Maybe you're thinking bigger then me, but I've done all kinds of magic from close-up to stage and most of my best effects cost the least i.e.:
-rope thru body
-drink in the news
-vanishing me (Mark Wilson's book)
-and when ppl don't know about the tt vanishing hank its as strong as magic gets, you could do it in your birthday suit.
p.s. I use to think like you did about the stage think, but what it all comes down to is not how many things you have but what YOU can do with what you have. Don't be going hollywood on me.