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docz
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I finally learned the faro shuffle! Man it took a while, but now I can get it done quite easilly. One small tip to anyone trying to learn. Get yourself some plastic cards! They are bad for everything except practising faro's. After practising exclusively with a plastic deck, I suddenly found myself able to do it on a regular deck with ease.

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Wish I had known that 50 years ago. Thanks for the tip. Glad you finally got it. It does take a bit of practice and helps if you can get someone who can do it to give you a tip or two one on one. Harry Lorayne finally gave me the tip that worked it for me years ago. A very useable technique once you have it down.
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Good for you - congratulation
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I've always wondered. What is the difference between a Farrow and A Zarrow shuffle?
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A Zarro keeps the cards in order exactly as they were before the shuffle. The faro actually shuffles the deck. it takes 8 in faros or 52 out faros to return the deck to the same order. (26 out faros reverses the order and another 26 restores it.) Zaro is a false shuffle and the faro is a controlled shuffle.
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Wow, thanks!!!! Smile
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While a Farrow Shuffle is a shuffle performed by women married to small neurotic filmmakers. Smile
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Noobini, that is one of the worst puns I ever read. Just wish I hadn't laughed at it, and wished I had thought of it first.
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On 2007-10-12 17:08, photius wrote:
Noobini, that is one of the worst puns I ever read. Just wish I hadn't laughed at it, and wished I had thought of it first.


YOu'll use it.

If you want to learn more than you can even understand about faro shuffles then Pick up the book, "Magic Tricks, Card Shuffling, and Computer Dynamic Memories". It's written by a dude who literally has a PhD in card shuffling. He did his senior paper, minor and masters thesis all on the mathematics of the faro shuffle and how it relates to computer memory. He's also a hobbyist magician. There's a bunch of matrices and complicated formulas which explain the reason why perfected shuffling restores deck order after so many shuffles, and it also goes into the mathematical probabilities of non-perfect shuffles restoring order. It's crazy, if youre not a mathematician then I guarantee you will skip past all that but thankfully theres also tricks that use faro shuffles, and also anti-faros. Even a trick that utlilizes the 26th card principle of incomplete faros.. Cool stuff. I thought it was just interesting to find out someone gradudated college based on shuffling cards.

By the way, good job and getting that faro down. I remember when I got it down solid, it was a great feeling. My hands were really sore though, I literally spent an entire day on it untill I got it. I didn't learn it in a day, but I spent one full day until I had it down solid. Great possibilities with this thing.. Look into stay-stack material. Also look into marlo's material on the imcomplete faro.
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Wow. Now if only I could get that PhD in Mind Reading. Or a Phd in the science of misdirection....
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Let's spell correctly for Zarrow Shuffle and Faro Shuffle.

Hideo Kato
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Michael close has an excellent e-book on how to learn to make perfect Faro shuffles. It helped me.
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Thanks for the book tip.
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Michael close has an excellent e-book on how to learn to make perfect Faro shuffles. It helped me.


Any chance we might be able to get a link to this book? Thanks! Smile
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On 2007-10-13 09:54, Hideo Kato wrote:
Let's spell correctly for Zarrow Shuffle and Faro Shuffle.

Hideo Kato


my htoughts exactly hideo san!

OT: great that you loearned FARO. I use a sleightly different hand position for it but I get them perfect every time Smile
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