List of Quick-change acts
Quick-change is a performance style in which a performer or magician changes quickly within seconds from one costume into another costume in front of the audience.
Modern Quick-change artists 
Steven Best & Cassandra The Quick Change Illusionists 
Las Vegas based Quick Change artists Steven Best and Cassandra have headlined their own Las Vegas Show for over five years. Their fastest change has been clocked at a record breaking 2 seconds. They have eight dress changes and change three Tuxedos. They are one of the most popular Quick Change Acts in North America. They have done eight changes in 60 seconds on TV.
The Living Cartoon 
One of the most unusual quick-change artists is the Venetian Ennio Marchetto, who uses only cardboard and paper for his costumes and wigs and can change into over 50 characters in one hour. Also called "The Living Cartoon", Ennio has enjoyed success since his first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1989. He has been nominated in New York for a Drama Desk Award, and in London for a Laurence Olivier award. His bi-dimensional cardboard costumes fold like origami. He has over 500 characters in his repertoire, from works of art like the Mona Lisa to modern pop stars like Eminem and Shakira.
Arturo Brachetti 
A famous exponent of quick-change artistry is the Italian actor and performer Arturo Brachetti. When he started his career in Paradis Latin, Paris (1979) he was the only one in the world since the legendary Leopoldo Fregoli (1867-1937). Guinness World Records of 2006 and 2007 lists him as the fastest in the world. In 2000 he was awarded the Molière Award, the highest accolade in French theatre, for "The Man with 1000 Faces," where he performs 80 different characters in a two-hour show. The show sold out in Paris for several months in Theatre Marigny, Theatre Mogador, Casino de Paris, from April 2000 to January 2005.
Brachetti has created and performed about 25 acts for television and 10 plays, produced by the National Theatre of Italy. His wardrobe consists of more than 350 costumes. His performances involve often a series of characters, played consecutively one after the other, or in spoken sketches in which he plays all the roles interacting with each other. The festival "Juste Pour Rire" launched his career in North America. In 2009 he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award in London for the show "Change" at the Garrick Theatre. He returned to Paris in 2009/10 at the Folies Bergere with his new show about Cinema. In 2011, the French Ministry of Culture presented him with the honorary title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres Knight of Arts and Letters. In the Opera field he created a personal version of L'Histoire du soldat by Stravinsky and "Peter and the wolf" by Prokofiev with the Symphonic Orchestra of Rai Radio Televisione Italiana.
Another traditional style of quick change was the Muscovite duo The Sudarchikovis, with a circus show they created in the 1969. In this act the partners would change costumes (color and shapes) several times covered by a sandwich screen, a piece of cloth, or a ring with ribbons. For the finale silver confetti was thrown by the man on his partner and her costume would change into a different white dress. They have nine costume changes. The Sudarchikovis started out with Anatoly and Lyubov Sudarchikovi in 1969 and have since retired. Their son and daughter-in-law have now taken over the act.
Sos and Victoria Petrosyan 
German/Armenian/Russian duo Sos and Victoria Petrosyan "The New Generation of Quick-Change Artists" are four time Quick Change Costumes Guinness World Records holders, changing into 16 costumes in 120 seconds (Germany) and 11 costumes in 60 seconds (China). In 2011 they created a Guinness Word Record in Germany - 13 costumes in 1 minute.
They began in 1991 in Moscow. Magic Circle of Germany /MZvD/ decided to present Sos & Victoria as the Best Magic Act in 2007. Duo Petrosyan Awarded - The Best Magician of the Year and International World Merlin Award in USA for the fastest quick change act in the world. They are the only magicians in the world who have gained this Oscar twice. In Los Angeles they got a World Magic Award for the Best Cabaret Duo 2008.
In 2010 Sos and Victoria Petrosyan gained a Guinness World Record on the French TV Show "Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde" in Paris - 19 costumes. Sos and Victoria have been awarded by the Magic Circle in Germany the "Best Writer of the Year 2010" for the books: "Women's Dress Transformation" Part 2 and "Men's Suit Transformation" Part 1 www.quick-change-products.com. All the tricks and transformation costumes used in their performances have been developed by Sos.
