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Justin Craddock
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I am a 17 year old magician and I want to be a professional magician but did not really want to wear a suit or tuxedo I recently decided that I will wear one although I really do not want to. I realized that it is a professional thing and you definately should look professional, has anyone else had this "problem" of not wanting to wear the traditional magic clothes and if so how did you overcome it.
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DanielGreenWolf
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Well, Justin, seeing that my personal style consists of Renaissance wear, I'm not much help to ye with what I wear, BUT I have several classes under my belt in fashion design and I can tell you this:

What can look very professional can be very simple:
A Light colored button down shirt with the top buttons unbuttoned, tucked into a pair of dark colored pants with black dress shoes is always a classic dressed down-pro look. However, try this:

A Dark colored button down with a slightly different shade t-shirt beneath it, tucked into a pair of khaki pants with black sneakers or shoes. The button down is actually unbuttoned to your belt in this outfit, giving you a look that is young but slightly professional.

OR... A light colored turtleneck with black dress pants and black shoes. Turtlenecks and sweaters (solid colors, please) are actually a very good way to look comfortable but professional.

With all of these outfits, wear a belt and dark colored shoes. You don't want your feet to stand out, unless you want it to be a part of your character. Always keep in mind if you want to be associated with certain colors. Mine are Black and Green and I coordinate my props and my clothes. It can make your image stick in the audience's minds.

And honestly, if you want some good tips on dressing formally but not too much. Watch Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Whatever your views are, Carson (the clothing consultant) is an honest professional and knows what he's talking about.

Just a few tips,
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Justin Craddock
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Thanks for the advice but this kinda sounds like what I was wearing for a while but thimk that it still does not yell professional
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Justin, Dressing like a professional doesn't mean you look like a professional.
The most important thing is do slightly overdress to the current occasion.
What I mean is you have to "stand out" in a crowd, if you do weddings or other special occasions it's hard to overdress, in those cases I would eighter use a special Jacket or shirt to make people curious to who you are, and what you are about to show.

Combine your magic with fashion, courtesy, charm and humor and you'll have a long career in front of you..

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My advice would be if you don't want to wear a tux or suit for whatever reason, don't wear one.

Wear what suits your performing personna, or your "magic character".
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Malak post is great. I don’t think you need to wear a suit to look professional.

Magicians have two problems concerning outfit:

- We are mostly men, and men doesn’t think too much about how they dress up (this is changing thanks God!).

- Most of the professional work takes place in the corporative enviroment, and that sets the visual code of the profesion. that's why we have tricks with wallets, briefcases, envelopes and the like. that's also why a suit seems like the only option, (unless you disguise yourself in some kind of character).

True elegance means being confortable into your own skin and being able to transmit that feeling to the audience. Go for something that makes you feel confortable, keep it clean and sharp, and try to make emotional contact with your public.

Then they will remember you as a king.
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I suggest wearing a colorful vest.
It speaks volumes so you don't have to.

It does not have to be bright pink with lights.

I wear royal blue.
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Unkani
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At the Eureka Springs Convention recently, Ruth Pitts (wife of Bill Pitts, past president of the IBM and magician in her own right) did a lecture on advice. One of her pet peeves is how some magicians dress. Her advice is to use the rule that the magician should be better dressed than anyone else there.

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A good rule to follow is to always dress one step better than your audience. If it is a casual gathering wear a sport coat, if it is business casual, wear a suit and tie. If it is business (and everyone is in suits) wear a tux. This has served me very well.

One word about color. If you are doing fun, playful entertainment, color is good. If your act is sophisticated than you might want to stay with the conservative look.
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Blimey - what a range of 'interesting' answers...

Depends on what image you want to give out, and who you're playing to, but in general I'd say this;

Wear something that makes you comfortable and yet allows you to keep your magical props secreted. Don't wear anything that screams "I'm a magic geek", such as a tie or shirt with wands and cards on it. Don't wear anything that makes you look like you're trying too hard (either to be cool, professional, or a magician).

Perhaps a bunch of magicians is not the best place to be asking for fashion advice. Try asking your potential audiences.
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