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Al Angello
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After a recent conversation with Matt I believe that he has given up his previously held beliefs on style, and fashion. I am both surprised, and relieved, because one sloppy magician can give us all a bad name.
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Matthew W
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Al,

Where did you get your sparkly vest?

I remember seeing a link here on the Café to a place that had all different types of shirts and vests like that.

I am looking to see if they have other colors like blue or red, or possibly black as a short sleeve button down shirt.

-Matt
-Matt
Al Angello
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Matt
I have about five sequened vests. I found that with a department store T shirt, a sequened vest, and black dress pants work well. If you wear a tux shirt instead of a T shirt you are ready for a real formal affair without a tie. I found my vests by Googling "sequened vests". If you go to my web site you will see me in my purple vest, and a black T shirt. http://www.juggleral.com Go to my photo gallery and you can see how my wife dresses me. 20 years ago I had no fashion sense at all, but the more I listened to my wife the more women complimented me. You mentioned that no one ever complained about your clothes, but I have women all the time tell me that "I wish I could get my husband to dress like you" and we all know that the mom's controle the family entertainment budget. I look forward to meeting you this Sunday at MM 4.
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Matthew,
I have not read every post here, but I can guess that they all have a common theme. Probably there are some valid points, but I'm guessing that not once has the underlying of issue of WHO you are on stage come up.

You and I have similar body shapes and knowing how to dress is only part of it. Here is what I am willing to do. PM me and I will give you my phone number. Call me and I will be happy to coach you pivately.
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Matthew,

I haven't read through all the posts so I appologise if I'm repeating what's already been said.

1. As I'm sure you're aware and has probably been already pointed out, you MUST always dress one class above your audience. (My mentor, James Prince, who works at top class corporate functions where most of everyone is in 'black & white', wears a wedding day style 'costume' to go one better than them)

So far all your audiences have been wearing shorts & t-shirts, etc.

2. You're uncomfortable wearing suits, etc.

So here's a compromise for the audiences you've been performing for...

Wear the best quality jeans and t-shirt you can buy and wear a suit jacket with it (and some patent leather shoes...NOT trainers).

Hope this helps,

Martin.

P.S. Please, oh please, (I'm on bended knees begging you), DON'T wear sparkly/sequin suits! You may have heard the Paul Getner story...Paul Gertner was at a trade show talking to a client when some bloke in a green(?) sparkly and sequined suit walked up and introduced himself to Paul. The client asked the suited newcomer if he was a magician, to which the reply was "Of course, what else would I be?...". The client replied "Well, I figured that you were either a magician or a DORK!" The suited newcomer magician immediately slunk away with his tail between his legs!
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Martin,

I don’t know that I would put the universal ban on sequins so quickly. There are venues where this is perfectly acceptable and admirable. Your targeted audience and character play a part also. And.....what if you are a dork? Smile
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On 2008-10-24 09:12, Al Angello wrote:
Your idea of a magicians costume is my idea of a costume suitable for cleaning a swimming pool.


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Matthew W
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I haven't worn shorts to any shows but that one talent show.

Not saying it is OK to wear, but I have seen some people in this thread wearing shorts at a performance. I honestly don't think they are that bad as long as they are at least nice.

-Matt
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Umm...wow...ok matt, if you haven't already call john (big daddy cool), he'll help you out...

all the advice given here is pretty sound...it took me a long time to realize that money spent on your show clothes (costume) is money WELL spent...if you look like a professional, your audience will treat you like a professional...if you look like a bum, you have to work harder to prove you're not...

performing is a hard enough job already...no need to have to fight extra hard for the audience to accept you...
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On 2008-10-27 07:23, Matthew W wrote:
I haven't worn shorts to any shows but that one talent show.

Not saying it is OK to wear, but I have seen some people in this thread wearing shorts at a performance. I honestly don't think they are that bad as long as they are at least nice.

-Matt


Matt,
If you agree that you don't want to be represented this way maybe it is best to remove the "shorts pictures" from your site. Just a thought.
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On 2008-10-27 14:38, JeffWampler wrote:
Umm...wow...ok matt, if you haven't already call john (big daddy cool), he'll help you out...

all the advice given here is pretty sound...it took me a long time to realize that money spent on your show clothes (costume) is money WELL spent...if you look like a professional, your audience will treat you like a professional...if you look like a bum, you have to work harder to prove you're not...

performing is a hard enough job already...no need to have to fight extra hard for the audience to accept you...


Thanks Jeff!

Matt, I didn't mention - this is coaching at no charge. Because costuming isn't just about putting on nice clothes, it is about putting on the RIGHT clothes, and there is no way anyone here can give you the correct advice without talking in depth with you about what you want to accomplish and who you are on stage (or want to be). So, call me. I'm here to take the time to help you be the best you can become.
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Matthew, I would second the ideas of those who suggest taking a female shopping with you. You may think it's humiliating to let a woman help pick your clothes, but women tend to have an eye for that sort of thing.

It may feel odd at first playing Ken doll, but it works. 90% of the clothes in my closet purchased in the past 3 years were chosen for me by my wife. She gets to shop and I come out looking good. When we go out, my wife often notices other women looking at me. That never happened when I was picking all my own stuff Smile

Most women (unless they lack taste or you make them mad) will not choose things that aren't flattering for you. Sometimes you have to step outside your comfort zone when it comes to fashion to get a fresh look.

As for suits or even jackets, give them a try. It takes time to get used to wearing them, but once you do, you'll find it not so bad. When I was 18, I worked for a stock broker for a few years. It was shirt and tie everyday and suits a couple times a week if I was going to be seeing clients. After a few months, I had trouble being comfortable in jeans and t shirts on the weekend because I felt underdressed. That went away with time too.

My point is, if you want to make a chagne, you have to be willing to step outside your comfort zone a bit and find a few people you trust to give you honest feedback on what works.
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I am going to strongly disagree with the idea of having a female shop for you. They are the second worse person to make clothing recommendations for you (after a commissioned salesman.) You would be much better off having a male friend who knows a bit about clothing take you shopping.
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All my male friends are slobs Smile

I figure since I'm married, I only need to catch my wife's eye and as a general rule, she doesn't let me look mismatched or like a slob Smile


As I'm always looking to learn, why do you feel that women make bad shopping companions? I will agree with the sales person thing for the obvious reason.
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Nothing against the gentler sex, but it is highly important to have clothing fit as well as possible and be comfortable. This is very difficult to achieve without you picking it out yourself.

Women's fashion tends to change much more rapidly then mens, and is more about design and flair then men's fashion. This is wonderful in the world of womenswear, but can be really tacky with men's clothing, which should be more about fit and quality. IMHO Girlfriend shopping is largely responsible for sartorial atrocities such as True Religion jeans and Kenneth Kole square toe shoes.
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They may also be responsible for the fit of Perry Ellis pants then. Every pair I have ever tried on both slacks and jeans seem to hug my crotch and make it very prominent. I think it's the woman's answer to the tight sweater Smile
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