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Never Not A Lovely Moon
The Face in the Mirror
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PRESENTING THE TRUE MIRROR
Discover Your True Reflection!
Welcome to the home of the fascinating True Mirror®, one of the most interesting
and unique items you will ever see - a mirror that reflects you as others see you!
Simple idea - take two mirrors and place them at right angles - yet profound in the implications
it has for our sense of self and our self-image. First patented in 1887, the idea of a true image mirror still
was never seen as more than a curiosity until a surprising effect was discovered by founder John Walter. What he saw was recognition - the person in the mirror looked and felt right, and matched his sense of what others were seeing. In contrast, the flat, traditional mirror felt false and conveyed a host of inner thoughts that were in direct contrast to the way he was feeling. in other words, his real self was present in the true image.
The True Mirror®, made here in New Rochelle, NY, also solves one of the biggest issues with
this kind of mirror - perfect optics. The True Mirror presents a non-distorted, seamless image - critical for
seeing into your eyes as they really are! In fact, if you want to get an idea of what a true image mirror looks like,
hold two mirrors at exactly 90 degrees and look into the angle. Hold writing up to confirm it is not backwards.
Now envision the same without the distracting line in the center and you have a True Mirror!
Grand Illusions, our Eurozone distributor, made a great video to show the effects of the True Mirror
For all of our history, when people think they see themselves, they are always seeing themselves reflected backwards.
Recently, with cameras and video, they can get a sense of what they look like forwards, but its a static or non-eye to eye view.
However, as it turns out, the backward images and person we see in a mirror is profoundly
different from what is real. The backwardsness distorts not just our features, but the information in our faces
and personalities as well. No wonder we see ourselves differently than others see us!
A True Mirror is surprisingly more than an amazing novelty.
We are excited to promote as a new source of awareness and enlightenment.
The introspective use of the True Mirror can be an important boost towards
your own self-awareness and greater self-esteem. This happens by
knowing your actual image and expressions as you exist in real life,
and as your are seen by everyone else.
In contrast, the incorrect view seen in a traditional mirror can
be major source of self-doubt and self-criticism - simply because
it is not the "real you" when your eyes meet in the mirror.
How can you understand yourself, your emotions and your expressions when there is such distortion?
We've discovered some fascinating aspects of human nature that arise when people
see their true appearance. Because it is very challenging to confront new information
about one's self, the responses are usually very dramatic...some love it,
some hate it, some see no difference, and some will not even look! But we feel its just a matter of time
to become familiar with the new image, and most people will begin to prefer the
new look. It is natural, after all.
Check out the following image for our "best of" comments sheet...the people who wrote
these comments were floored by the amazing new, alive person they saw in the True Mirror!
Click here for the full comments pages
Click on image for full size
We have been making and demonstrating these special, precision
mirrors for many years (since 1992!) -- and we've got a lot to say about them! To learn more about True Mirrors and why they should be so different,
click here - more info!
In New York City? Where to see a True Mirror
In addition to this amazing new mirror, the Mr. Walter and sister Catherine Walter
developed the Hair Part Theory©, which says that hair parts affect perceptions and
personalities. For full information click here: hpttmc.asp.
Here is a great story about the True Mirror as told by Stanford Storytelling Project
Episode 402 (move to story 2): Seeing ourselves
I was totally blown away by the craftsmanship and sheer imagination of design that inspire the creation of these mirrors! John does a top-notch job turning what was once a novel idea into a must-see reality! Whether an individual or a progressive business owner, I would highly recommend these mirrors for the purpose of understanding how one is perceived by the larger world and as a unique and accurate tool in the interest of altering one's own appearance
Noah V., AZ
I will never forget that day, many years ago, on park av south at 21. You were having people take a
look as they walked down the street; how frightened I was to look and view what others saw and when
I looked I was truly surprised to see an attractive man. that was a very nice day -- Marc C., NY
"I have my True Mirror in a special place,
isolated amidst all the clutter of my life.
I try, when showing people around, to make sure that each person
who visits gets a chance to spend some time alone with it.
For me, my time with this mirror is always fresh,
provocative and entertaining - I could go on at length, but it
MUST be seen and experienced first hand."
- Jay Maisel, photographer
"Why are my eyes shiny in this mirror but not in that one?" - Molly, when first seeing a True Mirror (5 yrs old)
"The experience I had with the mirror was incredibly meaningful to me. I had never believed what people said they saw in me until then. I'd had a long and difficult year between trips to the Playa but I have felt regenerated since I got back, and your mirrors had a lot to do with it."
