From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

Wayne Thomson can remember exactly where he was when he heard the province of Ontario was considering a law to allow casino gambling at two border towns.

“At first I was skeptical,” the former mayor and current councillor of Niagara Falls, Ont. said.

The Canadian resort city was eventually chosen to get one of those two casinos, and Thomson says that has made all the difference between the two cities along the gorge.

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Here is the press release I received regarding the new micro sculptures at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Niagara Falls:

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World’s Smallest Micro-Sculptures on Display for a
Limited Time at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls

Lifelike creations are so tiny they can easily fit on the head of a pin – you have to see it to believe it!

Niagara Falls, Ont. – (July 9, 2015) – Tiny creations are making for BIG fun for visitors to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls Odditorium.

9 camels inside the eye of a needle

9 camels inside the eye of a needle

A collection of very rare micro-sculptures is now on display – most are so tiny that they sit on the head of a pin or in the eye of a needle.

The micro-sculptures were created by renowned artist Willard Wigan. His work has been described by some as “the eighth wonder of the world.” Wigan uses homemade carving tools, including diamond shards, filed-down acupuncture needles, and his own eyelashes or hairs plucked from a fly to sculpt and paint his creations. To produce these tiny sculptures, he enters a meditative state and times his movements between heartbeats-even dust and static electricity can affect his work!

Visitors peer through microscopes to see the unbelievably tiny micro-sculptures

Visitors peer through microscopes to see the unbelievably tiny micro-sculptures

Ripley’s Niagara Falls has this new, special exhibition featuring the miniature marvels and interactive stations, on display now for a limited time.

“The sculptures have to be seen to be believed,” said Tim Parker, Ripley’s Niagara Falls GM. “You can’t imagine how he creates such amazing detail in something that can’t be seen with the naked eye.”

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! owns the largest collection of Willard Wigan sculptures in the world. The collection is currently on display at Ripley’s Niagara Falls Odditorium for a limited time only.

To view some of the micro-sculptures in the Ripley’s collection, please visit this Dropbox.

Ripley’s Niagara Falls Odditorium, located at 4960 Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, is open 365 days a year. For hours and ticket info, please call 905-356-2238 or visit www.ripleys.com/niagarafalls.

Media Contacts

Tim Parker
General Manager, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls
905-356-2238
parker@ripleys.com

Frank WolffWellons Communications
407-637-6000
frank@wellonscommunications.com

About Ripley Entertainment
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 13 million people visit its 95-plus attractions in 10 countries each year.  In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not!Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

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Graham on July 16th, 2015

From Niagara This Week:

It is hoped a display of some tiny creations will be a big hit with visitors to Ripley’s Believe It of Not! Odditorium.

Several micro sculptures by renowned artist Willard Wigan are now on display at the Clifton Hill attraction.

“This is the smallest exhibit we have now,” said Ripley’s manager Mary Roberts. “Guests have been looking through the microscope, than looking at the pin to see if it’s actually there.”

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Graham on July 16th, 2015

From the Niagara Gazette:

The imprint left by the career of Paul Gromosiak can be found across the world, from the knowledge of tourists who have taken home his books to the advances of the city of Niagara Falls which might not have happened without him.

On Friday morning he was honored for his life’s work and the powerful impact it has had on Niagara Falls and Niagara County. Following a ceremony and a series of proclamations from city, county and state officials, a plaque in his honor was unveiled in Heritage Park in the Falls.

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Graham on July 15th, 2015

From the Niagara Falls Review:

As a young boy, Nikola Tesla saw an image of the Horseshoe Falls in a travel book and told his uncle he wanted to put a wheel under the falls to harness the power of the moving water.

A bronze statue of the brilliant inventor has stood guard at the same point where that photograph was taken since 2006.

The monument shows Tesla in a long overcoat, carrying a top hat in his left hand. In his right hand, he’s carrying a cane, depicting the moment he conceived of alternating current by drawing diagrams on the ground.

He’s standing atop an AC motor, one of the 300 inventions he patented.

Tesla’s most outstanding feat was harnessing the power of Niagara Falls for long distance transmission of electricity.

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