Faro Riffle Shuffle

made from the top end of the deck as in Figure 31. This shows the performer's view as he has the pack in front of him on the table.

6. Having determined the cut to be exact, the right fingers hold onto the cards, the right thumb maintaining the separation on the inside, as the left hand fingers relax for a moment but remain in position along the cards.

7. The right hand now turns back up thus also bringing the backs of cards upwards. The deck, as it is turned parallel to the table, pivots between the fingers of the left hand and thru the arch of this hand as in Figure 32.

8. The movement is continued by the left hand pivoting up until it assumes a similar position, on the left side of the deck, to that of the right hand on the right side of the deck. The position of both hands is shown in Figure 33 which is just before the splitting of the cards.

9. The right hand now takes the upper portion while the left hand retains the lower portion of the deck.

Figure 33

10. The front end of the left hand portion is now tapped with the face of the packet held in the right hand. This squares off the front end of the left packet and causes it to move further down into the left fingers. The left thumb ends up at about the center of the packet. The action is shown in Figure 34.

Figure 34

11. The action of Figure 34 is now repeated but on the right hand packet using the face of the left hand packet to square off the front end of the right hand packet. The packets should now be held at about the center with each hand's thumb and fingers.

12. While mention has been made of squaring off the front end of the packets, it must be mentioned that this square off must be done so as to give a slight inward bevel to the front, or facing ends of each packet.

13. Having prepared each half, the hands move the packets towards the table. The packets are not released but are retained in the fingers at all times. The forefingers are curled on top of each packet.

14. Place the cards well forward on the table as this will enable you to look at the side of the deck without too much trouble. At this stage, the fingertips and thumb tips of both hands are touching the table but the deck itself is held above the table by the finger tips. This is shown in Figure 35 where you will note the packets are about a half inch away from each other.

Figure 37

Figure 35

Figure 38

Figure 35

15. Keep the tips of the front fingers of each hand against the table top as both packets are raised off the table as shown in Figure 36.

Figure 38

19. Move the right hand packet inwards, then forward but very slightly just enough to start a partial weave, as in Figure 39, at the bottom of the packets.

Figure 39

Figure 36

16. The forefingers of both hands press down on the top of each packet causing each to bend inwards slightly. The appearance of each packet, as it would look at the inner or front ends, is shown in Figure 37. Here the hands have purposely been turned out to expose the inner ends.

17. Do not make the concavity shown in Figure 37 too great, just enough to give proper tension to each packet in the next sequence of moves.

18. Move the packets inwards bringing only the corners together as in Figure 38.

Figure 39

20. The cards as viewed from the front are as in Figure 40 where you will note only the corners are touching during the shuffle.

Figure 40

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VARIATIONS ON FARO RIFFLE SHUFFLE

21. Once the weave has been started, lower both packets closer to the table as seen in Figure 41, the performer's view.

Figure 41

Figure 41

22. Now, very gently let the cards riffle off both thumbs simultaneously as shown in Figure 42. Be sure to keep an inward pressure on the packets as well as maintaining proper pressure with the forefingers of both hands on top.

Figure 42

Figure 42

23. The completed Faro Riffle Shuffle now looks as in Figure 43 when viewed from the top.

24. With hands maintaining the same position as shown in Figure 43, telescope the packets further into each other, then tip up the cards, with backs towards you, as in Figure 44.

25. Place the hands around the cards in position for the Spring Shuffle Flourish. Do the flourish on the table with the cards shooting forwards rather than downwards. After the Spring Flourish, get the cards back into the position for squaring on the table as in Figure 31 for a repetition of the moves to get into another Faro Riffle Shuffle.

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