Cards are nothing new to me. As an avid Magic The Gathering player (a super nerdy, super awesome game, I highly recommend it), card shaped pieces of cardboard are in my hands more than the average person. That being said, my hands are far from dextrous, and so when I decided to learn the first piece of hundreds of card tricks, the Double Lift, I was wary of my ability to control my fingers.
I’ll begin with a brief description of the move. The Double Flip is a pretty standard move in which you make the audience believe you are taking one card, when you actually take two. This allows you to use one of those cards as a diversion while you manipulate the other one, usually having that one be the card chosen by your audience.
I noticed a few things immediately:
- Big fingers are not an asset, I found manipulating cards difficult due to the diameter of my fingers.
- Practice makes perfect, The video said that, while simple, this move would take awhile to learn. They were right.
- It is satisfying to do the move right, and can even fool yourself a little bit.
My goal for the remainder of the week is to practice, practice, practice. I want to be able to do the move with my eyes closed.