Thursday, October 4, 2018

Fratelli's 'one-of-a-kind' comedy mentalism show to captivate crowd

by Derrick Vander Waal

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – The fire inside Arthur Fratelli to perform and entertain was ignited when his uncle pulled a quarter out of his ear when he was a boy.

Ever since then, it’s been the the three R’s for him . . .

Research. Rehearse. Refine.
Arthur Fratelli will amaze the audience at Promise
Community Health Center's "An Evening of Promise"
Celebration and Fundraiser with his comedy mentalism
performance. Promise's 10th annual event is Thursday,
Oct. 18, at Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center.
Get your tickets by Wednesday, Oct. 10.

“I performed all through college, and when the time came to look for a job, I never did. You can imagine how proud my parents are,” Fratelli joked. “I'm celebrating two decades as a full-time purveyor of amazingness.”

“The Amazing Arthur,” as he is known, will share his hilarious comedy mentalism show with the audience at Promise Community Health Center’s 10th annual “An Evening of Promise” Celebration and Fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 18.

The annual event also will feature a fine dinner catered by The Triple Box, presentation of the Addink Community Service Award to Judy Hauswald and a silent auction to support Promise's mission in the community.

Tickets are on sale through Wednesday, Oct. 10.

“It’s a rare opportunity to see this one-of-a-kind, fun performance,” Fratelli said. “At the risk of sounding narcissistic, the show is packed with something I call ‘amazingness. I make predictions. I read body language. I try to incorporate a bit of improvisation. The show is ultra-interactive and funny. I also do a pretty fantastic stunt with a lollipop – like I said, amazingness.”

Fratelli – who lives in Papillion, NE, in the Omaha metropolitan area – travels the country doing about 350 shows per year. He’s entertained in about 30 states and on cruise ships.

All along the way, he is constantly researching, rehearsing and refining his show to ensure it stays new and fresh for every audience.

Arthur Fratelli says he is constantly coming
up with new routines to keep his show
original and enticing for his audiences.
"It's a rare opportunity to see this
one-of-a kind, fun performance," he says.
“I’m constantly trying new routines, working a new angle, striving for something original, something people will scratch their heads over,” Fratelli said. “When a routine comes together, that means it’s been through a lot of trials. I’m always trying something new. Sometimes it fails. I have to struggle on stage as lethal doses of cortisol pump through my body as I fail in front of hundreds of peopleno big deal. I just remind them that the failure to amazingness level is still quite impressive.”

To be sure, he’s also had his share of interesting – or could you say, awkward – moments. One time, a party planner who hired him for a corporate event neglected to tell him he was the only one in the audience of 200 that spoke English. Another time, a small newspaper had a typo in a story that stated his uncle pulled a quarter from his “rear” instead of “ear.”

“That was something I had to explain to a few people,” he said with a laugh.

Those are the kind of stories you get when you an entertainer out on the road.

But being an entertainer also gives him the opportunity to help out. Fratelli said he’s “super excited” to bring his show to Promise’s annual event to help the health center raise funds to support its mission in the community.

“Helping out our neighbors, even when we’ve never met them, is one of the great things about being an American,” he said. “We help others. We are a part of the solution – no judging, no demands, just out there to help because people need it. That’s what Promise CHC is out there doing, and I’m behind them all the way.”

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision, behavioral health and family planning services. To learn more, visit and watch this video. To read more Promise news, visit

Promise Community Health Center invites you to its “An Evening of Promise” Celebration and Fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center.

Purchase your tickets by Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at Promise CHC, 338 1st Ave. NW, Sioux Center. Or, you can mail in or drop off this ticket form. Click here.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for youth up to 18 years old.

To learn more about Promise Community Health Center’s 10th annual “An Evening of Promise” Celebration and Fundraiser, read this preview story at For more information, please contact Derrick Vander Waal at 712-722-1700 or

Natural Food Holdings of Sioux Center again will serve as the primary corporate sponsor for Promise Community Health Center’s “An Evening of Promise.” Several other area businesses also are supporting the annual event with generous sponsorship donations, including Premier Bank; Proactive Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab; UnitedHealthcare; American State Bank; Cain Ellsworth & Co.; Peoples Bank; Premier Communications; Northwest Bank; Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith; and Van Engelenhoven Agency.