Wedding Season in the Northeast

A magical day calls for a little extra magic. Wedding magician Joe Ferranti

Mass. Wedding Magician performs for the Bride and gtoom.I know people are getting married throughout the year, but so many are booked for June, It’s a Wedding Planners Dream.

So many decisions, too many decisions, so much stress, relax and breathe deep.
In our own little worlds, the globe revolves around each of us, even though we know it’s not true. I am one of many Wedding Magicians in Boston and Ma. I’m not here to tell you I’m the best. (Just one of the best.)

Priorities for your special day

As you go through your list of priorities, the Magician may come after the Photo Booth. I know we are near the bottom… and that’s O.K. every event has a budget, and there is a point where the money shuts down. I totally understand, I live on a budget myself. If you find there’s not enough money to hire a Magician, that’s fine, I’m sure you will have a wonderful celebration.

Your Magica will be the smallest part of your budget

However, if your budget allows, a magician may be your best bargain for entertainment.  You can take your event to an entirely different level for your guests. You can give them a gift of the most unique form of entertainment available.

My only Advice is to shop with knowledge. Insure that your Magician is a specialist in the Close Up/ Walk Around style of Magic. If you leave it in the hands of an agency, don’t just allow them to send over someone who is available on your day. In fact, if you can make the time, a google search for wedding magicians in your area should bring you to several web sites of competent Magicians.

I’ll leave you with one tip, find out if the Magician will be performing a “Special Effect” for the Bride and Groom. If they hesitate for a second, hang up. We all do, and anyone of us could tell you which one it is. Trust me. I only lie when I am working.

Joe Ferranti

Wedding Magician, Boston, Ma.

Birthday Magician? Not just for Kids!

Adult Birthday Magician in Boston, Massachusetts

Turning 40, 50, 60… Happy birthday!

So your husband/Wife is turning??…congratulations.
You have many ways to celebrate. You might have a quiet dinner together. Maybe you will throw a party with your friends, either at home or at a restaurant. Maybe you can add a little music? I’ve got an idea, how about a Professional Magician. That would make for an unforgettable event.

Adult Birthday Magician Mass. since 2010

I know what you are thinking; you are a Magician. You’re just trying to sell your services. Well, yes, I’m not so much selling as suggesting. Take a look at what I can provide.

Why The Magic of Joe Ferranti

So why bring Joe Ferranti, one of the top Magicians in Boston, to your celebration? Gee, I want to remain humble. Of course, it would be wrong for me to tell you I can make a difference. So I won’t… just listen to my clients.

“It would have just been a “nice dinner” without you, but you took it up to the highest level of fun, with your showmanship and professionalism (not to mention, great sense of humor). You made all of the age groups at the party enjoy our very special evening, by giving each and every guest special attention. Again, thanks so much for the life-long wonderful memory. “

Magical Wishes

“You were so professional, prompt, kind, and fun! We all truly enjoyed your show and you! Thank you for making our son’s milestone birthday a great one!”

“Joe is by far one of the best magicians in this area.”

“We hired Joe for my husband’s 60th birthday party and we are so glad we did!”

“Thank you so very much for working your magic at my husband’s party. Everyone, and I mean everyone, loved watching you do your craft! You added that something special to the event!”

“Mr. Ferranti really made my best friend’s birthday unique, fun and really special. I would certainly recommend him to anyone.”

Call 339-927-4710 I know I can make your adult birthday party magical!

Joe Ferranti

BOSTON MAGICIAN ADULT BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Turning 60…Happy Birthday!

 Boston Magician Joe Ferranti gets smiles of surprise from young woman.Adult Birthday Party Magcian Mass.

So your husband is turning 60…congratulations.

You have many ways to celebrate. You might have a quiet dinner together. Maybe you will throw a party with your friends, either at home or a restaurant. Perhaps you might add a little music? I’ve got an idea, how about a Professional Magician? That would make for an unforgettable event.

I know what you are thinking; you are a Magician. You’re just trying to sell your services. Well, yes, I’m not so much selling as suggesting a consideration of what I can provide. Any of the above suggestions would be a good time. Nobody would even suggest that something was missing, because nothing was. So why bring Joe Ferranti, one of the top Magicians in Boston, to your celebration? Gee, I want to remain humble. Of course, it would be wrong for me to tell you I can make a difference. So I won’t...just listen to my clients.

Client Reviews

“It would have just been a nice dinner without you, but you took it up to the highest level of fun, with your showmanship and professionalism (not to mention, great sense of humor). You made all the age groups at the party enjoy our very special evening, by giving each and every guest special attention. Again, thanks so much for the lifelong wonderful memory.”

