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

Why Do Some People Dislike Magic?

Some people dislike magic, who is at fault.

Many years ago when I joined my first Magic club I was very shy and hesitated to perform. Some who performed were fine performers and entertaining as well. However, that was not the “Rule”. I remember members who were eager to perform. They telegraphed their secret moves so blatantly it would make Samuel Morse (Morse Code) turn over in his grave.

Even worse, they would pass themselves off as “Magicians” and charged people for their services. These so-called magicians give magic a bad name and hurt all legitimate magicians. Once burnt, these people will never want to see a magician again.

Sadly, there are no regulations for professional magicians. Get some business cards and you’re off to work. Please consider carefully when you decide to become a pro or semi pro. Are you ready? You need to have some significant performance hours under your belt. I can’t tell you where to get this experience. But it is absolutely necessary.

Each time I perform, I always ask the host if they had a good time if they might take a few minutes to submit a review to Google. Not everyone takes the time, but I appreciate those that do. I have a multitude of reviews and over 30 videos on YouTube. If you hire The Magic of Joe Ferranti, there is enough information available that you will know exactly what you will get.

Listen to laypeople, your best audience.

Not that I am greedy or in need of cash, but I love the paying audience. These are the audiences which will let you know if you have what it takes. You get immediate feedback. When you take someone’s hard earned cash, they expect value. One way you will know is when clients tip you generously at the end of your performance. There are not tipping rules for performers, so it is a genuine gesture of gratitude for excellent work.

Be careful of advice from “magicians”

I remember some advice from Mickey Silver. Mickey had a distinct style, and fellow magicians from his local club always gave him advice not to make his “whoosh” sounds, as coins would come and go. He stuck with his gut feelings and now is performing in Las Vegas and always in demand. Mickey warned me not to put too much stock in what your fellow magicians tell you. Mickey told me if he had listened to his core group of friends, he would not be where he is today. “Listen to your heart”.

Mickey Silver Sleight of Hand Coin Magician.


Strolling Boston Magician