I do stage magic. The biggest drawback I see with it is that people here in Utah are not willing to pay what I think is worth all the work it takes to set up. Most of the stage I do is in churches and sometimes schools, so sometimes Illusions need to be adapted. that takes time and work. An example of that is my asrah levitation. The last place I did it, about 3 weeks ago, The stage ceiling was not what I expected so they have a couple of screw eyes in the ceiling that they don't know about.
I have actually baught one stage illusion. The carpet suspension. Back in the 70's when I baught it, it was about $250.00. From then on I have built my own stuff. some of the stuff includes my asrah, a substitution trunk, lady from light and an escape box. If you know how to build and get decent plans, that is the way to go.
Over the years I have found that you can do a great stage show with perhaps one big illusoion for an opener and then another for the finalle. I open with the lady from light then the asrah if the location permits. May I suggest the following that are not expensive and work well on stage and require minimal to moderate set up time:
Floating light bulb
dollar in orange
square circle or any other production item
I hope that these ideas have helped those who want to get into stage magic.