As the above said, its much better to learn the real deal than sticking to fakes all the time. That's said, I do use a few fakes that pass my test and I find to be good for what I do. A good balance of gimmicks and the real deal, and you are a miracle machine. Here are my trick recommendations that I have used for years:
---Invisible Deck (hands down best gimmicked deck ever)
---Scoth and Soda (get it, use it, fall in love with it)
---Color Monte (practice makes perfect, and this is perfect when practiced)
---Twisted Sisters (who thought a false count can make such a mind blowing effect)
---Chrome Fushion (ball and tube with an extra punch)
---Sponge Balls (no words can describe how awesome they are)
---Card to Ceiling (great for me since I work in a restaurant...kinda leaves me own personal touch to the place, as well as a momento for the customers)
---Hollow (got it about a month ago and haven't put it down. A good one to have.)
---The Raven (great effect..adds a kick to any routine. Jacket method is the only method I go with this).
---3 in 1 quarter. (Use it, love it, make your boy/girlfriend jealous).
---Stranger's Gallery (make them cry with this one)
---Loop's/Animated miracles (Don't go anywhere without one!)
There are a ton of other effects that I use from time to time, but these are just a few of the ones I can think off the top of my head that I use regularly.
Keep in mind these tricks suit my purposes as a walk around street performer and restaurant magician. I tend to get small, but powerful miracles, that can be examined or "clean". Also, I spend most of my time doing stuff with a real deck of cards and other impromtu magic, and these just add to the routines I do.
Another word, don't always take other magicians words for it. Some things I do not like look like real miracles in other's hands, just because they "attune" to that trick well. Try things out and find out what's good for you. And remember, effects are only effects, magic is the performer behind the effect.