Strolling Magic

Boston Magician performs for Adult birthday party

Strolling Boston Magician

Many people don’t know one form of magic from another. That’s O.K. It’s not their fault. 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. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
I do 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.

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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 utilize a Strolling Magician. These are listed 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 truly is a good time for everyone involved. No doubt, you will have people approach you and tell you they have never seen a Magician as good as you in their life. ( A wise Magician advises, not to get a fat head!) It’s really quite simple. Most people have never experienced the talents of a professional Magician. If they do again, he will be their “New Best Magician ever.” That’s why you don’t have to order a new hat size.

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More often than not, you will be everybody’s new best friend. I’m not sure what that says about my needs for having my ego stroked.
Make no mistake, whether it be Boston or Worcester, no one will put more heart into their Mingling show than Joe Ferranti.
It would be my pleasure to entertain your guests for any occasion. They will thank you. That is a guarantee.

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Finding the right Magician part two

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Finding The Right Magician For your Event Part Two

I left you with solid information to enable you to search the internet and make an informed choice to assist you.
                                               The Agent/Agency
agent.: a person who does business for another person: a person who acts on behalf of another.
There was a time when individuals worked hard on behalf of entertainers, securing them with steady work. Of course, the agent received a fee/percentage for his work. (Well-deserved too.)

How nice would it be to just do what I enjoy most…. entertaining with magic, and not spending time with the business end. From where I sit, those days are long in the rear-view mirror.
there’s a new agent in town.
I must admit, it was a brilliant idea, and well marketed.
In the field of Magic entertainment, do a search and you’ll find the agents. “Gig this, Gig that… Party Time, Woof, Thumbs Up, Bish Bosh, World Entertainment.” I’ve changed the names to avoid conflict.
                                             

 What do you get?

As a consumer, you receive a list of entertainers that you may contact, their promo info, etc. Sounds good? Mostly, but the listing of magicians is not all-inclusive. The only contact comes from “paid members”, that’s us the magicians.
Competition? Touted as benefitting the consumer. Not necessarily, you’re not buying canned soup. Recently, a potential client asked if I could meet the same fee as another magician had quoted. As much as I want to accommodate my clients, I politely declined, wishing them a successful event. Moments later, the client contacted me again, and they were happy to pay my fee.
                                         

What does the Magician get?

We receive information about your event and can contact you with a quote for our services. This is nice… contact info with a motivated client, but there is a price.
The part that you don’t see is the fee we pay to be included on the list of magicians for your event. Or the additional fee if we choose a “Top List profile.”
Or the fee we pay if you hire us. Yeah, there are a lot of fees. Do we pass on the costs?

There you have it…how to find the right magician for your event. Go back and look at part one again.

All Best Wishes,
Joe Ferranti

Boston Magician

three spectators in anticipation of a magic effect by Joe Ferranti Boston Magician.

Working a Birthday Party, Mass. Magician Joe Ferranti

Finding the Right Magician For Your Event

How to Hire a Magician in Boston Mass.

Back in the 20th Century, people found their “Magicians / Magic entertainment” through the Yellow Pages. (some of you may need to visit a museum to see a physical Yellow Pages Book)
Advertising was quite expensive through the Yellow Pages. Some businesses could only afford a line or two. They sold ad spaces in little blocks. A quarter-page Ad was expensive and reserved for the “Big Boys.”

This is all ancient history now; the internet turned the world of advertising on its head.
A website is essential for conducting business in the world of corporate and private entertainment.
Your first impression is what you see on The Home Page. “Should I stay or should I go?” If you don’t create an interest or have the potential to solve a problem… poof, they’re gone, no sale!

Finding a great Magician

If a client is searching for a Children’s’ Birthday Magician, I don’t expect you will find a link to my site. I don’t want to waste your time. However, if you are looking for an adult birthday party magician, I expect you might find what you see below.

Adult Birthday Party Magician Boston MA | Mass | Massachusetts
www.ferrantimagic.com › Testimonials
Boston’s best adult birthday magician. Although the magic is for adults, the entertainment is “clean.” Including Joe’s special effect for the birthday recipient.

So, now you have arrived at my website. It should be easy to navigate. (I know you don’t have all day.)
My goal is to show the services I provide in a clear and concise manner.

