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Head Case
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The title pretty much says it, its starting to get hot, and its not really attractive to be doing a show or strolling around a gig in a full blown suit pouring sweat off your forehead. What do you guys do to help with this? What do you wear that would be a bit cooler or let some air in without losing that professional look that a nice fitted suit gives you?

I take medications for a medical condition that already makes me prone to sweating, so that on top of the heat, on top of a suit is a bad combo, are there any tips or tricks that help cut down on sweating? Or maybe even a pill or some sort of over the counter remedies or medication? I'v never heard of anything like that but who knows.

Thanks!
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Many wear vests as that gives a professional look and some pocket space without the heat of a jacket.

Here's Jonathan Kamm for example and it looks like it's fairly hot out. The other guy looks warm anyway.

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Love that look. Loved that performance. I'm getting tired of my mesika wallet. I really like the one he is using. What is that? I'd live to get a nice looking every say wallet that has tons of peeks ans stuff built into it without it costing an arm ans a leg. Being able to pull an envelope out of it first much like the bigger best wallets do but I'm a pocket wallet size would be awesome
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It's a Real Man's Wallet. I have one; they're great. I only use mine for performing, but you can use it as a daily wallet.

There are no peeks though, it's only card to wallet.

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S3204
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Scrubs & a lab coat.
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Here's one tip, if you sweat, wear black. I know it might sound strange since black attracts the heat from the sun but at least if you sweat in a black shirt it is not as noticeable as with a white shirt.
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Err... until all the dried sweat stains make huge white patches on your lovely black.

Avoid black. White is far better.
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I wear black shirts quite often. If white patches begin to develop, pretreat the shirt with white vinegar, before washing.
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As a professional performer, you don't get to not dress correctly. You just have to sweat and bare it.

What did you think all those actors in theaters before air conditioning was invented. They chucked it up and went on stage. A lot of places still today may have air conditioning for the attendees, but not back stage or in dressing rooms for the actors.

That is why most theaters and even stores were shut down during peak summer weather, usually for 3 months.

You all have it just to comfortable these days.

Dress the part and be sharp even thought your suffering in the heat. Wear a hat so your brains don't fry, make sure it has a good sweat band.

Heck, I did not know there was air conditioning until the 1980's.
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There are many places a suit would be out of place. Here in the Philippines it is so hot you will rarely see a suit jacket. Many magicians wear vest, but most just wear a nice shirt. Sometimes you have to dress for your location - we are generally 85 degrees and 85% humidity ha ha. I won't even be wearing a suit jacket to my own funeral Smile
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It gets pretty hot in Chicago and I perform a lot of strolling shows. My nice shirts were being ruined with sweat marks (armpits) I have been using these shirts http://www.amazon.com/The-Thompson-Tee-H......0CIYJBTM and they are amazing. My dress shirts stay dry. Strongly recommend them.
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One thing that allows shirts to last longer, in a hot environment, is to avoid aluminum-based antiperspirants. They can lead to health problems and leave a hard crust on shirts. I use the Tom's of Maine All-Natural Deodorant, instead.
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Tropical wool suits are the coolest ... you can get custom made suits for reasonable prices at http://www.baronboutique.com/men.htm
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I wear a light weight bush jacket.
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Go with the voluminous Hawaiian shirt like Kosmo.
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I performed under hot can lights, on hot stages, in hot clubs/bars/theaters for over 20 years. You've just got to have wardrobe for different climates, making sure everything is fitting for your persona. Nobody is going to say to themselves "This guy really should be wearing a full suit, even in this heat. How unprofessional." They're just going to enjoy the show.

When it comes down to it, this is the performing arts. And as an artist, you have full creative right to do whatever you feel helps you express yourself in the direction you're working towards. Other people have an opinion..but that's what's best for them. It may work for you, but not always.

Try different clothing while rehearsing your act. You will know right away if it's something that you will be able to work in. Unlike theory and method, there is definitely no universal truth to wardrobe, other than the fact that some clothes are better in the heat, some in cold.

Of course you want to take your stage persona into consideration before you do anything. But that should be second nature as a performance artist. Most of us are born with a built in alternate persona. But only criminals, lawyers, and us involved in the performing arts know how to access it. haha


Also, you may end up doing as I did, and go through different "stages" when it comes to what you want to represent with your look. It's not always something we fully understand about ourselves until we've had more time as/in our persona. I personally started out MUCH darker than I ended up. It's a journey like everything else in the arts. And that's part of the fun.
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I once had a ten minutes show act in summer outdoor at 35°C in the shadow - much more than 40°C in sunlight. But I wanted the iconic image of a magician in tailcoat and top hat. So I prepared myself with a lot of cold water running across my hands before my show and two cooling pads in the inner vest pockets where I normally store some loads for production. I went on stage in bright sunlight and did not even sweat. That added to my magic. The MC in short shirt and short trousers was sweating visibly and a lot. The contrast was stunning. The MC could not believe what he was seeing. His remark after my ten minutes was: That truly must have been magic.
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Simple solution for an age old problem, get the Armpit Air conditioner. I cant make this up...

http://www.dudeiwantthat.com/gear/gadget......ners.asp
or
http://www.dudeiwantthat.com/gear/gadget......ners.asp

There is also the Flexi Freeze Ice Vest:
http://www.dudeiwantthat.com/style/body/......vest.asp

In no way do I endorse or recommend these products... Smile
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Thinking about it from the perspective of a client - I would not want someone to show up to a hot event in a full suit and be sweating like mad. It makes people uncomfortable to see that. There have been shows I've seen where I can't remember half the performance - I was too distracted by how gross I felt seeing someone drenched in sweat and bright red.

For the OP - I wish I had better advice for you but I don't. I'm not a big sweater so it's not something I've had to deal with. I do recommend a vest instead of a full suit jacket unless you really want to have that image. If so, lighter weight fabrics will be a blessing for you, and look for stuff that specifically is designed for air flow. Also, I find wearing an undershirt on hot days is a good thing. It helps keep the sweat from soaking into your outer shirt. You'll be a bit hotter but it doesn't show as well. And drink lots of cold water.
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