Your Appearance

Obvious thought it might seem, many magicians fail to realise that appearance matters. It matters greatly. Think about it. In restaurant magic you are up close to the spectators, perhaps even leaning over them from time to time. You absolutely must be clean and tidy. Let's get real, your appearance and cleanliness actually matter more than the tricks!

Let's talk specifics for a moment. Dirty finger nails stand out a mile, as do dirty hands. Teeth should be fresh and clean, and deodorant is a must. Your clothes should be pressed neatly, and appropriate to the environment. Shoes should be polished. Hair should be neatly cut, and should not attract attention to yourself. You certainly don't want people focusing on some outlandish style of dress or hairstyle; you want them to focus on the magic.

If a suit is appropriate, a high quality suit, the best you can afford will give you more confidence and will make you appear more professional to the audience. There are many people who really can tell the difference between a cheap suit and an expensive one. In choosing a tie, be guided by what you see other successful people wear, rather than opting for the Simpsons cartoon tie 'because it was a gift.'

Even if you decide to wear casual clothes because it fits in better with the style of restaurant, the same principles apply of being clean and tidy.

Aftershave or cologne should always be used, but in moderation. It's a subtle factor that should add to your professional image, not overwhelm the audience. Some people have an allergy to colognes.

Remember, looking good will make you feel good, and will be reflected in your performance. Would you rather see a dishevelled, dirty magician, or one who was obviously proud to be well turned out, and took pride in his appearance?

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