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pikacrd
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Peter,
I did see the word Dopey and the word idiot but not in the same post or even from the same people talking about the same thing. If you are happy wearing that vest than happy days to you my friend.
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NJJ
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On 2005-04-22 01:21, rezamalek wrote:
If you wear one of those vests you will not only look like any idiot but people will think you are one as well. Do yourself a favor and don't make yourself look any stupider than people assume magicians already are. Do your part to take magic out of the hands of the socially retarded.


Ok, so maybe he was a little blunt. Probably also could be considered flaming. But he does make a good point.

EXCEPT for doing kid show (if it suits your character), these material designs are pretty tacky. Magic COULD be classy and sophisicated but if people keep wearing this stuff magicians will always be treated like a bit of a joke.

Its not the wacky designs but the fact that the designs SCREAM "look at me! I am a magician! I need a vest that says it!"
Scott Wells
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May I suggest an entirely different kind of magician's vest? One that is worn on the inside and not intended to be seen. I recommend and use a Steve Dusheck dove vest inside my jacket for walk-around corporate strolling. Mine has three or four pockets on each side where you can store your close-up inventory. The big advantage is that since it is not part of your jacket, the weight of your props won't pull on your jacket or make you pockets sag prematurely. The new ones being sold actually have pockets on one side and a topit on the other. Take a look at http://www.tannens.com/cart/cat253.html

yours,
Scott
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Bill Douglas
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At 25 bucks that appears to be a good deal. I love having a topit hanging around when I could use one. My blazers with topits installed (or otherwise) are a bit warm at times. How well does the topit function? I prefer the Ammar pattern topit. Does the vest topit function well for the waist level ditches and throws? Most vests I have worn don't hang very low. But then again as long as there is a topit opening in the right spot the depth of the pocket isn't too big of a deal(except for the occasional bottle production). Does the vest come in other colors?
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Bill,

I cannot address your questions because my Dusheck vest has pockets on both sides...no topit. Sorry.

yours,
Scott
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Extra pockets arouse suspicions and lead to theories.
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On 2005-05-11 12:12, bsears wrote:
Extra pockets arouse suspicions and lead to theories.


Our being magicians arouses suspicions and leads to theories.

How about a nice coat? Avoid the daytona vest. It does look dopey. You approach someone doing walk-around wearing a vest like that, they avoid your eyes. The idea for a tux vest is a good one as well. Check ebay if price is an issue.
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I have one that is black linen, 30 seamless pockets custom designed to hold decks ( more or less hidden) coins, TT and even has special pockets on both side to hohd your ITR. It was about $100.00 from bobjamesmagic.com. It works nicely under a sportcoat, keeps everything organized and is tastefully done, not gauche. I feel it was an excellent pocket management investment.
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Bob Johnston
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I too, must be a “stupid idiot.”
I use a photojournalists vest that I have worn for 30 odd years. As my other occupation was a photographer, it has always seems normal to me.

How surprised I am to here (rezamalek) say:
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Do yourself a favor and don't make yourself look any stupider than people assume magicians already are. Do your part to take magic out of the hands of the socially retarded.

No doubt he feels that all the people on this thread that have chosen to wear vest of some kind are “socially retarded” and “stupid idiot”.

You would wonder why he has chosen (if he has) to associate himself with such a group.

What would be more expected than a magician with things in his pockets, Daa.

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Hahaha! That's funny. Who's more stupid--the fool or the man who chooses to associate with the fool?

Vests can be a useful and good-looking part of a professional act, and they don't have to cost very much. You can buy great vests at Tux shops. They often sell of their used merchandise. This merchandise has been well taken care of, and well-maintained. $40 will get you a very nice vest and bowtie. A seamstress can put pockets in very easily, and you've got yourself a nice vest! The Black Tie factory outlet in Washington is a great resource, they sell all kinds of accessories and their selection is huge! Good luck!
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