Pinky Break – The Elements of the Double Lift – Episode 1 – Serious Magic

Pinky Break – The Elements of the Double Lift – Episode 1

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Probably the most used move in card magic is the double lift, That is why I always try to perfect this the best I can so it seems more like one card which is what this move was created for.

To perform the double lift, you will need to get a break underneath two (or more) cards. I show you a few ways to accomplish that without making it too obvious.

Magicians use a technique called a pinky break to separate a portion of cards (in this case underneathe the top two cards). That way the performer is able to control the selected card or as in this video to prepare for a double lift.

Definition of “Double Lift” –

A double lift is a sleight of hand maneuver used by magicians in card magic. It is a method by which the magician can keep the identity of the top card secret by lifting the top two cards at once, making it seem as if only the top card is picked up.

When the card is shown to the audience, the audience is tricked into believing that they are shown the top card in the deck where in fact they are shown the second card. When the cards are displayed, the maneuver is sometimes called the “double turnover”.

There are different ways to perform this sleight, many of which allow variations such as a triple lift or even a quadruple lift (turning over three or four cards over as one respectively).

Some versions of the ambitious card routine rely almost entirely upon this sleight. In combination with a few other mechanics and good showmanship, entire acts can and have been made out of this single move.

Stay tuned for the future episodes of the Elements of the double lift.

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Music (Intro)

Artist: Into The Mists Of Avalon
Track: Dredd

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