The Falling Faro John Davit

This is the last of the faro flourishes from John. While the concept and the actions are fairly simple, the smooth execution will require a moderate amount of practice. There is no effect as such. This is just a very pretty and showy way to square cards that have been faro shuffled together.

The Work. Cut the deck in position for a faro shuffle, being sure you get at least 27 cards in the right half. Perform a straddle faro, sandwiching the left half inside the right half.

As soon as the weaving of the cards is completed, regrasp the pack in the right hand as follows: Right thumb on the near long edge where the interlaced cards overlap; the right second finger on the far long edge where the interlaced cards overlap; the right first finger curled on top pressing down on the middle of the telescoped deck where the cards overlap.

The right hand now lifts the far end of the telescoped pack up so that the deck is being held in a vertical position, perpendicular to the floor. The two fingers and the right thumb should give you a firm grasp of the entire deck, leaving your left hand to set up for it's part. Also, your right hand

The left hand is extended toward the right perpendicular to the floor. (That is, with the thumb and forefinger toward the ceiling and the fourth finger toward the floor.) They should engulf the deck, the first three fingers on one side and the thumb on the other. They are not actually touching the deck. They are just surrounding it so they can "catch" it as it falls. The most important finger in what is to follow is the left little finger which rests beneath the telescoped pack. See the illustration.

You are now going to spring the cards off the right thumb and first finger simultaneously. As they spring from the right hand, gravity will cause the top level to fall square with the lower level onto the left little finger. They will be leaning at a slight angle on the inside of the left hand. At the conclusion of the cascade, they will be held (vertically) in a very deep mechanics grip in the left hand. The whole thing takes about two seconds from start to finish.

Regurgitations. This is a very pretty piece of card handling worth the hour or so it will take to master. It is so simple (unlike the triple waterfall) that I wish I had thought of it. The key to getting it to work smoothly and easily is to make sure your right hand grasps the cards on the edges where they overlap. This is great material and I'm delighted The Trapdoor was able to bring it to you.

After playing with this, I came up with a variation which some of you might find a little easier --- if not as impressive. It is based on the squeeze of the deck of cards which was made prior to the old cascade or waterfall. To execute, hold the telescoped deck between the right forefinger and the right thumb, right at the second knuckle. You have to hold them where the two halves interlace to do this smoothly. The left hand remains ready to catch the cards as they fall as described above.

Now squeeze the cards until they slide forward on the finger and thumb. This will cause them to bow toward the thumb crotch. The purpose of this squeezing is to separate each of the cards by a fraction of an inch. When they have been slid up to the tips of the forefinger and thumb, release the pressure on the cards. They will fall into your waiting left hand, onto your left little finger. Because of the space placed between each of the cards,the top half of the telescoped pack will fall flush with the lower half, squaring the deck.

This is a very simple flourish to add to any faro shuffle when the cards are not set up an any obvious order (i.e. red half shuffled into a black half). It does not blend well with the Triple Waterfall just explained because the cards are bowed in opposite directions. However, you can either use a well broken in deck, or you can do this one with the cards face up after completing the Triple Waterfall with the cards face down. I will describe it face down since I don't use the two together.

This is almost too simple to require a description. I am not apologizing for it. I probably would not have published it by itself, but since you are learning stuff with a faro, you might as well learn this too. It's worth the little effort required. Split the deck into two packets, retaining at least 27 cards in the right half. Straddle faro the two halves together and push the two halves together so that they overlap for about an inch. Now grasp the telescoped pack in the right hand in position for the Charlier Pass. Place your right forefinger on the face of the pack, exactly in the middle where they overlap. Extend your left hand palm up. You are going to spring the cards over into your left hand so that they fall face up. You are not going to change their order or the fact that they are telescoped. You are just displaying the faces of the cards with the remark, "As you can see, they are well mixed."

You do this by raising the cards so that they are in a vertical position with the right thumb at the top and the right fingers at the bottom. Push with your right forefinger underneath and allow the top long edges of the cards to spring off the right thumb. Your left hand is there to catch the cards as they roll over. Your right thumb should allow them to spring off in a slow, steady fashion.

The cards land in your left hand in telescoped fashion. You can finish with the last two waterfalls from the Triple Waterfall or you can do a legitimate waterfall (without the diagonal pressure) using the technique described in the second waterfall of the three.

Regurgitations. As I stated earlier, this doesn't do anything. It just looks pretty. It will take all of ten minutes to learn to do. It will give you a reason to show off with a faro (to show the cards in random order) while at the same time doing a flourish.

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