I know a lot of people here are going to get offended and look at your post the wrong way. Its nice to see you trying to help anyway. I too like many here made the mistake of buying so much worthless crap! Its been about 9 years since I started, and now I find myself entertaining people for hours with a two dollar pack of cards and a few ungimmicked coins. No use for a raven, scotch & soda, or even an invisible deck. By the way, I have even learned a way to do an effect similar to the Invisible deck with out it. Everything starts out the same but you only carry one card on you, instead of the whole invisible deck. PAVEL!!!
I know its cool to buy the latest thing, but in the end you will have to develop your own style and find your own path.
I hope know one takes offense or thinks that We adre Know-It-Alls, to tell you the truth I would love to run into some of you younger guys performing some of these cool new effects. In my 9 years of magic I've only run into about 3 other magicians... outside of Vegas.
Good Luck Guys!