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Benjamin Dove
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So I am still in High school, and I am wondering what is the best way to dress as a teen, even if I am going to school and planning to do some magic there. I feel that as a younger person, I don't want to go into certain aspects of costumes that adult magicians would wear. Because kids tend to be skeptical, I think something casual is best, but can someone who has been successful as a teen magician give me some input? Thanks!

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I wear a black button up short sleeved dress shirt w/ a magic shirt under it,faded blue jeans,black shoes,and a leopard print speedo (just kidding on the last one).

I would be comfortable considering you are at school.I think of myself as a magician 24/7. The people at your school don't expect you to dress up like Lance Burton everyday. Your Idea's,outgoing personality,and an odd streak(all magicians have one) set you apart.

You may not get anything out of what I am saying but at least this works for me.
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Ben, avoid anything that can be purchased at the mall. You want to stand out, not blend in.
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Wear what you normally wear. If you have a performing personae, then dress for that. Maybe you can add a vest to what you normally wear to gain a few more pockets for small props.
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Wear whatever reflects your character...doesn't matter whether you are a kid, teen, or adult...your performance persona should be represented...

what style of magic do you do?

btw...I saw Matt perform....and he was actually telling the truth about the leopard speedo...he does wear one...
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J.Crew exists for people like you.
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Yup;)
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I'm not sure I buy into the thought you should dress differently because of your age. There is a saying that goes something like this, "Dress for you the job you want, not for the job you have."

Of course, I've always thought, "When in doubt, wear a tux."
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Benjamin: If you do not want to have your nose bloodied against a locker repeatedly, do not dress like nearly any magician you have ever met.

Wear what your friends wear, and maybe throw on a blazer (and get it from J.Crew for god's sake) when you want to do some magic.
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Haha good one Natanel
Yeah my thought is just to dress to look good and that probably works best
Nothing fancy needed, I don't think
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Hey Nate, do you get a commision from J. Crew for all the promotion?

;)
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On 2009-04-21 10:11, thegreatnippulini wrote:
Hey Nate, do you get a commision from J. Crew for all the promotion?

;)


Hah I should.

To be completely honest, I don't own a single piece of J.Crew clothing any more (my own tastes are a little more out there) but I see it as well-made and affordable simple clothing, available in most shopping malls.

For someone who seems to share my penchant for more unusual dress I'd highly recommend the brand Cloak to you. It is a sadly defunct New York brand that specialized in reproductions of Soviet military garments. Things like leather trench coats and fur trimmed vests or boots. The items pop up on ebay for fairly reasonable prices and are a lot of fun.
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Ooo! Sounds neat! My stagewear is Shrine, another one of those underground type designers, usually aimed towrds the "Goth" kids. I like where your head goes.... nice style!
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I just wear a zip up hoody
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On 2009-04-22 17:10, ferrari wrote:
I just wear a zip up hoody


Thank you for this remarkably illuminating post.

(However I am interested in a venue that lets you perform regularly without any pants or undergarment)
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Being a teen myself, I know how you feel, Benjamin. The first (and, as of now, the only) time I went to the streets to do some close up, I wore what I would probably be found in normally (jeans, black sneakers, short sleave t-shirt [navy blue, in this case]) with the exception that I threw on a just-above navy blue sports coat. Of course, this was also on halloween, and I was presenting myself as a magician, but it seemed to work pretty well for me. And I even found it strange that nobody commented on my sleeves, which they usually do. Anyway, that's just what worked for me, so just find something that suits you.
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Please don't wear a Tux.
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Look sharp, but be YOU
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The story goes that his agent told the magician to cut his hair and buy a tux so he would be more presentable. The magician, at first, complied. After a time though, the magician thought the clean cut tux look just wasn't him. His university roommate said, "Why don't you just be yourself?" So the magician grew his hair and a moustache and started to wear jeans and long sleeved t-shirts. He then went on to become one of the most famous magicians in the 20th century, perhaps of all time, starring on Broadway, film and television. That's the story. (Bonus points if you can name the magician)

Benjamin, nobody here can answer the question, "What should you wear?" Only you can answer that.

Figure out how you want to present yourself and dress the part. Jeans, suit, tux, sequins, t-shirt, sneakers, J Crew (whatever that is?) K Mart, dress up, dress down, whatever...?

You can dress the same for all your shows or, have different outfits and costumes for different shows, audiences and venues.

It's all good.

Best of luck in your magic career.
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It's all good.



No it's not.

Dressing well is sadly an unattainable standard for most magicians, let alone dressing well and congruently with one's character.
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