Faro Fooler

Two widely separated face up cards come together except for a face down card between them. This face up card turns out to be the selected card.

The above effect we submitted to thel Genii many years ago; however, the present method differs greatly from the original. It makes use of the Partial Faro Check and basically is as if con-j trolling three selections. However, presentation enables you to do the effect even if you have only one spectator.

1. Assuming you have one spectator, quickly make two packets of 13 cards each via the Partial Faro Check. (See Chapter 6)

2. Have the spectator shuffle one of the packets, then place it face down. Have him shuffle the second packet and then remove any one card, turn it face up and place it face up onto the first packet. Drop his remaining cards face down onto the face up card. Thus two packets are assembled with a face up card somewhere in the center. Remember this card as your key.

3. During the above actions you will have had ample time to do another Partial Faro Check making two more packets of 13 cards each.

4. Give spectator a choice of either packet. He is to shuffle the chosen packet, note the bottom card after the shuffle, then drop the packet onto the assembled packets thus losing his selection.

5. The last packet he also shuffles, and removes any card. He turns it face up and places it face up on top of the assembled packets. He then drops the remaining cards face down onto the face up card.

6. To the spectator's viewpoint there are two cards face up widely separated and a noted or selected card face down somewhere in the deck.

7. Have the deck cut several times as you point out that no amount of straight cutting will bring those two cards together.

8. After several cuts, spread the deck to show the two face up cards widely separated, noting the position of the key card. "I will now attempt to bring the two cards together inj ust two shuf fles, one for each card."

9. If your key card is less than 13 from the top or bottom, do a Faro In-Shuffle; if more than 13 from the top or bottom, do a Faro Out-Shuffle.

10. After the first Faro Shuffle the two face up cards will be together. Quickly note if they are in the upper or lower portion of the deck.

If the two face up cards are in the lower portion of the deck, cut at 26 and do an In Faro Shuffle which will result in the selection going between the two face up cards.

12. If the two face up cards are in the upper section of the deck, cut at 26 and give the pack an Out Faro Shuffle to obtain the same results as in Step

13. Say, "I have now succeeded in bringing the two face up cards together", as you spread the deck faces down.

14. Act surprised to find a face down card between the face up cards. As an afterthought, ask for the name of the selected card. Reveal the card between the two as the selection.

15. You can reverse the effect in the event you happen to get another spectator later on. In this case, merely have the original two face up cards become the two face down selections while the original face down selected card becomes the single face up card.

The effect then terminates with a face up card between two selected cards. Of course, this effect has already been obtained in a previous Faro Fooler but knowing another method for it may come in handy when it becomes necessary to repeat the effect.

Instant 26th Location

This is not an effect but rather a method for getting a selected card to the top very quickly using a combina tion of Faro, crimp, 26 th Faro Check and Half Plus One principle.

1. Do a 26th Card Faro Check to get two equal packets of cards, i.e. 26 cards in each half.

Have one half, either half, shuffled, then replaced to the table.

3. Have the second half shuffled, then the bottom card noted by a spectator. This half is placed onto the first shuffled half.

4. Pick up the deck and in squaring it, crimp the bottom card being sure not to so much as glance at the deck.

5. Cut the pack casually as you pass the cards to the spectator for him to cut as many times as he cares to.

6. On getting the cards back, note whether the crimped card is in the lower or upper portion of the deck.

7. If it is in the upper portion, cut at 26, then do a perfect Faro Out Shuffle. The crimped card will come above the selection. Cut at the crimp bringing it to the bottom while the selection becomes the top card.

8. If the crimp is in the lower section, then do a perfect Faro In Shuffle but be sure to turn the deck around so that the actual crimped card will not interfere with the Faro; however, by undercutting the lower portion into the right hand, then doing what appears to be an Out Shuffle, the deck need not be turned.

9. Again the crimped card or other form of key, will come above the selection. A cut at the crimp to bring it to the bottom brings selection to the top.

10. Instead of cutting at the crimp you can indulge in additional Faro shuffles and these need not be perfect as long as the weave, in the vicinity of the crimp, is correct.

11. By keeping track of how many such I additional Faro Shuffles are made you I will know how many cards from the top I the actual selection is after cutting the crimp to the bottom.