I used to belong to the Society of American Magicians. I think my dad still does. My father used to perform magic shows to supplement his income to support his 8 children! His hands aren't as nimble as they used to be but he has amassed a collection of magic props like you wouldn't believe. Check out Magic Goodies just to see a few. eBay has a thriving auction community around magic props.
I trained with a magician one summer, trying to follow in my father's footsteps and I did well when I performed for the senior citizen crowd, they were easy to please. I fell apart doing kids' birthday parties and put down my wand. I still enjoy magic but don't practice anymore. I'm a lapsed magician!
I saw David Copperfield last year in Boston and he was pretty good though I expected more. I saw many magic shows when I was a kid and I think I had a child's view still of what to expect. I wasn't wowwed... I was too analytical and trying to figure out the trick instead of just enjoying the show. I have a DVD, David Copperfield Illusion, and it's pretty awesome. It has some of his most spectacular illusions.
I loved the Illusionist because the movie was just that, an Illusion that drew me in. I wasn't as keen on the Prestige. It was good but it didn't have the flow and feel of what it described, the Pledge, the Turn and then the Prestige.