In The Hands

1. Here again the proceedure for getting ready is as already explained for The Faro Riffle Shuffle except that all action is made while standing and away from any tables.

2. The only difference comes in when the packets are placed corner to corner. It is here that the fourth fingers of each hand move to the ends of each packet, as seen in Figure 52 which is a front view, just before the start of the shuffle.

3. The fourth fingers at the end of each packet will give proper tension for the opening weave and later act as supports for the shuffled cards.

4. Start the weave at the bottom of the deck in a manner similar to Figure 38 or Figure 49 if you prefer.

5. Once the cards are partially weaved, let the cards riffle off the thumbs as shown in Figure 53 which is the shuffle in action.

Figure 53

6. Note how the fourth fingers of each hand support the cards that have been riffled off. After the completion of the shuffle, the cards will be as in Figure 54 with the cards held between the three fingers on bottom and thumbs and the forefingers on top.

Figure 54

Figure 54

7. You will find that as the shuffle is complete, the cards will actually slip into the position shown in Figure 54.

8. From here, push the cards further into each other and get into position for the Spring Shuffle Flourish to conclude the shuffle.

9. All previous variations in technique as applied to the Faro Riffle Shuffle on the table can also be applied to the one done in the hands.

10. On the Table Faro Riffle Shuffle when having trouble starting a weave, bringing both thumbs closer together will sometimes be of great help, especially with very soft packs that may have lost some of their required tension.

Before going into the other phases of the Faro Shuffle, it may be well to mention that an End Faro can at times be very disarming. In fact all previously explained techniques and variations can be applied to it. In the illustration, Figure 55, an End Faro of the riffle shuffle type is shown so that the student can see what is meant by this.

Figure 55

Almost all the Faro Aids previously mentioned can be used or applied to the Faro Riffle Shuffle. If the Faro Riffle Shuffle should hang up, caused usually by sticky cards, a slight back and forth movement of the packets as the riffle progresses, will be found to be helpful. However, such action must only be as a last resort and one must not make it a habit.

The Butt Faro

The Butt type Faro is all done on the table . This one shuffle, while it can be made perfectly, offers little control as far as making it either an In or Out Shuffle. For this reason it is best used only when definite In or Out Shuffles are not required.

1. Place the deck face down on the table.

2. Grasp deck at the extreme ends between the thumbs, second and third fingers of both hands. The tips of fourth fingers rest at the ends of the cards while both forefingers are curled on top of the deck.

Figure 56

3. With right thumb break the pack at 26, then butt the two ends of the packets against each other as shown in Figure 56, a top view.

4. If you have not cut the deck perfectly, you will find that one half or the other will be slightly higher. In this case, return the deck to its original position and either cut less, or more, cards as required. Then butt the ends together again. Note the fourth fingers are still at the ends of the deck.

5. With the aid of the fingers, raise the packets like a tent, the fourth fingers at the ends aiding in this by an inward pressure as seen in Figure 57 where you will note that the tent is only raised very slightly at center as the outer ends rest on the table.

Figure 57

Figure 57

6. Just when the cards are raised to the position in Figure 57, the forefingers of both hands press downwards on the tops of their respective packets to start weaving as in Figure 58.

7. Once the cards are the deck is squared up in the conventional manner and the Butt Shuffle repeated.

As has been mentioned the above shuffle does not give a definite control of In or Out Shuffles but it is fast and casual looking. Where it is required to only partially control a card, or group of cards, it could be kept in mind especially in the case of the Faro Throw-Off.

Figure 58

Figure 58

We now come to the part of the chapter that will be found to contain new Faro terms with some original approaches in regards to the Faro Shuffle. As I have already explained the 26th Card Faro Check, this section might just as well start with the Partial Faro Check.

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