The first Double Lift from the center of the deck to appear in print was by Cy Endfield, recorded by Lewis Ganson in Cy Endfield's Entertaining Card Magic, Part 1, 1955, p. 12. The double card is extracted with two cards inserted into the center of the deck.
Jack Avis, published a more “hands-on” approach in Pentagram, Vol. 12 No. 10, July 1958, p. 75. Larry Jennings contributed a similar sleight, displaying a mildly flourishy fingertip handling, to The Gen, Vol. 20 No. 5, Sep. 1964, p. 130.