The Double Lift (DL) is arguably the most widely used sleight in all of card magic. Poorly executed,
you'll look like a complete dufus. Perfectly executed and you look like a wizard. Seemingly a simple
move, the DL is a tough move to polish to perfection and difficult to nail 100% of the time. For
century's, the classic pass was thought to be the most indispensable move but move over pass; the DL
is now the king of cards. This DVD is a timeless masterpiece.
Degree of Difficulty
Beginner to Expert. Wilson puts puts things in order. He assumes you don't even know what a
"mechanics grip" is. He ties the introductory material up with a "quick start" segment providing
three easy to learn miracles. The material gets harder from here on out. You'll find that some moves
and routines have an steep learning curve.
The cool thing is, I really think a beginner
could get this DVD as a starting point. There is no more important move than the DL in card magic.
This will give the beginner an arsenal of hard hitting close-up magic. Then, as the novice advances,
they can work on the more advanced material. Literally, this DVD will take you a long, long time to
learn and perfect all of the material.
And the advanced card mage will love the
Brittanica-like index of DL knowledge as well.
Greg Wilson is like a
tenured Harvard professor - only a lot more fun and a lot less boring! Each routine is performed in
front of a small audience of attractive ladies donned in vintage 80s attire. He is constantly
cracking jokes and flirting with the pretty ladies in his audience. During the instructional
sections, Gregory moves slowly through all moves, usually several times in both slow-mo and in
Quantity of Effects
Wow! Like Wilson's Ring Leader DVD is to "ring and
string" magic, this is THE encyclopedia of the Double Lift. As if the sleights weren't enough, there
are a bunch of great tricks in this gem. It took me well over an hour to document the sleights and
tricks that contained with this vast grimoire. So here they are:
Introduction - Greg
telling you what he's about to teach you.
Basic DL - Greg does a good job explaining basic
DL beginning with the mechanics of the mechanics grip and the thumb count from the biddle grip. It's
a littler different from the basic DL I learned.
Strike DL - a very popular DL because of the
natural moption and no get ready. Personally, I don't like it because I occasionally get a triple
(Yeah, I know...lack of practice!)
Grip Strike DL - enhanced version of the Strike that adds a
push over move.
Knock-Out DL - Greg's favorite and my fav as well. A litle flashy and always
works for me.
The Basic Replacement - perhaps I wasn't giving this part of the DL enough
Quick Start-up - three tricks to get your feet wet. These are really good tricks so
don't overlook them. Includes a very nice in-the-spectators-hand transposition.
Simple Reverse Trick
Simple Switch Trick
Maintaining a break after the replacement
Bernard Bilis Replacement - a flourishy
Revolve Replacement - flourishy & emphasizes the singularity of of the double
(that's an oxymoron!)
Juan Tameriz Replacement - cool out jogged replacement.
Replacement - another cool out jogged replacement.
Vernon Offset Replacement - Yet another
reason why Vernon was a genius. Pick up a double and display it away from the deck in the air for
the crowd. Table it and place the cardbox on top of the tabled card. Guess what? It's already back
in the deck!
No Brainer DL
Pinky Count DL
Double from a Fan
DL from a Dribble
DL without a Pack
- pluck 4 Aces from the air, one at a time. This is not a back palm production. It uses some
sleights that I was not familiar with.
Weighted Aces - Wilson's version of Doc Daley's Last
Trick. Using 4 aces, demonstrate your ability to tell which ace is which by weight alone. Follow up
with some amazing"in the spectator's hand" transpositions. Very good trick I use all the time.
Two Wrongs Make A Right - Starts out as a pick a card trick. Only problem is that you guess
wrong twice. Take the two wrong cards place face up on the deck. Snap your fingers over the deck and
the correct card appears from thin air, face up on the top of the deck.
(Darwin Ortiz) - Reminds me of the Color Monte on steroids. This is a difficult trick to master. Not
because of the sleights but because there are so many sequences to remember. Miss one sequence and
you're fricked. As a little bonus, Wilson does a great job teaching the Elmsley count.
Ambitious Card Routine
Greg performs his ACR but does provide the explanation. It's a
pretty good routine that ends in a card to card box. If you don't know the ACR I would recommend the
Worlds Greatest Magic by the Worlds Greatest Magicians: The Ambitious Card DVD from L&L Publishing.
An you get bonus tricks!
Bizarre Twist (Paul Harris) - I loved this trick. You
start with 3 red backed cards. You slide a black seven face down between two face down red aces.
