Using a three panel close up mirror can be a valuable tool for magicians.
However, most three section mirrors have a problem: they tend to be housed in a frame, so the mirror doesn’t go right down to the table surface. This can get in the way when performing directly on the table surface or close up mat, especially with coin magic routines.
The good news is that it’s easy to make a perfect close up magic mirror, that packs flat, covers all the angles and gives you a full view right to the table surface. Here’s what you need:
3 x square bathroom mirror tiles. These are available very cheaply from most DIY stores. Here’s a couple of links:
Simply take three mirror wall tiles and tape them together with black duct tape. The tape is flexible, so if you leave a small 3mm gap between each tile as you tape down their edge, they will be able to fold up flat to go in your travel case or car.
The mirror looks clean, clear and gives you the most mirror surface possible, right down to your close up mat. OK, it doesn’t look like a piece of furniture, but your close up mirror is a private thing, it’s not really for show, but rather for your own private serious practice.
Practicing regularly with a close up mirror can dramatically improve your performance. However, there are some dangers associated with using a close up mirror.