Houdini Magic Ticket Awards

The Houdini Magic Ticket allowed film bloggers to go wherever they wanted to go within any film their desire took them. The following adventures are the best of the bunch.

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Me and Rodney got our heads together after the Houdini Magic Ticket blogathon to pick our favourite answers to the questions posed for the magic ticket’s use.

There were some really great articles. We were looking for creative use of the ticket, for films spanning an array of genres, and for innovative, surprising and fun answers. There were nine question posed in total. Some chose to answer them all, others chose to answer just a few. But all were considered for a prize.

Below are our nine favourite answers to each of the questions plus an overall winner.

Best Use of a Movie Gadget

Winner: Terrence at ScarletSp1der’s Blog
Film: The Invisible Man

While most were happy to time travel in an array of great movie gadgets, Terrence decided to drink some invisibility potion from The Invisible Man in the faint hope it wouldn’t make him go insane and murder people. What would you do if you had the ability to be invisible?

Best choice for Cop Partner

Winner: Nick at Cinema Romantico
Film: Die Hard

I love it when the unsung hero rises to the challenge. Nick had a great choice for his partner in the world of law enforcement – Al from Die Hard!

Nick’s fantastic answer to the question read: “Sure, John McClane can take on anyone and anything but that, of course, means he’s always taking on anyone and anything. Al Powell, on the other hand, spends most of the first film chatting on a CB, shows up for a small cameo by phone in an office hundreds of miles away in the second and is nowhere to be found in numbers three & four. The bigger the movies get, the more Al Powell fades into the background. If I’m going to be a cop, I just want to fade into the background.”

Best choice for Film Romance

Winner: Tie between Terri at Gore Girl and Lisa at Lisa Thatcher
Films: Tomb Raider and Shaft

Lisa tantalised with her choice of Lara Croft while I loved Terri’s inventive, left field choice of Shaft! Obviously two “chicks” not interested in the suave Englishness of the Mr Darcy’s of this world!

Lisa says, “This is a clichéd answer, but if I was to have a passionate affair with anyone, I’d like to play out the girl-on-girl fantasies with Lara Croft. Either that or be her somehow.”

Terri says, “The song says it all! “Who’s the black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks? SHAFT! Ya damn right! Who is the man that would risk his neck for his brother man? SHAFT! Can you dig it?”

Best use of the ticket to change a film’s plot

Winner: Mike at Grab Bag Theatre
Film: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

While looking for creative and interesting uses of Houdini’s magic ticket I came across Mike’s wonderful idea for saving Darth Vader’s life and seeing how Luke and Anakin rekindle their relationship in the face of new battles and bad guys.

Mike says, “I think it would have been interesting to see a fourth film (or even an expanded universe book) with Vader alive and training Luke. Is there good in him?”

Best choice for who to be sat next to on a plane

Winner: Tyler at Magnolia Forever
Film: Apocalypse Now

Tyler wouldn’t want someone to have a laugh with, nor would he want a female companion to pine over, he’d rather sit next to the maniacal Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now.

Tyler says, “Just from his amazing monologue in that film, I am already deeply fascinated by this disturbed man, a truly unforgettable nightmarish person whose brain I’d love to pick. Seriously, I can’t be the only person who just skips to the last 30 minutes occasionally just to hear him speak from the darkness with that cold, sharp voice.”

Best choice for movie adventure based on earth

Winner: S.J. Honeywell at 1001plus
Film: The Sting

S.J. Honeywell is so right about The Sting. Such a fun film and what a great story to be a part of. This adventure could be paired with Ocean’s Eleven.

S.J says, “Well, I know they don’t really go anywhere in the film, but the plot of The Sting is so cool and so much fun that it’s impossible to resist. There’s not a thing out of place in this, and I find that irresistible.”

Best choice for film to be transported into

Winners: Marc at Go See Talk and Wulan at Nerd in Writing
Films: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Sound of Music

Gadgets, adventure on earth and off-earth, eccentric characters, outlandish humour, it has it all and so has Marc who chose to spend his time Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This contrasts the innocents in a world of lost innocence as chosen by Wulan who decided to spend some time the Sound of Music.

Best choice for Animated feature to walk around in

Winner: Tie between Leopard13 at It Rains…You Get Wet and Claire at Cinematic Delights
Films: Nightmare Before Christmas and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Leopard’s Halloween-inspired choice showed how the ticket could be used to enter the dark side, while Claire deciding to have fun in Robert Zemeckis’ part-live-action, part-animation Who Framed Roger Rabbit just sounds like a lot of fun.

Best choice for adventure in a fantasy world

Winner: Cory at JustAtad
Film: Hook

So what if Hook’s Neverland looks like a film set…it is a bloody good set. Cory says, “I would totally have loved to accompany Robin Williams as Peter Pan on his adventure in Neverland in Steven Spielberg’s Hook. I know there are people who claim the world design of that film is not very good, that it feels way too much like a poorly disguised soundstage. Of course it look’s like a soundstage! It’s that kind of movie.

