False Shuffle Combination

Actually these are not false shuffles but, because of the previous arrangement, they do bring one into the required order of cards necessary for any effect using a stacked deck, yet even those familiar with Faro Shuffles will not be suspect as to any arrangement really being kept intact.

1. First of all, assume that you have a pack of cards arranged in suit order of Clubs, Hearts, Spades, Diamonds and that each suit is in sequence of A to K from the top down.

2. You wish to give this pack a certain number of shuffles and retain their order without it being too apparent that you are retaining an order through the use of Full Faro Shuffles. The best system to use is to preset for a definite Combination Shuffle such as the one that follows.

3. Take the set up deck and subject I to a Reverse Faro of the In type - one in I which the original top and bottom! cards become lost. This is the first step, a Reverse In Faro.

4. Next, take off the top ten cards of the deck and put them off to the right. Also take off the bottom ten cards and put them to the left. This is merely so you don't get the two sets of ten mixed or confused as to where they originally came from.

5. You now have a packet of 32 cards. Crimp the bottom card of this packet. Next, give this packet two Reverse Faros of the Out type which will retain the crimped card on the bottom.

6. Now replace the ten cards that came1 from the top and bottom of the deck This time give the full pack a Reverse Faro of the In type again after which you can place the cards in the case to await its use in performance.


7, Obviously, when the pack is taken out for shuffling, you start by cutting at 26, then doing an Faro In Shuffle. Next, do two Above the Crimp Faros concluding with another Faro In Shuffle. Result, the deck is back in order as before.

You can set up your own combinations using the Reverse Faro.

The Wrong Hand

In effect, the Cardician seems to have made a mistake in his shuffles as the usual four Aces have fallen into the wrong hand; however, everything turns out all right as the cardician's hand has a straight flush to beat the Aces.

Previously or secretly nail nick, or scratch the sides of one of the Aces. Let's assume this Ace to be the Ace of Spades.

2. The effect is best performed after the pack has been in use for other effects or if it is thoroughly shuffled before starting.

3. On getting the deck, you run through it to remove the four Aces but at the same time secretly gather, to the bottom, any five cards of a suit rotation to form a straight flush.

4. In getting the straight flush, always start with whatever the bottom or face card is, then build your straight flush around it.

5. As an example, I have the 8H as the bottom card. I run over the faces of the cards and I spot a 10H and QH together. I transfer these to the face of deck as I mentally note that I need a 9H and JH to complete the straight flush. Going along I remove each Ace as I come to it but at the same time keeping an eye out for the JH or 9H.

6. The four Aces are now on the table face up and the straight flush is on the bottom of the deck.

7. Overhand Shuffle and run off 21 cards from the top of the deck to the bottom; however, break up the shuffle by running off 10 cards, then throw the deck, run off 5 cards and throw the deck, then run off 6 cards and throw the deck.

8. At this stage, if you are working for other cardicians, pass the deck around to show no crimps, marks, etc.

9. Next place the Aces on top of the deck but do so one at a time. As you hold out each Ace, point out how free of marks, waves, or crimps, each card is, if working for other cardicians. The Ace to go on top last should be the key Ace of Spades in this case.

10. With all the Aces on top, cut the deck to lose the Aces. Hand the pack to the spectator and tell him to straight cut the deck as many times as he wishes or until he is sure no one could possibly know the position of the Aces.

On receiving the deck, hold it in position for the Faro Shuffle at the same time look for your nicked or scratched Ace of Spades.

If the nicked card is in the lower half of the deck, cut the pack at 26 and do a perfect In Shuffle. If the nicked Ace is in the upper half of deck cut at 26 and do a perfect Out Shuffle.

13. The first stage will weave the Aces into the straight flush with the Aces preceding.

14. Cut the deck at the nicked Ace of Spades to bring this Ace to the top of the deck. At this point the alternated Aces and straight flush are all at top of the deck.

15. Cut the deck, at least the top fifteen cards or more, then do a Throw Off Faro ending with one that becomes an In Shuffle. Do the Double Cut to complete the series of actions.

16. Deal out four hands of five cards each, face down.

17. Turn over the first hand as you say, "Of course, this fellow has nothing and neither does this one," as you turn over the second hand. However, at this point you act surprised when you see it contains the four Aces. Pick up the third hand as you mutter something about wondering what happened.

18. At this point your spectators may mention something about the fact that the wrong hand won.

19. No matter what the reaction of your audience is, state that, "The idea was to deal myself the winning hand and it looks like I succeeed", as you turn over your five cards and arrange them in sequence so that everyone can see you have a straight flush to beat the four Aces.

One thing more - If one wishes the effect can be done without the need of a nail-nicked Ace. In this case, after the cutting, merely riffle the sides of the deck to spot whether the Aces are in the upper or lower section of the deck, then proceed with either the In or Out Shuffle as required.

If you have taken the precaution of remembering the top Ace of the four you can now riffle the sides of the deck to locate this Ace and cut the deck at this point. From here the proceedure is as outlined above.

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