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Time For A Change Review

Official Review

July 6th, 2012 9:35pm
Rating:
Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
Lee Alex presents us with five costumes for a male performer: a bathrobe, tuxedo, Hawaiian shirt & shorts, shirt and pants and a suit with tie. The first four can be layered into a continuous sequence of changes. The final change, from a casual shorts-and-shirt to expensive-looking pants and long-sleeved shirt is quite striking!

Since I'm terrified of fabric, I brought in an expert to help me review this DVD: my wife, who happens to be an excellent seamstress.

My first question was simply: how hard would it be for a magician to create these costumes? Jen says that an expert costumer could probably engineer the costumes based on the video footage presented. However, there are no patterns, measurements or sewing details included on the DVD.

Luckily, you're not creating costumes from scratch. In most cases, you can begin with existing clothes and alter them by cutting and sewing in the gimmicks. Alex does provide suggestions for selecting clothing of the right size and fabric.

Many of the costumes rely on a proprietary gimmick which can be purchased directly from Alex. Additional pieces can be found at a sewing store or haberdashery.

While the costumes are viewable from all angles (save for the Hawaiian shirt), some hang oddly and/or have "problem areas" that will not be seen on stage but could be tricky if you're performing close to your audience.

The DVD mentions a bonus section covering "The real secrets of the Color Change Vest." It should be noted that Alex only covers the use of the vests, not the construction. So this section will only be useful to people who have already purchased one of Alex's vests.

Bottom line: if you want to add some quick-changes to your act, Alex is the go-to guy and I think buying this DVD would obviously be your first step.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Time For A Change

Author: Alex, Lee
Publisher: RSVP Magic
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $35.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Since 2009 Lee Alex has presented his lecture "Time for a Change?" in more than 50 towns and cities, in 17 different countries worldwide. Magicians who perform in all branches of the art enthused at the lecture on the subject of quick change costumes for magicians. In collaboration with British illusionist Russ Stevens, Lee Alex now presents the information on DVD.
Detailed explanations of the construction of the costumes
Explanations for dressing the individual costumes
Methods for performing the costume changes quickly and efficiently

The following five costumes are demonstrated and explained:

And so to bed - pajamas, bathrobe and slippers change to a full tuxedo.

One piece suit - a full tuxedo changes to a casual suit of contrasting color.

Two piece suit - a casual suit changes almost visually into the magician wearing cargo shorts and a short sleeved Hawaiian shirt.

Surf the Wave - the magician is wearing a short-sleeved shirt and cargo shorts. In a flash the magician changes into a white long-sleeved shirt and long black trousers plus the "Color Change Waistcoat".

The long and the short of it - the basic principle of changing from a short costume (with skin revealed) to a long costume is explained.

Bonus - The real secrets of the Color Change Vest: detailed performance explained for the first time showing the correct methods of this best selling magic item.

"Very inspiring and educational to those who are seriously into Quick Change Magic!"
- Ger Copper, The Netherlands

"I tried one of the Lee Alex's quick change costume in his lecture tour, that's was very easy to do...Trust me, you have to see his new DVD, it's a fantastic source of tips and tricks, working for every quick change effect."
- Jordan Gomez, France

"That's the way to go if you are interested in putting Quick change in your act! The practical Quick Change for the working magician!"
- Paul Sommersguter, Austria

Produced by RSVP Magic, Russ Stevens Running Time Approximately: 1hr


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