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RoyHolidayMagic
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Bright blue suit, black shirt, bright blue tie matches the suit.
Wolfgang
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I wear a bright-blue sport coat (a coat is a must for many of my tricks), a white shirt, and two-tone shoes.

What's great is that sometimes on the way to a show, I have to stop and buy a drink for my zig-zag can illusion. When I walk into the store, people think I'm some kind of pimp daddy.
"Sure, I do Scotch and Soda in every show. What? You mean there's a trick by that name?"
Andy Wonder
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I once had a guy in a truck driving past stick his head out the window & sing the old Donovan song 'They call me Mellow Yellow' Smile

I used to get a lot of unwanted attention in that bright yellow suit. Some time ago I changed to a new suit & a new shade of yellow. Instead of a bright spring yellow it is a softer summer shade of yellow. I had a professional colour consultant advise me on it. Now I look suitably wacky enough for a kids show but don't draw so much attention on the street. In fact I am quite fashionable now & look just like Brad Pitt.

Here is the proof.
Smile
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p.b.jones
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HI,
I thought you looked more like Jennifer!
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Andy Wonder
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You just made my wife laugh Phillip. Smile I'm still trying to persuade her I look like Brad Pitt.

At least I don't have people saying I look like the MASK anymore.
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Al Kazam the Magic Man
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Very funnny guys,
It's funny about costumes. I perform as a clown and here where I live there is that not many foreigners, mostly Chinese. I went to a press conference last week for the cultural department of the city where I live. The department cheif has seem me many times at different city events and she knows me by name and even gave me a big hug last week after not seeing me for a while. I was called to the office a couple of days ago to discuss some details of an upcoming show for the city govenment. I arrived (not made up), and wouldn't you know it, nobody knew who I was (even the man who called me to the meeting) and the department cheif walked right by me and even looked at me and didn't have a clue who I was. They had never seen me before out of costume.
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Gambit242
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When someone is hiring you for a gig, you want to meet their expectations...

What does someone expect when they hire a magician? I believe that you must stand out from the crowd... (I was from the dress down camp until attending the show at Magic Island in Houston, TX) The magicians are distinctive, professional and memorable... There was no doubt when you walked into a room, who the magician was.

Scott Hollingsworth was wearing a tux and his presentation was top notch!!

Later,
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I think the magician should dress slightly better and more over the top then everyone else in the room.

E.g. at a formal dinner, your tux should be the brightest in the room but a family restaurant a tux might not work but a colourful vest and nice shirt is dressy enough.

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Now I look suitably wacky enough for a kids show but don't draw so much attention on the street. In fact I am quite fashionable now & look just like Brad Pitt.

Here is the proof.
Smile

I'll think you'll find Andy that it is I who bears the striking resemblence to brad pitt.

Here is MY proof.
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I know a lot of high end clients who do NOT want a bright and flashy entertainer. I have been given the nod on many a show becasue I present myself only in business attire. When working for a corporation, you as the speaker or entertainer are in many ways a reflection of that company. No company wants to think of itself as a loud mouth or a clown.

Also,, at many society parties one would be shunned in an over the top outfit as these people have an image they wish to project. If you approach them in a "loud" manner, either verbally or fashionably, you will be seen as beneath them and not as a potential peer with a special talent.
Neale Bacon
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When working as a magician or magician/vent, I usually use my tux or a suit with a magical tie.

The tux gets some amazing reactions, my favorite being "Now you LOOK like a magician. The last guy we had looked like a (religious person who knocks on doors early in the morning)"

The tux makes ME feel kind of magical too.
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truthteller
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Many magicians are creepy, anachronistic, and out of touch. I DON"T want to look like that. Besides, who wants to look like an interchangeable one of a group.

I'd rather transcend being JUST another magician.

I'd rather look like me.
El_Lamo
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I think it has to do with the image and style of magic that you are presenting and your own comfort and decorum.

Truthteller is right about performing in the places he suggests.

But Entertainment is diverse.

I like using a character (still one comfortable to me) because it allows me an opportunity to have fun in my own way.

At the same time, I am trying to be very respectful of my audience and their needs.

If it works for you then it works.
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Tim Ellis has a great essay on his website about this very thing. His view is that if you want to make an impression, take a hint from WWE (aka WWF). The wrestlers have theme music, wild clothes, catch phrases, etc. We, for the most part, have none of this and we are dreadfully behind others in the entertainment industry.
As for what I wear, after talking to Tim, I've begun wearing a blue suit. Not business suit blue, but Smurf-skin blue! I also wear blue-tinted glasses and I've grown my hair out (just a bit) as well as growing a "Herrmann-style" mustache and goatee. My show is a modern performance of classical, Victorian magic, but I've noticed that the response I've been getting since I've changed my look from that of a business man to more of an eccentric performer has been so much better. People seem to be intrigued by the "guy who looks like the magician", then find out that I am.

Rick
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It all depends on your character, what you are comfortable with, and the type of venues you perform in. There are magicians who can get away with flashy, over-the-top clothing, because it suits them so well. Others can seem more engaging and accessible through casual attire. I try to find a path somewhere in between.
Thought: Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
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I've been trying to get the troupers of the juggling troupe I perform with (jugglery, fakirism & conjury)to do SOMETHING in the way of costuming. My personal guideline is that I should be able to stand still with no props in my hands and have a random passerby perceive me as some sort of performer. I've also created a character for my performance, and costuming helps me get my game face on.

Right now, we're in a khakis-and-Hawaiian-shirt-with-baseball-cap motif...we look like typical inhabitants of the region.

For solo work, I wear a cheap double-breasted (and ugly) black suit with my Dube derby; a couple of pieces of silver jewelry add a little "flash" to the ensemble. While wearing this outfit, I get asked if I'm "with the circus" or somesuch when I'm buying gas or something before/after a show.

It's wonderful when I produce a business card and tell them that yes, I AM with the circus.

My $0.02.

HOODWINK
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