Easy. Simple. Fast. Fun.
This is what Corset Magic is all about: a
reduced waistline, a flat tummy, great posture, and
a fashionable figure that you can achieve quickly and
Try wearing a modern style, contemporary
custom corset made to fit the hills and valleys of
your own body—I mean a new, popular version of that
antique garment your mother and grandmother grew to
hate. When you see the results, you’ll grow to love it!
Watch heads swivel in your direction as people
note your new hourglass shape. You might even be
mistaken for a movie star the very first day you wear
Yes, corsets work.
First, a corset works as a superb
fashion garment instantaneously—and easily—to trim
two to three inches off your waistline
on a temporary basis. This quick result
will be stunning! Take a look at the “before” and “after” photos
below, and you’ll see what I mean. Our model,
is a pretty lady, even in the photo on the right,
where she is not wearing a corset. But with only a
little help from a corset, namely two inches, in the photo on the left,
her figure becomes decidedly noteworthy. (Photo: © Jeanette Vonier 2001)
When Linda removes that corset, however, her
body—and yours after you wear a corset—returns to
its original shape within five or ten minutes.
But hold on a moment. There’s another fact
you need to know, and it’s what this book is all about:
Second, with only a bit more effort
and time, a corset works
as an effective, functional garment to
help you comfortably reach any
reasonable goal of permanent waistline
reduction---or weight loss,
if you want it.
It’s not unusual to note up to four or five
inches of waistline reduction, and 5, 10, 20, or
more pounds of weight loss after you wear a corset
for only a few months.
That latter process is known as "waist training,"
or as one of my clients said, "waste" training.
This somewhat strange-sounding phrase means a process
of wearing corsets gradually to reduce your waistline,
while implementing healthy new eating habits and a
moderate amount of waist-specific exercises.
This book gives you the simple steps to train
your waist, and they work—if you work them!
Let’s talk about working Corset Magic on weight
Nearly all of us share a common desire to feel
attractive, sexy, or powerful. We all want to be
liked and appreciated. We all have to start somewhere,
get a clear picture of where we want to go, then adopt
a realistic method, and follow it step-by-step to get
Many of my corset clients—particularly
brides—are “going to lose weight first, then come back
to waist train.” Some web sites and even so-called
“corset experts” recommend losing a certain amount of
weight or body fat before waist training. Certainly
errant bellies seem to be the target of both men and
women who pursue shaping up.
And errant bellies have been moving up in
size and public attention since the early 1900s.
On December 4, 1910, the New York Times
an article quoting Dudley Hemingway, M.D., Director of
the Hemingway Gymnasium at Harvard University, who
noted from his research of college women that women
had steadily been increasing at the waistline for the
past 20 years and had a waistline three or four inches
larger than their grandmothers (with hips smaller).
Interestingly, Dr. Hemingway was not at all concerned
about that fact.
Today it’s rather common knowledge
that large waistlines signify danger. What’s also known
today is perhaps the most stunning of all facts
regarding the waistline: stomach fat is associated with a host of pernicious health effects in humans, including death by heart attack (Discover: Science, Technology, and The Future, “Killer Fat” by Mariana Gosnells, February, 2007). Furthermore, about 46 percent of Americans have an excess of it.
On August 2, 2010 the San Francisco Examiner
reported that the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention cited a study finding that 26.7 percent of
adults were obese the year before, up 1.1 percent
from 2007. Their January 2010 report found 33.8 percent
obesity nationwide. In the report, medical costs
associated with obesity were estimated as high as
$147 billion. A host on the TV show "The Chew" reported
in mid-September, 2012, that in 2013 about half of
Americans will be considered obese.
Americans aren’t the only women in trouble.
In 2001 and 2002, the University College London, the
London College of Fashion, and retailers, took more
than 1.5 million measurements from 11,000 people using
state-of-the-art 3D body scanners. They compared
results with the last major sizing survey in the 1950s
which used the traditional tape measure. The study found
that British women have become heavier in the past 50
years and weighed an average of 143.5 pounds for a
height of 64.5 inches. They still beat out American
women who weighed 155.5 pounds and were 63 inches in
height on an average. The Guardian online on September
21, 2005, reported that in 1951 the British woman had
an average 27.5-inch waist but by 2005 had a
“34-cincher.” In that year, thirty-eight percent
of British women were classified as overweight and
one in five was obese, and their shape is “blockier.”
