Originally posted by sprongshift:
What are your thoughts on the use of a mirror during practice sessions? Can the use of such a tool help in attaining "masterly feats of palming and unflinching audacity" or does its frequent use create bad habits?
While occasional work with a mirror -- particularly a three-sided one -- can reveal certain things during a practice/rehearsal session, there are severe downsides to using it as a way to view your own performance. Aside from the difference in perspective, if you are looking at the mirror while you are practicing, you probably are not directing your eyes to the spot where you would like them to focus during performance.
I, for one, learned another liability while trying to perfect the Silent Mora/Vernon wand spin in front of a mirror...make that three mirrors. The wand spun all right and then proceded to crash into the mirror I was using. Practice makes perfect, they say, so I tried it two more times! Each time the result was the same. You'll be pleased to know that there was absolutely no damage to the brass-tipped wand. The mirrors were another story. I'm just about out of the 21 years of bad luck that ensued :D