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senno52
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Hi there,

Not sure where this post should go, but I’m looking for info on mirrors to practice close up. I know there are some three way mirrors available for close up table magic. Does any one have any suggestions, info, sources for these (sizes, material, price) or suggestions on other types of mirrors that work well for practices? Thanks

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Jonathan Townsend
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Start by picking a point that you will treat as your audinece's perspective for this practice. Put something there so you know where to look. Now set your webcam or cellphone in that place but move it about three feet directly back to let the lens catch the desired audience view angle. Press record. Do what you were going practice a few times. Go look at what was recorded.

You can't see yourself blink in the mirror. Your eyes (and attention) usually need to be where your audience is.

Leave the audience view marker item in place and move the camera somewhere else to catch a view as might be seen by someone else watching. Repeat the performance keeping your attention focus on that first place. Now look at what was recorded and check for moments when they might see things which would spoil the trick.

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senno52
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Thanks for the responses. Jonathan, I did recently pick up an item like that with the intention of recording, thanks for the pointers. Magiguy, I did come across the one Jason offers and am sure it’s great. I’m wondering if there are other options out there more ‘portable’ or different sizes, designs, etc. thanks again
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More portable? Jason's - and also Sean Yang's ( http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/9563 ) - are acrylic, which is lightweight and almost unbreakable. They're also, once folded, the size of a folder or a restaurant menu.

Or you could go with bigger, glass, not-at-all portable, three-way sets from IKEA and such. Like that one: https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/p/karmsund-ta......0294983/ ... Not very good for table close up, but if you're considering stand-up it can help some...
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All awesome suggestions. Thanks, Paul.
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