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Removing the vest


Hello,

First I want to say that the color-changing waistcoat is awesome. I have had much success with it. I do have one question that I would like to ask.

I use it towards the beginning of my show and I would like to take it off and sometimes there is not a chance for me to leave the stage. Because of the way it's made, do you think removing it in front of the audience would look odd?

Do you have any suggestions to remove the vest while on stage?

Thanks,
Cliff
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Thank you for your kind comments and welcome to the forums.

Do you wear the vest with a jacket when you perform?

I might suggest that you replace the zipper with poppers/press-studs along the back. These are available in black on a strip already sewn along a tape, and so this would be something simple to have exchanged. It would be simpler to use than the zipper if you wish to remove this on stage (this was going to be an alternative method to fastening the vest anyway, but the zipper is far sturdier for wearing throughout a performance).

The poppers are very fequent on the tape and so I would suggest that you do not fasten all. It is important to keep the top and bottom secure and just a few in the middle.

By arching your back this should give enough pressure to release the center poppers (whoops! all this talk about vests have even got me spelling like an American!). It would then be a simple matter to release the top and bottom poppers.

I would discard the belt at the back completely and have the poppers fasten to fit without the adjustment belt.

None of the above work would interfere with the colour change itself.

You might use a spirit cloth with an extra pouch behind. Perform the colour change and finally raise the spirit cloth and get out of the vest placing this in the pouch of the cloth. It would look like the vest had vanished then.

Alternatively use you jacket to hide the vest. In the demo video you can see a change where the jacket is held in front of the body momentarily each time the colour changes. Finally cover the front of the body again with the jacket. Arch your back to release the poppers and take hold of the vest through the jacket at the two shoulders. As the jacket is drawn forward the vest is slid off the arms and into the jacket. The vest remains hidden inside the jacket then. If the lining of the jacket were black too, then the jacket could even be casually shown both sides.

These are only theories (but very feasible). Do soem experimenting before you go cutting up your vest!!

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Thanks for the reply. I was thinking along the same lines as magking the vest vanish at the end of the routine. Again, thanks for making a great effect.

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I would avoid removing the vest in front of an audience as it would give away the secret of the appearance of the waistcoat. (Edited by LA).

On a couple of occasions, I needed to get out of it with out assistance. Before the show I attached a black cord to the zipper so I could reach behind and pull it open. I replaced the buckle on the straps with Velcro. I like the Velcro better because it does not allow any extra strap to dangle.

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Thank you Ken for your input.

I have edited your post slightly to avoid any exposure!

The idea of a cord on the zipper is great and I can imagine how handy this would be to be able to remove the waistcoat single handedly.

Good inspiration!

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Instead of velcro on the straps. I replaced the existing strap fastener with 1/2" wide plastic snap ons. I simply looked for one of my old knapsacks and detached it. It is much easier to use.
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