mrmagik, you may find this interesting.
im the type of guy who likes to learn sleights first, and then find tricks that utilize the sleight i learned. i dont know why, but i do that quite a lot.
i learned the faro shuffle when i was in the 11th grade i think. i learned this wonderful sleight literally all by myself. all i knew was that the ends of both halves of the deck needed to be weaved together. from my experience you dont need any explanations on how to do the sleight. all you have to do is practice, practice, practice... and then practice some more. you will find out what you need to do to make the shuffle work.
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