Friday, April 9, 2010
perfect Faro shuffle cycles - world record set by
BRISTOL, UK -- British magician David
Willmott completed 2,784 ‘Faro’ shuffles at Illusions
Magic Bar in Bristol - setting the new world record for the
complete perfect Faro shuffle cycles in 12 hours.
Photo: Magician being watched on by a
few magicians for a World Record faro shuffling. (enlarge
previous Guinness world record for the most
complete perfect Faro shuffle cycles in 12 hours was
achieved in Hollywood by John Walton in August 2009 - 2,784
‘Faro’ shuffles in 12 hours.
Willmott says: “I work full-time as a magician and
the sleight of hand practised over many years in my close-up
table magic proved invaluable when beating the world record
for perfect Faro shuffles. I’m happy to bring this world record
to the UK.”
And where his predecessor had changed regularly
to clean, specialist decks, David used just one deck of cards
– a run-of-the-mill United States Playing Card Company Bicycle
deck, bought locally.
A perfect 'Faro' shuffle is one in which
each individual card is slid between two others in each shuffle,
meaning that eight consecutive shuffles returns the deck to
its original order. One mistake of one card in any one shuffle,
at any time, would have invalidated the whole record attempt.
Willmott is a full-time, professional magician and
entertainer based in Bristol and London, catering for clients
across England and Wales.
About the world record for Faro shuffles
Defined as such:
• This record is for the most complete perfect
Faro shuffle cycles in 12 hours.
• This record is to be attempted by an individual.
• In a perfect Faro shuffle, the deck is split
into equal halves of 26 cards which are then pushed together
so they interweave perfectly.
• When eight perfect Faro shuffles are performed
in a row, then the deck of 52 cards will be restored to the
original order. This counts as one cycle.
Guidelines for most
consecutive, complete, perfect Faro shuffles in 12 hours
• Standard 52 pack playing cards must be used.
Multiple sets of cards may be used during the 12 hour period.
• The claimant must mark the side of each deck
of cards use (i.e. writing the claimant’s name in marker pen).
This makes it easier for witnesses to confirm that a Faro
shuffle cycle has been completed correctly.
• The attempt begins with the cards in
a single stack and the markings in the correct and original
order and with the stack of cards in the hand of the person
making the attempt.
• If a cycle of the shuffle is incorrect
the attempt is over and the number of correct cycles counted
towards the record.
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Friday, April 9, 2010