Advanced Technique The Acrobatic Diving Board Double

Even though there is one slight difference between both methods, a considerable amount of practice is required for the acrobatic version. Execution isn't the toughest part, controlling the catch is. It's like swimming in the deep end for the first time. Everyone tells you it's the same motion, but it won't feel the same. It's scarier than being in the safety of shallow water. Having the card leave the safety of the deck and rotate multiple times in the air is much scarier than pinning it...

The Origin of the Double Lift

Research provides us with plenty of proof that the double lift was invented and reinvented many times throughout history. Many magicians, in multiple countries, lay claim to this necessity of card magic.* I am going to share one of my seminar experiences with you now. During my last several hundred lectures, I habitually asked the audience to answer this question, Who was the first to publish the Double Lift Some attendees believed Dai Vernon was the first to publish the move. This was usually...

Turning the Diving Board face up

Hold the deck face down in your dealing hand. (For this manuscript, we will assume you're right handed, which means you hold the deck in your left hand for dealing.) Your left thumb should rest along the long left side of the deck (see photo 1). Move your thumb from the left side, and bend it so its tip (the fleshy part) touches the top two cards, somewhere in the middle - along the left side border (see photo 2). It might feel strange bending your thumb into this particular position, but with...

Turning the Diving Board face down

You could just turn the double face down like any other double lift, but then you have a bow left in your double. This is perfect if you need to get a break again. If not, you have a bow left in your double. What's great about the DBD is if you execute it again, the bow will automatically be removed from both cards - returning both cards to original condition. It's simple. Perform the DBD to turn the cards face up, then perform the DBD to turn them back face down. It should be easy to turn the...

Tips for Improving Your Diving Board Double Technique

Once you get comfortable launching and catching the double, the next step will be to control which side it lands on. Eventually, you want to start in a face down position, launch and have it land face up. Then you want to re-launch it from a faceup position, have it revolve in the air, and then land face down. This will take dedicated practice there are no special secrets. If you can perform the acrobatic DBD consistently, you will notice it only flips a certain amount of times before gravity...