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Very nice thinking and detective work goochelen. Penelope the weaver.

If that's the answer we'd just need the first time 'it' was published and by who? I wonder if the 'it' could, in the light of what goochlen has posted, be thought to mean the first time that the weave (of cards) was published and by who? (rather than when the Penelope Principle was published and by who)
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Hi Sealegs - great insight.

I think we are getting closer.

By consulting the Conjuring-Archive I found that Edward Marlo's 1964 book "Faro Controlled Miracles" mentions on page 3 "The Riffle Weave" referring to an alternation of the top 10 cards during a riffle shuffle.

I like this "Treasure hunt" Smile
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On Apr 18, 2017, Sealegs wrote:
Tonsofquestions.... the original question asked, what is Penelope?.... rather than who was/is Penelope. So the film answer might be valid but the wife of Odysseus ought not to be. Smile

A fictional character in [book/movie] seems like a perfectly fine answer to a what question. I'm sure that it was also the name of the character in the movie, even if it was also the title. Smile

But I also like the idea of referring to it as the Faro itself, rather than the principle.

According to Joshua Jay's Amazing Book of Cards,
Colleague Tyler Wilson has this to say about the origins of the faro shuffle: "The idea of perfectly interweaving cards during a shuffle -- such as in a faro shuffle -- was published in The While Art and Mystery of Modern Gaming Fully Expos'd and Detected; Containing An Historical Account Of all the Secret Abuses Practis'd in the Game of Chance in 1726, written by an anonymous author who refers to himself only as 'Your Lordship's Most obliged and most obedient humble Servant'"

That seems like a reasonable guess. And for completeness, 26 shuffles. Smile
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