Review: The GPS deck aka the Regatta Deck by Steve Gore

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Madame Curator”][vc_column_text]Before we get into the review proper of Steve Gore’s deceptively innocent but oh so deadly GPS Deck aka the Regatta Deck , here’s a little introduction of the man in action at the Magic Castle…

So what exactly is the GPS Deck?

Steve has basically created an exceptionally clever first-of-its-kind marking system that no one has ever thought of before. Unlike traditional methods which requires you to spread through the entire deck of cards for a corner glimpse, the GPS Deck is highly unique in its approach where you are able to immediately cut to the card specifically called out by your spectator.

They can openly shuffle to their hearts content, change their minds however many times they’d like before naming their final selected card – the innocent looking deck can be on the table or held casually in your hand. You’ll still be able to fairly and confidently draw their named card from the GPS Deck, just like so:

Basic handling instructions are provided with the GPS Deck, and a secret link also points you to online tutorials for several effects (Use the force, Panini, 4 of a kind, Card to box, Ambitiously), as well as, an informative discussion segment with UK mentalist, Peter Turner. You’ll glean much inspiration and ideas from these videos; you truly are only limited by your own imagination!

Glimpsing it right while appearing totally casual will take a short bit of practice. To begin, I was honestly more used to the CHSD system but it isn’t impossible to get your mind rewired to work with the HCSD variation used.  HCSD was picked over CHSD for a very practical and technical reason, which owners of the GPS Deck will appreciate once they’ve given it some thought 😉 Here’s something to help you remember the HCSD sequence: Here Comes Scooby Doo!

here comes scooby do

I really like how you can allow your spectator to openly handle and fairly shuffle these subtly edge-marked cards. They wouldn’t be able to notice anything amiss with the deck as these are not marked like standard trick decks your nephew received for Christmas. The marking system is brilliantly clean and well-thought of; you’re only looking out for a single line!

Printed by USPCC on standard Bicycle card stock, the GPS Deck by Steve Gore is a clear winner that would be diabolical in the right hands. If you have decent sleight of hand skills (culling, forcing, loading, etc), you can do even more wicked feats with this innocent looking marked deck. Full marks for this one and we can’t wait for Steve’s next offering to the magic community 🙂

awesome meme

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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