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b-gann
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Does the color of the clothes we wear matter. I know that all black clothes gives a different feeling than all white clothes, but in genneral if I chose to wear grey pants and a white shirt, would that give a different fealing to the audience than if I chose to wear black pants with a sky blue shirt?

Yes I know there is a color difference, but are there any others.
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Grey to me suggests safe, conservative and, frankly, dull. The perfect attire for someone you want to trust with your bank account, but from a performance point of view, I think bold colours are called for, black and white both count as this as they are decisive. Sky blue could go either way, depending on the shade; if it's a striking blue it may have a camp quality or simply a bright look depending on how you wear it, but if it's standard menswear blue shirt colour, I'm afraid we're back in office clerk territory. While it's not impossible to make the sale as a powerful magician looking like Fred from accounts, it's not exactly the best starting point you could have.

So absolutely colour matters. For myself, I'd love to wear more red, but it's a very hard colour to wear well. Deep blue, on the other hand, works well and photographs beautifully. Black is my standard fallback (as you can see from my AV photo) but it does have a dark look that while on occasion is exactly what I want on other occasions lacks the livlier personality that brighter colours can afford.
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I agree with Helen. You want your look to be strong, eye catching. You want people to know you are the show. You are the center of attention and your appearance should emphasize that in some way. Look at some of the wild outfits you see the pros wearing. Find something that fits who you are but amplify some quality.
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Colour is extemely important for all areas of the presentation. Colour communicates who you are, and what you are about. True colours do have there own feelings, but it is all in if you are wearing the right colours. The best thing you can do is invest in a colour consultant. There is an excellent one here in Toronto, he works out of Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. His website iw http://www.maimage.com he can tell you everything you need to know about how colours go together, and strongly recomend having a colour analysis done to determine what colour palete you fit into. That way you are alway wearing your best colours on stage, making both you, and your performance look great! I had my colous done, and since then the reactions from the audience have been great, and I have an increased level of energy! Although black is a great dramatic colour only certain people look great in it, while others it doesn't do anyting for them, and in the words of the colour expert himself "why would you want to look anything other than your best" Check it out, see what you think.
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The best I think is grey and black clothes
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Color is very important and adds texture and breadth to a performance. It is, especially important onstage under lights and against backdrops. Making sure that tones are consistant through out props and clothes adds unification and stength to a performance. Color can help to keep the visual frame of you or it can fade you into the background, which it does should not be an accident.

Sometimes color is subservient to others things, however, I perform a a monkish type character. Earth tones are appropriate, not hot pink. Black, grays, whites, browns all work, but even then hue and tone are important to some degree. I chose the Brown you see in the avatar pic because it had a raw middle ages feel to me. Even the texture of the material is course. Detail, detail, detail.
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Color, patterns, texture, style all matter.
If two people were side by side and one wore solid blacks & grays and the other a orange, plaid shirt there would be two different impressions.

Color as well as several other elements are all part of the presentation.
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That is why I wear the Bright Red Zoot Suit for my kidshows or when I am strolling for kids. It makes me stick out like a sore thumb! And it also lets people know that I am willing and ready to have fun! Plus it looks pretty snazzy!

For my table hopping and adult performances I wear the yellow you see in my DP and when I do my character change the THE AMAZING LESTER, I wear a Purple coat.
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Chicks dig purple.
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Come to think of it...I have had more female comments on how great Lester was( even though he is a clumsy, moronic, idiot) than I have on my own performance.
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Kyle
To be serious for a minute, I have a closet full of purple clothes and accessories, and women from the age of 2 to 82 always tell me the same thing "you are wearing my favorite color".
PURPLE IS BEAUTIFUL
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"I perform a a monkish type character. Earth tones are appropriate, ... I chose the Brown you see in the avatar pic because it had a raw middle ages feel to me."

I like the look Evangelion.

I do a similar garb for busking, but wear an ivory T-tunic and monkish cowl trimmed in red & gold brocade, to convey a Celtic or 'druidic' feel.

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Steve, I like your hat. Not everyone can pull off the look. ;>)
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I found my BROWN suit accents my red hair and skin coloring. At one point, I had a color chart done for my skin tones. At the conclusion they send you a color pallet with the colors that look best on you.

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Hey guys;

If you want your colors done, a good friend of mine is an image consultant and professional color analyst. His web site is http://www.maimage.com He's a great guy, drop him an e-mail.

Matt
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I believe that costumes should really be selected based upon your character and the audiences' expectations. However, colors do play roles in many environments. In the very top of American corporate structure blue, gray and black will often tell you the rank and status of the executive. Black is the most powerful executive color in corporate America. Don't confuse it with black worn by a service worker. "Top executives" is a key descriptor. Below that level, other rules apply.

The more unsophisticated the audience, the more latitude you usually have in costume cut and color. However, I still think it is wiser to over rate the audiences' level of sophistication than to insult them. Once established as a lower class entertainer, it is very difficult to move up to a more sophisticated audience. You will simply be considered "the help". Money never changes that.

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Hi Bob
I kinda disagree with you I think bright colors set you apart as an entertainer, and your class is measured by the accessories you choose, so my advice is be over the top but with style.
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On 2005-06-24 08:21, juggleral wrote:
CHICKS DIG PURPLE


HMMM thought it was pink....o well
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Well you are right pink, purple, fuchsia are the colors chicks dig. Anything that regular guys are afraid to wear. On stage it is cool to be a "GIRLY MAN", besides it is always the women that hire us, and I am secure enough in my manhood to dress like a sissy and get away with it.
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Hmm, I'm going to disagree with you. I personally don't think colour makes that much of a difference - it is you personality and effects that they should be looking for. And if the first thing that they notice you for is a bright orange shirt, then I think something is amiss. I'm not sure if it's my age, character or the audiences I perform for, but smart and fashionable is more important than colour. (that said, gawdy, bright colours are horrendous (at least to me!))

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