Boston Magician Joe Ferranti
Early in September, Samantha Taylor contacted me about performing my strolling magic at the Grow off. I knew little about the Grow Off, but understood what it was about. It sounded interesting and likely would be a good time. So I sent her a quote, and she got back to me. She asked if I would have any problem performing for their group. I told her I was young once and saw no reason I could not do a good job.
Magician for all occasions …!
I realize why she must have asked me that question. People must have strong views on the legal use of cannabis. Perhaps,like politics, it must be a heated division. I have no personal problem, and my job is to provide entertainment, so we went forward and booked the gig.
The awards party was taking place at The Summit Lounge on Water St. in Worcester Ma.
The event took place on September 25th. As I always do, I arrived about 30 minuted before show time. Pulling on the door, I found it locked. There is a “buzzer” I needed to press to gain entrance. I felt like it was 1920, and I was entering a “speakeasy.” Not exactly, it’s a private club… but it’s fun to pretend.
Arriving at The Summit Lounge
The young woman who opened the door said, “You must be the magician.” I suppose my suit gave me away. Her name is Elysha and is the general manager. In order to enter, you need to become a member. Elysha explained the conditions. I signed, and am now a member of The Summit Lounge for life.
Samantha made her way out to greet me. After we exchanged pleasantries she told me the turnout was below what they expected and wondered if I could perform a “show” in place of walk around? “Sure…” I replied. Having a well-received parlor show in my repertoire made it easy to solve this non problem.
No problem Changing the Program to The Intimate Magic Parlor Show.
I always come prepared to perform parlor or strolling magic at all my jobs. It seemed we were ready to proceed. Their food would arrive and after they had eaten, I would go on followed by the awards ceremony. Should be smooth sailing… but the food is late, Samantha is on the phone, and there is little she can do to speed up the delivery.
To Samantha’s credit, she didn’t get angry, at least she didn’t show it. She decided. I would go on ASAP get the show on the road. When the food arrived, she would give me a sign and I would wrap up the show with a finale piece and then step aside so their evening could proceed.
Making the best of a not so perfect situation.
Kudos to Samantha. It was a brilliant decision. I started my show and won over the spectators. A lot of laughs and powerful magic. I got 20-25 minutes into the show when Samantha gave me the sign.
I wrapped up the show with my seven card multiple location routine. Although it is not my “finale” routine I use in my show, it certainly has the strength to suit the situation. Wrapping up my show, saying Thank You and good night. Receiving an abundance of applause, leaving the room to the crowd chanting… “Joe! Joe! Joe! Joe!” This is an ending I receive often, at other times, a very gratifying standing ovation.
Waving a “Thank You” to Samantha as I left the room. (We didn’t have time for a face-to-face goodbye). She was busy moving the event to the food portion of the evening.
I felt bad I didn’t have time to perform my entire Cabaret act, but no one was at fault…it just feels awkward not to deliver my full performance.
Sending Samantha an email the next morning, I thanked her, and got this welcome response.
A 5 Star review…
“Joe was fantastic! Our schedule was thrown off because of a catering mishap, and Joe stepped right up to fill the time like a true professional. We hired him to do roaming magic, but changed things last minute to do a mini theater show. Joe got everyone involved, and they had the best time. Thank you, Joe!”
Hey, I’m a life member… maybe I’ll return to finish the show.