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Chevrie
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I'm from Texas. Hats are quite commonplace around here. Truth is, if the hat fits, wear it.
PyroJeffNic
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I used to use a top hat to produce a ball but since then, I have left that idea. I realized that most magicians don't wear hats. I now produce the ball with a little manipulation.
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It's up to your characters style
Snidini
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As a kids magician, I think hats work for me most of the time. I use it in a couple of routines, so it is just natural that it is a part of my show and I show it by wearing it. Just ask "silly billy" about his hat. He'll tell you it's part of his character I'm sure. Hats/caps do make up your character and look. If that isn't you then don't worry about it.

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Rob Johnston
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I don't wear one, it just isn't in my character.
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No, they are not important, I use hats like Michael Jackson in his videos, but I usually throw them away in the beginning Smile

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Okay, so my two cents, or pence on hats:
It depends on your style, and character as well as your prop needs, a Hat can be useful, it can act as a servante, or a ditch for props you are done with and do not want left out as a distraction.
It may even be part of your routine- I have a change Tarbush (Fez for the tourists) that I use in a middle eastern set of effects.
The key is, is it part of the routine, or does it detract from what you are doing.
Hats for YOU should be of the right style to look good when you wear them. Some folks just cannot wear a cowboy hat, or if they can, it must be a certain style to "look right" You have to look at the entire package, not just say "WOW! cool hat, I gotta have it" . Also consider that the image portrayed with hats can be used to make a pre-judgement about you,(sort of cold reading if you will) if you keep it pulled low, are you "hiding", or holding back.
Pushed back on the head, never take it off, wear it backwards, etc. think about what opinions if any you make when you see folks in hats on the street.
The concept of protection from the elements is not new, but also not universal it seems!
Now that that is said, I do know a number of folks who use hats in their performances, and many I have seen who do not. Some perhaps do not use their hat to best effect and should avoid it, but that is my opinion alone.

Only you and your audience will know for sure! Good luck!
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Don't listen to others. There are no written or unwritten laws. Except for maybe do what works for YOU.
If it fits what you want to do then do it.
I have seen hats used plenty.

A couple more magicians not yet mentioned that wear a hat...Doc Eason and Doug Anderson (cowboy hat), Robert Baxt. And I know there's more!
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I think you should never ever wear a hat as a magician. I know one who does, and to me this looks just stupid.
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I think you should never listen to magicians, you don't even know, who think they know how to dress you.
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Firstly saying a magician should never wear a hat is daft, just as daft as saying a magician should always whear a hat. There are no rules, horses for courses. I like them though.
I've a red fedora like Daddy Cool's, a sparkly topper (a bit like another Café member: Jewls) and the turquoise bowler you can see opposite.
I think they look different and interesting but also you can have a lot of fun with a hat they're very versatile props. I've a 10 minute routine with just me and a hat in one of my shows.

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Hats are the most important thing in magic... period, end of story.

Well... socks are important too... So hats and socks, and that's all any magician ever needs to know.

... and a comfortable pair of slacks... but that's definitely all there is to it.

:huh: Smile

Wear what you want to wear Niko. There are no rules or guidelines that dictate what clothes or accessories you can or cannot wear.

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It helps hide the bald spot
Marco S.
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Clifford`s post says it all. Decide for yourself. Still, I think hats look stupid.
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Well, one does not want to be thought of as just another pretty fez after all!

Just couldn't resist that one...!

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I do Larry Jenning's Card to Hat with a bowler hat, such a great routine, if ever I needed incentive to wear a hat busking, there it was! Also good for doing flourishes etc. whilst gathering a crowd and establishing yr skill level. Obviously it also provides another load receptacle for the cups and balls finale. Also on the street when you take your final bow it creates a nice picture if you remove your hat at the same time, providing a convenient receptable for your audience to throw money into.
Al Angello
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What a bunch of hokey pokey. Costumes are what seperates the entertainers from the audience. Anything that makes you stand out the crowd is valid. If you don't want to wear a hat don't. My stage character absolutely needs a top hat, and I would feel naked with out one.
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I recently added the Caroler's Top Hat to my costume and have gotten great response from all my audiences with it. But it really suits my 'Oliver Twist' character. Another friend performs in a derby. As juggleral says, it separates you from the audience and says you're someone special.
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If I'm doing childrens' shows as a Rowling-esque wizard, I wear a black felt 'Gandalf' hat; it's essential to the character, being part of that costume.

As a mentalist or escape artist, however, I wear no hat (except when busking in the Summer, where I wear an Anzac type slouch hat to protect me from the sun).

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Al Angello
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When I do walk around magic with my hat on I am the tallest person in the room, and the center of attention. Isn't that what it's all about?
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