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JenniferG

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Just made a quick video to show how I do my double lifts; figured I'd share.  Don't really see anyone doing it this way but I find it really easy and I absolutely never get caught lifting 2 cards because it's all concealed from the back.

I actually do another double lift when I turn the card back over, i.e. I don't keep a break after showing the face.

I know it is a natural way to turn over the cards, because my boyfriend who isn't a magician or card handler did an experiment for me.  I asked him to hold cards in dealer's grip and turn over the top card.  He turned it over just like I do my double lifts.

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Really invisible. I can’t see any get ready.
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Really invisible. I can’t see any get ready.
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Thanks Harry.  I guess the only get ready is to make sure back edge of cards are slightly beveled by pushing left index finger back on the front of cards a little. (You'll notice I do it each and every lift whether single or double.) After that I quickly just riffle and feel two cards.  It's pretty instant.  I can do triple lift pretty easily as well this way.
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It looks perfectly fine to me, Jennifer.

It reminds me of the "Strike Double", although done from the short edge, rather than the side of the deck.

Thank you for posting.


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I used to do the strike double lift from side, but was getting caught often lifting two cards, since the separation is more visible from the side/front that way.  By doing it in the back I have never had a single person say "I see you lift two cards" .. knock on wood.

It's easy to keep everything aligned since your hand is already in dealer's grip holding both sides and front flush.  Makes it very fast and easy.. for me at least.  The cards would twist a bit sometimes when doing strike double lift from side.

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Nice work there Jennifer...
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Wow! That's great!
You may have practised it thousand of times to get it so quick and smooth!

By the way, this kind of double lift brings me some nostalgia, as it was the very first way I started to use the DL technique, only that I don't remember being able to do it so quickly and smooth!

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Thanks, Jennifer. It’s videos like this that are a real encouragement for me to persevere.You made it look easy, but as Paco wrote, you’ve invested a lot of time in getting it that smooth.
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What a treat to see a double be executed this smoothly ! It would have taken me in if I saw it during an effect. Thanks for sharing.

As a side note: Another double that is drawn from the back position of the deck is Paul Curry’s double lift. I can envision you making his double lift just as smooth and deceptive.

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Thanks guys.  I'll have to check out Paul Curry's double lift -- thank you!  Here's another video I made really quick showing single, double & triple lift.  It slows me down a bit but works well enough.

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Nice!  In case you were interested, you might be doing the neo-lift from the Jerx:  http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2018/8/27/the-neolift

Oddly enough he was also inspired when he did an experiment to ask tons of people to lift up one card.

It also looks very similar to the double lift Harry Lorayne taught for his ambitious card routine in Close Up Card magic (which is a different technique to the neo-lift, although the pick up action will look the same).
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Awesome double lift! I tried this a few times and surprised myself that I could get a double consistently. It could also be good to use for a Stuart Gordon type of turnover or even moving the cards to the side of the deck for a Vernon type of turnover without the need of a get ready if you just move your fingers to the front of the deck. Awesome!
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Chi Han, wow that's interesting!  I've never seen anyone before do the double lift similar to the way I am doing it, thank you for sharing!  I have been doing this double lift this way since like July of last year.  I only thought to ask my boyfriend to turn over the card like a week ago, because Rudy told me he observed how his wife turned over the card, from bottom to top vertically.

I didn't start doing it this way because I wanted to do a lift which looked natural.  I did it out of necessity because I kept getting caught lifting two cards with my side strike double lift.  So back then, I read in various books to do double lift from back, riffling.. and well I just followed through with the flip like I did before with the side strike, but flipping it from rear instead. 

I notice he holds his right thumb more towards corner of card whereas mine is like right in the middle; and my thumb is a bit flatter perhaps. 



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Chi Han, wow that's interesting!  I've never seen anyone before do the double lift similar to the way I am doing it, thank you for sharing!  I have been doing this double lift this way since like July of last year.  I only thought to ask my boyfriend to turn over the card like a week ago, because Rudy told me he observed how his wife turned over the card, from bottom to top vertically.

I didn't start doing it this way because I wanted to do a lift which looked natural.  I did it out of necessity because I kept getting caught lifting two cards with my side strike double lift.  So back then, I read in various books to do double lift from back, riffling.. and well I just followed through with the flip like I did before with the side strike, but flipping it from rear instead. 

I notice he holds his right thumb more towards corner of card whereas mine is like right in the middle; and my thumb is a bit flatter perhaps. 





It looks pretty natural and fantastic to me!  Good job on coming up with it on your own.
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Awesome double lift! I tried this a few times and surprised myself that I could get a double consistently.


Yeah it's so easy, I don't ever bother getting a break after turning over revealing the face.  I just do another double lift to turn it back over.  I find it very easy to automatically count (by feel) the number of cards quickly which I need.  Also if I fumble it's all hidden,  I just redo the lift, no separation seen by spectator.

Also by not doing the break, there is no chance to be caught with two cards from any twisting.  The card just falls back to the stack freely when showing the face.
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Absolutely awesome, really!
I wonder, do you have to watch the deck when you pick up the double?
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Absolutely awesome, really!
I wonder, do you have to watch the deck when you pick up the double?


No I do better with eyes closed even.  I go entirely by feel.
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Thanks guys.  I'll have to check out Paul Curry's double lift -- thank you!  Here's another video I made really quick showing single, double & triple lift.  It slows me down a bit but works well enough.



If that video was in real time.....you are awesome!

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Yeah it's real time.  But wasn't the only take 😋. I get nervous when recording so it took a few takes 😋. Normally I'm about 95% accurate and do things more slowly.
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Just great.
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I absolutely loved the idea when I first read about in The Jerx, but was wary about the "naturalness." Seeing how smoothly you do it and the reaction from the community, I think it's time to take a little break from practicing Ron Bauer's Two Card Turnover Technique (thanks Gracie!) to get this one down. I guess it's time to start flipping singles like this for the time being! Nothing is more frustrating than getting called out by a layman on your double lift 😃

I'm always thinking about the long-term and part of me is worried that reaching for the back of the deck is just like, a big flashing warning sign to any magician that something fishy is happening (even if it's not). I think it was Aaron Fisher who said that in his Card Fundamentals teaching the double lift. However, he was talking about that in the context of getting the break using the thumb riffle, which you don't do -- yours is one swift, smooth motion.

Just some small food for thought. I love the performance and am super glad you shared it with us!
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I do a thumb riffle, but it's very fast, and go by feel.  You can do it lightly so it doesn't make a sound.  You'll notice in second video, on the second double lift, you can subtlely hear in the clicking/riffling noise.
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Thanks guys.  I'll have to check out Paul Curry's double lift -- thank you!  Here's another video I made really quick showing single, double & triple lift.  It slows me down a bit but works well enough.


I'm impressed! Really!
You couraged me to practise it once a again to get the same smoothness!
I hope I can...

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Then if you do it by feel you've got a winner! And you inspired me in modifying  one of my  DLs, so thanks for that!

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