” You were so professional, prompt, kind, and fun! We all truly enjoyed your show and you! Thank you for making our son’s milestone birthday a great one!”

More Reviews

“Joe is by far one of the best magicians in this area.”

“We hired Joe for my husband’s 60th birthday party and we are so glad we did!”

“Thank you so very much for working your magic at my husband’s party. Everyone, and I mean everyone, loved watching you do your craft! You added that something special to the event!”

“Mr. Ferranti really made my best friend’s birthday unique, fun and really special. I would certainly recommend him to anyone.”
Joe Ferranti

Boston’s Top Magician

“Oh, I Know That One…”

Close Up magic for adults

Boston Magician Joe Ferranti performing for a group of people at The Sheraton in Boston Ma.mode.

Photo Correen Demers

One reason, (of many) for not doing shows for children, is tiring of hearing, “Oh, I know that one.” Although, that is perfectly acceptable and a predictable outcry with children. They are easily eager to let their friends know they are “one step” ahead of everybody else.

My choice of entertainment is close up magic for adults. It’s a communicative dialogue with the ending result being an “astonished “group of people. (Which is most often accompanied by applause, laughter and an occasional benign vulgarity. NFW!)

Magician Massachusetts

So, I’ve been working several years, and I never hear, “Oh, I know that one” anymore, until…
Yes, it happened twice in the last year! I don’t know exactly why. If I did, I suppose I’d be a psychic, not a magician. It bothers me a little with adults. It has nothing to do with the interruption. I expect that. Close-Up magic is interactive, and one reason I enjoy it so much. (I can’t help it; a grown adult bursting out, “I know that one” bothers me, just a little.)

So, I’m spreading some cards towards a female spectator. My head’s turned away so I can’t see anything. “Just pull one out, anyone. It doesn’t matter. You got one? Please take this pen and sign your name, real big all the way across the face.”

“I know that one.”

It is difficult to recall exactly when her friend shouts out,” Oh, I know that one.” Somewhere between, pull one out and sign the face. I replied, “You do?”…” Yes, my boyfriend showed me” I reply, “Oh… that’s nice.” I continue with having the card replaced, followed by my hand smacking the pack. “Do you know where your card is? Well, it has gone up this sleeve, goes across… uh, what used to be a chest. It then ran down my other sleeve and jumped into my pocket.”

Repeat Card To Pocket

My rather obvious empty hand goes into the pocket and removes a card, turns it over to verify the signature… it really is her card. I turn to her friend, “Is that the card trick your boyfriend showed you?” The answer is, “uh, no.” “Are you sure” The reply remains the same. “Watch,” I take the card and rub it on my thigh… The card vanishes as I lift my hand. “Do you know where it went?” I subtlety point to my pocket. The empty hand goes in again and brings out the “signed” selected card.

I can’t help myself, “Is that the one your boyfriend showed you?” The answer remains the same.

However, the trick continues. The spectator pushes the signed card into the deck. After a slight pause, I point to my left breast pocket. The card is now there, in full view for everyone to see. Yeah, you know, “Is that the one your boyfriend showed you?” Her head shakes back and forth in the universal sign language, which means “no.”

The Deck Vanishes

The entire deck is now between my palms. One spectator covers my hands on top, another underneath. “Slowly squeeze my hands together…you can let go now”. I open my hands to reveal the entire deck has vanished except for the spectator’s signed card. The spectators gasp.

There is more, but I am sure you get the picture.

“Are you sure that’s not the one your boyfriend showed you?” She smiles, I shake her hand. “Thanks so much for being a good sport. Have a great evening!” The friendly ending should take away any “sting” she may have felt during the trick… I am not hired to embarrass any of the clients. I would never dream of it.
Joe Ferranti

Comedy Magician, Boston Ma.

Google Search

Boston Magician Joe Ferranti entertaining with magic.Best Magician Boston

I just did a Google search for the best magician in Boston. Have no fear, I stopped counting after 50. There is no shortage of the “Best”. How can you go wrong?
Easily, you may hire the wrong “Best Magician”.
You should have done a further search… Best Magicians that Suck. Just kidding!

Sadly, this is a business. It’s like picking out a Salad Dressing… Salad dressing is relatively cheap, so you can try a few and decide for yourself. Magicians? Not so cheap and you are having only one 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Universal desire for the best

I was talking with a potential client, and I told her, “Truly, I am one of the best close up magicians in this area.” Well, she hired me and she was kind enough to write a review… here’s an excerpt. “Joe was one of the Best Magicians…” I’m not sure why she used the past tense. I also ask a few questions, it helps because I’m not a marketing specialist.

