How to Practice Magic Tricks Part 2 : Avoiding the Dangers of Learning Magic Tricks with a Mirror
In part 2 of the video mini series on How to Practice magic tricks, Dominic Reyes recorded this short video about some problems to avoid when using a mirror when learning magic tricks:
You can easily build your own three section close up mirror very cheaply. A home made mirror can often be better for practice than a shop brought version. Learn how to build your own close up mirror here.
The most common mistake beginners make when using a practice mirror is to build in 'mirror tells'. Every time a difficult move is repeated, the magician closes his or her eyes for an instant. It's as if they don't want to see themselves mess up the move. Over time this 'blink' becomes ingrained and automatic. To avoid this, it's important to video your performance at regular intervals so you can check that you are not closeing your eyes when you perform a sleight.