First Variation

1. Proceed exactly as already detailed for the Faro Riffle Shuffle up to the point where the cards are brought to the table in a manner similar to Figure 35.

2. At Figure 35, the cards are actually off the table held by the fingers of the hands. It is right here that the technical variation enters by letting the front side of the cards slip off the fingers so that this frontside actually touches the table as in Figure 45.

Figure 45

3. The thumbs at the rear do not let go of the cards but actually keep the packets off the table as in Figure 46.

Remember that the packets are still more or less held in place by the fingers at the front side.

Remember that the packets are still more or less held in place by the fingers at the front side.

Figure 46

Figure 46

4. The thumbs now lift up the packets and pivot them towards each other until the corners mesh together. The situation is now similar to that already shown in Figure 38 except that the cards need not be raised as high at the back due to the front side actually being on the table.

5. Start the weave as in Figure 39, then with the thumbs of both hands start the riffle shuffle.

6. During the riffle shuffle the forefingers of both hands press down lightly on the top of each packet as the thumbs riffle upwards. At the same time, the fingers at the front keep a firm pressure to prevent the packets from slipping. The Figure 47 shows the action of this riffle shuffle from the performer's view.

Figure 47

Figure 47

7. After the shuffle, either square-up in the usual manner or do the Spring Shuffle Flourish.

Second Variation:

The is exactly as for the first Faro Riffle Shuffle up to where the packets are partially weaved together as in Figure 38.

Figure 48

2. At this point do not lower the packets but keep the height as in Figure 38, and let the cards riffle off the thumbs.

3. The riffled cards will fall from a greater height to the table as shown in Figure 48 which is the action of the shuffle as seen by the operator.

4. The cards falling off onto the table from such a height makes it look almost impossible to have made a perfect Faro Riffle Shuffle. Even for one who may have the performer's view, it doesn't seem as if a perfect Faro Riffle Shuffle has been accomplished.

Third Variation:

This is similar to the other of the Faro Riffle Shuffles except in this case the weave started in Figure 38 is continued until it is past the center as shown in Figure 49, performer's view.

Figure 49

Figure 49

2. Once the cards have been weaved as shown in Figure 49, the deck is lowered to the position already shown in Figure 41. The pack is lowered to the table and the thumbs quickly let the cards riffle off as for a riffle shuffle.

Figure 50

Fourth Variation:

Figure 50

Fourth Variation:

1. This is really a Bluff Faro Riffle Shuffle. You actually weave all the cards as shown in Figure 50, then quickly lower the pack while at the same time you run the thumbs up along the cards to create a riffling sound,

2. The proceedure is exactly as for the actual Faro Riffle Shuffle, It can be made as a bona-fide Table Faro or Weave by simply weaving the cards as above but omitting the riffling sound of the cards.

3. In doing this type of weave, it will be helpful to have the outside ends of the packets resting against the table and the forefinger of both hands pressing downwards on each packet. This will create the proper tension for the corners to weave in faster. If any misses occur, they are very quickly spotted and the packets can be very quickly unweaved, the ends resquared and another attempt made without too much loss of time.

Fifth Variation:

1. This variation can be combined with all the previous variations. It depends on the packets being held at the extreme ends during the Faro Riffle Shuffle or Table Weave.

2. Figure 51 shows a Faro Riffle Shuffle being made with the packets as they are held at the extreme ends.

3. should be obvious to the student that holding the packets this way can

Figure 51

be combined with all previous variations, including its application to the Table Faro or Weave. In other words, all Figures from 31 to 44, would be identical except the packets in each case would be held at the extreme ends.

Now comes an explanation of a Faro Riffle Shuffle never before attempted but one that is as practical as any other. It is the Faro Riffle Shuffle-

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