I hate to say it, but I'm with everybody else on this: I keep looking for that ONE PERFECT TRICK. Of course, it doesn't exist. But I keep hoping to find it. The trick that fits in my pocket, plays big, has no secret setup, looks like real magic, visual, self-working, hard to mess it up, inexpensive--I could go on.
But like I said: the perfect trick does not exist. Only for Harry Potter. So I look for tricks that are as close to perfect as possible. If a trick is really visual and deceptive, I'm willing to make a sacrifice and spend 5 minutes setting it up. Or if a trick looks like real magic, I'm okay spending $200 on it, if it's a reliable prop that will last for years.
As I get older, I get better and better about knowing which products are high-quality before purchasing. Somebody like David Regal--his stuff can get expensive, but I know it's going to be a good investment because he has such a strong track record of producing quality stuff.
And also, I read reviews and take them to heart. If a trick looks amazing but everybody on Penguin is giving it a 2-star review...well, I take that seriously. And I look to see whether the reviews are coming from verified buyers or just friends of creators.
Good luck with YOUR purchases!
Answered at 10:24am on November 8th, 2013 by ricklax1 (98 karma)
I look for CLEAN effects, preferably examinable before AND after (like a borrowed item,) angle proof & of corse visual.
Answered at 06:50am on March 2nd, 2014 by Yoan (2 karma)