Anti-Faro

Alex is an up and coming magician. Don’t believe me? Here is a video of him doing a move that is very difficult and doesn’t have any applications. My kind of stuff.

Anti-Faro

Posted: January 31st, 2010
Comments: 4 Comments.
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Comment from Lloyd Barnes - February 1, 2010

Gregory Wilson was lecturing in Cardiff, Wales about 6 months ago and actually demo’d a great triumph effect utilizing the anti-faro.

Nailed it first time as well.

Greg mentioned releasing it in his next set of lecture notes.

Of course he credited Christian Engblom fully

Lloyd.

P.s. love this blog!

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Comment from Keith Brown - February 1, 2010

Though I don’t have the book with me, I can tell you Juan Tamariz has applications for the anti-faro in combination with his memorized deck that can be found in Mnemonica. I am not a practitioner of the memorized deck so I cannot give you specific details either past Juan using the anti-faro as a false shuffle.

Christian Engblom also has a dvd in which he explains the anti-faro, but I am not sure about applications.

In the second phase of David Williamson’s Aunt Mary’s Terrible Secret, the anti-faro could be used instead of jogging pairs individually but this requires the cards alternate in colour.

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Comment from Peter - November 14, 2010

***Originally posted on theory11 – reposting here***

A number of Youtube videos on this move have been put up. IMO this is one of the best. It’s perfect after adjusting one card!

I know most videos of this type are just for demo purposes but I find it funny that most people who do the move execute it and then do a bridge to put everything back together effectively negating the move!

In terms of practical application, stripping the cards out after the move by pulling them apart might seem too obvious — assuming you wanted to get the deck back to pre shuffled/weave state. I mean you DO that with the anti-faro but then you have to separate and cut.

One idea I had is after you do the anti-faro, while the cards are now effectively a perfect faro, is to lay the ‘weaver’ on a table and finish with a push through shuffle. I think of it as one step back, two steps forward: ‘back’ being the anti-faro, (carry me back to old virginity!), and the ‘forward’ part is picking up the push through shuffle mid-stream by finishing and then pulling out and slapping. No. Not that.

Mad skillz on both. But if you can do the anti-faro then I think you could probably execute a good push through shuffle with some practice. While this is not an application per se, it IS a way to get them ‘un-screwed’ so you can then proceed down the yellow brook road. Just my .02.

Full disclosure: I cannot do either move. The push through shuffle interests me and I’m probably going to buy Jason England’s Foundations DVD in the near future.

Note: Not being intimately familiar with the anti-faro I don’t know what state the cards are in after the move. I’m wondering if there’s enough air between the cards after it to accomplish a push through shuffle without undue fiddling with the deck. Maybe someone who does this move, even if you’re still just practicing it, could weigh in on this.

Thanks,
Peter

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Comment from Andre - February 28, 2011

Does have many apps

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