Also, believe it or not, I am humble and don’t like to brag. I’d rather have my work speak for itself. But I have competition with essentially the same claims. If I say I’m the second best, it doesn’t turn out so well. This puts the burden on you to make your best informed decision.

Perceptions of our services

Actually, I’m in the ballpark with everyone else, but here is a little truth for you. Whoever you hire, when you say good night and walk out the door, they better think you were the Best Magician they ever saw. That’s the part each of us must fulfill. It’s probably not true, but the perception better be there.
Now here is the caveat to all us Magicians. This advice comes from many of the “Real Best Magicians around the globe.”

Your guests will love The Magic of Joe Ferranti

Appreciate the compliments, the applause, the laughter, the occasional scream, but the moment you believe, you are the best. You’ve let your ego get the “Best” of you. There are so many entertainers out there. Plenty are better in many aspects, some in all aspects. Keep yourself grounded. The moment you develop an “attitude” you’re done. Let’s face it; we’re not performing brain surgery. (Just doing a few tricks.)

Humbly,
Joe Ferranti “The Best Magician in Boston” well, you know.

Connect, Connect, And Connect!

Connecting to your audience

While performing close up Magic we must connect with our audience. It is a two-way street. They are part of the performance.

Your audience is there to take part. They will talk; and will touch and hold your props. They will interrupt. This is the nature of Close-Up magic. It is a dialogue between you and your spectators. Your job is to maintain the flow of your performance while allowing friendly participation by your audience.

Use their names and keep it clean

Use and remember their names… they will love you for it. Connect by always performing clean magic. Do not cross the line. The guests may make off-color remarks, and this is their choice. I am not “stuffy” I just don’t take the lead with this type of humor. When they remember the fun, they had You’ll get the credit anyhow.

Many clients are generous. Some will offer you food and alcoholic beverages. Remember, you are working and not a guest at the party. The client’s intentions are good, but politely decline their offer. After you have completed your services, you may choose to stay and socialize, it is a personal choice.

Master, your craft

Know your material, leave nothing to chance. That is mastery of your craft. You must know everything you do inside and out. Even so, eventually something will go wrong. With experience, you will have your outs, and your audience will never suspect that the effect has gone south.

You must still practice, no matter how long you have been performing. It is an obligation to give your clients the best you can deliver.

Finally, never adopt a superior attitude. We are not performing organ transplants, or putting rockets into space. If your audience detects an attitude, they will not like you. Now go out and get’em.

Joe Ferranti

Boston Close-Up Magician

Repeat Business…The Best Referral

Boston Magician Joe Ferranti performing for a group of people at The Sheraton in Boston Ma.mode.

Photo courtesy of Correen Demers

Joe Ferranti Mass. Magician 339-927-4710

Building a clientele is a process, that’s what I’m telling myself. It is a slow process. I know little about organic SEO, and throwing money at ads might be tantamount to flushing money down the toilet.

Learning SEO

My income does not allow me to pay an SEO expert to promote my business. So I experiment myself with all in one SEO.

AIOSEO is my tool of choice, (for now) this is not an ad. I should be the last person you should ask for advice on SEO. I have found it user friendly, but I am never sure if I am using it to its capacity.

This lingering question regurgitates in my mind. How do I inform new clients that I have the talent that they are looking for?

Getting out my message.

How do I convey I am one of the top professionals in my field? Be honest, when you are looking for a service or product does your search often begin with… “the best…” So, I need to promote myself as “the best” whatever that means. Of course the best is subjective, and I have faith I will deliver excellent service to my clients, so I imagine they’ll forgive my hyperbole.

I have many testimonials from satisfied clients. I don’t write them myself. Do people think I do? I also have many videos, if you can take 60 seconds or a little more.

Paying for Client leads

I don’t get all inquiries through my website. I belong to The Bash and GigSalad. They charge for a membership and in exchange I receive leads from people looking for magic entertainment. This adds cost to myself and, at times, the client. This is just a fact of operating a business. These sites show up at the top because they have paid ads, not to mention they can afford the best in web development.

Joe Ferranti Boston Area Magician

Bridal Shower in Boston

Bridal Shower at the George Wright Golf Course

I always say, “Magic for every occasion”. I’ve yet to work on every occasion, but I’m
Getting there. I recently found myself in Hyde Park, MA. Performing for a Bridal Shower at the George Wright Golf Course, named for baseball Hall of Fame and Boston Red Stockings shortstop George Wright.”