Read some testimonials and above all see some video footage of “The Magic of Joe Ferranti in action.” (videos are usually 60 seconds) If the video appeals to you, we can begin the conversation.

Of course, I’m not the only magician who provides the services you are searching for. Check out anyone who interests you. Compare everything, but I strongly urge you to compare video performances. Everybody should have some video footage. It’s the 21st century, you can record video on your phone! No excuses.

You should be able to narrow down your choices to two or three magicians. Now it gets real. If money is no object, forget all my advice and hire David Blaine. Back to reality. In order for me or any other magician to quote you an accurate fee, we need some information.

1. The date and time of your event.
2. The theme of your event… Adult Birthday, Wedding, Corporate Cocktail Hour, etc.
3 Length of service: One Hour or more.
4. Number of guests, very important in determining the length of service.
5. the City, town or address of the event.
Once I have all this information, I can calculate a price for your event.

To be Continued… Booking through an “agency”
Best Wishes,
Joe Ferranti

Boston Close Up Magician 339-927-4710

Waiting to return…

Joe Ferranti Strolling Magician in Massachusetts

Mass. Covid information

It’s been a couple of 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 for having listings beyond my website. 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 actual story)

As I write this, I see a wedding my wife and I were to attend in July. They have postponed their wedding … I guess the Bride and groom want “real” guests present, not virtual ones.

When you feel safe, call me or contact ferrantimagic.com

Hoping we meet soon.

All Best Wishes,
Joe Ferranti
Close Up Strolling Magician
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Adults love Magic…many just don’t know it yet.

Walk Around/Strolling Magician Massachusetts

I have had the pleasure to work many cocktail events for private parties and large corporate events. I have performed for more people than I can remember.
what I have learned is that the large majority have never seen a professional magician, other than on television.

Being the first magician that people see is a special opportunity. Many have only seen an uncle or friend perform a self-working card trick, dealing endless piles of cards and just before you are ready to fall asleep, they find your card. (sometimes)

Yes, we know why many of you are reluctant to welcome us into your circle for even a few moments. But if I do my job right, it only takes a few seconds and I know you will want to see more. These are not your grandfather’s magic tricks.

See for yourself

 

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See the reactions your guests will have, laughter and amazement as they have never witnessed. Often happening in their own hands.

Working with everyday objects elevates the impossibility of magic. No trick boxes or gimmicky props. We use playing cards, coins, rubber bands, dollar bills. I even borrow items from audience members. (of course I return them unharmed.)

Even those reluctant to take part, see the playfulness and gladly join in to “play the game.” Bringing the Magic of Joe Ferranti to your event is one of the best decisions you can make.

The Performance of Magic

 

Just Give Them the Damn Card!

Boston Strolling Close-Up Magician

An Article addressed to Magicians

So, the concepts I’ve learned are not new… I am sharing my experiences, which agree with the conventional knowledge of magicians through time. However, those who are new to this type of entertainment may discover something “new” to them.

Anyone working for the audiences that count, lay men. Most likely perform an Ambitious Card Routine. Why wouldn’t you? So much magic in a short period. (Yes, please keep it short.)

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Often when performing the Ambitious Card routine for couples, I will follow up with a Signature Fusion Effect. Why not? I am already halfway home as I’ve already got one signed card. All that requires to be done is to get the other side of the card signed, unknowingly to the couple.

The method I use is Shaun MCCree’s Second Inkstain, from his excellent two DVD set… Mix N’ Mingle So with a little extra effort, I have a unique “signature fusion” card to leave with the couple.

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The drawback of performing the Ambitious Card is you will quickly note the size of the deck diminishes rapidly.

The answer to this problem was simple, carry extra cards. This way, your deck stays intact. (Advice provided by experts since the beginning of time.)

In some tricks, the free choice of a card is paramount. This is not so with the Ambitious Card.

Solution: I carry a bunch of red number cards in a pocket… signatures show up well on a red number card. Signing the card is stronger than the free choice of one.it Following this procedure avoids getting bogged down in a selection procedure. I just give them the card. I normally say something like…

”Here’s a card I brought for you. It was sitting in a drawer, collecting dust. Do me a favor, sign your name as big as you can on the face of the card…now I think it’s kind of special…don’t you? (addressing the boyfriend, they always agree.) Now we’re off to the races.

