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Topic: Street wear
Message: Posted by: STFC (Mar 5, 2005 08:14AM)
Do you find if you dress up in more uncommon atire when perfoming such as a tux or a chicken suit you create more attention and 'shock' value
Message: Posted by: Burnt (Mar 6, 2005 01:07PM)
I've never really considerd that but it's a possibility. However I don't think you need to be dressed up as a giant Hot Dog or Chicken to keep a large shock value. Really it should be your magic which draws the attention and there are lots of ways to amplify your presence without needing to resort to that kind of get up.
Message: Posted by: DavidKenney (Mar 10, 2005 08:28PM)
Always dress in accordance with where you are. In the ghetto or in a ritsy outdoor mall. Keep in mind your customers and dress so that they feel comfortable with you aproaching them.
Message: Posted by: Static (Mar 14, 2005 09:20PM)
I wouldn't wear anything that would look like I was better than anyone else walking on the street. Usually just a Tee and some jeans. You don't want people to think you're trying to pull something on them, you just want them to be entertained. I think it would make some people feel awkward to have someone in a three piece suit showing them magic on the streets/in the mall.
Message: Posted by: KerryJK (Mar 15, 2005 12:11AM)
I feel sometimes that a lot of Blaine imitators missed the point of what he was doing in that he actively went out of his way to avoid looking like a professional performer (or an amateur performer come to that). A lot of magis then saw this and thought, "if he can get away with doing that when he can't even be bothered learning how to perform theatrically (ho ho), just wait until they get a load of my honed professional style". I myself didn't get David Blaine at first, but he's a lot more subtle than many of us give him credit for.

What tends to be meant by "street magic" these days is really guerilla magic and is not to be confused with street performance ("old style" street magic). In the latter you take to the street as an interesting person doing crazy things in order to entertain passers by, enough to make them want to give you money. With guerilla magic you present an ordinary, if a little bit weird stranger who out of the blue does something incredible. This works on an entirely different level, and is killed stone dead by a cabaret presentation.

Especially on the street, don't bother dressing up to generate shock; you'll just look like a sad loser desperate for attention. Shock is a tacky and one-dimensional thing to aim for and you're stuffed if people then prove harder to shock than you thought. Interest however has depth.
Dress up to look interesting instead (if doing street performance/walkabout), and if that means dressing as a giant chicken, go ahead. Though I'm having a hard time imagining someone saying, "hey, I saw a guy in a chicken suit in town today and he did this amazing thing with a deck of cards.." maybe Klucky the Magic Chicken could work on a surreal level, if you can stop people from thinking you've been hired to advertise a new fried chicken restaurant.
Message: Posted by: montserat_13 (Mar 15, 2005 03:40AM)
Currently, I didn't work as magician. But I love magic a lot.
I love to wear jeans and t-shirt also. However, Everytime I wear just that, It seems that people always preceived me as trickster instead of magician.
However, everytime I used something better like a tux, I create some something magical for them..( I did the same very tricks )

I don't know, I guess it's different for everybody. Street wear just don't come right for me.

This is makes me torn, whether to become myself ( a guy with just jeans and t-shirt ) or to become someone that my audience wants..
any idea..?
Message: Posted by: cardcaptor (Apr 18, 2005 02:12PM)
Don't ba a blane look a like!!! just wear what you feel and the laymen will not look on what you wear they will look on what you will be doing... like Mr. Ron Jaxon said, don't be a clone!
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Apr 18, 2005 02:57PM)
On 2005-03-05 03:14, STFC wrote:
Do you find if you dress up in more uncommon atire when perfoming such as a tux or a chicken suit you create more attention and 'shock' value

I wouldn't so far as the chicken suit or tux.
A colorful shirt, vest or jacket will catch the eye.

Not sure about the 'shock value' thing.
Your performance should get attention and have them laughing or in awe.
Message: Posted by: BroDavid (Apr 18, 2005 05:54PM)
I always try to adhere to what I read somewhere, that makes a great deal of good sense: Dress like you have someplace better to go afterwards.

You will never be treated badly, looking a bit better than the polulace, (unless you act like you are better - which will lose friends and crowds in a heartbeat) and it will help you stand out.

Now, the definition of "better", is up for discussion. I use all of my available assets to set me apart; My clothes, my eye contact (ever notice how few people make eye contact today in a big city), and facial expressions (I smile and make faces while I talk), my words (I talk a lot, specifially to people, not to crowds) and I banter with passerbys, and then, whatever I am holding - cards, rings, ropes, all together with the other things, tell people this "guy is different".....

And I really don't know how long you could work on a summer day wearing a chicken outfit, without melting down to a grease spot on the pavement...