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BaseballMagic
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Hi All-
I am looking for a source to buy a mandarin-styled dress jacket. I would like a black, white, or blue jacket preferably. I have ebay and some other sites but have not had much luck. Any ideas? Thanks!
-Michael
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Look under google, and if all else fails, look at Shrine clothing, Lip Service, tripp nyc and funhouse.

(Also, you could get a good custom one done)

Oh and I think Heavy Red could do some custom work for cheap too.
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Thanks Facade-
Since I am having such a hard time finding one I am considering just going with modern-styled tux.
-Michael
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Hello Michael,

Congratulations! That was a great write up you got in the November Linking Ring. Dakota Rose, the Youth Editor for Linking Ring, and you both speak well for the membership here on The Magic Café. Keep it up! Ohio is home to a lot of very good magicians.

In looking for costumes, when all else fails, ask a dancing teacher to allow you to see her dancewear catalogs. You would be surprised what you can find. They also know who can make custom costumes in your area.

We have not talked so I don't know how you plan to use this costume. However, this "old guy" recommends that you avoid tight collar coats because they kill body loading opportunities that someday you will use if they are available to you. Tight sleeves have the same disadvantage.

Keep on keeping on!

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This may sound odd, but the folks at Museum Replicas are closing out silk jackets right now, they are made in India, and have a distincly asian/chinese style look to them. They are mandarin/nehru collar style, and at a good price. (my catalog arrived last night and I saw them in there- just not in my size!) They do have a web presence, just google them up!
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Mr. Sanders-
Thanks for all of the great comments! Dakota writes great articles and it was very generous of him to feature me in one of his articles. I am leaning towards a tuxedo (no tails, probably) instead of a mandarin style jacket, etc. because I do want to keep the costume versatile. I am planning on checking out some dance apparel catalogs, though! Thanks everyone for all your help!
-Michael
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Michael, that is exactly what I end up working in most of the time, to include last night at a country club. The short tux is called "black tie" and it is just practical. Styles don't change much and it is pretty acceptable dress anytime among adults. (And they are the ones who sign the contracts and write the checks!)

You will find me working at times in a long sleeve button shirt and slacks, often I'll work in a blazer (with or without a tie) and dress pants. Formal stage shows are always in some type of full suit (business, black tie or white tie). Even Rhett (my riverboat gambler) wears a suit. I never want to leave a talent buyer believing that working for him is just a hobby with me. Talent buyers recognize respect. That doesn't mean you can't wear costumes but they had better fit what the talent buyer expected.

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Thanks again, Mr. Sanders. I think I will definitely be going with the short tux.
-Michael
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Asian garments can be found at Asian Ideas:

http://asianideas.com/asianfashion.html

That may help someone along the lines. I'm also working on a few garments of this style currently, so I may be able to help.
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Thanks Nell-
I think I have decided on a short tux, though.
Thanks everyone for all your help!
-Michael
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Browse the Martail Arts magazines at the local bookstores. Many martial art suppliers advertise in them and sell chinese jackets / coats as these are the "officail" garb of some schools and styles, yet when worn in China are simply everyday jackets and coats.
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Michael,

I don't know where you are located but if there is a China town in your area, try there.

Here in BC we have a HUGE Chinatown in Vancouver and you can buy a lot of stuff like that off the racks.
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Neale
I don't think they have a Chinatown in Dayton Ohio.
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I think what you are looking for are Happi Coats.
Do a google search spelled exactly that way.
They are Japanese and not Mandarin but they would be worth a look.

Here's a couple links I saved.
http://www.japanesekimono.com/happi.htm

http://www.jlifeinternational.com/appare......n_e.html
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