Simple… Just give them the damn card.

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Some Magicians…

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Mass. Magician Joe Ferranti produces a Jumbo coin!

Some magicians worry about how much “time” they get out of a routine. I suggest we worry about the impact each routine will have on our audience, not on how to fill time as goal-to complete be a task.

Perhaps you’ve seen the ads, Five Minutes with a… (rope, pocket handkerchief, etc.) The ads focus on the time you will get out of a routine. I understand the need to structure our act to fill different time slots. I think we are starting at the end, instead of the beginning. If our primary focus is on building a 45 minute act, we may miss the mark of 45 minutes of top-notch entertainment.

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I’ve learned a few things, thinking back to my time in school. Certainly not my glory days, and not directly pertinent to this topic. What applies was my attitude. I wasn’t enjoying the journey, and my goal was to find the quickest way to finish an assignment.

As a child, “being done” meant reclaiming time to do what I wanted… playing with friends, watching TV… all important to an adolescent, but came at a cost of other things I had yet to realize were also important.

Magic is entertainment.

As an adult, I have learned to invest time for reasons other than satisfying my desire to avoid work.

I am referring to those magic tricks that fill up time with not enough regard for entertainment. I won’t name the “tricks”, but I am talking about the ones which are promoted as “time consumers”.

Time is important when putting together an act, even vital in competitions. Time is not important, in fact, it is detrimental when viewed from a perspective as “filler”.

The length of a routine is important information, because we have timelines which affect our client’s needs. Not to fill a program with fluff! There’s just no room for filler… we are making entertainment, not pillows.

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Update 2018…the Evolution

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I’ve only been at this game for a little over seven years, but early on I realized that there would be a constant evolution in performing and a slow one with my repertoire.


When working for the only people that count, the search for the latest and the greatest gets placed on the back burner. If you don’t already have at least a handful of “Killer Material”, you won’t be working very long.


Two [tricks/effects] which have been with me, pretty much from the beginning are “51 Cards to Pocket” (David Williamson) and, “A Familiar Ring. (Paul Gertner) These two pieces are the focus of this blog.

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First, there are many variations on 51 cards to pocket. I learned one from Matthew Dowden’s DVDs, “Party Animal” This has served me well, and I only adjusted it within the last three months. You see, I ended the routine with a production of the card from my wallet. It always got great reactions, but I already have a few routines in my repertoire where a card is produced from my wallet. Suffice to say, it’s not wise to use them all with the same crowd. So, I’ve owned the Omni Deck for a long time, and I never found the routine that seemed right for me, even though there are many to choose from.

You know where this is going, of course. Instead of producing the deck, little by little from my pocket, I remove the Omni deck, with the selection on top. I have the spectator cover the “deck” and the cover card, which is the selection, and to my surprise, when I fished around inside the spectator’s hands and removed the selection, this got a big reaction, seriously…lots of applause. (I didn’t see this coming, as to me, it appeared obvious the selection was on the top of the “deck”. Not so! But wait! There’s still more…and of course, the spectator is unknowingly holding the “Omni Deck.” See the reactions in the video.

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The other piece is Paul Gertner’s brilliant routine. What can I say; it plays so well, you’ve got the emotional hook of a borrowed ring. (Usually a man’s wedding ring.) There’s so much built-in humor, and as most of us know, we are not comedians, but magic brings out a lot of laughter.


So what’s the problem? Finding a ring to borrow…there is not always one available. I never use a woman’s ring with any type of stone or diamond. I’ve heard the nightmare stories, and I won’t be adding a story of my own.


So here’s the thing with men and their rings…some men have put on a few pounds since their wedding, and that ring is not going to come off without a saw. Other men will Never! Take their ring off…that’s O.K. I get it; they see it as a minor betrayal to their wife. So as you can see, sometimes I had to leave the coins to the spectator’s hands out of my repertoire, but I wanted to have one available.


