The Faro Shuffle
Become a master at this often-labeled difficult card shuffle!
While the Faro Shuffle sounds like a dance King Tut might’ve performed, it’s actually a complicated card deck shuffle. YOU can uncomplicate it and perfect it by following the steps below, which are demonstrated for you in the video tutorial.
The Faro Shuffle is a perfect shuffle. When cut evenly at 26 cards and shuffled correctly eight times, the deck will return to its original order.
Many aspiring magicians attempt to learn this shuffle by using a standard deck of Bicycle playing cards. However, the secret this Seattle Magician is happy to share is that it’s all about the brand. Using the proper brand of cards when learning this feat will greatly expedite the learning process. Your practice sessions will be up to 10x more productive and you’ll be a Faro Shuffle expert in no time!
Use a new Aviator deck of playing cards when you begin. Designate the deck as your Faro deck and don’t use it for anything else. Doing so will condition the deck to memorize the movements of a faro. The more you practice, the easier it will be to effectively interweave the cards.
Remove the two advertising cards and the two jokers so you’re left with 52 cards (four suits of 13 cards). Make sure the Ace of Hearts is on top and the Ace of Spades is on bottom. Cut the cards exactly halfway (26 cards deep) and perform a Faro Shuffle. Repeating the action seven more times will return the deck to its original order. See the table below for the “halfway card” to identify when cutting each time for shuffling.
Cards to cut to (beginning with brand new deck order)1. King of Clubs2. Ace of Diamonds3. Seven of Clubs4. Four of Diamonds5. Nine of Spades6. Five of Spades7. Three of Spades8. Two of Spades
Remember to check out the video to watch my full demonstration/tutorial of the Faro Shuffle. And as always, practice makes perfect!