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Topic: Thoughts on this shirt for a Kid show
Message: Posted by: jmdibrita (Nov 22, 2009 08:58AM)
Hi All,

I am in the process of putting a kid show together, getting a lot of great help from you guys here in this forum, thanks.

I asked this is a different forum with no answers.

Just want your guys opinions on this shirt. Would also wear black pants with red Converse sneakers. Again this would be for kids shows and possibly family events.


Message: Posted by: WayneNZ (Nov 22, 2009 09:20AM)
That would look great john...
go for it
Message: Posted by: randyburtis (Nov 22, 2009 09:21AM)
Why do YOU like it, does it fit your character? those are more important questions to answer than what we think...
Message: Posted by: MoonRazor (Nov 22, 2009 09:22AM)
Sure I think it's fine, great for ages 8,9,10 and up.

not so good for younger kids.

Pay attention to how people react when they look at you.
If you don't get compliments it's not working.

It's a cool shirt but may not be best for a family performer catering to young kids.
Message: Posted by: jmdibrita (Nov 22, 2009 09:51AM)
Thanks guys, still playing with the character a little. I like to have fun with magic, you could say organized chaos. When I saw that shirt I was like that's me (well my character). Was concerned about the younger kids.

I will give it a go see what happens.

Thanks Again
Message: Posted by: The Magic Ref (Nov 22, 2009 02:30PM)
I think it is a pretty cool shirt. If you perform a generic type magic show, without a specific theme, I like it.
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Nov 22, 2009 05:19PM)
Also take into consideration what props you use in youe show. The saturation of color in the shirt could cause contrast problems with some of the props or possibly be a distraction for the audience. Just soemthing to consider as you weight the options. Good luck.

Message: Posted by: MrGreggy (Nov 22, 2009 11:04PM)
Magic 4u02 has a very good point. On stage, a busy pattern can become a mess and distract. It can also make it almost impossible to see props you are holding in your hand.

This shirt would be great for strolling work, outdoors during the daytime when people will be relatively close to you. However, the problem of props getting lost in the pattern can still be a problem.
Message: Posted by: Ryan Price (Nov 22, 2009 11:16PM)
Iím sorry but I disagree with those that are saying that its a good fit. It doesn't scream professional in any sense of the word.

It belongs in the pile right beside "magic" ties and vests. If you turn off one client it was a bad choice. Iím not saying you have to wear a suit jacket but there does have to be a sense of professionalism. If you donít want to wear a jacket look at what magic Dave wears.

Sorry if it rubs anyone the wrong way but you asked for opinions.
Message: Posted by: jmdibrita (Nov 23, 2009 03:44AM)

Thanks for your opinion, I am not a jacket person. I feel it restricts me while I am performing. My next option aside from the shirt was a tie and vest.

What are your reasons for not liking a tie and vest.
Message: Posted by: Ryan Price (Nov 23, 2009 10:30AM)
I donít mind a tie and a vest. What I donít like is the vest and ties that magic dealers sell (that might upset some people too). You can have a fun look without have playing cards and bunnies all over them. I also think a bowling shirt could work but not one with flames all over it. I do understand where you were coming from though.

The reason for my strong opinion against the shirt is that you want to be seen as a star. The first thing I think of when I think of a hack performer is a shirt similar to that or someone with playing cards all over their cloths. In some instances you would be starting lower in the bookers/audienceís mind and why would you want to do that to yourself if you donít have to.
Message: Posted by: Potty the Pirate (Nov 23, 2009 11:36AM)
I agree with Kyle, Ryan and Greg on this. The shirt would be good for casual, strolling performances. But for anything like a parlour-style kids' show, the design is too busy. Props that look that way are awesome, but not the performer's clothes. Better to go with a bright colour, and get clothes that have large blocks of that colour (see Magic Dave's outfit, as mentioned above, or mine: http://www.pottythepirate.com )
Message: Posted by: JimbosMagic (Nov 23, 2009 08:08PM)
These shirts would be a lot better for any type of show. And will look very professional.
Message: Posted by: MrGreggy (Dec 5, 2009 03:37PM)
Jimbo, those bowling shirts are AWESOME!! Thanks for that link, I'll be upgrading my outfits soon.
Message: Posted by: JimbosMagic (Dec 5, 2009 05:21PM)
Hi Greg. I am also going to get some after Christmas.
Have a good one my friend.