always very prompt and professional. I would definitely recommend your service to anybody looking for a magician or entertainer for any occasion. Tracey Tobin, Senior Whole Health
Phillips Academy
“Our students were very impressed and I heard great things, also, from your dinner shows.”
Stephanie W., Student Activities Coordinator, Phillips Academy, Andover, Ma.
Elderhostel, Inc. (Road Scholar)
Hi Joe! Thank you so much for your performance par excellence! All the Folks at Road Scholar were thrilled to see (some for the first time) a real, live professional Magician.
Best, Dave H.
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Dear Joe, “I heard wonderful compliments from the people. Kind Regards, Ashling R University of Massachusetts Medical School
Mass. General, North Shore Cancer Center Program
Dear Joe, Thank you so much for helping us make Breast Cancer disappear! You were fabulous! So nice of you to donate your time It was a special evening to benefit Mass. General.
Jeanne Hennessey (Lorraine Roy Designer Collections and Friends)
Edgewood Church of Christ
From initial inquiry all the way through performance, Mr. Ferranti was extremely professional & courteous. He arrived early to set up and was flexible & accommodating when our late arriving guests pushed back the start time. The show was entertaining & appropriate and the many audience participants loved being part of the show. We will look for opportunities to hire Mr. Ferranti again in the future!
Matt Welch, Youth Minister, Edgewood Church of Christ, Mansfield, MA
Top of the Hill Gang, Inc.
We were very pleased with Joe Ferranti and the magic he performed for our group. He arrived early, was prepared, and was very accommodating for our location & group of people. He performed in a friendly, professional manner & everyone enjoyed his show. Thank you for all your help. Maryann D.  Top of the Hill Gang, Inc.
AIM entertainment and enrichment coordinators
Hi Joe, Thank you so much for performing at AIM (Angels in Motion (A.I.M.) )on Tuesday, Jan 8th. The members loved the show. You were so entertaining and we loved the stories you told while engaging their interests. We look forward to having you back in the spring and would love to book you again for next year too! Thanks again, Noreen Curdo & Pam Almeida (AIM entertainment and enrichment coordinators)

What is a Magician?

Mother? What comes to your mind? Doctor? Visualize… Clown? See it in your mind’s eye.

Magician ?
Do you see a Top Hat? A Rabbit? A Magic wand? It’s your conception so I need to redefine. Maybe you see a man twisting balloon doggies and swords. Somebody at a Children’s Birthday Party. All the above are correct and perfectly legitimate symbols that may come to mind. But, and it’s a big but! That is not what I do. It is the constant problem in this field to define what you do and reach those who seek what I provide.

Sometimes it comes under the title of Adult entertainment, well, not THAT type of Adult entertainment.
What can I do for you? If you have a stereotype in mind, that’s exactly what I will not be doing.
You receive professional entertainment with Magic as its theme. If you watch magicians on the Summer Talent shows, some of that is standard in all professional repertoires. You will not see anything that appears to have been purchased at a “Magic shop.” If you do, chances are, you have not hired a professional Close Up Magician.

I have had people say “please don’t pick one me.” I assure you, no one is ever made to feel embarrassed. It is unfortunate that some do feel it is O.K. to get a laugh at the expense of a helper. Do not be afraid to ask, as this is probably not what you are looking for.
I assure you of one thing, all your guest WILL let you know they had the best time, ever!
Isn’t that nice? I think so.
Joe Ferranti Magician Boston

Wedding Season in the Northeast

I know people are getting married throughout the year, but so many are booked for June, It’s a Wedding Planners Dream.

So many decisions, too many decisions, so much stress, relax and breathe deep.
In our own little worlds the globe revolves around each of us, even though we know it’s not true. I am one of many Wedding Magicians in Boston and Ma. I’m not here to tell you I’m the best. (Just one of the best.)

As you go through your list of priorities, the Magician may come after the Photo Booth. I know we are near the bottom…and that’s O.K. every event has a budget, and there is a point where the money shuts down. I totally understand, I live on a budget myself. If at the end of the day, you find there’s not enough money to hire a Magician, that’s fine, I’m sure you will have a wonderful celebration.

