More about Quick-Change:
Quick-change is a performance style where a performer or magician changes quickly within seconds from one costume into another costume in front of the audience.
Origins of this can be found in a book dated 1600 describing the performance of Giovanni Gabrielli, performing different change of costumes and characters in the public square of Bologna. There are several types of quick change gags in the Commedia dell'arte. Various magicians in the 1800 used quick change effects in their repertory. Castor Sfax was one of them, performing the Podium Act.
The Italian mime Leopoldo Fregoli, (1867-1936) used quick-changes on stage and in front of the camera from 1895 to 1922. There still exist several minutes of these films. He was the first artist to transform this surprising skill into a full evening show. At the top of his career he was performing 60 characters in the same show.
The worlds leading exponent of quick change artistry is the Italian Arturo Brachetti.The Guinness Book of Records of 2006 lists him as the fastest in the world. In 2000 he was awarded the "Prix Molière" for "The man with 1000 faces" where he performs 80 different characters in the two hours show. The show sold-out in Paris for almost 3 years in an 1800 seats venue. Brachetti has invented and performed about 20 different acts for television and about 10 plays, produced by the National Theatre in Italy. His guarderobe counts more than 350 costumes. His performances are often a series of characters one after the other or a spoken sketch in which he plays all the roles interacting with each others.
Another popular quick-change duo is David and Dania. They appeared recently on NBC's America's Got Talent.