Twist the cards apart and the seven is now face up. Do the sequence again and this time when you
flip the seven over it is a blue backed card.
Stop Trick - Drop a face down on the table.
To the side, deal the remaining cards onto the table and ask the spectator to say stop. Drop the
stop card onto the first tabled card. Flip them over and they are both red aces.
Monte - Two red aces and a black queen. You show the black queen and table it face down. You then
show that you have two red aces in your hand. A quick spin and the two red aces become one black
queen. You flip the tabled card over and it is the two red aces.
This is a resource that
you will use for years to come. The tricks alone would make a solid DVD. If you need a resource to
determine the best DL for you, this is going to fit the bill. Sure, there may be some lessor known
DLs that are not covered here but there is sure to be a few that you'll come to cherish.
8 of 8 magicians found this helpful.
I got this dvd to help me improve my double lift, and it definitely did, but it also blew apart my
preconceived notions of what a double lift was for. Greg Wilson is the master of the double lift,
and I'd recommend everyone, no matter your experience level, give this video a look.
I suppose I cannot add much to Tim's review, which is amazingly thorough; however, I cannot
articulate just how excellent this teaching dvd is! I have a library of teaching videos and books,
and given that the double is fundamental I am so glad to have found this much on a single (and
singular) utility move. Very well done! Gregory is a wealth of knowledge and is not shy about
providing what many would consider superfluous detail. Even if you believe your skill at this basic
move to be fully developed, I suspect you can still benefit from this teaching video. Thank you Mr.
I am someone who is just learning. And I am, well, not in the prime of life :-)
interested in magic (card magic) again after reading a book.
These excellent videos really
help me learn the moves necessary to have the "tools on the truck" so the next step can be tricks.
The double lift is something that I believe one must know and this video really does the
trick in explaining how to learn it.
Just a great video and thanks.
This is an older Gregory Wilson video but it is still really good. You'll enjoy learning Greg's
ambitious card routine, but my favorite trick on the DVD is the Phoenix Aces. It is a quick easy
four ace production from mid-air. The Four Card Trick (A.K.A. The Jumping Gemini) is also a really
good trick. There isn't a whole lot of material on this DVD but it is well worth the money. If you
really like this stuff, also consider getting the Pyrotechnic Pasteboards, and Card Stunts.
An excellent variety of double lifts on here. Not only does Greg go through the various methods he
also teaches some great routines using the sleight. If you haven't found your favourite double lift
yet, then you will most likely find it on here.
I really like this DVD. Like everythng put out by Wilson it is very well done. If you have ever
struggled with the double lift this DVD will make all the bad stuff go away. I never knew there were
so many methods of completing this critical move. Likley the most important move in card magic so
many applications. There are a number of diffenerent uses in this DVD for the double lift but more
important you will find the method that is best for you. Highly recommended and add to cart now.
What else do I have to say. C'mon guys, if you have one of his products then I am just preaching to
the choir. If you don't have any of his products let this be your first. Once you watch it you will
definitely want to jump onto the band wagon that is Gregory Wilson. I could say so many great things
about this dvd and Gregory himself but to say one thing I feel that I would have to say all of the
good things which would take hours.
Just buy it. You WILL love it. If you don't then you
can hold me personally reponsible. I only say this because I know there isn't a chance in hell that
you won't absolutely love this dvd. It will be in your top 5 best purchases no doubt.
This DVD is great for people doing card magic, I had being doing magic for about 3 months and this
DVD improved my magic by so much in such a small amount of time (Obviously, practise is needed). I
perform the Weighted Aces trick all the time, its a killer and so easy to do.
recommend this. *****
The double lift is the most vital move in all of card magic. If you can do this move perfectly,
along with a few clever handlings, you will be able to perform miracles. Greg teaches many doubles,
my favorite is the knock-out double lift, I now do this one and the one from BTP all the time(by the
way, Born to Perform teaches one that is very simple and good, I use it and knockout alot.) The DVD
also teaches many great replacements, and gives many tips to make your double perfect. The routines
are very good, Jumping Gemini, Pheonix Aces or great. There are also some color changes taught, my
fav is the paint brush change. Did I mention that Greg is a funny guy, that keeps you interested.
Sure the quality isn't great, but the material sure is. If u are a beginner, get this, along with
Born to Perform by Oz Pearlman and maybe Color Changes by Noblezada, and you will look like a pro.
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