How Do They Do That?

Posted by: vendome

How Do They Do That? - Sun Feb 12 2012 12:24 PM

I'm sure that many of you saw this amazing act on "America's Got Talent" and have wondered, like I have, how on earth they did that.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7zhv_quick-change-artists_news

Well, I've done some research and have, I think, discovered the secret.

I'll let anyone interested jot down their ideas before I tell how it's done (according to the research I referenced).
Posted by: sue943

Re: How Do They Do That? - Sun Feb 12 2012 12:35 PM

Amazing.
Posted by: minkpenny

Re: How Do They Do That? - Sun Feb 12 2012 03:43 PM

That was amazing. And yeah, I have no idea how they do it. They kept changing clothes, but where did they put it?? It was not on the floor... is it just reversible outfits or something? Can't wait to hear what you found out, Vendome.
Posted by: golfmom08

Re: How Do They Do That? - Mon Feb 13 2012 05:23 AM

I've seen an act like this in a live show. I was. Sitting in the front row and I have no earthly idea how it was accomplished! It was very beautiful though! Pleas tell!
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: How Do They Do That? - Mon Feb 13 2012 05:57 AM

A very polished act indeed!

A little check on Google has thrown a little light on the manner of the 'how', but I still think it's a fab act!
Posted by: minkpenny

Re: How Do They Do That? - Sat Feb 18 2012 12:39 PM

Vendome, are you going to tell us what you found?? I'm curious to know how they do it! Hehe.
Posted by: vendome

Re: How Do They Do That? - Sun Feb 19 2012 02:10 PM

I found lots of ideas concerning how the quick change artists accomplish their amazing routines. Each one, however, has its unexplainable features. The 'velcro on the dress' idea doesn't work; the dress could be successfully removed but where does it go once removed. Some claim that her dresses are like calendars; Dania looks top heavy when she first appears. Her subsequent 'dresses' are attached to her bodice; she pulls the top down creating a skirt. I don't think this works; the time factor prohibits this and how do you explain the man's quick change?

I think the following is the procedure quick change acts follow -- the problems encountered when performing for the president are telling. The show could go on if the 'velco' and 'calendar' methods were used:
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Quick Change is actually a fairly large team effort. The Quick Change team is composed of several computer engineers, programmers, tailors, technicians, a chemist, a physicist, and several others. All these people are needed because of the technology and science that enables Quick Change.

The dresses Dania wears are made from special fabric coated with a thin, flexible layer of OLED film. The OLED coated fabric can be instantly changed to any color by electronic signals. OLED technology was chosen because it does not require a backlight and is very energy efficient. Wearing OLED enabled fabric is like wearing a computer screen. A miniature, onboard computer controls the OLED fabric and stores programs for each “virtual dress,” as we call them. The virtual dresses are changed remotely by a technician via radio frequency.

Various techniques are employed to change the shape and style of the dress. The use of electronic muscles is one of the most interesting techniques. Electronic muscles were originally developed for robotics applications. These devices behave similarly to human muscles when stimulated with electronic signals and are used for mechanical actuation. These electronic muscles allow the onboard computer to alter the shape of the dresses. This includes revealing additional fabric (such as ruffles) tucked away inside the dress at precisely the right time. The muscles also provide a means of detaching sections of fabric from the dress.

When Quick Change started using the OLED fabric, there were a few problems that have since been worked out. Poor electrical interconnections between the detachable fabric sections were a major source of embarrassing glitches early on. The detachable sections would occasionally go blank or only partially work during shows. A special, electrically conductive adhesive now used between interconnects solved this issue.

An interesting problem occurred at a show attended by President Bush. Upon taking stage, Dania’s dress refused to respond to the technician’s commands, and the act was not able to continue. It was later determined the Secret Service, as part of their normal security procedure, had unwittingly foiled the show by jamming the frequency used to control the dress.
Posted by: mhenson400

Re: How Do They Do That? - Tue Feb 28 2012 11:58 PM

Hi Vendome,

I don't think that explanation is correct. The dresses are different lengths, some have collars and straps, while others do not. Most of the dresses have three dimensional features (capes, frills, flowers). So, I do not see how this could be done with some sort of magic fabric.

I find this explanation to be far more likely.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj-5Ek0oVe0
Posted by: bitterlyold

Re: How Do They Do That? - Thu Apr 12 2012 09:15 PM

They're magic. For those of you who never worked in show business, believe it. MAGIC!

Having worked in theater for over 35 years, I know a great many secrets (not that particular one, but many others).

If the theater is to survive, we need people to enjoy suspending disbelief and just enjoy the show.

I don't know how a telephone works, particularly cell phones. I like to believe they are magic rocks. I kinds get the Flintstone's camera, though.