More alarming yet, the majority of physicians
like Victorian Dr. Hemingway seem particularly sanguine
about our expanding girths and do not regularly check
the matter, which is the primary indicator of obesity.
There’s a lot of talk about size of waistlines,
especially by Dr. Mahmoud Oz on his popular TV show
launched in 2010, called “Dr. Oz.” He says that women
with waistlines of 35-inches and over, and men with
waistlines of 40-inches and over, have a higher
incidence of high blood pressure, heart disease, and
Type 2 diabetes. Indeed, after tobacco and alcohol, obesity
is the most important contributor to increased
mortality, according to Dr. Christopher J. L. Murray,
as reported in the San Francisco Examiner,
September 12, 2006. Thus, most all of us consider
dieting at one time or another, focused on the errant
waistline or belly, and some of us are perpetually
on a diet.
Maybe you’re one of them, or maybe you’ve
lost weight in the past but put it all right back on.
According to a “Good Morning America” TV news report
on August 1, 2006, 130 million Americans start a diet
each year, and may have some success. However, 90
percent of us gain the weight we’ve lost back within
five years and also gain back more than we lost; only
2.5% of us actually keep the weight off!
Stuart Lawrence Trager, M.D., professor at
the Hahneman University School of Medicine, says that
“we all have difficulty in eating less and exercising
more. Four-fifths of those who start diets, abandon
them.” (Testifying on the U.S. government’s food
pyramid revision at the Senate’s Subcommittee on
Consumer Products and Safety, C-Span coverage of
hearing on October 1, 2003. You can read more about
the pyramid below.)
Nonetheless, maybe you’re going to the gym
to try to lose weight first, then try a corset. Maybe
you’ve heard the misguided advice to do just that
before waist training. Perhaps you’re considering
But consider this: One of our clients paid
$6,750 in 2006 for liposuction on six body areas.
She was still disappointed with the results. The
operation flattened her lower belly, but it appeared
artificial when compared to other sections of her
curvy figure. Plus, but it did nothing to get rid
of her "love handles" or create an hourglass shape.
She contacted us to try corset waist training before
she went on to stomach-stapling, or saline-filled
Even Dr. Oz says the last things he would
recommend are extreme diets or radical stomach-rerouting
surgeries to solve an often preventable problem
(AARP The Magazine, Sept. 2011, in "New Ways to Fight
the Rise in Diabetes." N.B. Sadly enough on February 12,
2015, Dr. Oz
expressed doubt about the efficacy or safety of waist
training. On the television segment he did not feature
any educated corset enthusiast or medical professional
who based his or her statements on actual knowledge of the
effects of corseting on real patients. We hope Dr. Oz
will futher and correctly inform himself and his audience
about the matter.)
My client’s case didn’t surprise me, because
the type of fat that liposuction sucks out happens
to be subcutaneous, or surface fat, often the more
"benign" kind that is meant for long-term energy storage.
Sumo wrestlers encourage an excess of this kind of
fat, yet remain mainly free of hypertension because
they exercise six to eight hours a day and don’t suffer
an excess of visceral, deeper-layer fat surrounding
vital organs like the heart (and also predominant in
aging men, by the way). Liposuction leaves visceral fat
untouched and possibly even augmented (According to
Gosnells in Discover magazine)! What a waste.
Please read on before you decide corsets aren’t
for you, before you delay trying corsets one more minute,
or, worse, before you take one of those radical,
expensive, and irreversible surgical steps. There’s
no need to be discouraged by past failures, no need
to be ashamed of your present waistline—even if it
exceeds 50 inches— no need to rush into risky surgeries,
and no need to wait before you try corsets. You can
start right now with a fresh new approach that works.
Isn’t it about time that you do what Pamela Anne Miller,
one of my clients, said? “I’m about ready to
concentrate more on the waist not becoming a waste
Take a look at my corset client and student
Denna G., a mother of three children, before she began
waist training, her permanent 14-pound weight loss
after only two months of corseting, and her svelte
figure at graduation. Denna maintained her figure for
at least two more years before we lost touch.
