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MagicJac
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Can any one recommend a website where I can buy good magicians outfits or clothing?
Dick Oslund
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That'a a rather "broad" question!

Please define what a "good" magician's wardrobe IS!

My friend, Mac King dresses to fit his act. Lance Burton, ditto. Harry Blackstone, Senior, wore white tie, tails, and, entered wearing an Inverness cape. Harry B. Jr. wore various tuxedos with beadwork. Doug Henning wore fancy jeans, and tee shirts. Okito wore a Chinese Mandarin robe. Jay Marshall, in his younger years, wore white tie, and, tails. Later, he wore a tux. In his older years, he saw me, wearing a tartan jacket. (He was a Scot, so he felt at home!)

In big cities you can find theatrical wardrobe designers, who will make whatever you want! If you're not near a metropolis, use GOOGLE.

First, you must decide what "character" that YOU will "be".

Most of my work was in the Lyceum field. I needed to be "dressed up", but, not too "theatrical". At first, I wore a three piece, well tailored suit, as Principals, and teachers did.

As times changed, educators dressed more casually. I did, too. A nice blazer, an open collar shirt, etc. worked well. I remember working in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, wearing a a polo shirt, Bermuda shorts, and sandals!

Because I do/did tricks with small props (golf balls, rope, etc.)it was necessary to wear a solid color shirt, "against which", the props would contrast.

I vividly remember a "professional" (at least he said that he was!)magician, at an IBM national convention, wearing a beautiful white tux, with white shirt, vest, and, pants. He did the Professor's Nightmare with white rope. The rope, of course, was invisible past the first row.

I remember another "pro." who writes for the national magic magazines. He wore a black suit, black shirt, hat and shoes. he did the MALINI EGG BAG. (It was a black egg bag.) The audience of about 1500, occasionally saw a little white egg. Oh! the stage was "hung" in black, too.

I wrote about these situations in my book.

The old "rule of thumb" for club date performers, was to be "better dressed" than those in the audience.
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Mark Boody Illusionist
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Well, I will echo Dicks comments. However to give you a "lead" I have used http://www.touchofclassformals.net/press on several occasions

and been very happy with their selection and service.

This may or may NOT be what you are looking for.

Best of luck

Mark
Samuel Catoe
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The honest best place to find a good Magician's outfit is a regular clothing store. Buy the clothing that fits your character as Dick said, and modify it as you need to. Such as, if you plan to use anything for something like a bird act or vanishing and producing items from nowhere, then you will need the appropriate attire for such modifications. My other advise is unless you are good with a needle and thread or a sewing machine, find you a good seamstress. A good seamstress will be invaluable to you.

While you may well find yourself performing in casual attire, it has been my experience that you should be prepared to perform in business casual attire (with a nice jacket) at the very least. I was known to wear a very nice t-shirt with a jacket (mostly due to not wanting to overheat) and never had any issue.
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61magic
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As said character will drive the clothing choice. If you're not after the traditional ties and tails here is a site I've purchased from that offers quality clothes at reasonable prices.

https://www.historicalemporium.com/
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Peter McMillan
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I second the Historical Emporium whole hardheartedly! I have used them for many years for cowboy items and currently have 3 Edwardian costumes for Mulee Pete to dazzle the crowd. Easy to maintain, excellent fit, quality material. And they have always provided me with outstanding customer service via email and phone.

The secondhand store should not be shunned as it often yields surprising finds for coats, pants, shirts, shoes, hats and accessories.
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kidnapped1853
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I too use Historical Emporium - Large inventory, great quality, and fast service.
Alan Munro
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The New Chic and Dress Lily sites, as well as the Wish app, have some unique styles of jackets.
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