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jaylynch68
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How many tiles do you guys use? I saw "3 tiles" above. I take it they are arranged horizontally? Anyone use more?

Great idea; Thanks


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Avoid the flimsy thin glass full length mirrors you'd buy to hang on a wall if possible, the distortion can be quite distracting if they're not hanging singly, and secured to the wall...

Go with thicker glass.
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donrodrigo
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Hi Mud,
Sorry but to me an audience is not a looking glass, and in my opinion it's bad habbit. I've carried this idea from my theatrical magical teacher.
Example:
Quote:Drama like conjuring, is an art of illusion. What relly happens is that an actor repeats a carefully rehearsed routine before a obviously artificial setting. The audience, however, will misinterpret this as a series of exiting events. But were is the magic and the magician.
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Quote:
On 2008-11-13 03:36, donrodrigo wrote:
Hi Mud,
Sorry but to me an audience is not a looking glass, and in my opinion it's bad habbit. I've carried this idea from my theatrical magical teacher.
Example:
Quote:Drama like conjuring, is an art of illusion. What relly happens is that an actor repeats a carefully rehearsed routine before a obviously artificial setting. The audience, however, will misinterpret this as a series of exiting events. But were is the magic and the magician.


He's talking about advice for practice time, not for an audience. You can have the best acting skills in the best theatrical setting, but if your technique sucks, your audience isn't going to be impressed because they'll see the coin in your other hand and the "magic" becomes merely a trick -and one done badly at that...

Also, when you hear the audience whispering "It's in his other hand!" it throws off your blocking and all the lighting cues, too! Smile

A practice mirror is "A Good Thing".

All the best to you!
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Jaxon
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You're already got some good suggestions here. I'll just add this.

A video camera is also a great tool. Not only can you watch it in real time but you can also review it. You won't believe how often I've done then and intentionally came up with something cool that I wouldn't have noticed if I couldn't have actually watched it in the play back. A camera will also allow you to watch and review yourself at different angles.

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I believe there is a three way mirror sold at Elmwood Magic for around $45. I like the three way mirrors a lot.
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A webcam is good for practice as you can either watch your self on your PC as you perform or record it and play back to see what you can improve on. If you aren't in the market for that, head down to Wal-Mart or Target and you can pick up a mirror pretty cheap there.
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Sorry guys,if it works go for it. Perhaps I miss-understood. Close up may be different than the theatrical presentation to wich I use . I apologize if it went the wrong way.Respectfully Don.
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I second a cheap webcam... technology has dropped in price to where you could setup a recording lab for dirt cheap.

Watch yourself as others see you - mirrors do not allow that.
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For theatrical I would stick to a Webcam or Camcorder then. Thought it was more close up you were looking for.
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I'll have to try the mirror tiles...sounds like a great idea!

Don't forget that most digital cameras nowadays have the ability to capture movies...and some of them do it quite well. A cheap $20 tripod would be a good investment so you can check out the different angles.
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