You can note Denna before waist training (left; note plump face, shoulders, and waist),
Denna two months after beginning training (center), and one month later at graduation after losing 20 pounds and five waistline inches (right; note slim face, shoulders, and waist)
When she put on her first corset, Denna temporarily
nipped two inches off her waistline and reduced her
tummy. But after only eight weeks of corset waist
training, she dropped 14 pounds. The temporary reduction
became permanent. Her waist eventually dropped from
31 inches to 29 inches and she lost 20 pounds. Denna
exclaimed: "I feel like I’m doing this without effort!"
You, too, can drop pounds and inches without
effort, because a corset will:
jump-start the weight-loss process, thereby
achieving visible results fast
- easily suppress your appetite and minimize
hunger pangs, thereby encouraging you to reduce
- immediately result in favorable attention to your improved posture and figure,
thereby motivating you to continue.
That’s right: Your tummy won’t moan in protest
and you won’t go berserk from hunger. Hunger is one of
the main causes of failure when people unsuccessfully
attempt to diet. But you won’t give in to unbearable
cravings, because you just won’t have them. Corsets
diminish hunger in a matter of days or weeks for most
waist-training students. When you do get hungry, you’re
satisfied with a far less quantity of food, thus, you
I know, because since 1990, I’ve extolled the
virtues of this magical garment to some 40,000-plus
people, customers of, or visitors to, my web site and
retail corset business or attendees at my corset fashion
shows, exhibits, and seminars.
I’ve heard it all when customers try on their
first corset and take a look in the mirror, from “Zowie!”
to “Yikes!” and everything in between.
I’ve seen it all because I’ve poked, prodded,
squeezed, analyzed, and measured tons (literally) of
bodies—lithe and little, tall and tantalizing, fat
and floppy, skinny and scrawny.
We come in an amazing variety of shapes
and sizes, so don’t
worry too much about what you’re
starting with. It’s where you
end up that counts.
But let’s say you’re one of the rare people who
doesn’t want to lose weight.
Even if you’ve maintained the same weight
over the years, where you display that weight will
likely have shifted south over time. Thus, you can
still benefit from this book, because you can maintain
your basic weight, yet lift your flesh and spirits
northward while corseting.
You don’t know where to find a corset or how to
choose a style? This book will help you find and design
a style that fits you, and learn to enjoy the many other
pleasures that corsets can offer.
Perhaps you already know about corsets and own
and wear one or more styles. You, too, can use
information in this book to help you wear that corset
comfortably for longer periods of time at a tighter
reduction. You can lose a few waistline inches and
create an even more impressive figure.
You likely know about the use of corsets for
private romantic interludes. Corsets can put some
pizzazz and romance back in your life. But everyone
can benefit from wearing a corset.
For ladies, corsets will boost your bustline.
For everyone, corsets will improve your posture
(no slumping possible—Mother will be proud of you!)
and can seemingly add up to an inch to your height.
Yes, I mean that everyone can enjoy corseting, including
men. I’ll explore this topic in detail in Chapter 13.
For now, you can take it as fact. Mainly, I speak
from my perspective, a woman’s, but my comments will
generally apply to everyone. I’ll address men’s special
If you’re like many of my clients and me, you
may find that you develop a more positive attitude
toward yourself, bring your self-image into line with
reality, and begin to make healthier lifestyle choices
all around. You’re bound to feel great and look just
I hope you’ll enjoy the photos of exquisite
corsets as elegant outer wear. I expect that you’ll
be inspired to design a spectacular, fashion-forward
corset ensemble to wear to the opening of your city’s
opera, or to a Halloween fantasy ball.
Here are two corset costume ideas
that might appeal to your creative side.
And above is a photo of that loving group of corset
enthusiast friends and clients I gather from time
to time at a San Francisco hotel cocktail lounge or
hot new dance club. We don our corset gowns, dress our
beaux up in tails, tux, or business suits, and off we
go to dance the night away. Upon arrival at our
destination, we’ve been known to be announced with
much fanfare by the band, such as, “The Corset Club
has arrived!” We always attract other curious and
appreciative lounge guests to join our merry group,
and beg to try a corset on, for the fun of it!
