Let me second the recommendation of Lynetta's bags, the material hangs in such a way that the bag is "empty" -- it seems utterly impossible that anything can be concealed within.
I used Lynetta's bag for three years and now use Jeff Hobson's bag (for reasons unique to the particular routine I now do, and which have nothing to do with any comparison between the two bags), and there are several compelling displays possible with Lynetta's bag (or with older bags expertly made from crepe-de-chine, which will cost you a great deal more than $90) that are not possible with other bags commercially available.
But the bag itself is of little value without really understanding how to use it.
Three phenomenal resources:
-Ken Brooke and Friend's and the Malini Egg Bag (Available for under $10 from www.dennymagic.com
)...there's a ton of great info. here..but I'd like to draw you to one point: produce the egg as the first phase! Almost no one does -- the handling is described here -- and it makes for a powerful and surprising beginning when the egg appears after they've examined the empty bag
- Bob White's DVD "Malini Egg Bag" -- Bob has some of the most deceptive, and entertaining, material I've seen with the bag
- Harry Riser's Secrets of an Escamoteur
(If you have the performing experience to carry it off, I strongly recommend not cutting the routine down to two phases like Harry does...I have done it both ways hundreds of times for paying audiences, and have talked with guys who have done it for decades, and I find that -- provided you have the performing chops to carry it through -- the bag reaches a whole other level with multiple phases...that said...Riser gives the best account I've read of why the Malini bag is so deceptive, and a history of the bag that is fascinating...it is really worth reading this material to understand your tool...and I think the Riser routine -- or at least its basic outline -- is a perfect first routine to start to "get" the bag before attempting a longer, multi-phase piece
The egg bag is a stunning, highly entertaining piece of magic that fits in your pocket and plays to any size audience -- close-up, parlor, or stage
The internet is rife with self-appointed experts...after writing all this I think it's only fair to let you see what I do with the bag in performance so that you can weigh for yourself my recommendations:
The egg bag is a beautiful mystery, best of luck and please treat it with respect