There is a popular notion that magic props made for children have to look like cartoons, with lots of primary colors, flash and flare and glitz.
From operating a Wizard-style show for many years in the past, I challenged that notion and discovered that kids were equally intrigued by props that looked as if they were hundreds of years old, carved wooden boxes, intricately carved wands, hand painted signs, and so on.
Of course, it is a matter of style. Bing-Bang the clown would not do well producing his lunch and sausages from an antique lunch box decorated with ancient runes, as I didn't do well as an ancient wizard performing the Hippity Hop Cartoon Rabbits.
But the only style that can be bought from most magic stores is the kid show clown style. It's sort of like going to K-Mart or Sears and being locked into Martha Stewart designed furniture decorated with Martha Stewart colors. Martha doesn't believe in primary colors, either, except for children's furniture.
I guess that's why I am attracted to "Do-It-Yourself" magic, so I can feel free to make a set of Hippity Hop owls, or a "Run Ferret Run" using a live ferret.
But I worry about other children's entertainers feeling boxed in by whomever the Martha Stewart of Magic Props is. I suppose if you buy Chance Wolf's Whacky designed props, that sort of determines your costume and style of style of performance ... or does it? Are there any pirate magicians who use authentic-looking pirate props, or are you, too, limited by what you can buy in a magic shop?