Two, Three minutes…Maybe five!

I have a very short 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.

I have seen the magician who’s work is art. (Names are not important.) But my name will never be considered 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 child like 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 here 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 you can afford it, a vacation to 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…to who knows where.

I’m just saying, I can’t do that in three minutes. My goal is simple, insure you have fun and are treated 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, but maybe I’m asking too much.

Ahhh, the life of the strolling magician, the court jester perhaps…in it as a choice. 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?

As a professional Magician, these are things you need to think about. 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 caretakers of the craft of Magic. However that was not the “Rule”. I remember members who were eager to perform. They telegraphed their secret moves in a way that would make Samuel Morse turn in his grave. Even worse, they would pass themselves off as “Magicians” and charged people to see their “performances.” I suppose it might be a while before these people parted with their hard earned cash for this so called “entertainment.” Each time I perform, I always ask the host if they had a few moments at another time to send me their thoughts, as the public likes to see what other people think of you. I always tell them to be perfectly truthful, I wouldn’t want anything less. (This is easy today with email.) For informal performances, I use the John Bannon rule (John’s a Lawyer/ Magician/Magic inventor.) His rule is if they ask three times they are truly interested, anything less…Well you get the picture.

Not that I am greedy or in need of cash, but I love the paying audience. You get immediate feedback. I remember some advice from Mickey Silver. (catch him all over Vegas) Don’t listen to other magicians. (true, they’ll have you going in a hundred different directions.) Mickey told me if he had listened to his core group of friends he would not be where he is today. It’s been said before,” listen to your heart”.