- Warren F.
I have lost my doppelganger, now I will have to meet me all over again! 5 out of 4 - Awesome! - Chris, at a festival
Copyright © 2013 The True Mirror Company, Inc.
Ordering information for True Mirrors:
We are back in production for all of our colors: black, silver and dark brown!
Please see our ordering page for more info on latest shipping details.
One of the most intriguing aspects of the True Mirror
is how many different kinds of places will find it
an amazing experience - this year we are taking the True Mirror on the road.
shows and conventions are already on the schedule - check back for more!
No shows are scheduled at this time, but there are two museum exhibits:
The Identity Project: July 1 to Dec 1
On July 4,
the Tallahassee Museum will debut a six-month exhibit entitled
"The Identity Project." Housed in the Phipps Gallery,
this interactive exhibit will engage visitors in
conversations about the meaning of identity,
and how it relates to them personally. The True Mirror will be part of this engaging
exhibit, which also includes artifacts from the Museum's collection and from the community.
Related programs during the course of the exhibit will feature
themes including genealogy and regional foodways.
True Mirrors in the Intersection of self and world!
Contemporary Art Centre, Vilinus Lithuania
Dexter Sinister "Work In Progress" Exhibit
An exhibition of work concerned with exiting regular modes arranged by Dexter Sinister.
Dexter Sinister returns to collaboration with True Mirror again, this time in Lithuania. Previously,
True Mirrors were part of an exhibit that Dexter Sinister setup at the Whitney Biennial, 2008. This time,
we await more details on what this new exihbit will feature.
True Mirrors/Hair Part Theory was on NPR's RadioLab!
NPR's Radiolab and Jad Abumrad interviewed founder John Walter on his theories about Hair Parts and True Mirrors
as part of the show about Symmetry. Along with cohost Robert Krulwich, they put together a fascinating
show called "Desperatly Seeking Symmetry", which explores our natural desire for symmetry, and yet
finding that its pretty hard to find out there. The Hair Part Theory, and mirror images figured in a big
section and was a lot of fun to listen to. In fact, they took the show on the road, playing to full houses
in NYC, Los Angeles and Seattle.
The show was recently broadcast in early April and may rebroadcast in your area over the next month.
However, if you want to hear it now, they are podcasting it at the following address:
Desperately Seeking Symmetry (full show)
Mirror Mirror segment of the show: (we are
about 1/3 of the way in).
Where to see the True Mirror:
We are frequently adding new places for you to see the True Mirror - here is a partial list and if you have a True Mirror in a public Place, please let us know so we can send people to see it!
Fiber Flame Studio
1776 Route 212
Saugerties, NY 12477 (845)679-6132
Fiber Flame now has two amazing True Mirrors to add to their huge inventory of cool things to make art with
at their studio. Go check it out and make some amazing art at the same time!
Eat My Ink Tattoo
306 Titusville Road
Poughkeepsie, NY (845)849-1423
Our first Tatoo parlor - people love being able to read their Tatoos!
224 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011
Check out a True Mirror - on sale too!
Unison Arts Center in New Paltz!
68 Mountain Rest RoadNew Paltz, NY 12561(845) 255-1559
Among all the other beautiful Sculptures, Fine Art and Performances, the bathroom now is outfitted with a specially decorated True Mirror!
Go check it out there, but dont stay to long, there might be a line!
Austin Ryan Optika
12 New Paltz Plaza
New Paltz, NY 12561
A True Mirror is on display, so you can see yourself the right way before you pick your new pair of glasses!
SE Hawthorne Blvd & SE 45th Ave in
Check out their amazing floatation tanks and then see your peaceful beauty in the True Mirror!
On Sale here too!
Tonya Michele @The Loft
1106 South Avenue S.
Nashville, TN 37212
See Tonya for an amazing razor cut!
Exhibit at the Science Museum in Norway!
The True Mirror is part of an Exhibit on
"Science and Truth" at the
The Museum of Natural History and Archaeology.
(Vitenskapsmusee NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.
In front of a full length True Mirror,
the exhibit challenges viewers with this comment: "Looking in a mirror is a complicated process that involves light reflections, memory, perception, measuring distance and a conception of you. Still it is the easiest thing in the world, and we know exactly how we look. Because what you see must be true?"