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Message: Posted by: Top Hat (May 14, 2006 07:30AM)
Hello to one and all. Greetings! It's me... Top Hat - known as Hatto, Hazza, Topper and Mr. Hat. But never Mr. Top - oh no... that would be crazy!

Anyway, and here is the thing... the whole point of this post. It's this:

My name is Top Hat. But how many of you actually OWN a top hat, and if so, do you use it in your magical performances? If so, in what way? How? When? What kind of hat is it? Mine is a folding one - I believe it is called an opera hat. It is black in colour.

Come on then... let's hear it for top hats!

You friend,

Top Hat
(Hazza)
Message: Posted by: nucinud (May 14, 2006 08:54AM)
Yes I use a Top Hat for two effects. (It folds as well)
Six Card Repeat and a Bank Night routine where a Lippincott
Box and accesories are kept.

On my website, in the about us section, there is a picture of me at a very young age
wearing a Top Hat. Wish I still had that one.
http://www.mandelmagic.com/8.html
Message: Posted by: JackScratch (May 14, 2006 09:48AM)
I can't stand wearing hats. I'm just not comfortable in them. Living where I do, I am often called upon to wear a Cowboy hat, but never a tophat. I have a few cheap tophats, and I used to have an opera hat. None of them fit on my head. I use them as props, from time to time, but not often.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (May 14, 2006 12:08PM)
I wear my top hat for every show, and whenever I do walk around, because it makes me the tallest man in the room. I juggle it, flip it from my foot to my head, my head to my foot, I pull cards out of it, and I produce my "run rabbit run" bunnie from it. My top hats takes such a beating that they only last 6 to 12 months.
HAVE FUN
Al Angello
Message: Posted by: Rob Pond (May 14, 2006 01:04PM)
I use a top hat on my table to put my produced items in. I also produce a folding one at the end to walk out wearing.
Rob Pond
Message: Posted by: JackScratch (May 14, 2006 04:04PM)
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On 2006-05-14 13:08, Al Angello wrote:
I wear my top hat whenever I do walk around, because it makes me the tallest man in the room. I juggle it, flip it from my foot to my head, I pull cards out of it, and I produce my "run rabbit run" bunnie from it.
HAVE FUN
Al Angello
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Yeah, much to my dismay, not wearing a hat makes me the tallest man in the room.
Message: Posted by: Vater Araignee (May 14, 2006 04:14PM)
Felt Morticians.
Misers dream.
Full shot glass production.
Sword production.
Whatever strikes my fancy.
Message: Posted by: johnobryant (May 14, 2006 04:35PM)
I use a top hat for productions of certain things. In my shows I always enjoy pulling my angry rabbit out(the one in my avatar). I am known for using that rabbit in my shows.

My top hat collapses. It is not meant to be worn.
Message: Posted by: Daniel Faith (Jun 8, 2006 10:32AM)
I use a top hat for productions and not so much as a costume accessory. I produce a wide range of things from it including a live rabbit.
It's not a collapsing top hat but it does have a secret compartment inside it
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jun 15, 2006 12:38AM)
I live in my top hat. It's cheaper than paying rent.

Of course, I have to share it occassionally with a gorilla.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 15, 2006 10:20PM)
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On 2006-06-15 01:38, Michael Baker wrote:
I live in my top hat. It's cheaper than paying rent.

Of course, I have to share it occassionally with a gorilla.
[/quote]

That's what that is! LOL

Sorry Michael, the devil made me do it. We expect to see you in that hat. I had supper with you Tuesday. And you did not eat bananas. (There, did that clear your record?)

Bob
Message: Posted by: ning (Jul 22, 2006 02:00PM)
I got one, it's a black collaspable one by Uday. It's quite affordable but it's not very well made and doesn't fit very well... maybe I just have a small head! :lol: I understand good ones don't come cheap. Where do you guys get yours from? :)

Ning :giving:
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jul 22, 2006 02:43PM)
Bryan Dube sells a decent one for about $70 http://www.dube.com and I believe he ships all over the world.
HAVE FUN
Al Angello
Message: Posted by: ning (Jul 23, 2006 02:03PM)
Hey Al :wavey:

Thanks for the site! It's great... besides the hats (cool! a useful size chart!) it has all sorts of things I could use too, like fire fans and pois *grin* It's a helpful alternative to homeofpoi which I get my stuff from.

