Two, Three minutes…Maybe five!

Boston Strolling Magician

I have a brief 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.

Magic as art?

I have seen the magician who’s work is art. (Names are not important.) But they will never consider my name 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 childlike 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 hear 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 even better if you can afford it, a vacation at 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…. on their journey.

I’m just saying I can’t do that in three minutes. My goal is simple, ensure you have fun and treat you 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, mission accomplished.

I chose the life of the strolling magician, court jester perhaps. The rewards? Try it out. I’m sure you’ll be pleased.

Joe Ferranti

Walk Around/Strolling Magician in Massachusetts