John Ferrentino

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John Ferrentino
Ferrentino Performing
Occupation(s)Comedian, comedy magician
ChildrenLindsey Ferrentino, Jonathan Ferrentino

John Ferrentino is an American comedian and comedy magician. He was born and raised in Long Island, New York. He has made several 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]

For 44 years, he performed thousands of shows across the country and 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] has invented magic tricks, written three books about magic (including Comedy Clubs for All Magicians)[10]

Additionally, Ferrentino has been a regular at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and performed at the World Summit of Magic in Washington DC.[11]

Recently, Ferrentino returned to Los Angeles to perform at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.[12] in 2015, he created a new show 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.[12][13][14] It was based on "The Waverly Hills Sanatorium".[15]

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.[14][15]

Notable comedians Ferrentino has performed alongside include: Rosie O’Donald, Kevin James, Ray Romano, and Eddie Murphy[11][16][4] and he has also opened for Jay Leno, Chicago, and Huey Lewis and the News.[17][18][19] Announcements of his shows have been featured in New York Magazine[20] and The New York Times.[6] He has also been featured in the international magic magazine, Vanish.[4]

Podcasts and videos of Ferrentino are found on podbay,[7] iHeartRadio,[21] iTunes,[22],[23] The Magic Cafe,[24] Laughing Out Loud: America's Funniest Comedians Vol. 5[16] (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).[16]


  1. ^ Writer, SUE ERWIN Staff (February 11, 2020). "Best at Sea Road Show coming to Cultural Center". Sun Newspapers. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  2. ^ "Caroline's Comedy Hour - Vic Henley, John Ferrentino, Tom Hertz, and John Joseph -". Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  3. ^ "Caroline's Comedy Hour - WALLI COLLINS, JOHN SAROFEEN, ROB BECKER, LEAH KRINSKY, AND JOHN FERRENTINO -". Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "vanish72online". Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  5. ^ "525: John Ferrentino - Comedy or Seance Tonight". The Magic Word. October 10, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Delatiner, Barbara (July 3, 1994). "Long Island Guide". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "525: John Ferrentino - Comedy or Seance Tonight from The Magic Word Podcast | Podbay". Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "John Ferrentino –". Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  9. ^ "Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (May 2018) - The Genii Forum". Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  10. ^ Comedy Clubs for All Magicians. Jenack Circus Corporation. January 1984. Retrieved July 13, 2020 – via
  11. ^ a b "John Ferrentino". Stage Door Bookings. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Do Spirits Return Lecture –". Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  13. ^ "DO SPIRITS RETURN" —"Special Halloween Bizarre Spooky—Magical "Seance" Show October 29th-Melbourne". Treasure Coast -Local News & Local Events. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  14. ^ a b ""DO SPIRITS RETURN ?" JOHN FERRENTINO - SPECIAL EVENT(P) :: Governors @ 'Lil Room". Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  15. ^ a b "Our 2019 Convention". Daytona Magic, Inc. November 5, 2019. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  16. ^ a b c "Various - Laughing Out Loud: America's Funniest Comedians Vol. 5". Discogs. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  17. ^ Johnson, Allan (April 21, 1989). "FERRENTINO'S COMEDY HAS A TOUCH OF MAGIC". Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  18. ^ "Funny Business - Niagara Comedy Magic Seminar 2007 by David Peck and Anthony ..." eBay. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  19. ^ "Funny Business - Niagara Comedy Magic Seminar 2007". Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  20. ^ New York Magazine. New York Media, LLC. June 6, 1994.
  21. ^ "The Magic Word Podcast". Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  22. ^ "The Magic Word Podcast on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  23. ^ "525: John Ferrentino - Comedy or Seance Tonight from The Magic Word Podcast". Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  24. ^ "The Magic Cafe Forums - 525: John Ferrentino - Comedy or Seance Tonight". Retrieved July 12, 2020.