One day, I was watching Craig Petty on YouTube, and he was performing a Three coin version for a crowd of people, and not only did the three coins “fly invisibly” to the spectator’s hand(s) they proceeded to vanish one at a time with a finale of “The Flurry” (David Roth) with the production of a Jumbo Coin. (Craig produces a second Jumbo Coin, even larger than the first).


Now, certain parts of this routine could be problematic, but Craig’s brilliant structuring solves any problems that could arise…see the results in the video. I’ve been using this lot…and every now and then, I perform something special for a couple who are willing to loan me a ring.

Listening to lay people…one at a time.

I was out for a couple drinks with Lisa, at our local bar…the one where everybody knows your name.

Steve, the bartender has seen me perform a couple tricks. (something I rarely do when out for pleasure) So, Steve asks me if I know a chinese magician who was on P&T FU…incredibly good he tells me. “Must be Shin Lim”…”Yes!” he tells me how incredible he is, I totally agree, “That kid operates on a  totally different level…” Of course Steve asks if I know how he does it.

“I haven’t got a clue, like I said he’s operating on a level beyond me.”

Steve tells me about another magician he saw on AGT who did a trick with coins and rose petals. “Oh yeah, that’s Will Tsai.”

Steve tells me he didn’t particularly care for the trick…this is the trick that blew away the judges, one of them responded that this was real magic…something like that.

I think most lay people would agree with the judges, but Steve sensed there was something more to Will’s presentation…something that assisted him with this “miracle.” I nodded my head…but didn’t get into it as I make every effort to not say anything negative about other magicians.

Our discussion got me to thinking about the judges on AGT. If you watch the show, you know there are many magicians who perform close up magic. Each and every one perform at the judges table. Not on the stage. Hmmm, this never crossed their minds, and it obviously didn’t impact their reaction. I do wonder why they didn’t question the distance issue.

Which is why I listen to lay people, one at a time.

BTW…I am aware that Eric Jones made his last performance on the stage, however all the judges were on stage with him, still qualifies for real close up.

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Don’t Try This at Home…or Worse, Don’t Try this With Paying Clients!

Think of the Jazz musician…now think of the Jazz Magician, hmmm? That’s what I’d like to do! …maybe not?

I have many magic friends in social media. They kindly share their experiences in the performance arena. Just recently a more than capable performer (Top Professional) told how he had improvised a performance with a borrowed deck of cards. He was not bragging, just telling what resulted in a non-prepped performance. Another well respected pro commented that this is the only way he performs. The success of some of the best of the best, when they borrow a pack of cards, they don’t know what they are going to do, so they improvise, jazz it, make it up on the spot. And, they kill their audience. I believe them, I have seen a few. But they didn’t just fall off the turnip truck!

Why does this bother me? Because I’ve seen the results of “Magicians” who fancy themselves capable of “Jazzing”, when they are clearly not. I wish those capable of Jazzing would give a warning, “this performance is by a trained professional, this is very dangerous…do not attempt this in your performances.”

My caution will fall upon deaf ears. The cocky magician does not want to put in the work; he just goes out and “astounds the masses”. (Yeah…right!) Not the ones I’ve seen! They stumble on their words; they have no idea when the time is right to do the “Move/Sleight”.

Our routines/tricks need structure. It’s your choice if you remember each and every word, despite what the Lazy ones say, this can sound fresh and new during each and every performance. It damn well sounds better than not having a clue. At the very least, have a basic frame work.

As I said, I have heard the success of Magicians I respect, who can succeed in this type of performance, but here’s what you should know before you go out on the High Wire.

These pros have spent uncountable hours in practice, uncountable hours in performance situations; they have encountered things you cannot even imagine.

I’m sure some will accuse me of being a robotic performer, no not at all. I do consider myself well-rehearsed and even so there are times we I have to go off script, it’s just a reality of Strolling Magic. Sometimes performing a “Think of a Card” trick, a suitable ending may vary…it just happens. So, maybe Mercury Fold??? Card under watch???…card in Altoid tin???… (Jonathan Kamm)

“Damn, I only thought of that card!”

Truth be told, the card under watch, etc. are also well rehearsed, just not part of the original plan.

Please, just don’t be lazy.

Boston Walk around /Strolling Magician www.ferrantimagic.com 339-927-4710