If however you find a few hundred dollars, you can take your event to an entirely different level for your guests. You can give them a gift of the most unique form of entertainment available.
My only Advice is to shop with knowledge. Insure that your Magician is a specialist in the Close Up/ Walk Around style of Magic. If you leave it in the hands of an agency, don’t just allow them to send over someone who is available on your day. In fact, if you can make the time, a google search should bring you to several web sites of competent Magicians. You can avoid the middle man altogether, and in the process you might save yourself 10 – 25 % of the cost. (Yeah, that’s what they get for introducing us.)

I’ll leave you with one tip, find out if the Magician will be performing a “Special Effect” for the Bride and Groom. If they hesitate for a second, hang up. We all do, and anyone of us could tell you which one it is. Trust me. I only lie when I am working.

Joe Ferranti Wedding and Party Magician, Boston, Ma.

Turning 60…Happy Birthday

So your husband is turning 60…congratulations.

You have many ways to celebrate. You might have a quiet dinner together. Maybe you will throw a party with your friends, either at home or a restaurant. Maybe you can add a little music? I’ve got an idea, how about a Professional Magician. That would make for an unforgettable event.

I know what you are thinking; you are a Magician you’re just trying to sell your services. Well yes, I’m not so much selling as suggesting a consideration of what I can provide. There is no doubt that any of the above suggestions would be a good time. Nobody would even suggest that something was missing, because nothing was. So why bring Joe Ferranti, one of the top Magicians in Boston to your celebration? Gee, I want to remain humble, of course it would be wrong for me to tell you I can make a difference. So I won’t, just listen to my clients.

It would have just been a “nice dinner” without you, but you took it up to the highest level of fun, with your showmanship and professionalism (not to mention, great sense of humor). You made all of the age groups at the party enjoy our very special evening, by giving each and every guest special attention. Again, thanks so much for the life-long wonderful memory. That’s really nice; I couldn’t have put it better without sounding like I have a fat head. You were so professional, prompt, kind, and fun! We all truly enjoyed your show and you! Thank you for making our sons milestone birthday a great one!

How about…
Joe is by far one of the best magicians in this area.
That was really sweet, anymore?
We hired Joe for my husband’s 60th birthday party and we are so glad we did!
OMG, this guy is great! But there is more…
Thank you so very much for working your magic at my husband’s party. Everyone, and I mean everyone loved watching you do your craft! You added that something special to the event!
I’m starting to get tears in my eyes.
Mr. Ferranti really made my best friend’s birthday unique, fun and really special. I would certainly recommend him to anyone.
My goodness, now I see it…you take it to a different level.
Right, but how could I say that about myself?

Joe Ferranti “One of the Top Magicians in Boston.”

“Oh, I Know That One…”

One reason, (of many) for not doing shows for children, is tiring of hearing, “Oh, I know that one.” Although, that is perfectly acceptable and a predictable outcry with children. They are easily excited and eager to let their friends know they are “one step” ahead of everybody else.

My personal choice of entertainment is close up magic for adults. It’s a communicative dialogue with the ending result being an “astonished “group of people. (Which is most often accompanied by applause, laughter and an occasional benign vulgarity. NFW!)

So, I’ve been working several years, and I never hear, “Oh, I know that one” anymore, until…
Yes, it happened twice in the last year! I don’t know exactly why. If I did I suppose I’d be a psychic, not a magician. For some reason it bothers me a little with adults. It has nothing to do with the interruption, as that is expected. Close Up is truly interactive, and perhaps the reason I enjoy it so much. (I can’t help it; a grown adult bursting out, “I know that one” bothers me, just a little.)
So, I’m spreading some cards towards a female spectator, my head’s turned away so I can’t see anything. “Just pull one out, anyone, it doesn’t matter. You got one? Would you please take this pen and sign your name, real big all the way across the face.”

I don’t recall exactly when, but at some point between, pull one out and sign the face, her girlfriend shouts out “Oh, I know that one.” I replied, “You do?”…”Yes, My boyfriend showed me” I reply, “Oh…that’s nice.” I continue with having the card replaced followed by my hand smacking the pack. “Do you know where your card is? Well, it has gone up this sleeve, run across…uh, yes that would be my chest. It then ran down my other sleeve and jumped into my pocket.” My rather obvious empty hand goes into the pocket and removes a card, turns it over to verify the signature…it really is her card. I turn to her friend, “Is that the card trick your boyfriend showed you?” The answer is, “uhh, no.” “Are you sure” I want to verify as some boyfriends do know everything. The reply remains the same. “Watch,” I take the card and rub it on my thigh…I lift my hand, and it is gone. For the suspicious ones I show the first few cards on top of the deck, in case they thought I snuck it back. “Do you know where it went?” I subtlety point to my pocket, the obviously empty hand goes in again, and brings out the “signed” selected card.

