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I'm a rather young close-up magician and I was working a party last night, when I overheard someone say to the party's host "You should fire the waiter." Through talking, people really didn't realize that I was a magician til later on in the party once I was performing. I was invited to attend the party and perform at a certain time, I knew the person very well who hired me and I didn't get right in to the magic-- a rare occasion, but still.

In this post, I'm just looking to see what you guys think, or perhaps an experience that you may of had which I might get a laugh out as well.

For starters, I wont wear a tie with cards on it, or a top hat, I'm far from goofy and I like to keep my professionalism. I wear a three piece suit which is black, a regular tie, white shirt.. So, I often take off my jacket since I live in Florida and it's not the most comfortable thing, and when I do.. I must admit, I look like a waiter. What can I do to fix this without making myself look like a corny magician? I'm thinking of investing in a dark gray colored suit once I lose some weight.. I've never seen a waiter wear a gray colored vest. What are some professional accessories I might be able to wear which will hint a higher class of dressing, not a waiter? I was thinking about pocket chains, or different things of the sort which may make me look different. Any take you guys may have, or advice would be great. Thanks!

Eventually, I do intend on the tails, and more sophisticated wear, but I'm a bit over weight, once I get down a few pounds to where I'd like to be, I'll save up for some more pricey, unique wear. Thanks.
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I wear a white shirt, sleeves rolled, black vest, black dress shoes, black dress pants, and my Panama hat (except in winter - Minneapolis way to cold for that!).

It sounds like your dress is fine. Glad to hear you are not wearing card ties, etc. they work for some, but as a younger performer, I beleive you are better off dressing well above the expected. Will give you added credibility.

I do not think your attire was the issue. Here are my thoughts on the evening you described.

When you are hired to perform and invited to the party, that puts you in a tough spot. Probably easier to just show up, perform, and then leave. No risk to recognizing your role in that situation.

Now, what may be more controversial and some will probably disagree with me ... When you are hired, the client isn't paying for magic, they are paying to ensure their guests have a great time. Just using magic to achieve that goal. (First day of marketing class, the professor held up a 1/4 inch drill bit and asked, "What is the customer buying when they buy this?" Answer, Quarter inch holes.)

So what does that have to do with walk around magicians? Help the host ensure the guests have a good time! If that means getting drink, putting away coats, helping clear the table - so what? Be nice, be helpful, be entertaining, you will be asked back.

Of course whenever I am a house guest, or invited for dinner, I always help clear the table and offer to help with the dishes. Little things like that go a long way to building a reputation as a nice person to have around.

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A distinctive hat might do the trick.

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A vest, that doesn't make you look like a waiter, if fine. Just set yourself apart, yet dress in style. Some of the clothiers in Branson could make you stand out.
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