Every trick -- not "some", not "many", not "most", but EVERY trick -- was done well by somebody at some time.
Take the much-maligned Square Circle.
Sure, it's going to bomb if all you do is show it (apparently) empty and pull out a bunch of crap.
But let's use a little imagination.
In my Showtime column in the Linking Ring magazine of February, 2002, I use the SC in a routine based on a Houdini story line and loaded with horrible puns, bad gags, and the like.
Further back, in my column of June, 1996, I use the SC as an apparently incidental prop in a card discovery (using big silks).
So, all it takes to turn a turkey around is a little original thought.
Unfortunately, original thought is in short supply these days.