Category: Niagara Falls in Pop Culture

MAGIC IN THE MIST: NIAGARA FALLS ON FILM

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This article on FilmSchoolRejects.com talks a lot about the history of Niagara Falls in the movies. It includes references to the Marilyn Monroe movie, as well as others

Niagara Falls is one of the most famous natural wonders in the world. It only makes sense that it has appeared onscreen many times throughout the years. Niagara Falls has been featured in many different types of films, including traditional narrative films, travelogues, and of course documentaries. Each of these different forms of filmmaking offers a unique perspective on Niagara, in terms of the landscape, its mythical qualities, the culture surrounding it, and how humans interact with such a huge force of nature.

Funny business down in the gorge

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

With help from some friends, Niagara comedian David Green has found the funny side to being lost in the woods.

Or at least the Niagara Gorge. Last fall, Green and a camera crew headed into the steep, often dangerous area near the Niagara River to film the “thrillarious” comedy Gorge. Read More…

2010 World Magic Awards (featuring Greg Frewin)

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I know everyone says it, but time sure does fly! Back in 2010 when I heard that Greg Frewin was going to receive the Magician of the Year award ad the World Magic Awards, I contacted my father-in-law to record it for me. He had a fancy DVR that would record from TV and burn to DVD. Now almost 7 years later it is amazing how that technology seems to ancient. The quality of the video was poor, but at least I had a copy.

If you are interested in Niagara Falls, then you’ve probably seen that Greg Frewin is often promoted as the Apparently he won a variety of awards within a short period of time, almost like winning the grand slam of golf or tennis. Since he had all the big awards, he was referred to as the International Grand Champion of Magic.

I had not heard of the World Magic Awards before then, but apparently it had been on TV for a few years. However, I think 2010 may have been the last year.

I checked on YouTube, and it doesn’t look like anyone has posted it, so here, for your viewing pleasure, is the 2010 World Magic Awards. Despite the poor quality, that magic is pretty exceptional. There are many different acts, and then Greg Frewin finishes the show.

Review: Niagara Falls from Broken Habit

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About a month ago I posted about a new play about Niagara Falls that is being performed in New Orleans. Here is some more info…

From the Gambit:

If Samuel Beckett were alive today, he might focus a play on an American treasure transformed into a tourist trap and toxic waste dump. But the message of Niagara Falls, presented recently by Broken Habit Productions at Theatre at St. Claude, is a more dismal existential vision…

Niagara Falls tells the story of a city destroyed by neglect, poverty and pollution, which could describe many urban environments abandoned by industry and left to deteriorate. Its suburb, Love Canal, is reeling from an environmental disaster resulting from the construction of homes and schools on land where chemical waste was dumped. Love Canal residents develop leukemia, and their neighborhood is demolished.

A flood of metaphor set in a dying Rust Belt resort

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From the New Orleans Advocate:

For many Americans, Niagara Falls exists only in imagination or memory. It’s nearly effortless to conjure up images of the towering, majestic falls and the great rush of water, images often inspired by picture-perfect postcards or by distant recollections of a long-ago honeymoon.

But for residents of Niagara Falls, New York, the reality is much bleaker. Despite the famous falls, Niagara Falls is a Rust Belt town that has been on the decline since the 1960s. It’s the sight of dangerous toxic waste dumps, and it’s one of the country’s top destinations for suicides, right up there with San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

“Niagara Falls,” a new play by Justin Maxwell, running through Feb. 5 (with additional dates to be announced) at The Theatre at St. Claude, blends fantasy and fact in an effort to capture the dark, dying essence of a once-great piece of American real estate.

Colour Me Canada colouring book

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So called “adult” colouring books are quite popular these days. Mandalas are very common, and let you colour in a beautiful design pattern. It seems that as these sorts of colouring books have come to the market, it has also improved the kids colouring books as well. A good example of that is the Colour Me Canada book by Scholastic. I can’t remember what store I saw it in, but I took these pictures.

There is a nice drawing of Niagara Falls to colour in.

Top 10 Canadian places featured on Instagram: From Vancouver International Airport to Niagara Falls

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From the National Post:

Instagram recently revealed its list of the top places in Canada featured in Instagram photos this year. Given the size of the population (and some of the events going on this year), it’s not surprising that southern Ontario holds down seven of the top spots. You’ll also find British Columbia and Montreal. Here’s the list.

1. Niagara Falls. One of the most photographed places in the world, Niagara Falls has been attracting tourists for centuries. You’ll get great shots from the boat rides below the falls with Hornblower Cruises, or you can try something in winter or at night with the floodlights on. Also worth trying is the Journey Behind the Falls, where you can take an elevator deep inside the rock behind the falls and also clamber out onto a platform for nice viewing.

Pokemon Go helps boost tourism at Niagara Falls to all-time high

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From Syracuse.com:

Everyone who makes their living in the tourism industry in the Niagara Falls area is talking about it.

Summer 2016 was reported as an all-time high, with the Niagara USA Official Visitor Center, assisting over 103,000 people, a 16 percent increase over 2015.

“I watched the old movie ‘Niagara’ with Marilyn Monroe and I said, ‘Hey let’s go,'” said David Sage of Monmouth, Ill. visiting Niagara Falls on Thursday with his wife of 33 years, Jeanette. It was their first vacation in 21 years and they spent two days doing it all, from Cave of the Winds, to the Over the Falls tour, the Aquarium, fireworks, and of course the Maid of the Mist, just like Marilyn.

But there also a more modern twist at Niagara Falls — Pokemon Go.

Justin Devoe and Dean Goranites, both of Kenmore were enjoying the “beautiful new walkways” while they searched for their virtual prey.

“It’s really good down there. There’s a lot of sweet spots,” said Goranites of the Pokemon search. “We found out about it online and came down to check it out.”

Natural Wonder: Niagara Falls Quiz

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From HowStuffWorks.com:

All that majesty, power and water didn’t stop Oscar Wilde from quipping about Niagara Falls being the second disappointment in the married life of many American brides who spend their honeymoon there, after he visited it in 1882. Can’t please everyone? Take this quiz to see how much you know about the natural feature.

I took the quiz and got 26 out of 30.

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Cross border fandom

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I hadn’t even heard about this until I read this article…

From the Niagara Falls Review:

It was William Kircher’s second visit to Canada.

The New Zealand actor, best known for his role as the dwarf Bifur in the The Hobbit trilogy, was one of the celebrity guests at the inaugural Fan World event held jointly in Niagara Falls, Ont. and Niagara Falls, N.Y.

“I went to a fan convention in Winnipeg. It was a little chilly and grey,” he recalled Saturday as he signed autographs for fans at the Canadian venue at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

“Niagara Falls is fantastic. Such a beautiful place. I’m making my wife jealous right now because she’s still in New Zealand and when you see Niagara Falls, you really should see it with a loved one.”

Kircher enjoys meeting with fans of his work.

“It’s an adventure for me. I travel all over the world.”

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