I can’t help myself, “Is that the one your boyfriend showed you?” The answer remains the same.
However the trick continues, the spectator actually pushes the signed card into the deck. After a slight pause, I point to my left breast pocket. The card is now there, in full view for everyone to see. Yeah, you know, “Is that the one your boyfriend showed you?” Her head shakes back and forth in the universal sign language which means “no.”

Finally the entire deck is placed on my left thigh, there is a slight pause as the deck is squished into nothingness, leaving only one card. (The signed card) Finale time, the entire deck has jumped to my left coat pocket. No, I don’t ask her again. I politely shake her hand and end, “Thanks so much for being a good sport. Have a great evening!” I truly hope that will take away any “sting” she may have felt during the trick… I am not hired to embarrass any of the clients. I would never dream of it.
Joe Ferranti Comedy Magician, Boston Ma.

Google Search

I just did a Google search for the best magician in Boston. Have no fear, I stopped counting after 50. There is no shortage of the “Best”. How can you go wrong?
Very easy, you may hire the wrong “Best Magician”.
You should have done a further search…Best Magicians that Suck. Just kidding!

Sadly, this is a business. It’s like picking out a Salad Dressing…Salad dressing is relatively cheap, so you can try a few and decide for yourself. Magicians? Not so cheap and you are having only one 50th Wedding Anniversary.

I was talking with a potential client, and I told her, “Truly, I am one of the best close up magicians in this area.” Well, I was hired and she was kind enough to write a review…here’s a bit of it. “Joe was one of the Best Magicians…” I’m not sure why she used the past tense. I also ask a few questions, it helps because I’m not a marketing specialist. Also, believe it or not I am humble and don’t like to brag, I’d rather have my work speak for itself. But I have competition with essentially the same claims. If I say I’m the second best, it doesn’t turn out so good.

Actually, I’m in the ballpark with everyone else, but here is a little truth for you. Whoever you hire, when you say Good night and walk out the door, they better think you were the Best Magician they ever saw. That’s the part each of us must fulfill. It’s probably not true, but the perception better be there.
Now here is the caveat to all us Magicians. This advice comes from many of the “Real Best Magicians around the globe.”

Appreciate the compliments, the applause, the laughter, the occasional scream, but the moment you start believing you are the best. You’ve let your ego get the “Best” of you. There are so many entertainers out there. Plenty are better in many aspects, some in all aspects. Keep yourself grounded. The moment you develop an “attitude” you’re done. Let’s face it; we’re not performing brain surgery. (Just doing a few tricks.)

Joe Ferranti “The Best Magician in Boston” well, you know.

Connect, Connect, And Connect!

Many people ask, what leads to a successful performance in the(Magical) close up arena…?
There are essentially two ingredients. If one is missing, the whole event falls flat, and it is YOUR FAULT.
While performing close up Magic you must connect with your audience. It is a two way street. They are actually part of the performance. Although you need to maintain some control or the effect will be lost. Your audience is there to participate. They will talk; they will touch and hold your props. They will at times interrupt. Every now and then I kiddingly tell them they are in my row boat, and I have control of the oars, so sit back and enjoy the ride. This is always said with a wink of the eye and will generate a laugh and get the attention you might need at the moment.

Use and remember their names…they will love you for it. Connect by always performing clean magic. Do not cross the line. They are allowed to respond with “blue material”, but you never perform it. I don’t mean to be stuffy, but this is where you let the reigns go, and let them have their laughs. You’ll get credit for the laughter, but not using inappropriate material or innuendos. Connect so they see you as a professional Magician. So many clients have big and generous hearts. They worry if you are not eating, others will want to give you a drink. If you do your part correctly, they will view you as the most interesting guest of the party. You will be a “guest” but please refrain from eating and drinking.

I did say there was a second ingredient. That is mastery of your craft. You would think this would go without saying. You must know everything you do inside and out. You must still practice, no matter how long you have been performing. It is an obligation to give your clients professionally performed magic. You cannot buy it at a Magic shop. Finally, never adopt a superior attitude. We are not performing organ transplants, or putting rockets into space. If an audience can “smell” an attitude, they will not like you. Now go out and get’em.

Joe Ferranti One of Boston’s Best Close Up Magicians