The Mastermind Deck by Chris Kentworthey The Official Spam- Intro- Unfortunately, Penguin was out of the Mastermind Deck on Friday when I made this purchase, so I ordered it from MJM Magic. Not to say having to order from MJM was a bad thing; it was just my first ever purchase there, so I was kind of nervous about it. However, it turned to be an awesome thing. I placed the order after the cutoff time for same day shipping on Friday, but nonetheless it shipped out that day. What really impressed me, though, and this had nothing to do with MJM, was that it was here today, Monday. Pretty great service from MJM, surprisingly awesome service from the USPS, as well. What You Get- Inside my postal envelope (w00t for bubble wrap!), was an invoice (duh), the Mastermind Deck (mega duh), and instructions for Chris Kentworthey’s effects with the deck (duh). Pretty standard stuff here. Why?- You may be asking yourself why I got this deck, because I would wager that a lot of you youngsters haven’t heard of it; much like I was just a few weeks ago. Well, let me tell ya… if you are a fan of the One Way Force Deck… you need the Mastermind Deck. Kentworthey’s deck takes everything that you love about the One Way Force Deck and makes it better. In what way, you ask? The biggest advantage the Mastermind Deck has over the One Way Force Deck is spreadability (spell check tells me this isn’t a word, but I’m leavin’ it). Meaning you can take the Mastermind Deck and ribbon spread it face up across the table, showing all the cards are different. But it still does everything a One Way Force Deck does. The Mastermind Deck requires a teensy weensy little bit of extra work compared to the One Way Force Deck, but it is so, so, so worth it. Anyway, now that the preliminary mumbo jumbo is done with, I want to tell you how I was convinced to buy the Mastermind Deck. As some of you may know, I attended a Wayne Houchin lecture a few weeks ago in Lenexa, Kansas (amazing lecture, by the way). Wayne’s second effect (following Thread, of course), was… ok, well, I don’t quite know the name of it. But let it suffice to say that Wayne fooled just about every magician in that room. Using, of course, the Mastermind Deck. I don’t think any of us suspected a trick deck… at least I didn’t. It was epicly mind-blowing. And no, I won’t describe the effect to you, out of courtesy to Mr. Houchin. It’s something he performs and teaches in his lectures, and I think that’s where it should stay until he decides to release it. Which I hope he never does, because I’m selfish like that. Quality- Feels like a regular Bicycle deck, and looks like one, too (with one minor exception). No issues here. Although there is something different about the box; haven’t quite figured it out yet, though. I’ll just put it in a regular card box, though. Conclusion- Overall, this seems like it will be well worth the $30 I spent on it. I should have a performance story by the end of the week that I can post here to let you guys know how it goes. I moved to a new school this year, and I am loosely on the schedule to perform in my first class. Anyway, this is a great investment, and a fantastic upgrade from the One Way Force Deck. Get it.