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Topic: Faro Poetry - A Review
Message: Posted by: Steven Keyl (Apr 5, 2016 01:07PM)
Nicolás Pierri was kind enough to send me a review copy of his eBook Faro Poetry in return for a fair and balanced review. So here it is...

The Faro Poetry eBook runs 60 pages and provides a deep look at the faro shuffle and the ways in which this shuffle can be used in various contexts across multiple effects. He does NOT describe how to faro; rather, this is a book about both the practical (and sometimes theoretical) applications of the shuffle.

The material in the book isn't weighted toward the neophyte faro worker or the guy who's been doing this shuffle for 30 years. Rather, there is a solid mix of material that will appeal to a broad cross-section of faro workers.

For example, incomplete faro shuffles and the "1835" Principle are wonderful techniques for a new faro worker, but are too well-known among most experienced faro workers to be of significant value. On the other end of the spectrum, his take on Gene Finnell's Free Cut Principle provides deeper insight and analysis including ideas that hadn't occurred to me before which further spurred my own creative ideas.

However far long you may be in your understanding of this technique you will be able to find at least a couple of items that will lead you down a wondrous rabbit hole of further discovery. Obviously, though, the less you know about the nuances of this technique, more of the book will contain your first exposure to the various principles. If you know the faro but struggle to find enough uses for it, this book will be worthwhile for you as it contains a large number of tricks which use the principles and subtleties that he discusses.

Here are some additional notes...

[*] My favorite part of the book was entitled "Exotic but Interesting." Here Nicolas combines ideas from Marlo and Bannon to create something that I’m going to start using and experimenting with. As with most great ideas, in hindsight it is an obvious thing to do, but I'm confident that I would never have had the foresight to combine these ideas in this way.
[*] Another part of the book that I like nearly as much was the Mirror Stack section. There is a LOT of meat here that will take a lot of time to digest to get the most out of it. I read through the section twice, and I have what I consider to be a strong grasp of the faro shuffle, and I know that I've only scratched the surface of all the ideas that are contained in this section.
[*] Faro corrections are an issue that I don't see covered in enough detail in other places. Nicolás discusses what to do when you are “off by one” and you don’t hit a perfect 26-26 split. Whether you have a 27-25 split or a 25-27 split, you’ll know what to do after reading this section. My only sleight complaint about this section (pun intended) is that he doesn't delineate clearly enough between in-faros and out-faros. The corrective procedures between them are slightly different and he only delves into the out-faro corrections. This is not a big deal, though, as once you learn the out-faro corrections you can apply that knowledge to figuring out the in-faro corrections, but it would have been nice if this information had been included.
[*] While the crediting throughout the book is excellent (and that's not a word I throw around a lot), there were a couple times Nicolás didn't fully explain a technique. For example, during one effect he mentions the use of Elmsley’s Brainwave Display but doesn’t describe the technique.
[*] Most of the tricks that he describes include full scripting. For a book about a relatively arcane technical procedure this was very nice surprise. It is clear that he has spent time thinking about not only the analytical aspects of the faro, but how these things can be worked naturally into actual routines.

On balance, this book contains a nice summary of topics and techniques from the "Faro Heavyweights" like Marlo and Elmsley, which are nicely mixed with Nicolás' own unique (and deep) analysis. Even dyed in the wool faro workers will get something out of this.

Is it worth the price? If you already know how to faro, then learning how to further unlock its potential is easily worth the asking price. I would consider myself an experienced faro worker and there was enough in its pages to have made the purchase worthwhile.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 5, 2016 08:25PM)
Thanks for the detailed review, Steven. It sounds very interesting.
Message: Posted by: nicolasmtg (Apr 5, 2016 09:20PM)
Hey Steve thank you for that awesome review !!!

if you guys are intrested on obtaining my book (PDF) just send me an email to nicolasmtg@gmail.com with the subject FARO BOOK.

here you have the link of the original post


Nicolás Pierri
Message: Posted by: nicolasmtg (Dec 13, 2016 07:13PM)
Landmark if you have any question just let me know :)
Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Dec 13, 2016 09:55PM)
I voted for it for "Official Magic Café Book of the Year" http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=631039&forum=110
Message: Posted by: nicolasmtg (Mar 15, 2018 11:48PM)

"I had the honor of meeting Nicolas last year when he was visiting Las Vegas. I got to see some of the new items that are going to appear in his new faro book and all I can say, I was greatly impressed.

I thoroughly enjoyed Nicolas’ last book called Faro Poetry and some of the items in that book are now favorites in my repertoire. "

-------------Allan Ackerman------------