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Jabs Mckee

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Hey guys! I need some help, and I am hoping one of you can give me some advice. I'm working on the trick that requires 5 in faro shuffles to get the aces to the top (I think it was Luis that showed it). I can do the shuffles alright. I'm having trouble cutting EXACTLY at the 26 card point (exactly half the deck). Anybody have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

I hope this is right category to put this in.
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Practice cutting the deck at 26. The 2 packets should look the same thickness.

Alternatively you could cheat and have a joker there face up. As you spread remark that the joker isn't supposed to be there and discard it getting a break. You could do the same with any card, but instead of discarding you reverse the card back in the spread.

A breather or any other crimp would also work just as well as would a short card.

Does it even need to be cut at 26 the first time around?
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Practice cutting the deck at 26. The 2 packets should look the same thickness.

Alternatively you could cheat and have a joker there face up. As you spread remark that the joker isn't supposed to be there and discard it getting a break. You could do the same with any card, but instead of discarding you reverse the card back in the spread.

A breather or any other crimp would also work just as well as would a short card.

Does it even need to be cut at 26 the first time around?


I thought about the breather, but after the first faro, it wouldn't be in the 26th position anymore would it?  I guess practicing cutting the deck is the best option.  

PS Chi Han, your rising card trick was awesome!
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Maybe Mike Powers can chime in here. He gave me a tip about adding another card to the pack (53 total) which makes tricks like these a bit easier. I’m not sure if it would work on this one though.
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Hi, this is Luis...

Actually we already talked about the faro in another thread. I gave some hints about it. I just need to look for it but right now we are in our last week of classes before finals and I've been a little busy. 

Right off hand I can tell you this. Try to use estimation. With time you will be able to cut the deck in half (no matter how many cards you have), which is what you are trying to do, not cut at 26. 26 because you have a full deck. 

And the first shuffle is an in, and so are the second, third and fourth... the last one can be in or out. It doesn't matter any more. 

I am practicing it to record it soon and show you a variation. That is all I am going to say so I don't spoil the surprise... I love this surprise... And I hope you will too...

And I love that you liked the effect I showed at the Saturday session! 

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I found the thread I mentioned above:

https://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/faro-shuffle-9469456

Read it and follow it carefully and I hope it helps you with your faro. I posted some pictures there as well to help you.


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Originally Posted by Jabs Mckee
Hey guys! I need some help, and I am hoping one of you can give me some advice. I'm working on the trick that requires 5 in faro shuffles to get the aces to the top (I think it was Luis that showed it). I can do the shuffles alright. I'm having trouble cutting EXACTLY at the 26 card point (exactly half the deck). Anybody have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!


The short answer is ... practice, practice, practice.

The not-so-short is, use the following suggestion by Roberto Giobbi (I believe it is in Card College):

Try to cut close to half, it is very likely that you are just one or two cards above or below the exact point,  visually compare the two halves and rectify if needed.

This worked for me, and can do consistently the wheel of eight out-faros in less than 90 seconds.


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