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Andrew Wong
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What is a faro?? Smile
Jim Morton
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The Faro Shuffle has been discussed elsewhere, but none of those posts really tell you what it is. To answer Andrew's question (this is the "New to Magic" forum, after all), a Faro Shuffle is when you take part of the deck, and weave the cards together, so that the cards from one part of the deck alternate with the cards from the other part of the deck. If you use exactly 26 cards in each part, it's referred to as a Perfect Faro. Most of the time when magicians talk about the faro shuffle, they are talking about the perfect faro shuffle. If, for example, you take all 26 red cards, and faro shuffle them with all 26 black cards, the cards will fall into a red-black-red-black order.

For lots more info on the Faro Shuffle, check out Expert Card Technique by Hugard & Braue. It's a Dover book, so it's cheap, but it's worth its weight in gold.

Jim
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