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Just a little tip while practicing. Be careful how much you use a mirror because if you use it too much you may become dependent on it. I would suggest using a video camera instead.
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Great advise, I tape lots of my shows also & review them.

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To me, the problem with mirrors is that it causes the performer to look at the wrong place.

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Mary Mowder
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Mirrors are a good first step to not looking at your hands and seeing what it looks like to the Spectator.

Getting the Video Camera out is best but in the end almost any practice is good (good practice is better).

I do learn a lot more with Video practice.

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I would suggest eliminating mirror practice completely.
The effect of a mirror is for a performer to concentrate on the wrong thing. With the technology available today performance recording is the best way to go.

It gives you the opportunity to just focus on how it plays out, rather than how it looks. Things I have learnt when using a camera are to be your own worst enemy. Put the camera at eye-level, and then high up. And higher still.
Then low, and to the right.
Move it over and over.
Suddenly you realise what angles REALLY are, and how to deal with them far faster than you ever could without the cold mechanical eye giving you the heads-up.
Card men in particular should notice this adds considerably to their learning curve.
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