In 2011 they got to the semi-final of the German TV Show "Supertalent". In 2012 they performed in Beijing "China International "Great Wall" Magic Carnival" where 20 magicians, FISM winners, presented their dazzling performances in a theater for thousands of people, in a magical battle for three days. Sos & Victoria Petrosyan received the only one Gold Medal for Stage Competition. There was also 2 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals.
Soul Mystique 
Soul Mystique is an Australian duo of entertainers who became known in world variety theatre for their performances combining professional dancesport with a high speed quick change act. This duo is most famous for their two times appearance on the television show Australia's Got Talent in 2007 (series 1) and 2012 (series 6) – both times with great success as Grand Finalists, and placing 2nd runner up in series 6.
In 2008 Soul Mystique was placed amongst 10 of the world’s best magicians by Fox Bio Channel – and was invited by Las Vegas veterans and legends of Magic, Siegfried and Roy, as the closing act at for the historic event ‘A Tribute to Siegfried & Roy at The London Palladium’ - where Queen Elizabeth and members of the Royal Family were in attendance.
In 2011, Soul Mystique was listed as the choice of entertainment for high society by Asian Tatler Magazine. This duo was also two times ‘Australian Entertainer of the Year’ Finalist in 2011 and 2012 by Australian Event Awards. Soul Mystique is a partnership formed in 1996, between two former Latin-American dancesport champions, Gavin Skinner and Lydia Lim. This duo produces every aspect of their shows from costuming, props, to music arrangements. Soul Mystique is a registered trademark since 2009.
Soul Illusions 
DOK and HEIDI duo "Soul Illusions" performed in the UniverSoul Circus Show in 2007. In this act Heidi changes dress style and color several times and DOK made tuxedo changes. DOK, a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians since 1978, and HEIDI (originally a showgirl of UniverSoul Circus) were the first African-American duo who performed quick change acts in the United States.
David and Dania 
David and Dania appeared on the first season of NBC's America's Got Talent. They have ten different costume changes: two tuxedos and eight dresses. They have also become the official halftime act for the NBA. They received an award for being by a duo 2007. They have since revealed a new routine on Season 5 of America's Got Talent, based on music from the 1960s and 1970s. They have been doing their act for nearly 16 years.
Lex Schoppi and Alina 
Lex Schoppi is a trick producer and author of magic books and articles about the art of quick change. He has been Author of the Year for his quick change books and several times Artist of the Year in Germany. His stage partner Alina is a Latin dancer. They work with long dresses and overcoats. Alina is the only woman in the world to master the split second costume change whilst still bound (the world fastest escape illusion).
They appeared in the Eurovision Circus TV Show with three winners from Heidi Klum's "Germanys Topmodels". He has an own tailor workshop for his magic and works for artists and stars. He created the opening ceremony of German Music Award Echo.
Lee Alex 
Lee Akex is a British born illusionist based in Istanbul, Turkey. he is winner of the Merlin Award "Illusionist of the Year 2009" presented by the International Magicians' Society. Known throughout the magic world for his "Colour Change Waistcoat", "Snow Leopard Vest" and "Happy Birthday Waistcoat". Lee Alex is the co-author and translator of the German book "Quick Change" by Lex Schoppi and the sole author of the book "Time for a Change?".
Dúo Germanó 
This young couple were born in Tucumán (Argentina). They gained fame in her country after participating in Argentina Got's Talent (Talento Argentino). Awarded in the Latin American Championship of Magic 2009. His quickchange and magic act of eight minutes combines tango and acting.
- Arturo Brachetti Website
- Sos and Victoria Petrosyan Website
- Foxtel Bio Channel (2008)
- Las Vegas Weekly (2008)
- Asian Tatler Magazine (May, 2011)
- 'The Read' - Asian Geographic (2012)
- Australian Intellectual Property
- David and Diana on America's Got Talent
- Lex Schoppi and Alina Website
- Happy Birthday Waistcoat effect
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