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Aaron Lucas
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Do you think that corporate bookers are more likely or less likely to hire you if they see a picture of you wearing a nice hat? Here are a couple of pictures of magicians with hats.

http://www.magic-by-george.com/georgetaitsidebar.jpg
http://www.ryanoakes.com/images/photo_media.jpg

I think you'll agree these are two great hat pics but would they get a job over someone with no hat?
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Al Angello
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My top hat is my trade mark, it is a very important prop in my show, and also esthetically irrelevant.
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What sort of show are we talking about here? For table-hopping you will get less employment, for a stage show it will probably be irrelevant as long as the hat fits with stage persona. For certain work a hat is essential.

I have examples: I was criticised for wearing a bowler hat in my walkabout show, even though one of my tricks required it. I dropped the trick and the hat and got more work.

I work as a jester, people look to see that the costume is complete, checking out the shoes and even questioning the lack of bells (historical accuracy).

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I came up with similar theory years ago: A magician wearing PANTS always seems to get jobs over ones who refuse to wear pants (like myself). I guess it's just people's unconscious prejudices.

Seriously,

If anything, a hat suggests some thought has gone into a magician's costume, and therefore overall presentation, but no I do not believe a hat makes you more hirable.

For example compare the careers of ryan oakes and george tait (hat wearers) to blaine, Copperfield, penn and teller, mac king (all non-hat wearers).

You decide...
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Hey how about that Steve Brooks, doesn't he look just spiffy in his Elliot Ness hat?
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I really think it wouldn't make one difference or another if you wera a hat or if you don't. I think the bigger idea here is 1) does the hat complete the outfit and fit with your character and personna and 2) is the hat nice and top quality and not look shabby? The best advice I can give you is to go out there and test it out for yourself. Do a few shows with it and a few without and see if you notice any real difference.

For myself, I often do not wear a hat. However, when I am doing my street performing at festivals, I wear a black fedora hat as it goes with my sort of con man style character better. Since I am outside a lot doing this in the sun, it also goes with my character and outfit but also protects me from the elements also.

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When I think of Harry Anderson I think of his hat.
One of the most famous images in the world (bigger than Copperfield or anybody else) was Charlie Chaplin, his image was his cane, his moustache and his BOWLER HAT.
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icentertainment
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WOW to think that with all my experience and testimonials, performance video and learning sales letters

All I needed to sell more was a picture of me in a hat

what a stupid statement!
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Wearing pants! Hahahaha!

I don't think the guys that were linked to look particularly "corporate." My experience is that corporate people want to hire corporate types -- suit-wearing, necktied, short-haired desk jockeys. And I don't think that's unusual nor unreasonable, since the reverse is also true -- college-age bookers are far more likely to hire a youthful or "anti-establishment" type, like Cris Angel.

This is, of course, a generalization, but I think it's pretty accurate. I've been to LOTS of corporate functions, and I rarely see outlandish or irreverant costumed characters. And let's face it, wearing a hat indoors for a corporate function is generally considered impolite, unless it's a costume.

So that's my long-winded way of saying no, I don't think wearing a hat gets you hired for more corporate stuff, but may well work against you (unless you're Sinatra!)
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Hats are very important to cover up a rapidly receding hairline.

And I didn't need experience in testimonials, performance video and learning sales letters (sic) to work that one out.

/lux/.
icentertainment
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Guess it depends on what your definition of Corporate is.

There is nothing wrong with a receding hairline

gees- I have bad skin a little overweight and poor eyes and a receding hairline---it makes no matter unless I was selling sex appeal in my show.

I am unsure as to whether the initial post was for a laugh or not- I'm thinking no it wasn't and Aaron Lucas seriously thinks that a hat will get him bookings.

I'm sorry mate it won't and also you may want to start working on your act- as this generally is what gets you re booked
Al Angello
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David
I've seen your web site mate, and I think you need a big floppy hat, like that one Steve Brooks wears.
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malini
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Everybody now...

And I'm too sexy for my hat
Too sexy for my hat what do you think about that

I'm a model you know what I mean
And I do my little turn on the catwalk
Yeah on the catwalk on the catwalk yeah
I shake my little touche on the catwalk

I'm too sexy for my too sexy for my too sexy for my...
nathanallen
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If the hat fits...
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To buy a prop is nothing.
To write a good routine is something.
To really entertain an audience is everything.
Wayne Brockway
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...wear it!
Al Angello
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Hey Wayne Brockway
Welcome to the magic Café. If I can give you one valuable tip, make your posts longer.
have fun
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icentertainment
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Yep Long posts or don't post at all
NJJ
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I agree
Wayne Brockway
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Al, icentertainment and Nicholas J. Johnson,

I must have missed the memo of having longer posts being double spaced with a 12 point font. I will work on this! You know how to make a person welcome.

Wayne...
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If you would use your sense of humor as I was trying here. You would see that I was finishing nathanallen's post with a saying that goes way back.

Wayne...
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