Movie magic is when the cast and crew of a studio are able to make an audience believe something extraordinary, using only the bare minimum to achieve the impossible.
Some of the most memorable moments in film history have been thanks to a few well-made props that ended up becoming classic tropes in Hollywood. But what happens when their screen time is over and the director yells cut?
Here’s the weird and tragic endings for those famous pieces of cinema history!
The Heart of the Ocean – Titanic
The incredible jewel that ties together the love triangle is what sparked the treasure hunt in the movie. While based on a true story, the studio had an original diamond necklace made for the film.
No, it wasn’t really dropped into the Atlantic Ocean, in fact it is currently on display along with other props from director James Cameron’s films.
Talkboy – Home Alone 2
We all wanted one of these voice recorders once we saw the movie, and lo and behold, one toy store actually listened. The device didn’t exist when they made the movie, but there was such a demand for them that Tiger Electronics ended up producing over ten million units for the Christmas release.
Even though it didn’t work, Macaulay Culkin got to keep the original Talkboy.
Fertility Idol – Indiana Jones
Several of these golden statues were made, which was a good thing because many of them broke during filming. The surviving “booby-trapped” idols have made their way into collections around the world, but most of the originals are on display in various science centers.
We all know what Indie would say, “It belongs in a museum!”
Click your heels three times together and check out what happened to the other legendary movie props that weren’t so lucky!
Bruce Lee’s Jumpsuit – Game of Death
The infamous movie that Bruce Lee never had the chance to complete featured his iconic yellow jumpsuit. Fans all over the world dress up in it every year, but the original was bought by an anonymous bidder in 2013 for nearly $100,000, and has since disappeared from the public eye.
Ruby Shoes – The Wizard of Oz
Let’s just say they aren’t in Kansas anymore. Up to ten pairs of red slippers in various designs were made for the fantasy movie, however, in a time where studios didn’t see the value of props once filming was done, many have been lost.
Most were sold off in auctions, some given away, one pair was famously stolen, and the originals that Judy Garland wore on set? Safely on display in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Wilson – Cast Away
This one might make you cry. The role of Wilson was added to the movie in order to include an emotional connection to the stranded character played by Tom Hanks. Only 20 balls were made, and many of them had to be discarded after several errors in finger painting.
In the final scenes, the surviving ball had weights attached in order for it to sink beneath the waves.
Robert Miller, the property master, remembers it well.
“That was special-it aged the most. I don’t think we did many takes of that scene,” he said. “It was the end of his journey.”