The Rock and Reweave

Many times in doing a Faro Shuffle one will find it meshing along smoothly, then all of a sudden it becomes broken up by a pair of cards meshing where there should be only one thus causing a discrepancy in the weave. If this I break occurs, the following proceedure | will often save the trouble of starting all over again.

1. With a break or discrepancy in the Faro Shuffle all you need to do is to rock, or move both hands inwards thus the packets also move downwards causing the upper portion of the weaved cards to unweave themselves, This unweaving will send the discrepancy back into the unweaved portion of the deck.

2. The situation at this point is similar to Figure 6 in that the upper section of weaved cards have been unweaved but they are still weaved or meshed together near the bottom. Again, the unweaving is made only just past the discrepancy.

3. The two hands now move upwards and at the same time exerting a greater pressure with right forefinger, on the backs of its cards as the cards are made again to reweave in a manner similar to Figure 8.

4. If the discrepancy is overcome, fine, but if it isn't, the hands again move downwards to unweave the cards, then once more move the packets upwards into each other to reweave them.

5. The backward and forward movement of the packets has all the appear


ance of quickly rocking the hands back and forth as you attempt to gain a perfect Faro. Do not, however, overdo this. If the subsequent reweaves get worse, than the first weave, you should start the Faro over.

Fan Spread and Weave

Sometimes a Faro Shuffle will be perfect but then for some unaccountable reason, the top four cards, two on each packet, will not weave thus spoiling an otherwise perfect Faro Shuffle. In this case instead of using the Rock and Weave, the proceedure is this:

1. Get the cards into the position of Figure 14 as for doing the Spring Shuffle Flourish.

2. At this point both thumbs press on the top cards of their respective packets near the inner ends.

3. The forefingers of both hands curl around the front ends of the deck near their respective outside corners.

4. The thumbs now push or spread the top cards forwards to fan them as in Figure 20. The forefingers of both hands prevent more than the top four cards from fanning off the deck.

Figure 20

5. Now the thumbs pull back on the cards but at the same time weaving the four cards properly, as required for the particular In or Out Shuffle as shown in Figure 21.

6. The pack can now be sprung as in the Spring Shuffle Flourish to finish the action.

Resquaring the Packets

In starting the Faro Shuffle, the corners about to be meshed may become unsquared. This may be caused by dry hands, then again the fingers may not have held the packets firmly enough as the corners were placed against each other. Here then, are several methods for resquaring the packets or corners.

First Method:

1. Assuming the cards have slipped and the corners of each packet have become unsquared, simply turn the right hand packet inward, then place its inner corner against the outer corner of the left hand packet which has been turned parallel to the floor, as in

Figure 22.

2. Butt the corners against each other forcing them to square off properly after which you can try for a Faro Shuffle again.

Second Method:

1. In this case, if the packets become unsquared, place the right hand packet back alongside the left hand packet, not flush but separated as in Figure 23 which purposely shows two unsquared packets side by side. The packets meet at the front but are kept separated at the back only by the pressure of the left thumb.

Figure 23

2. The right hand now comes over the ends of the deck, squaring them between the left thumb and fingers as shown in Figure 24.

3. With the packets resquared, the right hand cuts off the top packet to try again for a Faro.

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