The ladies looking glass is a trick from the book Conjuring and Magic by Robert-Houdin published in 1868.
He said the trick was so named by Comte but knows not why. Is it possible that the name comes from poetry or literature of the time? Maybe this one.
I have seen Larry Jennings perform this trick to end his show at the magic castle. I have performed it many times too. It is a beauty.
The description of the pass in the book is very basic. Notice the author's introduction to the pass: "...without the pass, card-conjuring is simply impossible."
Every pass that I have seen, looks funny.
Things look funny when they are out of place.
It happened to me many times that I wanted to do a trick that used moves I did well, but failed in performance because I did'nt learn to do the move in the context of the new routine.
The real trick in acting and in magic is to make the technique become invisible. Remember the old BE NATURAL?
This is something you have to learn to do and then you must practice and rehearse.
On having a director:
Producing a show requires so many hats that if you tried to wear them all you would get confused and have no time to get out of the confusion.
Looking at most(if not all) of the professional acts out there, you will find a director on the bill.
All shows need directors. With today's video technology, you can probably learn to direct it yourself, eventualy. But the question is: can you afford to wear another hat on top of your already crowded head?