Quoted from fattdirk:
I'm going to try and make sure everything is prefectly level tonight. If this is the case then maybe it's why I'm having trouble with all shots. Maybe the game isn't level.
One thing I had to do when I first got my Houdini was to cradle the ball (a lot) and really focus on the shot. After awhile, it started to come more natural. I'm still not much of a player, highest score is maybe 2.2M (3 ball) and I've gotten to Master Magician once but didn't complete it. At first, hitting 500K was a reason to celebrate. Now, I hit close to a million fairly often (but seem to run out of steam near 1.5M). Set the game to easy. There's actually a number of things in the pin to help a player out (i.e. the center post, the Magic targets, generous ball saves, an extra ball in the throwing the card challenge, etc.). But boy, it can turn into a high energy pin if you can hit the right shots.
But I do admit, when we (wife, me) start playing for the night, it's definitely not the first pin I pick - I really need some warm up games (and a glass of wine) before I try to tackle Houdini.
Two years later, still the wife's fav pin.