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Fred-Erik Johanson
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Hi! Just wanted to order a Top Hat for my manipulation act, but then came across some problems. I know there are different top hats, but is there special feature, so you can really tell its a magicians top hat? Also wanted to know what material is the top hat usually made of.It would be great, if anybody can tell me the basic measurements. Also wanted to know if it needs to be taller, if I want to put a card fountain in it someday. Looked up in the internet and found a picture of Giuseppe Verdi( http://www.ipl.org/div/mushist/images/verdi.gif ) ,who has a very nice looking top hat.Of course, if you have any pictures of nice top hats, share it with me.
With big thanks, Fred-Erik Johanson
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Here's a recent article about top hats including pictures. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/07......843.html

When I bought a top hat in a used clothing store 40 or so years ago they were made out of silk or fur. Now synthetic fabric used as well.
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Ok so I went to the hat shop and they said to me, that they can only do them from felt. What you think, is this the best way to go? She also said that she can make it custom made so its right for my head. Also looked around I saw that magicians usually wear top hats that have curvy fringe and what are wider on the top. Also noticed a display picture of Michael Baker, who have "what I think" a felt top hat.
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This place works with magicians: http://www.baronhats.com/top_hats.htm

You might also try here: http://www.top-hats.com/satintophats.htm
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The best place ( and cheapest ) to get hold of one is from the magic Blackpool Convention held here in the UK in February. That is where I obtained mine from, unfortunately I don't recall the name of the dealer , but they literally have stacks of them.

They are of the collapsible type and are of excellent quality and ideal for magicians use. When I bought mine it was only £20 ( about 30 US dollars ).

Hope this helps.

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How about Dube.com
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On 2009-01-22 00:58, Frank Starsini wrote:
How about Dube.com


they do have some cool hats for a modest budget!
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I just bought one of their triple weight bowlers today. I've been wanting one for quite a while. I do a small bit of hat juggling so this will be a treat.
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Tuxedo rental shop, $14.00.
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Congrats, Frank! Let me know how you like it.

Fred-Erik,
I also tried on the Dube heavy felt top hat last weekend. It feels substantial, looks good (in a dorky sort of way) and handles well. It's great for spins and throws -- a little trickier than bowlers for tumbles, but surprisingly workable.

Let us know what you end up with and gives a review.

-Daniel
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I will. The tux shop hats are usually almost cardboard feeling. I'm not sure I'd go with one of those.

Here's a top hat. I have a few bowlers from this same company.
http://www.villagehatshop.com/jaxon_vict......ack.html
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On 2009-01-22 18:42, Frank Starsini wrote:
I will. The tux shop hats are usually almost cardboard feeling. I'm not sure I'd go with one of those.

Here's a top hat. I have a few bowlers from this same company.
http://www.villagehatshop.com/jaxon_vict......ack.html

Although not heavy enough I suspect for jugglers, the hat I got from the tux rental shop is not at all cardboard like and is fairly heavy felt. Maybe I just got lucky.And it was $14.00
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If you got lucky for $14, that's quite a cheap date.
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