Double Lift Technique And Variations

Gordon Bruce

In volume 7 No 1, we published Juan Tamariz's handling of the Double Lift and •Ascanio's variation on the same. Just before publication I happened to mention the move to Gordon Bruce, who was in London at the time. Gordon expressed some surprise, as he had been using a similar move for many years and had developed several variants. I suggested to him that he write up his own ideas and fill in any background details. The following is the result, in his own words.

I developed this move, many years ago and, on the advice of a close friend, showed it to few people. When I performed it for Derek Dingle, he "mentioned that he thought Larry Jennings had something similar. A couplé of years later, I met Jennings. He said that his was the same. When my friend Peter Duffie showed it to Allen Jamieson some nine years ago, Jamieson mentioned that Stanley Collins had used something similar. The Collins move is described below. It has much the same effect. I have an addition to the Collins move, which I will describe next and then I will detail my own version. Finally, for good measure, I will describe a trick, in which-the move plays a key part.

Other items, which relate to this move are the D'Amico Change and a Vernon item described in Daley's Notebooks (possibly No.22?).

The Stanley Collins Replacement

1) Collins turned over the double card(s), end for end, as in Fig.l. The double was left outjogged as in Fig.2.

2) The right hand approaches the outjogged end of the double: thumb on the face; fingers on the back. As the double is turned face down, end over end, the right thumb pulls the face card inwards for about half an inch as in Fig. 3. The right fingers screen this.

3) Complete the turnover by placing the card(s) on the pack, so that the top one is Pack outjogged. The face card of the double goes flush with the pack. Fig.4 shows the result. The single, outjogged card can now be lifted vertically from the pack and used or revealed as you will. Razor Lift

This is a method of doing the Double Lift, which was developed for use in conjunction with the Stanley Collins move, above.

1) Hold the pack face down, in the left hand. The right hand comes over the pack, so that the right second finger can push the top card forward, until it projects about an inch from the outer end of the pack (Fig.5). The pack, by the way, should be held in a natural dealing position. The left forefinger is curled around the outer end.

2) The left forefinger pushes inwards, on the outer end of the pack. This causes it to bevel at the inner end, as in Fig.6. The position of the jogged card and the nature of the bevel, prevent the audience from being aware of what is taking place.

3) The right hand comes over the pack. The right second finger contacts the outjogged card at a point about one inch from the inner end. The right thumb simultaneously presses against the sharp edge, formed by the bevel as in Fig. 7. The left thumb stays at the side of the pack, throughout the move, and acts as a guide to assist in lining up the cards.

4) Draw the top card inward with the right second finger. When the inner end of the card hits the right thumb, lift up. You will find that, because of the razor edge, you have two cards, perfectly square.

5) The right hand turns the double card(s) face up and places them on the pack, in the position shown in Fig. 2. You can now go straight into the Stanley "Collins move, described above, from that point.

A Touch for the Double Lift

This is an addition to the Double Lift, which was developed and used by myself for many years. It can be applied to many standard Double Lift techniques.

1) Assume that you have already turned the double card(s) face up and rested it(them) on the pack, as in Fig. 8.

2) The right hand approaches the double, to flip it(them) face down on top of the pack. Place the right thumb on the inner right hand corner of the double card(s), so that it covers the index. The first and second fingers contact the back of the card(s), beneath the thumb as in Fig. 9.

3) As you start the flipover action, move the left thumb away to the side of the pack. This will leave the way clear for the card(s) to fall.

At the same time, as a part of the overall action, the right hand sweeps the double card(s) across to the right side of the pack as in Fig. 10. The long sides of the pack of the double card(s) line up exactly. This is very important.

4) Flip the double card(s) bookwise onto the back and, at the same time, straighten the right first and second fingers. This action will cause

the rear card of the double to move forward for about one inch. Fig. 11 shows this. The card(s) will land so that the face card of the double is flush with the pack. The rear card of the pair will end up in a similar position to the one shown in Fig.4, above.

Triple Lift Variation

The same moves can be used for a triple lift replacement. Start with the triple held as in Fig.9, above. When the cards are flipped face down, as the Fig.10 position is reached, the side of the right second finger, which will naturally lie along the inner short end of the triple, is able to push forward two cards, instead of one. This will have the effect of "throwing" two cards forward. The result will be that you will finish up with a double card(s) outjogged in the Fig.4 position. These cards will stay in perfect alignment, and appear to be a single, face down card.

The action of the second finger is similar to that in the Victor Double Push Over.

"WAY OUT" Gordon Bruce

The following effect makes good use of the Triple Lift technique described above. The idea of dealing from an outjogged double belongs to Peter Duffie. It appears here with his permission. He showed me the move a very long time ago. We both worked on various uses and applications, The following is one that I came up with, adding the touch with the face up card for extra effect. It has been one of my favourite quickies for laymen, ever since.

The only preparation is to make sure that the top card of the pack has a value of between six and:ten (not a picture) and that the second card from top is face up. This can be any value.

Personally, the way that I get set is to spread the pack, face up between the hands and spot a card of suitable value. Assume that it happens to bo the Ten of Diamonds. I then reverse the card, immediately to the right of it, using the method described in Henry Christ's Four Ace Trick in Cliff Green's "Professional Card Magic". This brings the two cards to the bottom of the pack, from whence they can be double cut to the top. This will give the set-up, in a casual manner. The pack can then be placed aside, until needed. There are umpteen other ways of setting up, which you may prefer.

Spread the pack face down and have a card selected. Keep the top few cards bunched, so as to conceal the face up one. Ensure that everybody sees the card, then take it from the chooser and return it to the pack. It is apparently replaced in the centre. Really, it goes second from top. Use the Tilt Move Depth Illusion to accomplish this.

Turn the top card (10 of Diamonds) face up. Say, "The ten tells me that, if I count down ten cards, then your card will turn up." As you say this, the 10 of Diamonds is face up on top of the pack.

Push off the top three cards as one. You can get a break for this as the Tilt Move is executed, if needs be. The third card from the top is reversed anyway, so the natural break that it forms should be sufficient for most people. Perform the Triple Lift Variation, described above, to apparently flip the Ten of Diamonds face down. This will leave you with an outjogged double as in Fig.4. The lower card will be the now face up selected one. The visible card will be an indifferent card (the one which was originally reversed in the pack). The 10 of Diamonds has been off-loaded onto the pack.

The right hand lifts the double, at the outer, short end. The left thumb riffles down the side of the pack and makes an opening, at the outer left corner. The double is inserted, leaving it outjogged for about 2 inches as in Fig. 12. The tip of the left forefinger presses upwards, against the double card(s) holding it(them) together.

The right hand deals the cards, from the top of the pack, onto the table, face down. Count each card as it is dealt. As each card is taken by the right hand, it moves diagonally, to the right along the arrow shown in Fig. 12. This causes it to pass over the protruding double card(s).

Continue dealing and counting, in this way, until No.9 is reached. It is important that an even rhythm be maintained. Without breaking the tempo, the right thumb comes to take card No. 10. In fact, it skims over the card, just missing it and sweeps forward, taking the top card of the double. This is dealt onto the pile, on the table. The pressure from the left forefinger helps to ensure that the face up selection is left, protruding from the pack.

Try to focus attention on the dealt cards at this point. If performing for a group, the appearance of the face up card may be noticed immediately. When performing for a single person, you will often find that he/she will turn over the last card dealt. They will not notice the face up one. If this happens, quietly table the pack and wait for the spectator to spot it.

Whatever happens, the effect is very strong. Simply say, "I told you that the card would turn up!"

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