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Dougini
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I bet one could be made cheaply enough. 3 pieces of mirror plexi and some duct tape! Smile

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MikeDes
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Yup! That would work!
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On Sep 8, 2014, MikeDes wrote:
Here is the Cadillac version:

http://www.rnt2.com/magicians-practice-mirror.html


Thanks for mentioning my new Magician's Practice Mirror Michel!
In the past, I too took 3 mirrors and taped them together so I could just practice sleights for hours on end. I still have one that is a 24" square mirror in the center, and two 12" square mirrors on the sides, but I no longer use that. I found that the 24" mirror reflected my entire face, and was too distracting. I only need to see my hands to practice sleights and keep focused.
I purchased the plastic/plexi practice mirror that is on the market now and just hated the distorted quality of the reflection in the plexiglass - plus it was too small and $120!
Then I saw the Ricky Jay movie, Deceptive Practice. I really admired the tri-fold mirror he sat in front of while practicing card sleights and decided I would finally make something that was high quality, wood framed, and used REAL glass mirrors. I contacted my buddy Dan who is a trained/master furniture maker and together we worked out the specifics on what I wanted. What he produces is such high quality - every piece is an heirloom.

Also, IMO, a practice mirror has it's place. It's a good low-tech tool for practicing sleights. A video camera could be used for practice, as long as you are just putting the video out to a monitor and using it like a mirror - I don't need to record practice. But the video camera has a better purpose: for recording rehearsals. I don't practice patter/presentations in front of a mirror, I just practice the moves. For me, mirrors are for practice, video is for rehearsals - and practice is not the same thing as rehearsal.
Dougini
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I'd love to be able to afford that, Donnie! $325? LOL! Not on my pension! But yeah. That's the one ya want, folks! Plus look at the other stuff they have! Good value. All of it.

Doug
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I have a good size mirror in my bathroom
and just use that.I can turn to the right or left
and check my my angle's that the audience might see.
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I have large 5 ft mirror in my living room that I use for practicing. I believe most discount department stores should have these mirrors at a reasonable price. I adjust my body according to the angle I want to view . You can probably take a photo at each angle to view multiple perspectives.
Mike Gilbert
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I'd focus more on using a video camera. Even a phone camera works to record your sleights and performances. You'll be too busy looking into the mirror to focus on what you're actually doing. You're going to see things the spectators aren't (as you know what to look for, and they won't) and you won't see things that they necessarily will. Best bet is to record yourself instead and review. Just have the camera at a reasonable angle that would mimic the average spectator's eye level. Then you can check angles all day every day...after you have taken the time to focus on your magic; not your reflection. Smile
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MikeDes
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For me there is always a difference between practicing and rehearsing. When I am trying to learn a new sleight or move I use a mirror because it's quick and easy and provides instant feedback. Once I am more comfortable with the move I practice it without a mirror to get rid of that "looking at your reflection" reflex. Then when I am ready to rehearse an effect I will set up the video camera and record and review the rehearsals. I could do all this with just the camera but I find it a bit of a hassle to set up and time consuming to review things for a practice session.
Mike Gilbert
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Good point MikeDes. I should clarify that I don't think there is one end-all, be-all method. Different strokes for different folks, indeed. I think as long as you can find a fair balance that works for you and your style...go for it!
-Mike Gilbert Smile

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A single, normal mirror is fine. If you like, buy three and duct-tape them together. For me, video recording is the best way.
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