A Rare Performance During the Pandemic

 Boston’s Best Adult Birthday Magician

Joe Ferranti 339-927-4710

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So, here we are…February first. 2021. The pandemic is still a menace to the globe. I like many other entertainers am “running in the red.” It’s been a year without income, it will be the first time in years that I will not be sending a large check to the IRS in April. my expenses, even with serious cuts far out weigh the miniscule income. But don’t feel bad for me, my retirement income, along with my wife’s keeps a roof over our head with enough left for food.

Currently, two vaccines have been approved, with at least a couple more approaching on the horizon. I can hardly contain myself, but I must wait for my “turn”. You can see in the picture, I am using two masks. No one is really sure if this is beneficial. I come form the “more is better” school of thinking.
Last week I received a request for an adult Birthday performance. My response was to the point and succinct. “I perform with a mask and follow all guidelines of the State of Massachusetts.” the client assured me they take this virus seriously, and the number of guests would be below the limit. so we proceeded forward.
On January 31’st we were in the cross hairs of a Nor’ Easter, a major stumbling block for driving. This party was in jeopardy. The client contacted me and asked if it would be better to start early…I said, “yes, yes, yes!”
Honestly, the driving was not good…I took the back roads and drove very slowly. I made it there with only two minor skids.
what a pleasure to perform, it’s been so long. I don’t think the rust showed. We all had a good time, and I headed home. This time only one minor skid. I got in the door to the delight of my wife and dog.
I got changed out of my suit and relaxed in front of the TV. About an hour after I got home, the phone rings…guess who? It was Mike, the client. He was checking in to make sure I made it home safe. Wow, what a good human being. They are still out their. thanks Mike, you made my day. (Thank you for your more than generous tip as well.) I believe we will meet again.
Sincerely,
Joe Ferranti
          The Miracle Finale performed by Massachusetts’ Magician Joe Ferranti

The Buskers and David Blaine

Street Magic, a brief history…The Buskers and David Blaine

Street magic has a long history, but most people understand it from a TV Special…

David Blaine:Street Magic 1997

Many viewers thought David was the first Street Magician. (We’ll get to the buskers in a moment).
David took to the streets and performed close up magic for every type of person he encountered. From the homeless, to the everyday man. Notably the “Show” highlighted the reactions of the spectators as much as the magic itself. This was a novel approach for a television magic special.

David Blaine’s “Street Magic” inspired a new generation of magicians. Many literally took to the streets and performed for anyone who would stop to see their tricks. I benefit from the popularity created for a “new form” of magic…” Close Up Magic.” (close – up magic has been around since the beginning of time.)
For the first time on television a magician showed the impact of close – up magic in the “real world.” Of course, magic has been on television since variety shows hit the airwaves, but no one had shown it from this perspective.

Busking Magicians:

Long before David hit the streets, buskers were performing magic in a different capacity. (Buskers include all types of street entertainment, provided for gratuities.)

As I mentioned, busking was income (gratuities) for the “Street Performer.” So, this affected the style as well. The professional busker is talented in more than one way. Of course, they are great entertainers, beyond that they are responsible for building their crowds and convincing them to drop a little money in a “hat”. These skills are just as important as the technical skills.
Note on Crowd Building: It is likely all readers have witnessed a street performance, by the time most of us arrive there is a good size crowd. This does not happen on its own. The performer captures the interest of a few and sustains it as he/she adds to the crowd without losing the first to arrive. If you have an interest in this craft, there are books written on the subject…an internet search will turn up quite a few.

The style of magic as a busker is also different from what David brought to the streets, back in “97.”
The busker needs to entertain a large crowd, so the magic is designed to entertain a sizable audience. It’s a simple equation, more people equals more money.

Street Magic created a wave/tsunami of enthusiasm for magic. A heightened interest is good…very good for the working magician.
Magic, the most unique form of entertainment.
Joe Ferranti
Boston Street Magician…almost.

Two delighted spectators enjoying magic during the cocktail hour at a wedding.

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