Best overall use of the magic ticket

Winner: Mike at Grab Bag Cinema
Films: Indiana Jones, Scott Pilgrim Versus the World, Seven, Shrek, The Goonies, Star Wars, Back To The Future, Harry Potter

Both Rodney and I agreed that Mike’s use of the magic ticket seemed like the most enjoyable. He chose films after our own hearts and unsurprisingly got our votes for best use of Houdini’s Magic Ticket.

If you missed the Houdini Magic Ticket it isn’t too late to join in the fun. Here’s the list of questions for you to answer. Need some help? These are the bloggers who have already taken part:

Rodney at Fernby Films
Claire at Cinematic Delights
Marc at Go See Talk
Ruth at Flixchatter
Andina at Inspired Ground
Iba at I Luv Cinema
Novia at Polychrome Interest
Terri at Goregirl’s Dungeon
Sherry at A Restless Moment
Stella at Byrneholics
Fitz at Nevermind Pop Films
Max at Impassioned Cinema
Terrence at Scarlet Sp1der’s Blog
Paolo at Okinawa Assault
Nostra at My Film Views
Mette at Lime Reviews and Strawberry Confessions
Castor at Anomalous Material
Joel Burman at Deny Everything
Tyler at Southern Vision
Alyson at The Best Picture Project
George at The Droid You’re Looking For
Jessica at The Velvet Cafe
Scott at Front Room Cinema
S.J. Honeywell at 1001plus
Leopard13 at It Rains…You Get Wet
Mike at Grab Bag Cinema
Alex Thompson at Benefits of a Classical Education
Lisa at Lisa Thatcher
Barbra at Barbra Writes: A Daily Dose of the Sensual Life
Caz at Let’s Go To The Movies
Nick at Cinema Romantico
Wulan at Nerd in Writing
Corey at JustAtad
Diana at Aziza’s Picks
Abdullah at The Wet Puddle
Louise at Louise Reviews
Yvette at In So Many Words
My Wife, My Sister-in-Law and Steph (a special post in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust)

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Editor of Top 10 Films, Dan Stephens is usually found pondering his next list. An unhealthy love of 1980s Hollywood sees most of his top 10s involving a time-travelling DeLorean and an adventurous archaeologist going by the name Indiana.

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    Lisa Thatcher Reply

    Ohhh goody I won a segment! This is great! Congrats to Gore Girl with whom I am thrilled to share the moment, and thanks most of all for a really great fun project.
    Anyone who hasn’t done this already should give it a go.

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    Joel Burman Reply

    Nice way to round of a great blogathon. I especially liked Terrence’s choice of the Invisible Man too there is a film that doesn’t get nearly enough love. Especially haters of old films should check it out because it holds up really well being 80 years old.

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    Tyler Reply

    Thanks for the award, man, it is much appreciated! 😀 It was a great blogathon, so glad to be a part of it!

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    le0pard13 Reply

    I’m honored to be placed with such grand company, Dan & Rodney. It was a great event to take part in. Thank you very kindly.

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    Mike Cantrell Reply

    Wow! Best use of the golden ticket. Much thanks. I had a great time doing this. Awesome concept and a great time. Thanks again.

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    TheScarletSp1der Reply

    Honored to be listed among the many Ticket holders here! You all are awesome!

    This was so much fun Dan and Rodney! Thanks for hosting it! I really enjoyed reading everyone’s choices!

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    Castor Reply

    Great idea to finish the blogathon with this award thingy! This was a great blogathon and I had a lot of fun writing up my own and reading all the other ones. Thanks for putting this together Dan 🙂

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    Novroz Reply

    What? I didn’t get an award?? shoot!! Just kidding,it was a fun blogathon and those are great list, Dan 🙂

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    Nick Reply

    Wow! Thank you! Much appreciated! And thanks for putting this whole thing together. This really was a fantastic idea for a blogathon.

    ….and sitting next to Colonel Kurtz on an airplane. I’m not sure I have the boldness to ask for that seating assignment.

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    Claire Reply

    Thanks Dan and Rodney! 🙂 This was a very fun post to write.

    I love Cory’s choice for an adventure in a fantasy world! Hook is such a great, enjoyable film.

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    Marc Reply

    Fantastic work Dan on this immensely successful blog-a-thon and kudos for the effort making this happen. Not much of a betting man but I suspect you’ll enjoy a nod and a win at next year’s Lammy’s. Consider my vote cast:)

    Thanks also for remembering my choices among so many great entries!

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    Rodney Reply

    Thanks for all your kind words, folks. A blogathon like this doesn’t happen without a heap of work behind the scenes, so I’d like to stick a big pair of hands out and applaud Dan’s work on this one, and for getting it happening. Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to all who participated!

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    Goregirl Reply

    Sweet! Thanks for the HMT award Dan. But Isaac Hayes really deserves all the credit here.

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    ruth Reply

    Congrats to all the winners and special thanks to Dan for hosting such a fun blogathon!

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    Fitz Reply

    Congrats to Rodney and Dan for making this as fun as it was. Great job guys!

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