Who was George Wright?

“George Wright was a Hall of Fame baseball player who played for the Cincinnati and Boston Red Stockings in the 1800s. After his baseball career, Wright became prominent in the Boston community through Wright and Ditson Sporting Goods, which imported and sold golf clubs in the Boston area and helped in the development of Boston’s Franklin Park Golf Course in 1890. The legendary Francis Ouimet was once an employee of Wright and Ditson Sporting Goods. ”

plaque of George WrightI’ve yet to find a venue where Magic” was not the highlight of the event. I truly believe it never fails. How can you measure that to ensure your total satisfaction? My advice is to read as many reviews/testimonials as you can find. There are also video testimonials from actual clients. Look at the pictures. Not of the magician, see if the audience is having a good time. (I.e. smiling, spitting out a drink, yeah it happens.)

When I have a large event in which the fee is also very large, I will have a meeting to introduce myself. I want the client to feel comfortable with their decision. Frankly, they know when I walk in the door. I always go in my performing suit, polished shoes, combed hair, clean shave, clean hands, etc. It is almost an “interview”, but I refer to it as a meeting. I might do a couple of quick tricks so they know they are hiring a professional magician.

Joe Ferranti

Boston Magician

Never Too Old!

Working with Senior Whole Health

I’ve been working a lot with Senior Whole Health ®. They hire me to “warm up” the crowd; I do 30- 40 minutes, and then hand them over to the pros. The idea is to provide a free magic show and get potential clients in the audience.

In the real world where we meet, they run the gamut on health and mental capabilities. Many are sharp and witty; they enjoy Magic and the personal connections that are made during the performance. If not for this connection, I would not have contact with the elderly. How fortunate for me, we always have many friendly laughs.

Morgan Silver Dollars from the 19th Century

Morgan silver dollars

I do a routine with silver dollars; these are Morgan dollars from the 1800s. I always hand out one or two so someone can have a look and verify it’s truly a silver dollar. Choosing an older woman can prove interesting. Reminding them… “It’s not a souvenir.” Not losing their sense of humor, nine out of ten times, the woman will put the coin in her bra. “I’m not going in there,” I reply. “I’ll send Tony”, naming one of the elderly gentlemen.

One man had molecular degeneration and said, “I have to feel my way around.”. We always have a good time and a few laughs, which keeps us all going. The oldest attendee so far has been 99 years old.

An appreciative audience

I love these shows, and the audiences could not be more appreciative. Most of them aren’t getting out to the movies anymore. I work for 10- 15 people at a time. There are many others that choose to stay in their rooms. I suppose I see the ones who are in the best physical and mental health.

Perhaps they’ve lost interest? I’ll never know, but those who venture out always have a good time. Now that’s a lesson for all of us.

Joe Ferranti

Boston Magician

Gotta get me some Tattoos

The Modern Magician

David Blaine Magician David Blaine

I’ve been working a lot lately. Not that I’m complaining. That means I usually present the same material, and no matter how many times I perform an effect, I have to present it as if it is the first time. Yes, I’ve got to keep it fresh.

Being busy is financially good; as a semi-pro, the money is a bonus and comes in handy for many things. Sometimes, magic related. As a magician, we’re always searching for the newest trick, the method never dreamed before, perhaps… Real Magic.

Keeping up with the latest magic

However, I usually find some time to go on my computer and watch the latest tricks being pitched in the business. (Inside secret, many are old tricks repackaged for a younger generation and overpriced; yes the same tricks hidden in books and VHS videos for pennies on the dollar!). What’s the point you must ask? Well, although my material is solid, my look is apparently out of date. I work in a suit. My shoes are polished and I don’t wear a hat.

Tattoos are in!

Now tell me if I’m just too old to continue… the magicians peddling the “new” magic all have tattoos up and down their arms. Sorry to disappoint if I remove my jacket and reveal my arms. There’s nothing to see, except some sparse hair and my not so muscular physique.

Now, my dad had a couple of tattoos. Something you sometimes did in the army. (WW II) You know the Popeye stuff. He actually cared little for them. Stories of the War went untold. I’m no longer cutting edge. You are as people see you today. They don’t imagine you as a young man.

There’s a young man inside my heart, but no longer visible in the mirror. I know my magic is up to date, in the sense that it pleases my audience. Classic plots never die. They sometimes need reframing or a little dusting.

Well, I’ve got to go shopping for a hat and some colored sharpies. Need to keep up to date.

Joe Ferranti

Magician Boston