Their collaspable top hat is really expensive though! They start from $225 (American dollars?) not yet incl. of shipping! Yikes.... :wow: That's a lot of moolah, especially in Singapore dollars!

But then, I guess you pay peanuts, you get monkeys *grin*

Ning
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jul 23, 2006 02:19PM)
Hi Ning
Bryan is the number one juggling prop manufacturer in the world, he is never cheap, and is in a class by himself.
HAVE FUN
Al Angello

PS- That wool top hat will be quite hot to wear in sunny Singapore
Message: Posted by: ning (Jul 23, 2006 03:32PM)
:lol: Really appreciate your help Al! Most places in SG are air-conditioned these day, unless you are made to do walkaround magic outdoors then you'd melt in the heat even just wearing a long sleeved button shirt *nods gravely*

Ning :giving:
PS: Love your quote by Eminem, you're funky! ;)
Message: Posted by: Ron Reid (Jul 24, 2006 07:44PM)
It's too bad Dube doesn't sell colored top hats like the derbies. I like the look of his felt tophat, but need a color other than black.

Ron
Message: Posted by: dAvId tOnG (Jul 25, 2006 04:38AM)
MagicHands of Germany manufacturers very good quality tophats too...but not sure if they are still available..
Message: Posted by: DaddyDoodle (Aug 25, 2006 04:24PM)
I do use a top hat. Mine is the collapsing type. I use it as part of the act (at the beginning) to produce a rabbit (stuffed). And then I set it at the front corner of my table as decoration. I think it's too hot to keep on; and it's too top heavy for me to be completely comfortable.

:magicrabbit:
Message: Posted by: pradell (Aug 28, 2006 09:30PM)
I own many hats. It is really a metaphor because I also wear many hats as magic is not the only thing I do. I wear collapsible top hats, felt hats that don't collapse, bowler hats, wizard hats, and hats that fit certain costumes. The hat helps to define me as a performer, not simply some guy. And I believe that there really is nothing wrong with being the tallest person in the room, if that gets the attention of the audience. I pull many things out of hats and use them for different purposes. Large wands and poles come out of them. Things go into them, such as run rabbit run rabbit(s) and die box dies. I've had production loads such as silks come out of them. I've done flourishes with them, dressed up assistants with them, etc. Hats turn into tables for props. Hat shaped items are part of some of the tricks I've performed. Yes, even the rabbit has come out of my hat. And the caricature I draw of myself has me in a top hat. It also has my body entering a top hat.
Hats off to you!
:magicrabbit:
Message: Posted by: JackScratch (Aug 29, 2006 08:05AM)
Purely for the record. Colapsing tophats are called "Opera Hats". Aledgedly because, when colapsed, they fit neatly between seats at the opera. Well made opera hats are completely wearable.
Message: Posted by: Joey Jones (Sep 15, 2006 06:36PM)
I do not use a top hat. any suggestions for uses/decoration? thank you so much and have an excellent day!!
Message: Posted by: Darkwing (Sep 16, 2006 01:55AM)
I use one for card manipulations and to steal a load of silks.

I think the audience expects to see a top hat even if you don't wear it. It's the tag of a magician.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Sep 16, 2006 07:03AM)
Darkwing
You are right when I show up at a party with top hat, and suspenders on people come over to me and say. "you must be the entertainment" it is part of my uniform.
Al Angello
Message: Posted by: Regan (Sep 16, 2006 08:02AM)
I don't wear my top hat, but I do use it a lot. I use it as stage decor sometimes, I use it in a few of my routines, and sometimes I use it to carry my bunny out so the kids can see him up close at the end of the show.

