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gillesA4
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We've all been told to practice in front of a mirror; I realized a couple of days ago something that's probably obvious to all of you; hence my question: how do you place your mirror when working sitting at your table?
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It is recommended to have a three-way mirror. That way you can view yourself from the front, left and right side. And it will balance well right in front of you on the table.
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I have mirrors ALL OVER. Mainly because I'm a LEO...lol

but seriously; I have full length mirrors placed so I can see myself at EVERY angle. I also use my video camera and set it up in all those same locations as the mirrors. This way I can actually see what the audience sees. I set up few rows of chairs and then place the camera in some of them to give me a sitting perspective. After I am happy with everything then I will do the effect in public. That’s why I NEVER flash!…Ever…LOL!
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I have a mirror and a finance! She is my ultimate mirror and tells me if I flash something! It's like mirror mirror on the wall!
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I use the three mirrors positioned as James states above, but I also use a video camera. I discovered that it is very easy to blink deliberately or deceive yourself into not watching when you do a move. The camera won't blink. I practice until I think I have it smooth and down well in front of a mirror, then check it with the camera. I also move the camera to different angles to make sure of my angles. I have been surprised a time or two on angles when the camera was able to see a move in a position I presumed was protected.
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Yes, the camera is the magician's second best friend. It can show you images you don't like to see. But it is telling the truth and that hurts. That is why we deceive ourself by blinking in front of the mirror during the execution of a technique.
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A small 3-way mirror is definitely the way to go. A video camera is also a very valuable tool.
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Like James. Three foot square panels, taped together with duct tape is what I use for table practice.

I also have a nearly full length mirror that pivots backwards and forward.
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I don't like glass mirrors. I've dropped my closeup mirror out of my second-floor window twice now. My mirror is plastic (or something). I rotated the middle section ninety degrees to make it taller.

The other night, I tried videoing from behind my shoulder, aimed at the closeup mirror in front. I was hoping to get a number of different views for the price of one. But each view was smaller than just shooting from in front, so I went back to that.

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall who is the fairest magician of them all?

I saw that.

Stupid Mirror!
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You can NEVER have too many mirrors!

Big, small, wide, narrow.

On the floor, on a chair, table top, leaning against the wall.

If you ain't using all your mirrors, then you ain't covering all your angles. And if you ain't covering all your angles, then they will see the glare.

What glare?





The glare from the FLASH!



Know what I'm sayin'?


I get GREAT mirrors from clothing stores closing. Or go to a local Good Will or Salvation Army. You can get full-length mirrors. Only one problem: Getting them home in one piece. Be careful!
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I would say practicing in front of a mirror is essential to magical success. Too many times magicians who don't use one have to ask one of their family members: Hey how does this look? Eventually, or inevetibly they say it looks good because they don't want to hurt your feelings. When they finally perform it for someone and it bombs, the magician is left with; that was a bad trick or some thing other than it didn't involve proper practice. The only thing in my mind better than a mirror is a Camera. As others have stated here...the camera doesn't lie, and it can't be misdirected. To be fore warned is to be fore armed. I just have to know if I look silly or what have you.
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To add to all of this, performing in front of a mirror adds a new dimension to the effect. I can do quite a few colour changes, but they all look so obvious from my perspective. Doing them in front of a mirror adds SO MUCH to the effect. Not only is it a great way to practice, it revives the effect.

I am in the process of creating a 4 way mirror:
with left and right tilted mirrors (roughly 45 degrees or more, adjustable)
one mirror directly in front
and one mirror attached to the front one but tilting down, so that I can simulate an overhead view.

I am going to use 6x12" for the |one, and the rest will be 12x12" squares.
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Sounds pretty nifty Rabbitindahat.
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Can we view your 4-way mirror, when its done?
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Can't guarantee when that will be but sure Smile

just need to know how to upload photos onto here.
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Click on the bbcode link below for instruction. It is quite simple.
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Sometimes that isn't easy since we have to look at your hands when doing some moves ,I use a video camera also so I can see it later when doing a hard routine that requires total attention on the hands,I know seeing this is key to not flashing your gimick or coins ,many I seen in person flashes a coin or part of the trick you shouldnt see.I have a good observation on seeing detail in anny thing so I can pick up on this.My boss & old co worker are amaized the things I see on a mower,or anny peice of equipment that is not right that needs repaired.
theres a lot to learn out there,many interesting subjects,and hobbies to enjoy
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Quote:
On 2007-07-20 14:21, RabbitInDaHat wrote:
Can't guarantee when that will be but sure Smile

just need to know how to upload photos onto here.
The photos have to be a size that is hard to come up with, & be small in KB. The easy thing to do is put a link to the Pictures in your site like I did here with this Huge rabbit pic I took at the 4H fair last week,still looking for a tophat big enough for him LOL
http://www.flickr.com/photos/enginemagic
theres a lot to learn out there,many interesting subjects,and hobbies to enjoy
Keith Mitchell
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I am guilty of not using a Mirror or Video camera. Too lazy I guess. Maybe it's time that I get it set up.

I remember going to this dance club once in a while, but everytime I got there this one guy was always standing somewhat in front of a mirror watching no-one but himself for hours. Yep, he was nuts about himself, I wonder what he does when gets home???

My room is a total mess, one way or another I am going to have to get those mirrors up.
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