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ParaSailor

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So, word came in that I may get the opportunity to spend some time in a country where it would be inexpensive to have a custom suit made any way I would like.  My question for those of you with much more experience in costuming, if you were able to design a suit for yourself to wear while you perform (think out on the town or table hopping), what would you have added to it to make your life easier?

I'm pretty sure I want to add extra pockets and a smaller pocket within some of the pockets to hold a Vernet or coins.  Anyone have other ideas?
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Rudy Tinoco

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Fun question.

I just had myself fitted for a suit last week with a couple of my friends. A place called Indochino just opened up in Portland and has great looking, affordable suits that can be tailored however you’d like them to. It was $369 for a jacket, pants and shirt. The inside will have “The Magician’s Forum” embroidered on the inside (it was a free add on that I couldn’t resist).

Anyway, to your question. The tailor (knowing that I’m a magician) asked me if I would like to add the additional ticket pocket to my jacket. He figured that I might be able to use more pocket space. There’s a photo below of what that would look like.

I said no for two reasons. First of all, I don’t really like the look of that additional pocket. Not quite my style. But the second reason is because, as I thought about it, I really don’t need any more pockets than what is already provided in your average sports coat.

I usually carry a memorized deck in my inner, right jacket pocket. Sometimes I’ll have an additional packet trick placed in there as well.
In my left inner jacket pocket, I carry my duplicate cards. There’s an additional pocket in there at the inner, bottom left of my jacket. That is where I keep a couple double backers and a number of double face was so that I can do the Anniversary Waltz. In my front, right coat pocket is where I carry some sponge balls.

The items that go in my front, left coat pocket changes with each gig.

Keep in mind that I’m just describing what goes in my jacket. In my pants pockets I’ve got my fire wallet, a thumb tip, and two silver dollars.

Anyway, that’s just me. I know that some fellas bring a lot more props with them and require more space than I do.

Rudy

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ParaSailor

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Rudy,

Thanks for the input.  I must really need to step up my suit game.  My current suit only has a handkerchief pocket on the outside and a small pocket on the inside near my chest.  Many of the "extra" pockets that I was thinking of match the pockets you described.  I may have to do some research on suit options before being fitted.
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arthur stead

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I never used a suit, but rather just dress pants and a vest.  Made sure the pants I bought had deep pockets, into which I could put divisions if needed.  The vest also had outer side pockets, plus two inside pockets.  Inside my vest, at the bottom of either side I also attached coin and ball droppers.  Sometimes the vest also hid a pull.

For a while I toyed around with different Topits, and although I love the possibilities that provides (for example incredibly visual vanishes), in practice such a device is a whole study on its own.  At the time I was just too busy to devote enough time to perfecting it.


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misjief

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I am not in the know...

but I "think" the two things I would like to see in a magi suit is a "top it" and special cuffs for "sleeving"

One thing I have always done as a prop maker is always put a metal washer into a small piece so I can grab it with a magnet... That being said I would probably try to secret some small magnets into my suit.  Not sure where?  Likely places being  the back Collar and cuffs, behind shoulders, maybe armpit and mid back.

I'd also look at tucking some pockets in the seams between the front and back of the jacket below the armpit and perhaps a lower one at the bottom if the suit allowed it. If the suit had a seam in the back I might try one there too. In the back of the jacket I would put a large pocket in the lower back panel.

I would also tuck a pocket in the back of my vest and then use the "belt" to camouflage it, so I could easily ditch items in it from the outside.

Interestingly enough, I (hope) to get a interview with ScotteVest  in the next couple of weeks....   Take a look at some of their stuff of inspiration! They use the seams to hide access to pockets and you can often access the same pocket from insider or outside the jacket.

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