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Lucy
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I think you're right about that. My first competition was also my last. I perform but don't compete. Judges are only human and they all have a personal filter which interferes with objectivity. Still I feel that performance should make sexual misdirection unnecessary. Costume should be appropriate to the theme of the act.
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On 2008-09-28 10:35, acesover wrote:
I have to put in my two cents here. I feel that we are confusing looking good, or hot, or sexy or what ever you want to call it with misdirection. Misdirection is done in a moment. While your look is there from the beginning of your performance till the end.

I agree. Clothing has nothing to do with misdirection. I put it in the category of music, backdrop, lighting, stage set, etc. How you choose to dress should be commensurate with the mood and feel your trying to project to your audience.

But lets be honest for a moment. Attractive people tend to be more successful. Sorry, that's just the way it is. So, I do anything and everything I can think of to make me and my act look more attractive. For example, I workout regularly and watch my weight. For a woman I see nothing wrong with 'accentuating the positive' to make her more attractive.

There is no reason why a woman can't be sexy AND talented. To suggest that a women is successful because she slept her way to the top is narrow-minded and degrading.
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I've seen Rich Bloch perform with his wife and she's outfitted as a beauty contest contestant with the banner across her upper body reading "Miss Direction" Very effective.
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

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On 2012-01-07 22:39, Lucy wrote:
I think you're right about that. My first competition was also my last. I perform but don't compete. Judges are only human and they all have a personal filter which interferes withh objectivity. Still I feel that performance should make sexual misdirection unnecessary. Costume should be appropriate to the theme of the act.

I totally agree with Lucy! Part of the overall entertainment value of a performance is costuming that fits the act.

Unfortunately I have noticed in many circumstances that many judges of magic competitions seem to have very little knowledge of live theatre or performing art. This theory is based solely on observation as I do not compete myself.

I have also noticed at conventions that there are only a very few types of acts that ever win and they are always very similar in nature, therefore I believe that no matter how good your performance and costuming is, if it does not fit the pre conceived criteria of what it takes to win a magic competition, there is no chance of winning.

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I agree that we should be able to stand upon our skill and ability to do well as a magician.
It is true however, that the first impression is usually lasting. That can be a result of skill or costume<or lack thereof>.
I have observed of late that there are a number of men who perform NOT in "business suit" or the classical tailcoat look. There are a number who show some chest (Not just Hans Klock)or go out of their way to wear tight pants!
Funny, how when the boys do it, no one seems to bat an eye, but if the women do it.....No worry from me, I do NOT have the body for it! It is just that no matter how much we like to think there is not, the double standard still exists.
As to using clothes for Mis-direction? ALL the time! where it is a certain color set to hide something, or a cut of clothes to enable a steal or load, what we wear, and how we incorporate it into the act is pretty danged important.
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