Regan
Message: Posted by: cheesewrestler (Sep 16, 2006 05:03PM)
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On 2006-07-24 20:44, Ron Reid wrote:
It's too bad Dube doesn't sell colored top hats like the derbies. I like the look of his felt tophat, but need a color other than black.

Ron
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get a white top hat & color it?
Message: Posted by: Southwest Sam (Sep 17, 2006 02:35AM)
My Top Hat is my way of holding onto the past, I highly recommend using one. Mine is BIG & bulky and attracts a lot of attention. Darkwing is correct in saying it's the "Tag of a Magician".

If you look around (Ebay, Antique stores, historical reenactments etc.), you can still find Top Hats from back in the day made of Beaver felt. Talk about an "Authentic Look".

When performing, if I am not wearing my Top Hat, I am wearing my black, 40-gallon Stetson Cowboy Hat in my Wacky Wild West Show.

~SAM
Message: Posted by: Joey Jones (Sep 17, 2006 03:24PM)
I was looking for a top hat with secret compartment. Anyone know of any dealers? (load large enough to produce live rabbit)
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Sep 17, 2006 03:59PM)
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On 2006-09-17 16:24, Joey Jones wrote:
I was looking for a top hat with secret compartment. Anyone know of any dealers? (load large enough to produce live rabbit)
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Abbott's Magic Co. used to sell a hat like that . You could contact them to see if they still make them.

http://www.abbottmagic.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=contact_us
Message: Posted by: MintonMagic (Sep 28, 2006 01:54AM)
I use a top hat in one act I do. I walk on stage and produce my tophat and cane at the same time. It gets a great reaction from layman just because, and from magicians as well because they can't figure out where the hat came from. Come on, you know the old waving the silk around and BOOM a cane appears, your mind is to preoccupied with that!

He he..... just one of my specialties!
Message: Posted by: Regan (Oct 1, 2006 07:36PM)
[quote]
On 2006-09-17 16:24, Joey Jones wrote:
I was looking for a top hat with secret compartment. Anyone know of any dealers? (load large enough to produce live rabbit)
[/quote]

David is correct. Abbott's sells a gimmicked Top Hat.

Regan
Message: Posted by: Destiny (Oct 2, 2006 08:13PM)
Mintonmagic,

I agree with the top hat and cane - I do the same thing, but not at the same time - top hat first and then cane. The top hat 'explains' the cane for me.

I have seen posts elsewhere questioning why magi use archaic items like canes instead of everyday items. I understand the posters point - but we CAN make more unusual items relevant to our act - and to me nothing says magic - like a top hat.

Slightly off topic - has anyone seen the Men in Coats pull the top hat out of the rabbit? Nice Twist.
Message: Posted by: mimagicman (Dec 12, 2006 01:20AM)
I use a 1920's German Black Silk Opera Hat, and I use it throughout my act.
Message: Posted by: abrell (Dec 27, 2006 09:23AM)
I was happy to get some top hats from my grandfather when beginning to perform magic. One was a collapsible one, the silk soon got broken. But with some semi-elastic cloth I could renew the hat, now it is violet with black lining. It is perfect to show empty simply by taking it out of the suitcase in closed condition and opening it afterwards.

Into a standard non collapsible top hat, I built a bottom compartment (1.5 inches high)with a flap. The hat still looks empty (black velveteen inside), after showing empty I tell a (sitting!)spectator to grab inside and take out what is inside - he/she finds nothing and tells so - believe me it works fine!

And after some years I found a hatmaker in Altenburg/Thüringen (Germany) still producing tophats, so I now have one fitting my tails (vanilla-white).
Message: Posted by: templetrickster (Jan 2, 2007 03:47PM)
A black trilby fedora does it for me! Though it has become a trend in pop celebrities, it gives people the sense that I'm a performer from the get-go. Many interesting pantomimes with a hat also add to my performance style. I do have a top hat but it is much to big (and I look rediculous in it). Getting a hat adds some class to your act, if that's you shtick.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jan 2, 2007 05:32PM)
I recently saw Bob Dylan wearing a top hat just like mine. It made me feel very hip.
Al Angello