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mud
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Can anyone suggest a good, preferably cheap, practice mirror? I'm learning coin magic and it's really hard to always practice in the bathroom (plus, there's bad places for the coins to fall).

I was hoping for something that can be put on a table, maybe one with bends so I can get 3 different angles or something.

I'm not sure where to look for something like this..no real life stores around me have anything promising. Any ideas?
MickeyPainless
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Just sent you a PM
Will DThrill
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Yeah I've been looking for a good one as well. Not too expensive but one that will help me get my handling and angles down.
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There's a lot you can do with some 12" mirror tiles and duct tape.

(Probably the same info Mickey PM'd you.)


Cheers! Smile
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That's a good idea, Stanyon. I know I've been looking at a practice mirror. I had been thinking of one of those mirrors used for putting on makeup. But, mirror tiles can work far better.
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Great minds Steve, great minds!

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I made mine over 15 years ago and it's still going strong!

3 mirrored tiles with some duct tape to "hinge" them together and you're good to go.

Mark.
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Yeah, I just got back from the store and implemented Mickey's, and others' recommendation. Works great so far, this is perfect (the tiles I got are like 14" I believe, seems like a good size). Mickey also recommended something called Gorilla Tape, which I've never used before but seems to work well (I think I ripped off some skin, that stuff is hardcore Smile ).
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Glad it worked out for ya Mud! Yeah that G Tape is some tuff stuff aye!
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So where can I find those tiles? Like Home Depot?
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On 2008-06-08 16:00, Will DThrill wrote:
So where can I find those tiles? Like Home Depot?


Home Depot is one place for sure.
Lowes and possibly Target or Walmart as well.
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Awesome. Thanks a lot.
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When making a practice mirror, make sure to tape the edges of the mirrored tile for protection. I also taped the backs in case they broke to prevent glass from getting everywhere.

Then, when taping the mirrored tiles together, leave a small gap between them, maybe a 1/4 inch, so you can fold them over on each other to make it flat for storage.

This works great. Plus it's cheap! If it breaks, just make another one.

Mark.
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Cool tip on taping the back Mark! I made one with mirrors that have a bevel around the edge that I think helps them to fold flat as well. I just put a piece of felt between the tiles when folded flat but I'm gonna add the tape for safety and extra protection!
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Smile

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I just use the missus full lenght mirror but you can see all the moves under the pack but don't think layman ould see that as they would be looking down at the cards not along
when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth
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Sorry friends, contrary to what is said here please don't be upset at me. My Theatrical teacher was against (mirrors)as a rehersal. People are not reflections. Some minds become dependent on such. Honestly speaking, I never have used one. I've been in this field now for better than 30yrs. But then again, to each his own. Regards Don.
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On 2008-06-10 02:27, donrodrigo wrote:
Sorry friends, contrary to what is said here please don't be upset at me. My Theatrical teacher was against (mirrors)as a rehersal. People are not reflections. Some minds become dependent on such. Honestly speaking, I never have used one. I've been in this field now for better than 30yrs. But then again, to each his own. Regards Don.


I'm mostly using it for basic sleights that are pretty visual in nature, like retention vanish and shuttle pass. I need to make sure it looks good from audience perspective and that I'm not flashing the coins all over (in the case of shuttle pass, I generally am Smile ).

When I get the sleights down pat, maybe it won't be so important.
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Elmwood magic sells a nice practice mirror.
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Take a look at their $45 close up mirror and then head on over to Home Depot.

You can make the same thing for under $10 and still have money left over to buy even more magic!

Mark. Smile
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