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stuartmagic
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Sorry for the unusual jumbled up subject title but I am trying to locate where I can get hold of a certain type of jacket for my stage manip act. I want to get away from the Tails type of jacket and wear a more modern Half Jacket. The problem is just what are these type of jackets called exactly ? They are not a tux - the type is where you wear a shirt and then this jacket over (not a waist coat) and it doesn't actually join at the front but sometimes has a small chain to keep the two front "flaps" against the body and ends above your waist (I hope I am being clear enough !). I have had a good search on the internet etc but all I can come up with is Normal black jackets, tail coats and waistcoats. Any help would be much appreciated.

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I do think what you are looking for is called a Waist coat but can also be known as a Spencer or Eton and are described as resembling a full dress tux without the tails. They are sort of hard to find mainly because they have become the coat of choice for the wait staff. Therefore they have fallen out of favor, you wouldn't want to look like the waiter at your own wedding.
Look to uniform shops to find them now, you may not find them in any other color than black.
Hope this helps....Smile

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One more thing. An internet search for "Eton tux jacket" should help you a great deal but remember there are two types of Eton jackets. The most common has 3 buttons..don't give up, more formal Etons have only one or the chain you are looking for.
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stuartmagic
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Thankyou for that Ms. Morgan , that is the type that I was after - very rare in the UK. I see what you mean by it can look a bit like you are a waiter. I may go back to thinking about a black tail coat as these are more easily obtainable and probably better suited for a manip act . Many thanks for your reply though.

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Hi Stuart:

I believe another name for the coat is an "Eisenhower." I noticed recently that President George Bush was mentioned as wearing an "Eisenhower" jacket to some dinner. I'm not positive I have the spelling correct, but I'm pretty sure it is.

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You spelled it right Ron Reid. I never heard of that before, a Eisenhower, huh? Interesting.

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Look into books under old military uniforms. The man was General Dwight David Eisenhower. Later he became President of the United States in the 1950s. Like Bush, he was a good Republican but not a magician. A uniform for the Commander and Chief is not necessarily a good choice of costume for a performer not in a military role.

For the wrong audience it would be like copying the Pope or Michael Jackson. There is also the very real risk of being identified as a bellhop or busboy. Bellhop costumes were popular for stage assistants up until the 50s. Today stage assistants are seen more as part of the show cast instead of service employees of the House.

As stated before by Ms. Morgan, the multi button model is for the service staff. Uniform rentals/laundries have a wide variety of service worker uniforms available. The formal military jacket is quite different. (In the military, I think the common name is blouse instead of jacket. I got out of the Navy long ago.)

It would fit some productions but I would consider it a "Period Costume" like jodhpurs.

Perhaps going the circus costume route might make more sense for an entertainer. There are some that are essentially cut the same. Band costumes that look like this are also available. Ask a local school band teacher for catalogs.

Good Luck!

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