Appearance is very important for a performer.
We see glitzy big stage productions with all their sequins and shimmer. Long flowing gowns, fancy suits and color-coordinated outfits.
Of course, us regional and local perfomers don't always have the budget or access to such extravagence. Then again we don't necessarily need it.
Personally I hate the way some magicians dress. They look like they just walked in from an accident. Ripped jeans and T-shirts. Sadly, even some really big stars in music and other performance arts have taken this casualness to an extreme.
What happened to four young men in suits singing ballads, or the costumes of Paul Revere and the Raiders? Now it's bare chests, ripped clothes and unkempt hair.
When you are performing, anywhere, folks should immediately recognize you as the performer.
Does this mean a Tuxedo for a library magic show? Maybe. Probably not.
I have a selection of neckties that I wear for library shows and other small events where the tuxedo or suit might be too much. I have a brightly striped tie that immediately gets me the question, "Are you a clown?" No, I am not, but when I wear this tie, folks know I am about some funny business.
I have a tie with balloons I wear when I am tying balloons. It sets me apart from the crowd and coincides with what I am doing.
For my school science shows, I simply put on a labcoat and viola, instant scientist.
A tophat and a vest, or a bright and unusual shirt and suspenders might be used to create the atmosphere of fun and magic coming together.
I visit the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores looking for unusual shirts, ties, and other goodies. I find some very unusual stuff sometimes.
We don't need elaborate costumes for every show we perform. However, if you book yourself as a professional, you should look like one. Wash your hair, brush your teeth, get a manicure, then top it all off with a look that expresses what you are doing.
Your clients will be impressed and your repeat business should grow.
If nothing else, you will at least feel a little better about yourself.