John Farentino

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Postby Guest » 04/08/07 12:14 AM

Hey Folks,

I recently saw the IMS Vol 37 clip featuring comedy magician John Farentino. The video looked like a mid 90's production and is a complete riot. The only thing I could find on the net about John was a blurb about him performing a cruise show in 2002.

His act was like crossing a turbo-charged John Goodman with Aldo Colombini. Anybody know if he is still performing and where?


Postby Guest » 04/08/07 01:37 AM

John's last name is Ferrentino. I believe he works mainly cruise ships now.

I last saw him perform about 20 years ago. A funny act...

Postby Dustin Stinett » 04/08/07 02:32 AM

John Ferrentinos is one of the great acts in show business (and Im ticked off that I didnt add him to my list). He is currently under a (I believe) exclusive contract with Norwegian Cruise Lines.

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Postby Guest » 04/08/07 08:24 AM

Thanks guys.

I googled a couple of versions of his name but not the one provided here. The correction is appreciated. He could probably film his new act, throw in a bit of instruction and I'm sure it would sell very well.

Postby Guest » 04/08/07 08:41 AM

Now that I have the right spelling, he popped right up. For those of you unfamiliar with him here are a few links:

His homepage

Demo of his act
(much more sophisticated than the act I saw)

Postby Guest » 04/08/07 03:04 PM

Used to talk/communicate with John fairly regularly. I ended up buying a Collector's Workshop "Power Chopper" from him that he had used on a Fox TV special a while back. We discussed several other items, too. He was the originator of the FIRST "[censored] Blendo" (and it was SUPPOSED to look nothing like it did in its final incarnation), and several other cool items. How many people have owned a John Ferrentino "Ring in Dead Frog"? People are paying upwards of $300 for those things, when you can find 'em!

Very entertaining guy.


Postby Guest » 04/08/07 04:40 PM

Along with Bob Read and Joe DeLion, John's comedy act killed at the first NY Magic Symposium in '82.

I've done a routine a lot which he published in The Magic Manuscript in the '80s (silk, cane, peanut brittle cans, snake). Good fun!

I think he lives in Florida now.

Postby Guest » 04/08/07 05:11 PM

I know I'll probably get flamed for this, but I watched the promo video (which is faaaar too long) and I guess I don't see what's so distinctive about it.

Postby Guest » 04/08/07 06:23 PM

The video demo doesn't do his act justice. That was just for promo purposes. You'd have to see him live or check out the IMS video. That is where he shines.
The toilet plunger on spectator's head was what really killed me.

Postby Guest » 04/08/07 06:33 PM

The Power Chopper is an intense illusion. There is one floating around the net for nearly three grand. Must be nice to have something that good to use in a show.

I'm so poor that when I perform the "Snowstorm in China" I use popcorn just to have something to eat after the show.


Postby Guest » 04/09/07 07:36 AM

I'm so poor that when I perform the "Snowstorm in China" I use popcorn just to have something to eat after the show.

Postby tripster » 04/13/08 01:48 PM

I have been hunting the net in search of this prop for a comedy card routine. If anybody knows where it is, let me know.
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Postby David Alexander » 04/13/08 05:53 PM

How is it that someone who is "unregistered" gets to post?
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Postby Jim Maloney » 04/13/08 06:03 PM

That post was made a year ago, prior to the move to the new forum software. Whoever it was had to have been registered at the time -- I imagine their info never made it over to the new system.

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Postby MaxNY » 04/13/08 11:57 PM

John did many shows at the old Tannen's conventions. At one point I thought he was funnier than Michael Finney, but now I see much deeper into Finney's brilliance.
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