The heat is on... 10 tips to bet the heat!

Posted on June 13, 2012 by Joel Broock There have been 0 comments

The mercury is rising here in Las Vegas.  We've already hit 107° and it's only going to get hotter as summer progresses. It's right around this time in 2005 that I realized I needed a solution for performing in the desert heat and that's when the High Caliber Holster was born. The goal was to create a device the would hold my magic as well as a suit jacket would, but without the jacket. The design concept came from a shoulder holster for a gun, which allows the wearer to conceal a gun and extra ammunition under any cover wear necessary. That meant I could get away with wearing it under a Hawaiian shirt for my pool parties or a button up shirt for nicer events. What I didn't realize at the time, was that the holster was going to continue to be indispensable throughout the year under my suit jacket too.

Now that summer is here, I am sure some of you are feeling the same way I did back in 2005. Here are 10 tips to help you survive performing outdoors in the summer.

1) You don't need to wear a suit just because you're a magician.
Feel free to change your attire for the summer, just make sure to look professional and never under-dress for a gig.

2) Avoid synthetic materials.
Formal attire made with synthetics like polyester will always be hotter. If you need to wear a suit, you'll be more comfortable in cotton or linen for the summer. Keep this in mind for your undergarments too! :-)

3) Avoid dark colors.
This one may be obvious, but if you only have one suit, it's probably black. If you are going to be performing at outdoor summer events, it might be a smart time to spend your gig's pay on some proper summer attire like a light colored cotton or linen suit.

4) Wear loose fitting clothes.
Loose fitting clothes will allow more ventilation to your body, keeping you cooler.

5) Protect your head!
I like to avoid sunglasses because it's difficult to connect with an audience if they can't see your eyes. A hat will help shade your face from the sun and keep your head cool. The key to a cool body is a cool head. A good quality ventilated hat will keep you comfortable in the sun.

6) Stay hydrated!
You will need to drink plenty of water if you're going to be outside working in the heat. If you can't carry water, find a place to stash a bottle of water that you can get back to regularly. Stay away from caffeinated drinks, it will only make matters worse.

7) Wear sunscreen!
It doesn't take long to burn on a hot summer day. Wear plenty of sunscreen on any exposed skin; you don't want to show up to your next gig with a cherry red face!

8) Wear clothing made for keeping cool.
A great place to look for casual dress clothing is at a sporting goods shop. You can find professional looking attire made for hiking, fishing or safaris. These types of clothes are usually ventilated, loose and cool. You can also look for articles that use modern "high-tech" materials that wick sweat away from your body. These can be worn under a suit to help keep you cool and dry.

9) Don't forget about your audience!
If you're hot, they're hot too. For strolling work, keep an eye on your audience and if they look uncomfortable, end the set early or move them to some shade. Also, when booking an outdoor gig, talk to the client about the conditions in case the weather is more extreme than expected. While planning an outdoor summer event, many people will overlook the possibility of extreme weather ruining their party. This is especially important if you are planning a stand-up show where guests must be seated or standing in the sun for an extended period. Your client will appreciate your advice if you recommend a pop-up tent, misting fans or other easily overlooked and inexpensive ways to keep the party going if extreme heat attacks!

10) Carry ice cubes in all your pockets!
Just kidding, don't carry ice cubes in your pockets!

Now you've got some tips for keeping cool in the summer, so go out there and break a leg at your summer gigs!

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