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I think it's on Volume 1 or 3 because I don't have 2, but he says that you should always dress like you have somewhere more important to go after your performance. Does anyone do this??
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Personal tastes vary, of course. I try to avoid wearing a native choker and a cod-piece when I perform, but that's just me. Smile John Booth, in his book "Marvels of Mystery," advised to always dress up just a little more than your audience. If it's a black-tie event, for example, perhaps a nice midnight blue formal suit (for men), or a dressy evening gown or pantsuit. If you're at the beach, you should always try to wear a clean t-shirt and black socks. Hopefully the point isn't too far lost in my attempt at humor.
Universally, the pro's would advise you to show up clean and well-groomed. Smile
"It is better to practice a little than talk a lot." - Muso Kokushi
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You'd look smashing in a cod-piece!
Where is David Blain going afterwards?
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Maybe he's got an important booking in a perspex coffin or maybe in a block of ice? No, actually come to think of it I think he's due on top of a huge pole. Yeah that's where!
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I need to make a small correction to my post; while John Booth certainly addressed dress (sorry) in his work, the thought about dressing up a notch from the audience is from John Mendoza's "Close-Up Presentations."
"It is better to practice a little than talk a lot." - Muso Kokushi
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I agree with Jeff McBride's philosophy for two reasons:

1. It shows your audience that you are professional and mean business.

2. It should make you stand out slightly, and force them to keep an eye on you.
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I think the way you dress and smell are more important than the tricks you are performing. The audience "sizes you up" before you even perform your first effect.

Unfortunately, proper grooming habits are very scarce among magicians these days. This is probably due to the decline of formal dress in society. The classic "Top Hat and Tails" came from a time when proper dressing habits were essential. Today, unless you've been nominated for a Grammy, this attire is a bit overboard.

On the other hand, so many magicians look as though they are trying to be more sophisticated than their persona lends them to be. Everyone here knows the look...Bright blue suit jacket, a faded button up shirt, unpressed pants, and white basketball shoes.

From a spectator's point of view, that's just kind of creepy! Now, think of the last time you saw somebody that was dressed very nice. He automatically gains more respect as a person. He looks like a PROFESSIONAL!!! It doesn't matter that he works at the Starbucks down the street because for all you know the man standing in front of you could have been a doctor or even the mayor.

I'm sorry if this is a bit long, but a book could be written on the subject. This is a growing problem for magicians and magic as a whole if we don't learn to present ourselves better. Smile
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A New York hipster said that you should dress like you’re going somewhere better later, Jeff McBride sticks to that and I think it’s great advice. If you don’t care to go that far at least look presentable and clean. Put thought into this because the public will judge you whether you like it or not, and their impression of you will weigh in on how well your performance will be. So when you’re ready to appear, make the right appearance.

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Jeff McBride looks like he is going to a Japanese Dadami for a nice sushi dinner afterwards. I do love his DVD's though, the guy is so good it's ridiculous.
You don't drown by falling in the water;

you drown by staying there.

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"Dressing the Part" is a simple, yet effective way to stay ahead of virtually any situation. When others find out that I'm a magician, it sells more quickly to them because I 'look' as if I'm a magician (no proving in this area.)

I dress a step above the 'norm' of the places and establishments that I will be frequenting for any particular day or evening. I do not dress in my performance costume per se, but the color and style of clothing does match the theme of my performance costume and character. Jeff McBride hits it on the head when he gives the advice of dressing as if you've got something else planned later on in the evening. It's so simple that it works quite well.

- - Troy
"If you go around sprinkling Woofle Dust on everything... people will think 'My... What an odd character."
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