Anxiously waiting for more clues about the new products you are releasing this fall.
Particularly interested in the Magic items you referenced.
Over the years I have put new on old and loved the results. New strings on the guitar really make a difference. New paint on the bear's nose. ("Scratch my nose, it itches. No, on the inside! That's where it itches.")
New clothes on a puppet to fit a theme. New clothes on me! New background music. New versions of an old trick. (Are you STILL doing the color changing records? You have to explain what a record is! Switch to color changing CD's.)
Update your show. I used a toy Ernie puppet from a department store for the first two years of my puppetry. I can't even put my hand in it now! I've seen people who refused to change their puppets even as their talent progressed far beyond the look of the puppet. Imagine if guitarists continued to use the same guitar they first learned on! (Okay, Willie Nelson is an exception.) How would you like to go to a dentist who still had tools from 20 years ago. ("I don't need those newfangled things. Just hand me those pliers.")
You don't HAVE to get the latest and greatest. But you should consider getting something that makes your act look or sound better.
I'm really talking to myself as I write this. I have been "pruning" my garage of outdated equipment. (Yes, I still had the color changing records.) My feather flowers have been moulting. My neon silks are faded or wrinkled. My suitcase looks like it's been around the world a few times. And my ventriloquist stand is startig to lean to one side. What does all of this say to the customer? Ouch!
September is going to be a month of pruning, trimming, painting, and purchasing.