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JenniferG

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Anyone know of a quality, light, portable, safe 3-way mirror for practicing card magic?  I see one for $28 on amazon with not the greatest of reviews.


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I think the mirror on Amazon is "serviceable." I'd recommend a video camera rather than a mirror. You can change the angle by just rotating your body. You don't need to move the camera.

The advantage of the video cam is that you're not trying to watch yourself and also do the trick at the same time. You can devote your entire attention to watching the video. And you can do the trick without watching a monitor. Perform the trick then watch afterwards. You'll really see the weaknesses in the handling if they exist. Also, don't fall into the "oh, no one will notice that.." trap. If something jumps out at you as "fishy looking" or unnatural, it's probably something that needs attention. Laypeople might not know exactly what happened. But when suspicions are aroused, the magic suffers greatly. 

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I think the mirror on Amazon is "serviceable." I'd recommend a video camera rather than a mirror. You can change the angle by just rotating your body. You don't need to move the camera.

The advantage of the video cam is that you're not trying to watch yourself and also do the trick at the same time. You can devote your entire attention to watching the video. And you can do the trick without watching a monitor. Perform the trick then watch afterwards. You'll really see the weaknesses in the handling if they exist. Also, don't fall into the "oh, no one will notice that.." trap. If something jumps out at you as "fishy looking" or unnatural, it's probably something that needs attention. Laypeople might not know exactly what happened. But when suspicions are aroused, the magic suffers greatly. 

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I agree with Mike. I also think performing to a mirror might cause you to become constricted, or confined.

Even if you are using a mat it is good to move around for variety. The smaller your "performing space" the more folks will focus in and burn every move.

Edit: As a performer you should define what your stage is. Your stage varies depending on lots of factors and your subsequent choice of effects should be conducive to whatever that stage allows.

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https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic-accessories/3-way-mirror/


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I have that mirror (got mine from 52kards). It’s definitely lightweight if that’s what you’re looking for. As far as shatterproof, it fortunately hasn’t been put to the test so I can’t say.

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Hey Jennifer,
We had a discussion a while back that you may find helpful as well:

https://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/new-mobile-%E2%80%98work-space%E2%80%99-with-mirror-10533411?highlight=mirror

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