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So, which color would you pick for a backdrop? I usually wear either a red or royal blue jacket with black pants.
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How about black? Hand Crafted Magic
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I use black right now, but I am considering getting another color. I haven't decided which. The black is good, except my pants are black, my table is black, and the backdrop is black...a little overdone. I am actually considering getting several colors and picking whichever one I want when I get ready for the show. By the way, I use the Barry Mitchell backdrop.
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I prefer either garnet or royal (blue). I have always stayed away from black because you can get a black art effect when not trying for one!

I prefer to have my background contrast with my costuming. While I wear a colorful vest that would show up well against a black background, I do wear black pants. My current backdrops are blue because I used to wear vests with a lot of red in them.

If I made new backdrops now, I would go with garnet because I am using a lot blue in my vests.

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Black gets dusty if dragged.....also, with some thread work, adds to flashing problems. A varied pattern (even muted) background is recommended by John Calvert, who uses intricate rug-style patterns hanging.

The problem with monochromatic schemes (even black) is just that --- one color for a full evening show can get dull.

John Shyrock has a great backdrop that includes hanging high draping lame curves to dress the stage in a contrasting color. Extra work, but top theatrical look, using regular lame from a fabric store and a few clips.
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I think a navy blue or magenta would work nicely. I think magenta has somewhat of a rich, traditional look.
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A grey drop used with colored lights works well. Your pants don't disappear, and if your lights are color changers, the grey will take on a whole new look with each color.

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Thanks guys. I am probably leaning toward garnet since I wear a blue jacket mostly. (like Michael said) Michael, is the garnet like a dark red? I really couldn't tell from the swatches. I just don't want it to look pinkish.
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Garnet is very much like Burgandy, yes...a dark red.
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Pink is not bad, I use black. I also add side flats of bright colors to bolster the color on the stage. If you want to get the best bang for your buck, go sky blue and use lighting to build your color. The light blue will change color as you add lighting. It will also accept projections. (note this is the color of cyclorama at the back of most stages.)
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It's a little spendy, but I lean toward a background made of the same material that is used for rear-projection movie screens. Set up a projector behind the screen and you've got a backdrop that can change with the effect and compliment any wardrobe you choose to wear. You can also do motion backgrounds or in the case of a large show, project televion images onto the screen for those seated far away.
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I have both a red velveteen and a black backdrop. It is nice to have a choice of a couple of different backdrops depending on your audience or the style of your magic. I tend to use the red one for larger family all ages shows and the black one for my stand up comedy adult show.

They are both made to fit exactly the same way on my backdrop stands and are both always packed in the same case so there is no extra work involved when making the decision of which one to use.
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The shiny black backdrop is very good for almost situations.

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