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Q: how is the quick change act done ( No Answer,   4 Comments )
Subject: how is the quick change act done
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: johnjohnmike-ga
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Posted: 12 Aug 2006 03:29 PDT
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Question ID: 755242
the dania and david act, how is it done.

Request for Question Clarification by tutuzdad-ga on 12 Aug 2006 06:57 PDT
This may be too complex to explain in a few words. I recommend you buy
the book that not only reveals the secret in great detail, it appears
to be the manual and catalog all rolled into one. Let me know if this
is suitable as an answer.

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: how is the quick change act done
From: probonopublico-ga on 12 Aug 2006 06:53 PDT
When David was asked this question, he said that if he gave the answer
he would have to make the questioner disappear.

Are you sure that you want to take the risk?
Subject: Re: how is the quick change act done
From: probonopublico-ga on 12 Aug 2006 06:57 PDT
Here's the video: 

This video is from a TV show where people said, "Hey, I have talent!"
and judges would decide if they did or did not.  When this couple did
their act, there was no question.  Everyone was floored.  The video is
about two minutes and includes some snappy music.  Also, it will look
much clearer if you don't run it full screen.  The bigger the picture
the fuzzier it will look.  They put on an incredible act.

Subject: Re: how is the quick change act done
From: tlspiegel-ga on 12 Aug 2006 10:28 PDT
Hi johnjohnmike,

The truly are amazing!  Perhaps this will help explain a bit of their act.

A lot of sites have been linking to this video of a pair of
quick-change artists performing on NBC's America's Got Talent. The
video is fun to watch if you haven't seen them performing before. The
pair are magicians David & Dania, who were recently profiled in this article. Apparently the duo have become the most popular act
during NBA half-time shows.

So how is the trick done? reports that: 
the trick dates back to the 19th century, and the first
English-language manual to describe the art was published in 1911.
Back then, magicians connected the various layers via hook-and-eye
fasteners; today, the literature describes no fewer than 15 different
methods of pulling off the trick, using such devices as Velcro,
magnets, and "fish bone pull fasteners."
In other words, it relies on special clothing and a lot of practice.
If you watch the video closely, the moment when she has the hoop
around her and changes from a green into a purple dress is the one
time you can almost see the costume change occurring. I have no idea
how she pulls off the trick at the end in which she changes clothes as
glitter falls around her."


If the dresses are reversible, like maybe they close in front then she
flips them to the back that could explain it. However, at the
beginning of the skit she looks larger, like she is wearing a lot of
clothes, then at the end she looks thinner.

As for where the clothes go, notice that every cylinder is flipped
right after its dropped and she walks away - the audience is too wowed
by the change to notice he flips the rim over, hiding any clothes left

On the green-to-purple transition, as thephrog noticed, he does
something behind her back. You also can see the dress unfolding during
the transition. Looks almost spring-loaded!

Its clear that there is trick clothing that involes being covered
while the clothes are either removed or flipped..However I have a
theory for the glitter. He makes sure the glitter gets dumped on her,
not thrown in front of her as a curtain. I think the red dress and the
final dress are the same dress on the fabric is some kind of color
change fabric the glliter appears to be held in a plastic bag would
would help keep it "cold" while under the lights....

If you watch her right before the glitter falls, she positions both
hands on the straps of the dress near her hands. I think she releases
hooks right as the glitter falls. The timing would have to be perfect,
but it would explain how she does it!

Best regards,
Subject: Re: how is the quick change act done
From: keystroke-ga on 24 Aug 2006 09:45 PDT
The best explanation lies in this webpage, I believe:

Dania is wearing all of the outfits when she first comes out. On
America's Got Talent, after the second performance of the act, the
judges requested that they do the same act next time but with
different outfits. The third time, they still performed in the exact
same outfits. They CAN'T change the outfits (except for possible
variations on the first and last outfits) because the outfits fit
together in a complicated series of zippers, velcro, pull cords and
fasteners, even magnets, which lead to the next dress.

When she comes out, she is much heavier on top than she is at the end.
As this website explains, the dresses fit together at the top, and she
pulls on the top part, which then falls down and makes a new outfit,
while removing the old dress at the bottom. By pulling on a tab at the
waist, she could make the top part fall and pull the old away at the
same time. This could be done very quickly. Many people think it's not
possible that she's wearing all of them at the beginning because the
dresses are different lengths, but this theory explains that. The
longer length of the new dress is kept carefully folded and
incorporated in the top portion of the old dress, and when it's
released, it just falls down. The dresses at the beginning are bulky,
and the dresses at the end are often similarly styled except for their
different lengths.

Obviously, the mechanisms which keep these dresses together, fit
together so perfectly, and hidden must be quite complicated, and
precludes the possibility of adding any other kind of dress to the
mix-- any change would mess up the entire chain.

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