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Daniel J. Ferrara Jr.
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I'm looking to change my appearance for my childrens shows. Can you give me some ideas of what you guys wear for your children's shows?

Thanks,
Dan
Emazdad
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I just dress smart so I look professional: trousers, shirt, tie, and bright waistcoat. I'm a magician, not a clown so I don't dress as one.
Yours Funfully
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RiffClown
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I dress like a clown. (Admittedly, this look isn't for everyone.)

Seriously, Primary and Secondary colors seem to work well with the kids. Too bright and you'll take away from your magic. Just bright enough to help hold their attention without diverting their attention to your clothes is a good rule of thumb in my opinion.
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p.b.jones
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Hi,
I dress as a Wizard (I started well before this Harry Potter lark). No beard or make up, just the costume. Works well for me anway.
Phillip
Shawn D
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I dress as a magician. Black pants, tux shirt, black vest, black bowtie. I have changed vests now and then to ones with different colors and stuff on them depending on the show.
Shawn
Andy Wonder
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I wear a yellow suit. You can see it on my web site: http://www.MagicParty.co.nz
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Andy Wonder, Auckland, New Zealand
BIlly James
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I go along with Emazdad and Shawn D. I've done more kids shows than is possible to count and I find that dressing smartly (like a magician) but with colour is THE way to go.
I used to dress a bit wackier and the kids were much less disciplined but that changed overnight when I changed my attire.

Hope that helps.

Billy
Rupert Bair
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I wear a Harlequin pants, red tee-shirt, large Harlequin tie and a spinner multicolor hat. I'm a clown without out make up, basically.
carlomagic
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I go for smart, almost traditional magician, but with 'Harry Hill' style lofted collar and swirling pattern plain white shirt.

Smart but strange, for me. I like that.

But I agree with Emazdad completely: I'm not a clown so my dress is intentionally different to what a clown would wear.

Most of all, the costume is really what I like and feel comfortable and confident in.

Incidentally, it is the same costume I use for adults too.

Best regards,

Carlo
magic4u02
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I agree with carlo,

You really need a costume that not only stands out but you feel comfortable and relaxed in. It also needs to fit your own personal style and character on stage.

I also try to stay far away from dressing as a clown, as that is not my intended market or character. I am a magician specializing in family-friendly shows and I want to make sure my customers see me in that light as well.

No matter how you dress, you should still always try and make yourself professional and presentable.

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stu-di-doo
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I wear comfy light blue trousers, stripy knee high socks, converse trainers, bright t-shirt (currently Superman logo - for Stu Di Doo of course!) and a yellow jacket made for me by a friend of my wife.

I am looking to get a bright waistcoat though for the summer months! Any ideas anyone?

Stu Di Doo
Emazdad
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Try http://www.janetsteward.co.uk/ she does my waistcoats and the price is very reasonable, Janet will send you lots of samples and then you send her your messurments and she then makes the waistcoat. Her work is of a very high standard and I highly reccomend her.
Yours Funfully
Clive "Emazdad" Hemsley
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Daniel Faith
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I have to follow suit.
Dress smart and colorful.
I wear a bright blue jacket and a gold or black shirt.

Main thing is dress in what fits you. Not what others are wearing.
Daniel Faith
rossmacrae
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I'm having trouble finding bold-enough shirts, but I just love the pants I get from http://www.chefsupply.com - the blue tie-dye and "psychedelic" colored ones are great and wear like iron!
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I go pirate, scarf on the head, vest, the dreaded puffy shirt, cloth parrot velcro-ed to the shoulder (of the shirt), magic sack and... a balloonsword. At the end of the show I make the children honorary members of my crew and hand out the balloonswords.

I also have a few good pirate lines to introduce me to the children at the start.
May your fingers never lose their deftness,

May your tongue always lead them down the garden path...



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Chrystal
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I go as sort of a fairy tale character (least one of my personas is like that.) The character and name is of my own creation.
I'm wearing the costume in my avatar.

Other times I've performed in a simple white dress if the show is during the day and a mixed crowd of adults and children.(Max Maven once called me good to his evil..nyuck nyuck) It depends on the venue and while I try not to change my mode of dress often so the audience identifies more readily with me. Night time attire, I may change to a black formal dress.

Chrystal
James Fortune
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Emazdad,

How do you send your measurements to Janet? I mean, which measurements does she need?

Also, what about pockets? Do you specify what pockets you want (e.g. to accommodate various props)?
Warmest regards
James

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Donald Dunphy
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Well, I keep the tradition going strong. I wear a black suit-style tuxedo, complete with jacket. By suit-style I mean no tails. I wear a white shirt, and a red tie / comberbund set.

The colour red (accents) matches my wife's outfit. At one time she wore a blue outfit, and so I wore a blue tie / cumberbund set.

I am comfortable wearing a tuxedo, although I know many people aren't. In that case, don't wear one.

Even though this outfit may seem typical, I have to tell you I am the only one in my area who wears a tuxedo for kidshows.

In my area, there are a couple of amateur magicians (by that I mean non-paid, I don't mean not professional) who perform magic wearing tuxedos now and then, but because Shannon and I do a two person act, we are still unique and remembered.

I have tried other costumes such as suits, and even a costume as a teenager that included black pants, a black turtleneck sweater, a cape and a top hat, but settled on the tuxedo about 8 years ago.

I also read that Family Fued once did a poll of 100 people, asking about typical magicians clothes. Somewhere around 85% of people said a tuxedo. People have all sorts of preconceived notions about magicians.

However, I dress in a tuxedo for 2 reasons:

1) it looks professional to the customer

2) I am comfortable in the outfit

- Donald.

P.S. Chrystal - "good to Max's evil." That's funny! lol
Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
Hill
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I like to wear a bright performers waistcoat - one of those with the multipockets hidden throughout.

very practical and aesthetically pleasing to the kids
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