Recently, I heard a complaint about why it is a hassle to read books. No — not the usual “I can’t understand the tricks from books,” or “I am a more visual type” (don’t you need to be a ‘visual’ type to read?), but the killer phrase: “Books don’t stay open and don’t lay flat when on the table.” Hey!?
For all struggling with the same problems: a book stand. These are cheap, and they hold the book open, and even in a good angle for reading, leaving the hands free for doing the work.
In combination with a threefold practice mirror, this will speed up the learning and improve your learning experience. See how I set up a small and even conveniently portable practice environment for small table tricks and techniques. Old-school, maybe, but still very efficient.
No more excuses, and no more blaming that darned books for not staying flat on the table!
P.S.: I use this mirror: https://www.magic-factory-essen.de/search?sSearch=%C3%9Cbungsspiegel