Hey B_Magic, I cou;dn't agree with you more. I been performing for over ten years. I always bring some gimmicked things with me even now, but most of the time I know all I need is a deck of cards, some coins, rubber bands, etc. It's takes a while to get to this point. Remember most magicians go through phases. 1. We learn all the beginner stuff. 2. We buy lots of gimmicked stuff. 3. We learn all difficult sleights, and then routines that use them, 4. We stop buying every new thing that comes out. 5. We work our way back to performing a lot of the easy routines we first learned or we create our own routines.
So what your saying is I should stop buying every gimmick I see, and start learning "real"magic ? J/K
Actually I am a beginner, and though I have spent alot in gimmicks and stuff like that. I really think the gimmicks help build confidence and people skills. I love what I have learned so far, and the gimmicks may be there, but I am learning more slieghts (to hide my gimmicks) everyday. You guys have all been giving me great advice, and I just wanted to let you know I apreciate it!.