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Claudio

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Hi Guys,

Do you like or use sinlge-handed double lifts in some of your effects. I've been told by some that they look too flashy to be deceptive. But, my own experience is rather positive.

I like to use SHDLs in some effects where one hand is busy doing something while the other does the DL. Transpositions effects in spectators hands is where I used them most.

My favourite SHDL is the D'Amico Double Lift from Buckley's Card Control. Here's a demo in relatively slow motion (or the video blurs...). I use a pinkie-count as a get ready instead of the original thumb count and the slight handling variation I show is due to my adapting the sleight to my hand size.

Finally I show the sleight from the most vulnerable angle but I think it still looks OK:

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Looks good! That said, it does look flashy. At least it doesn't look like a natural move. Of course if flash is your thing, and if it fits your style, then I must say that the demonstration in the video looks good. Damn good in fact. Are you prepared in the event the double splits or falls? 
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Claudio -- I think your SHDL looke GREAT (as does all of the items you have demonstrated on this forum)!! That being said, I would have to put myself in the "too flashy for me" category, but I'm probably the only one on this forum that also feels that way when I see David Blaine do his DL. By the way, I also feel that way regarding those impressive in-hands cuts (with spinouts, pivots, swivels, etc.) -- I think it is advertising a "tell" that you've either done something or that you are capable of doing something (and that potentially detracts from the "mystery"). HOWEVER, I do think with certain routines (such as a gambling demo or whatever) those kinds of moves not only enhance the effect but are "expected" by the audience. From what you have stated in your post, you are obviously discretionary as to when to use it. One final thought -- there are two ways to approach many sleights (always be consistent, AND, never perform the same move more than once in a routine), and again, in certain situations either of those approaches seem appropriate -- it's just up to the performer based on experience and past audience reactions. REGARDLESS, your handling looks GREAT to me!!!! johnny
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Man, Claudio. I imagine you spent a lot of time perfecting that move. It looks great!

I personally tend to shy away from moves like this. As JohnnyNewYork said, there are probably certain effects (gambling demos) that would benefit from this kind of a move. Just my opinion.

Thanks for sharing this!

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Claudio

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Thanks for the thumb up guys.

Well yes it's flashy but when I perform it, I usually engineer a situation where it looks justified as the other hand is engaged doing something else (like putting a card face down on a spectator's hand). The SHDL is performed as a matter of fact, rather faster than on the video, without attracting attention to it.

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Are you prepared in the event the double splits or falls? 

Regarding the split, it’s as safe or even safer than a two-handed DL. If you notice the contact points between the fingers and card(s) are between 2 and 4. If the DL were to fail for whatever reason, I am no more prepared than if a regular DL were to fail. I certainly have neglected that performance aspect.

Johnny: your points are well taken. This DL is unusual but integrated in a routine such as Jim Surprise & Roberto Giobbi’s Card Collection, from Card College, Vol. 4, where 3 cards are chosen and displayed the same way, but the third one uses a DL, this move would go down very nicely. Basically the spectators get used to the way of your showing cards within the frame of the routine and the DL on the 3rd will go completely unnoticed. I have been performing this collector routine for years and so far nobody has queried the way cards are shown. So, it rather confirms your point.

 Rudy: I learnt this sleight more than 3 decades ago, so I really can't remember how long it took to learn it.

If anybody would like to learn the sleight, I advise them to start with one card to get used to the motions. Once comfortable use two cards and more. I used to practice with 3 or 4  cards and though I have not found any use for it, it will make the double lift feel really light and easy to execute.

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Blaine does a DL? Is it as noisy as his top change? <grin>
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I use one but only as a replacement after I've displayed the card because I don't like using two hands to turn a DL over on top of the deck just to take it off again.

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Nice and sharp (and flashy [biggrin]). Thanks for posting.

It seems to me it's using some elements of the Dai Vernon's DL mechanics.
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Hi Claudio. Nicely executed.

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Claudio,

That looks like something Cliff Green would do.

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CQ,

You get a tip of the hat for the one handed shuffles, too. That's been the raspberry seed in my wisdom tooth for a long time.

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Thank you James Sievert.
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Claudio

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Nicely done CQ. I believe your OHDL is the D'Amico original handling, or very near to it.
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CQ, kudos to you! Excellent work; nice, smooth, and obviously lots of time spent practicing!
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Thanks Claudio & Anthony : )
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