## Marios Favorite

This is and if you have had any experience with the perfect splitting of cards for a Faro Shuffle, this method can be infallible, and accurate. Even on your off days, you will not be off more than one card.

1. The pack has been shuffled and tabled by the spectator. Have him cut off a bunch of cards and shuffle them.

2. Meantime, you pick up the remainder and do a perfect Faro Split. In other words, you split the cards and eye gauge one portion against the other. If you have an even number of cards you should easily cut or split equal halves as seen in Figure 13.

If you have an odd number of cards no matter how you try to cut, one half will always be heavier or thicker in appearance. For the present, assume you have been left an even number and have split accurately.

4. The right hand drops the top portion to the table. The other half is then Run-Shuffled to get the number of cards in this portion. Suppose this number is 15. Double this to get 30 and subtract from 52 to give you 22 or the estimated number of cards in the spectator's cut off packet. Drop your packet onto the table and now you know the amount of cards in your packet and pretty certain of the amount in each of the remaining two packets.

5. Suppose you have been left with an odd number of cards. When you Faro Split these, one half will appear thick er. This becomes evident in trying release or pick up a card as you try to get an even split. In this event, always end with the heavier packet in your hands for the Run-Shuffle.

6. After the Run-Shuffle, you double the number minus one. If you had 19 cards, then twice this would be 38, minus one would give you 37. Then, 37, from 52 gives you 15 or the number of cards the spectator has. You now also know the amount of cards in all 3 packets, 19-18-15 respectively.

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