Almost every magician I know has the same assortment of generic magic shop props. Nothing wrong with the I suppose and I use some of those same props myself from time to time. this thread however, isn't about your favorite magic shop prop, but rather things found at your favorite craft shop or utility drawer or supercenter, that makes a magical effect out of the ordinary. So.. what are your favorite items not found in a magic show room that you have in your entertainment arsenal. Some of mine: Stickum is a wax used in candle arrangements. It only costs a couple of bucks for a decent sized tin of the stuff and can do practically anything that magician's wax can do, only cheaper. It's still my favorite card on ceiling wax to date, and prefer it to professional magicians wax by far. Thinking Putty is fun stuff and I recommend everyone by a tub or three of it. Makes for a great snake charm act (with a little set-up) and I'm betting you can replicate Paul Harris' Little Man effect with thinking putty as well. I'll get around to setting it up to see one day soon, but with just getting out of the operating room on Friday, I've little motivation for much else than lying around the house right now. It's only around $7-10 for a tub of thinking putty, so if you use it only for the little man effect, you save about $290 (if you were to buy the original trick). Retractable Keychains/ID holders are great. Two for a dollar at dollar tree and you can pull off a self tying shoe lace illusion flawlessly. the trick itself runs around $30-40, so you save quite a bit by buying the dollar tree retractable and some matching shoe laces which will total around $3. Bowler's grip cream makes some sleight of hand easy as pie. Goes on clear and odorless so no masking needed. Unfortunate side effect of being really sticky, so you have to plan your tricks (being super grippy when you need to fan a deck for instance, can be troublesome) but otherwise, this stuff can make life easy - especially for the newbie coin magician. + for coin sleights, - for card sleights, plan accordingly. Rubber Bands are a magic show in their own right. Everyone should keep some handy and learn a few band tricks.