The board is aggressive, sidecut and all. It's really fast and edge to edge response is quick. By saying advanced riders only, I'm assuming that a less experienced rider might very easily over-control this board.
In all honesty, I would recommend the T.Rice for advanced riders as well. By the way, advanced includes advanced-intermediate which is my skill level.
This is just a recommendation based on my own opinion though. It's really just meant to give you an idea of the board's characteristics. Meaning, expect this board to handle much more aggressively than say a Burton Clash.
I've seen beginners with the Magic. It's certainly doable. I'd rather learn on a less aggressive board though.