I will be very honest with you. When I started doing kids shows, I used mainly dealers props, and I rigidly followed the instructions and patter that accompanied them. That was over 40 years ago. As I get older, and hopefully wiser, I use less and less dealers props. I create many of my own tricks and illusions, and like to build the routines from the ground upwards. I have a vision like "I want to make myself invisible" or "I want to create a magical playlet on stage, dress the kids up in costume, and do silly and amazing things during the course of this sketch." I still get some ideas from books and magazines, and sometimes DVD's, but I always like to think out of the box. On other(lesser) forums, I see people constantly discussing the latest and greatest children's effect put out by some dealer. I just don't get it! I work, for the most part, out of a suitcase, and I create wonderful things for the little ones with the simplest of props. What do you do? JR
PS: Just in case you thought I misspelt "Creativity" in the title of this post.........I did! Why? I was being creative, and trying to draw attention to this topic!