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March 29, 2006 3:17 AM   Subscribe

Quick change artists David and Dania, who got her start in the Moscow Circus, entertain crowds at NBA half-time shows by performing quick changes of clothing. They've performed on numerous other shows around the world. You can even buy one of David's quick change tophats... (!!!).
posted by saketini99 (31 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Wow, that's pretty crazy.
posted by antifuse at 3:37 AM on March 29, 2006

But... but that's unpossible! Cheerfully mystified, however the last change made me throw up a little.
posted by NinjaPirate at 3:50 AM on March 29, 2006

dammit, how do they do that!?!

And yes, the last outfit was a bit lame - bound to get the biggest cheers though, so you can exactly why it's the finale.
posted by twistedonion at 4:16 AM on March 29, 2006

That's pretty cool.

Obviously they're using special clothes, but even at that I can't see how they do it. Are they wearing quick remove clothing in layers and just stripping off one layer at a time maybe?
posted by sotonohito at 4:25 AM on March 29, 2006

It's Global Hypercolour. They have heat guns inside the blankets. Or else they've sewn thousands of liquid ferromagnetic prisms into the fabric, which align to give different colours according to the external field direction.
posted by nylon at 4:41 AM on March 29, 2006

Ah, a forgotten branch of the conjuring art. Now I remember why it's forgotten.

Fun link, though.
posted by Decani at 4:45 AM on March 29, 2006

I saw them at a UK @ LSU basketball game a few years ago while in town for Mardi Gras.. It was unbelievable - didn't realize they weren't local though.. Neat!
posted by hypersloth at 4:48 AM on March 29, 2006

There was a story on Slate earlier this week about this.
posted by grouse at 5:06 AM on March 29, 2006

Well, according to at least one of the clips on their site, when they do the finale overseas, they don't finish with her clad in Old Glory.

Possibly because they don't want to receive the righteous blows of an incensed audience.

She's also a Rooskie which may explain the ballroom dance component of their act. (It's in their blood, you see...)

Great stuff. Thanks saketini99.
posted by the sobsister at 5:30 AM on March 29, 2006

Jeez, some folks are cynics. The last outfit was just fine -- thw whole presentation was cool. Any "magic" act that legitimately has me asking "How'd They Do That?" is worthy of praise.

Great link.
posted by grubi at 5:34 AM on March 29, 2006

okay, i'm impressed.
it takes me at least an entire cup of coffee to don my jeans/t-shirt outfit, and I don't dance while doing it.
posted by Busithoth at 6:34 AM on March 29, 2006

The world needs more quick change artists and less of... well, a whole bunch of professions.
posted by unixrat at 7:16 AM on March 29, 2006

That's the craziest thing I've ever seen.
posted by bshort at 7:18 AM on March 29, 2006

I saw these two live whilst on a cruise, once. They're really, seriously amazing to watch in person.
posted by jacquilynne at 7:19 AM on March 29, 2006

That's awesome although I would have skipped the potted plants as set decoration.
posted by smackfu at 7:41 AM on March 29, 2006

Dude. You're Blowing My Mind!

(thinks how to incorporate Quickchange into DJ set...)
posted by djrock3k at 7:48 AM on March 29, 2006

This was fantastic, and I hope this act ends here. jacquilynne's note has me shuddering with the thought of 10 imitation acts getting their start on Carnival Cruise lines.
posted by Nelson at 8:12 AM on March 29, 2006

Clearly they have access to some serious nanotechnology.
posted by dopamine at 8:23 AM on March 29, 2006

I'm also way more impressed by this than I should be. Good stuff
posted by 13twelve at 8:26 AM on March 29, 2006

You can order the color changing top hat in 4 colors.


[Oh wait, it's the gloves that change color, not the hat]
posted by kika at 8:32 AM on March 29, 2006

Meh... wake me when the Quick Sex Change Artists show up...
posted by BobFrapples at 8:51 AM on March 29, 2006

If you look at the video right before the confetti dump, you can see her start to unsnap the front of her pink dress. I'm betting the america gown is folded tight 'inside' the pink dress, and she quickly snaps it to the back and the whole gown falls out. Pretty sweet though, very nice execution.
posted by Mach5 at 9:42 AM on March 29, 2006

Amazing! I don't know if it's significant or not, but I notice that her dresses gets longer with each change. They start quite short, and end up floor length. I would guess this is to cover the other ones?
posted by neurodoc at 9:56 AM on March 29, 2006

I saw these guys on an airplane once. It was horrible. Due to a sudden loss of cabin pressure, their clothing exploded, and they were left standing there, nude, with all these weird flaps of skin that were just dribbling with silk. I still have nightmares.
posted by crunchland at 9:57 AM on March 29, 2006

Damn, crunchland, way to make me choke on a potato chip.
posted by dazed_one at 11:03 AM on March 29, 2006

neurodoc: I'm sure you're right.

Pretty cool!
posted by sonofsamiam at 11:07 AM on March 29, 2006

Hey, that is cool. Like the King of Masks movie, anyone seen that?
posted by pumpkin at 11:38 AM on March 29, 2006

Wow - I actually knew Dania Kaseeva when she did a hula hoop act at the Big Apple Circus. She'd keep 25 or more hoops moving around her body and then start adding handfuls of hoops to her arms.... very cool.
posted by AuntLisa at 11:39 AM on March 29, 2006

I saw these guys on an airplane once. -- crunchland

So wrong. So very, very wrong. Hysterical...but just wrong. Hee.
posted by dejah420 at 12:15 PM on March 29, 2006

I've seen them perform at a few Bulls games. Even from the third floor, looking down, I've never been able to figure out how they do it. She also changes wigs a few times.
posted by SisterHavana at 4:26 PM on March 29, 2006

pumpkin writes 'Like the King of Masks movie, anyone seen that?'

Yeah, it sucked balls. Seriously, terrible, terrible movie.
posted by signal at 7:28 PM on March 29, 2006

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