Whether you’re going to waist-train or just
play “dress up” or “costume corset queen,” be prepared
for some fascinating—and fascinated—public commentary.
It’s happened to my clients, and to me.
My favorite story is about one special occasion
on a lovely, warm summer day when I was on my way to
the San Francisco Palace of Legion of Honor Fine Arts
Museum to meet a friend, David Kunzle, whom I mention
in the next chapter. I wore a flowing pink crepe dress
(which you’ll see in the photo to the right and below)
with matching rose brocade hourglass corset tightly
laced over the dress. I also wore a wide-brimmed summer
hat decorated with a large chiffon rose and long pink
Upon seeing me, a grey-haired gentleman, who
shared the bus stop bench, exclaimed, “Wow! Where did
you get that outfit?” I knew from the tone in his voice
that it was a friendly, approving question, not a
critical or abusive one, so I quietly explained that
I was a corset designer and purveyor, and was going to
the museum for lunch and an outing with a friend.
“Women used to dress like that—and I loved it—
hats, gloves, looking fine . . . ,” his voice trailed
off and his eyes practically glowed as he stared at my
On the second bus I noticed an older gentleman
board, then rely on his walker to make his way slowly
down the aisle and sit across from me. He couldn’t help
but notice me, especially since no one else was seated
"My goodness!" he exclaimed. "Southern Belle
style! That’s just great! I remember the Southern Belle
"That makes a man feel just great to have a
Southern Belle on his arm. I remember twice in my life
I had a Southern Belle. Once in the Army and once
I smiled and thanked him.
Needless to say, he made my day, and I hope
I made his.
You'll see me pictured as the "southern belle" here with my mom, Pedie, at the 1994
San Francisco Grand Corset Celebration.
But hold on another moment. I’m not a doctor. You just
knew I’d say that, didn’t you? You’d be certain I’d say
it if you knew I’m a . . . lawyer.
That’s right, a lawyer who practiced civil trial
law for 16 years—the last six as a California Deputy
Attorney General—and who decided to retire and create
a socially beneficial product. Basically, I decided to
make love instead of war.
Naturally, I’m concerned about saying anything
whatsoever that you could take the wrong way, out of
context, to an extreme, or that could cause you harm.
Therefore, I’ve had medical professionals review this
book, a culmination of what I have learned during many
years of personal and professional experience as a
corset wearer, designer, purveyor, writer, and
If you have any concerns or are experiencing any
kind of health problem, please consult your doctor,
or find a licensed or registered nutritionist and
physical therapist to verify my information and tailor
it to your particular needs.
As a friendly warning, beware of the pages of
trivia and nonsense about waist training that you will
find on hundreds of corset web sites and chat rooms
today. Many of those discussions are little more than
fantasy, containing few kernels of truth. Pictures of
so-called success stories are frequently
Furthermore, much of the information out there
concerning corsets makes simplistic, unsupported, and
unsupportable statements. If you want to learn practical
information about waist training, you need to
distinguish carefully between generalities that might
not fit you and specific statements that do.
Finally, some web sites and so-called “doctors”
or “experts” give pat answers and advice about how to
use corsets to waist train, but you’re unique. Your
goals and the specific steps to reach them must be
realistic for you.
In this book I’ve used only real, unretouched
photos (well, maybe a wrinkle or two in the face of
a model have been softened, but the body and waistline
reductions are accurate), true case histories, and
health-conscious and correct advice to show you the way
to eventual and moderate waist-shaping success.
I focus on reputable web sites with substantial
expertise behind the information they publish, web
sites that are likely to be around for some time.
Even though some of those may be out-of-date or
off-the-air when you read this book, their information
will likely remain helpful for a long time to come.
Please use common sense, which, as Will Rogers
said, is “exceedingly uncommon,” to ensure your
continued good health and to see whether what I
advise is right for you.
It’s easy, simple, fast, and fun.
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Now, please join me as we explore that pesky
“Corset Question,” and put it to rest forever. I
think you’re going to have a lot of fun!
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Pictured right is M. Xavier and Ann at M.’s graduation after three months of waist training, celebrating M.’s three-inch waist reduction and three-pound weight loss, at the Fairmont Hotel,
San Francisco spring, 2005.
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