TO HIT OR NOT TO HIT
An early objection about the Double Lift was the get-ready. One usually had to furtively lift, hoping to get the correct number of cards. Or, worse, had to push over two cards and pull them back, getting a left pinky break underneath them. Neither approach could withstand a burn. In STARS OF MAGIC (1946) Daley said that the get-ready was a serious drawback because it required misdirection. In other words, you had to do it while nobody was lookingwhich really became problematical when one needed to execute successive Double Turnovers. (Think: Paul Harriss quick reflex trick).
Daley called his technique the INSTANTANEOUS DOUBLE LIFT.
If one wants to be niggling about it, the adjective hit suggests that the move was done with a quick, striking movement. Daley had the deck squared but beveled. Then the right index fingertip PRESSED against the beveled side. Next, the cards, once secured by the right thumb and first finger PULLED the card(s) to the right and THEN flipped them over with ONLY the index finger. The card(s) flipped to an injogged position. This made the second turnover easy. When the card(s) were flipped face down, they were to fall flush.
Marlo dubbed this type of Double-Lift Turnover as a hit type. He used it in conjunction with an apparent Change. This was explained in THE CARDICIAN (1953); however, in the credit section at the end of the book (compiled by early Marlo note-taker, Bert Fenn) cites this credit:
Hit Double Turn Over, Chicago, July, 1949.
STARS OF MAGIC came out in 1946 and Daley probably was doing it earlier than 1946.
Marlo was probably doing his version prior to 1949.
There is little difference between the two techniques, except Marlo did not drag the card(s) to the right and then flip them. He also flipped them flush to the deck both times.
Its likely that Daley-Vernon, and the New York sodality raised their eyebrows when they saw the Hit Double Turnover appear in THE CARDICIAN with no mention of the STARS OF MAGIC or Daley? These sort of things were no doubt flash-points in the contentious squabbles that ensued between Marlo and others.
At this stage it is a matter of conjecture that any of this was done deliberately or with a calculated agenda in mind. Marlo detractors, however, claim that it was deliberate and over the years Marlo ripped off everybody. This is an exaggeration and scrupulous examination of the Published Record discloses a large number of offenders and guilty parties.
Bottom Line: Credit Daley with a squared-deck Turnover. Credit Marlo with the term Hit in conjunction with this move.
Personally, I dont care for any variation of this Hit technique, although I appreciate its underlying rationale.