John Ferrentino

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John Ferrentino
Ferrentino Performing
OccupationComedian, comedy magician

John Ferrentino is a comedian and comedy magician, born and raised on Long Island, New York. He has made over fifty television appearances (including HBO, VH1, the Comedy Channel, A&E, and Showtime).[1][2][3] For five years, he was a regular guest on Fox's Comic Strip Live,[4] and for ten years he toured as the opening act for Crosby, Stills & Nash.[5] He was also a regular on Comedy Tonight on the Fox Network.[6][4]


John Ferrentino began his career as the comic relief at the hospital he was working in as an x-ray technician, and soon began frequenting a club in Massapequa, Long Island called The White House.[4] Today, Ferrentino is most known as a comedian and a comedy magician. He's performed thousands of shows across the country and has made over fifty television appearances.[7][4] He toured the world with Crosby, Stills, & Nash, before continuing to travel and perform on every major cruise line.[8] He is also a regular performer at the Magic Castle in Hollywood,[8][9][10] has invented magic tricks, written three books about magic (including Comedy Clubs for All Magicians)[11] and has lectured at magic conventions all over the country.[12][9][13]

Additionally, Ferrentino has been a regular at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and performed at the World Summit of Magic in Washington DC.[13]

After performing comedy for 44 years, Ferrentino returned to perform at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, igniting his love for magic.[14] This started a new journey into theatrical seance theater, and a new show was born in 2015 called “Do Spirits Return” with less emphasis on comedy and more on history, with original magic invented for the show and an element of paranormal.[14][15][16] It was based on the “The Waverly Hills Sanatorium”.[17]

The show and lecture was performed in theaters, magic conventions, and was taught as a course at Jeff McBrides Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas.[16][17]

In 2020, Ferrentino became a co-host on an internet radio and podcast called "The Big Broadcast with Tom Drake, Dottie Kulasa and BJ Odom."[18]

In March of 2021 John created the "Bitchin' Baby Boomers Video Podcast." The "BBB" celebrates the BOOMER generation with Comedy, Nostalgia and special guests that include Boomer generation Icons like Graham Nash and Burt Ward and Comedians like Billy Gardell, Fred Klett, Bobby Collins and more! The show's regulars are "The Long Island Clown College" featuring Ferrentino, Mike Grief, Joe Silkie and Craig Mitchell. You can see more at

Notable comedians Ferrentino has performed alongside include Rosie O’Donald, Kevin James, Ray Romano, and Eddie Murphy[13][19][4] and he has also opened for Jay Leno, Chicago, and Huey Lewis and the News.[20][21][22][23] Announcements of his shows have been featured in New York Magazine[24] and The New York Times.[6] He has also been featured in the international magic magazine, Vanish.[4]

Podcasts and videos of Ferrentino can be found on podbay,[7] iHeartRadio,[25] iTunes,[26],[27] The Magic Cafe,[28] Laughing Out Loud: America's Funniest Comedians Vol. 5[19] (also featured in this DVD are Jerry Seinfeld, Brad Garrett, Kelsey Grammer, Adam Sandler, Max Alexander, John Caponera, John Ferrentino, Judy Tenuta, Carol Leifer, Jeff Foxworthy, and Rosie O'Donnell).[19] His magic course can be found on the Magic Academy DVD, Disk 8.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Ferrentino's daughter, Lindsey Ferrentino, is a playwright and screenwriter.[4] His son, Jonathan Ferrentino, is an account director at Stitcher Ads.


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  2. ^ "Caroline's Comedy Hour - Vic Henley, John Ferrentino, Tom Hertz, and John Joseph -". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
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  6. ^ a b Delatiner, Barbara (1994-07-03). "Long Island Guide". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
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  9. ^ a b "The Academy Newsletter" (PDF). April 16, 2016.
  10. ^ "Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (May 2018) - The Genii Forum". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  11. ^ "Comedy Clubs for All Magicians". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  12. ^ a b "The International Magicians Society's Magic Academy Course of Magic 50 Volumes Set - $59.99 :". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  13. ^ a b c "John Ferrentino". Stage Door Bookings. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  14. ^ a b "Do Spirits Return Lecture –". Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  15. ^ "DO SPIRITS RETURN" —"Special Halloween Bizarre Spooky—Magical "Seance" Show October 29th-Melbourne". Treasure Coast -Local News & Local Events. Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  16. ^ a b ""DO SPIRITS RETURN ?" JOHN FERRENTINO - SPECIAL EVENT(P) :: Governors @ 'Lil Room". Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  17. ^ a b "Our 2019 Convention". Daytona Magic, Inc. 2019-11-05. Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  18. ^ "THE BIG BROADCAST". Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  19. ^ a b c "Various - Laughing Out Loud: America's Funniest Comedians Vol. 5". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  20. ^ Johnson, Allan. "FERRENTINO'S COMEDY HAS A TOUCH OF MAGIC". Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  21. ^ "Funny Business - Niagara Comedy Magic Seminar 2007 by David Peck and Anthony ..." eBay. Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  22. ^ "Funny Business - Niagara Comedy Magic Seminar 2007". Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  23. ^ Inc, Bartels. "Welcome to Bartels Inc". Bartels Inc. Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  24. ^ LLC, New York Media (1994-06-06). New York Magazine. New York Media, LLC.
  25. ^ "The Magic Word Podcast". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
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