Is it really that important to have an invisible get ready? Do you need the pinky count to do double lifts well? Some say that the pinky count is the best way to go. I certainly used to think something along those lines, until I did an experiment recently. I have a job at the local YMCA teaching people how to do magic. They pay for a few lessons and I teach them some basic (and classic) card tricks and other things that they can go out and perform. It was during one of these classes that I was teaching my students the Double Lift. I was showing them the push-over get ready and the pinky count alternately, with no attempt at covering anything, so they could see the difference between the two get readies. To my surprise, when I asked them if they saw the difference between the two get readies, they asked "What difference?" I did the sequence again, pinky count then push over, they still didn't see a difference. I was shocked. I actually had to point out that I was doing something different each time. I'm not trying to say that the pinky count isn't useful, it certainly is, but for just a plain double lift, it appears that either the pinky count or the push over get ready will do just fine, even without cover. Now, it may appear that I'm saying you don't need to cover your DL get ready. That's not what I'm saying. Cover your get ready, but don't worry to much about the particular technique, as long as you avoid the thumb count at the back of the deck thing. If you can't do a pinky count, don't worry too much about it for now, the push-over get ready apparently works just as well, if you have a good push over get ready. (I have a feeling that I'm going to be posting videos later of my pinky count and push over get ready.) Oh... Long time no see! I think it's been almost 6 months since I started a thread here.