74 entries in Cards / Principles / Placement Principles / Faro Placement
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Edward Marlo Partial Faro Check to get several packets with the same number of cards
1958 22
Edward Marlo Faro as a Control how to control a card at known position to top with faro shuffles, with subsections:
  • Less Than 52
  • With Two Cards
  • For 2 Cards at Undetermined Positions
Inspired by 1958 2
Edward Marlo Exact Placement placing top card into position indicated by value of bottom card, left over bottom faro
1958 61
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Faro Favorites simplified Elmsley idea
Feb. 1958
The Cardiste (Issue 5)
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Winner's Weave in faros, positions after three shuffles, stacking
Mar. 1958
The Cardiste (Issue 6)
Edward Marlo The Faro Check
1962 9
Edward Marlo Multiple Placement Glimpse glimpsing four cards, each thirteen cards apart, at once
1964 14
Karl Fulves Faro-Shuffling Machines examining the problem of finding an algorithm to find a faro combination to shuffle from position x to position y, discussed with a 6-card deck
Nov. 1967
Epilogue (Issue 1)
Roy Walton A Faro Tree examining the problem of finding an algorithm to find a faro combination to shuffle from position x to position y
Also published here Nov. 1967
Epilogue (Issue 1)
Edward Marlo Try this Trio - First of the Trio spectator finds card via size of cut-off packet, Penelope Principle
Related to 1970 92
Edward Marlo Better Than fingertip peeked at card to any number with faros
1970 96
Edward Marlo The Original R or B Phantom cut-off packet counted in rest, faro placement, penelope
Related to Summer 1970
Hierophant (Issue 4)
Roger Smith The Greatest Faro Trick of the Century card vanish, straight cut placement, faro shuffle and sticky
Sep. 1970
Necromancer (Vol. 1 No. 2)
Roger Smith Faro Illuminator Setup
  • Faro Shuffler's Column #4
control with incomplete faro peek
Nov. 1970
Necromancer (Vol. 1 No. 4)
Roger Smith The Liar Strikes Again without stack
Inspired by Dec. 1970
Necromancer (Vol. 1 No. 5)
Paul Swinford Oil Always Floats card is shuffled to top via CCCC
Related to 1971 54
Karl Fulves Non-Slip Cut blank card in center changes into later selection, faro placement
1971 5
Edward Marlo "Shades of the Half and Half Principle" Faro Controlling cards in Stay Stack
Fall-Spring 1971
Hierophant (Issue 5-6)
Center Placement placing a key card at twenty-six from face
Mar. 1972
Epilogue (Issue 14)
Gene Finnell Klondike Shuffle discussion and properties
1. Mechanics
2. Card location after one shuffle
3. Recycling the deck
4. Klondyke properties (simulating a faro shuffle, locating center card, Penelope's principle)
5. Klondike plus Free Cut
6. The Stacked Deck
Related to 1973 1
Gene Finnell Methods of Getting a Card to 27th Position five methods listed
1973 42
The 9-Principle Location placement-control of selection, faro
Related to July 1975
Epilogue (Issue 24)
Faro Control
Apr. 1975
Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 8)
Karl Fulves Pharo Here incomplete faro position, stopped at card controlled
  • The Placement
  • The Revelation
1975 102
Alex Elmsley Penelope's Principle
1977 216
Murray Bonfeld Placement For Thirds faro shuffle that distributes a group three cards apart, e.g. the spades then lie SxxSxxSxx..., not a perfect tripe faro
Related to 1977 31
Murray Bonfeld Any Card, Any Number - The First System shuffling card from position x to the top in odd deck, modified in-faro for even deck that ignored bottom card, reverse method for Alex Elmsley's Binary Translocation No. 1
Inspired byRelated to 1977 41
Murray Bonfeld Any Card, Any Number - The Second System bringing a card from position x to y with faro shuffling, odd deck, with even deck modified in-faro is required that ignores top card, generalization of Alex Elmsley's Binary Translocations
Related to 1977 42
Murray Bonfeld, Alex Elmsley Principles and Routines applications
Inspired by 1977 48
Erhard Liebenow The Card In the Center Liebenow's card peeling
Related to 1978 7
Edward Marlo Flexible Force using automatic placement procedure, Penelope Principle
1979 369
Karl Fulves, Steve Shimm Faro Shuffle Machines examining the problem of finding an algorithm to find a faro combination to shuffle from position x to position y, discussed with a 6-card deck
Related to 1979 9
Roy Walton A Faro Tree examining the problem of finding an algorithm to find a faro combination to shuffle from position x to position y
Also published here 1979 13
Karl Fulves That's Impossible! card appears at chosen number (chosen by cut-off packet), using a variation of Fulves'
1980 37
Christian Scherer Mental 26 spectator cuts packet and remembers card at position in rest, card controlled to twenty-six position in deck
1982 29
Edward Marlo 27th Key Card Placement overhand shuffle and faro
1983 78
Jack Avis Place-Name-26 place and obtain the name of the twenty-sixth card, faro shuffle
1984 124
