I know nothing about magic, but my boyfriend plays all the time. He's also obsessed with Starwars and otters. What a fantastic combination of the three things he loves! The mat looks exactly like the picture and shipped in record time. I think this was one of the best Christmas gifts I could've purchased for him. He was so surprised and loved it! Like I said, I know nothing about magic or playmats, but I have already recommended this site to our friends that he plays with. I would definitely order from this site again!