If you want to learn how to do quick change magic yourself or you fancy learning the art of fast dress change then we can recommend Quick Change The book on the secrets of quick costume changes.
This popular book is recommended by Keelan Leyser and Charlotte Marie and gives a guided looked into the art of Costume Change. Specifically designed for the male performer, this book gives techniques to perform, fast changing trousers, colour changing bow ties, multiple colour changing bow ties, changing scarf as well as changing shirt. This book contains some great information for those looking to persue the Art of Quick Change.
The first and original English books to contain material on magic costume changes ever published in the World were written in 1911/1912 by Will Goldston. In 1911 he published "The Magicians Annual" and in 1912 in "Exclusive Magical Secrets" in which 5 different Quick Change methods based on one tear away seam: The hook and eye fastener.
In the last century Quick Changes have been described in more than 10 English books. The German book "Quick change" (published in 2003) was the most intensive publication to date and contained on 80 pages 5 different tried and tested methods of fastenings – methods for holding the materials closed, and ways to open them, the so-called "tear-away“seams. Well known Russian quick change artists termed one of the 5 methods of fastening as a "revolution".
In the new English book "Quick Change" 15 different methods of fastening are described.
Finally a multiple costume change with six costumes from preparation and through the handling is presented with a series of 48 photos. In addition this comprehensive book contains effects which employ different methods which can be used by magicians performing all genres of magic, even close-up:
How to do the Quick Change Color Changing Tie
How to do the Quick Change to Multiple Colors Changing Bow Tie
The secrets of the Cuick Change Color Changing Shirt
The secrets of the Quick Change Color Changing Sleeve
and finally you will learn how to Appearing and perform the quick change color changing Dress Scarf
Never before has there been such an extensive book on this secret subject.
We have included information on the history of how quick change came to be and finally we have included links on where you can find out the secrets of quick change should they like to learn the theory of quick change.
For the first time ever in the history of Magic a has Quick Change Act won a magic championship. Keelan Leyser and Charlotte Marie not only won the title of British Magic Champion of General Magic they won the overall award crowning them the British Magic Grand Prix Champions 2007 and 2008. They performed their Quick Change Show at the Blackpool Opera House infront of 3500 magicians including the president of The Magic Circle and honorary life president of the largest magic convention in the world the Blackpool Magic Convention, famous comedian Ken Dodd. All acts were judged by prominent magicians from around the world and after each performance we subject to an X-factor style grilling of comments by the judges. Luckily for the Quick Change Act all of the judges had nothing but praise about the performance. Mandy Davis from the Magic Circle said,
" ... Keelan Leyser and Charlotte Marie won both the General Magic category and the Grand Prix Trophy. Their quick change act was immaculate as they moved and danced expertly throughout the act. Keelan changed from one suit to another, then added colour changes for his tie and gloves before performing a snowstorm effect using rose petals, the first of several quick magic effects. Charlotte Marie was wearing black when she first appeared to dance to Lady in Red – so a change of dress was needed here! A change of tempo and Keelan also changed, this time into silver clothes to perform as a robot. Quicker and quicker the changes came, she into a yellow mini dress and he into a pink waistcoat. More still behind an unfurled poster and through some silver streamers ending, in a David and Dania way, with a final shower of tinsel for the last change. All the judges thought the act was fabulous, they had nothing but praise..."
The above quote and a full review of the Magic Championships can be read here on Magic Week.