Gary Goldberg FIRP Faro Invisible Reverse Placement, places bottom card reversed in center
Also published here May 1984
The Collected Almanac (Vol. 2 No. 21)
Edward Marlo Off-Center Control incomplete faro control without starting with a perfect cut
1988 117
Bob King Second Guessing Your Weight performer cuts off same amount as spectator, then to selection
Inspired byRelated toVariations 1993 2
Bob King One Too Many performer tries to cut off as many cards as spectator but it's one too many - the selection
1993 3
Bob King Count-Down card thought-of according to thought-of hour, clock dial layout, selection travels in card case
Related to 1993 11
Bob King Over-Kill? spectator cuts off pile and remembers card at this position, selection transposes with card in another deck
Related to 1993 13
Alex Elmsley Faro Check with credit information
1994 61
Alex Elmsley Binary Translocations
  • 1) to bring top card to any position with faros
  • 2) to bring card to top with 2^x cards
  • 3) variation of 2)
Related toVariations 1994 311
Alex Elmsley Penelope's Principle bringing center card to position corresponding with number of cards in cut-off pile
Related toVariations 1994 313
Alex Elmsley The Obedient Faro shuffling a card to any position up to twenty with two shuffles, for magicians
1994 346
Alex Elmsley Faro Placement to control selection between two cards
1994 379
Alex Elmsley Faro Placement to control selection between two cards
1994 381
Alex Elmsley Fan and Weave Control to any Position extension with two cards
Inspired by 1994 442
Ellison Poland To Place A Card At Any Position In The Deck using Slough-Off Faro
1994 7
Edward Marlo Incomplete Faro Placement
1995 295
Karl Fulves Pharoh spectator removes a royal flush and puts one of its card back in deck, found again via open prediction procedure, faro placement
1996 36
Tom Craven Keeper of the Keys
Inspired by Sep. 1996
The Minotaur (Vol. 8 No. 3)
Pablo Domenèch Carta Al Numero (La Pequeña Historia de un Juego) placing a card at a number using the Faro shuffle
Also published here
  • "La Pequeña Historia de un Juego" in "La Circular de la EMM" March, 1980. P. 102.
1996 97
Richard Vollmer, Henry Christ, Martin Gardner Numerology three numbers lead to discovery of freely chosen card, faro placement
Related to 1998 700
R. Paul Wilson ConCam Rendezvous packet cut off, card at that position remembered, predicted and its position as well, faro, Penelope's Principle
VariationsAlso published here
  • Channel One, Issue 5
2001 5
Jason Alford A Cunning Odyssey Pseudo memory demonstration, match number of cards cut off by spectator, then able to find mates / four of a kind, Penelope
Inspired byVariations 2007 31
Woody Aragón Maverick demonstration of estimating and cutting specific number of cards.
Related to 2011 131
Gary Plants, Richard Vollmer, Roberto Giobbi Seven position of selection in small packet is predicted, anti faro principle
Inspired by
  • "A Four-tunate Choice" (Gary Plants, Genii, Sep. 1997)
2012 177
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham A Look Inside Perfect Shuffles Describes the mathematics of perfect faro shuffles, how to stack the deck using in and out shuffles
2012 92
Alex Elmsley Penelope's Principle
2012 159
Alex Elmsley, John Born Reverse Penelope Reverse application of the Penelope Principle
Inspired by 2012 53
Carlos Vinuesa Single Card at Any Number single selection controlled to position 22 (UnDo Influence), in-faro shuffle (position 44) with the possibility of undoing it (incomplete cascade shuffle or stripper deck) to place the card in the named number
Related to 2013 34
Carlos Vinuesa Twins Without Jokers double Any Card at Any Number with any borrowed deck (even missing up to three cards): deck is shuffled by spectators and two packets are cut by two of them to choose two cards, the two spectators agree on a number, they find one card counting that number from the top and the other counting that same number from the bottom
Inspired by 2013 36
Alexander Hansford A Childish Spelling Trick two selections lost and shuffled in the deck, spelled to cleanly, with demonstration spell & faro placement
2016 48
Pepe Lirrojo Tienes dos Opciones - A.C.A.A.N. impromptu Penelope Principle
2016 21
Pepe Lirrojo A.C.A.A.N. Teórico
Inspired by 2016 47
Harapan Ong Faro Pharaoh apparently Ace placed next to another card as indicated by that card's value with a faro, other Aces found
I. Basic handling
II. Advanced handling
2018 120
Ryan Murray Properties of the faro shuffle
  • Cycling Order
  • Controlling a Card to any Position
2018 x
Pepe Lirrojo Entropic Spell, a new way to spell cards card is spelled to, then repeated and spectator can chose if spelled from bottom or top and even in different language, duplicate
2019 1
Michael Powers YCAAN faro placement
2019 141
Howard Hamburg Dry Spell four Aces are placed in the deck and then spelled to, repeated, first with a Faro the with Free-Cut Principle
Variations 2020 29
Greg Chapman To Bring Cards Together (e.g. 4-of-a-kind to top, middle)
2020 36