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TheAmbitiousCard
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For a stand-up gig I wear a suit but for everything else.....

I wear a white tux shirt, a blue vest and matching bow tie.

Below the waste it varies... from shorts at a baseball stadium, to jeans, to black dockers, to nice black slax at a more formal gig.

I find that this combo works for almost ANY venue.
I can just change the pants to match the occasion and I look just like a magician everywhere I go.

I've had several compliments from the people hiring me (which I never had before) and I'm quite comfortable as I perform.

And if I do a kids party, I no longer hear...
"Mom... the magician that doesn't look like a magician is here!!!"

What do you wear?
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Michael Baker
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For virtually all childrens'/family shows, I wear the character costume of black cargo pants/vest, white shirt, black tie with white polka dots, fake Mississippi Burning-style glasses, and my top hat (same as my avatar). Sometimes, I wear spats. I look like a magician, albeit quirky.

For corporate, I typically wear monochromatic black (pants, shirt, jacket, tie, real glasses).

For street, black pants, big baggy,black t-shirt, real glasses and top hat.
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MDS
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Like Michael said it really depends on what kind of event that you are performing at. For kids I wear tux pants, a tux shirt, a black vest and dress shoes.

For Corporate or other strolling I wear a nice suit and tie. Sometimes a 3 piece depending on how impressive I want to look.

MDS
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TheAmbitiousCard
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That's it? 2 people? Everyone else performs naked?


btw, I just purchased a tux yesterday for just such an occasion. I went to get a backup shirt/vest but they had rental tuxes from $99-$139. shoes for $7.

So I just got an entire tux. So now I have the extra shirt/vest and a penguin suit if the need arises.

please don't confuse my use of the word penguin with the website that is ripping off other magicians' products and selling them as their own.
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Open Traveller
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The question, Frank, isn't "What do you wear?" but...what are you wearing now?

:)
Larry Davidson
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Always suit and tie unless the event is black-tie formal in which case I wear a tux.
Randwill
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Well, if you're a "rule" kinda' guy, it's; always dress one step up from your clientele. If they're casual you wear a suit. If they're suited you wear a tux. If they're nude, just your underwear. But it's hard to so many things in your briefs. Wear boxers.
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I mainly perform close up magic. I wear black slacks and a black long sleeve dress shirt with different ties. I roll the sleeves up past my elbows which gains me the illusion of having super magician skills. I still find that most people blame sleeving and palming when they never see a hnint of how the magic happens. I like to take away all explanations.
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TheAmbitiousCard
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Yes, I roll up my sleeves as well for the same reason.
I also never wear a tie if I can help it.
Even with a suit. I wear a black, dark gray,or dark red mock turtleneck and think it looks more magician-like and less business-like.

So you guys do wear clothes afterall.
Glad to hear it.
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Big Daddy Cool
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Check out my avatar. I dress to the nines on stage.
Off stage I dress business casual.

On sleeves - I used to roll up mine, or go short sleeved. Until I discovered the miracles possible when sleeving...
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Jim Wilder
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For a short answer, it depends on the setting and time of day.

Though I do not have a "character" per se, I often dress as a slacker. I wear a white long sleeve dress shirt (untucked) with sleeves rolled up and blue jeans. I wear black and white wing tips to somewhat differentiate from the norm.

When I perform for an evening event that is indoors, I wear a black suit with my wing tips. The black and whites are always a part of the wardrobe when performing.
-Jim
Sven Rygh
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Pin striped single buttoned dark grey business suit, light blue or white shirt and tie - both for close up and stage.
No rolled up sleeves, - but I am a mentalist.

Sven
Regan
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Frank,

I usually go with the tux shirt/vest combo also. I have a lot of different colors of vests, bowties, and cummberbunds. I sometimes wear a full suit but I don't like to because of comfort.

Regan
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willrob999
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I wear a tux for any wedding work and for my restaurant work suit with a bow tie but like frank suggests it does depend on the event you are going to perform for. its mentioned on one of Jeff McBrides tape which I think sums it up Jeff says "dress as if you are going to somewhere better afterwards" which I think is quite relevant.
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So far I've been employing the dressed up/dressed down approach. I'm just going for the t-shirt underneath a sportcoat look. No Tuxedos, hats, or gloves, just a regular guy.
amelie
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Golly, you men have it so easy... Us women, if we dress how society says women should dress (as in Vouge and Elle, or on MTV) we are called sluts, if we dress like men we are "denying our femininity" I just love being a girl...
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I wear different suits and jackets, that look exactly like Michael Jacksons Smile Local taylors have helped me to make those suits and other clothes that Michael wears in his world famous videos or live concerts. Also wear hat like he, but usually throw it away in the beginning of the show Smile
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Laughing Otter
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Quote:
On 2004-10-25 02:57, amelie wrote:
Golly, you men have it so easy... Us women, if we dress how society says women should dress (as in Vouge and Elle, or on MTV) we are called sluts, if we dress like men we are "denying our femininity" I just love being a girl...

Welcome, amelie.
Actually, I think women have more freedom than men when it comes to dress. I can choose to wear either a skirt or pants, and no one thinks of questioning my choice. Let one of our male friends step out in a skirt (other than a kilt) and see what happens.
Regan
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Otter,

You do have a point there.

Regan
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White tux shirt (just ruined one), black pants and vest that matches my backdrop.
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