Category: Niagara Falls in Pop Culture

Google auto-complete entries for Niagara Falls

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I was watching some of the WIRED’s Autocomplete Interviews and I thought it would be fun to see what some of the common searches are for Niagara Falls:

Decent questions.

I’m sure that all sorts of different attractions would love to have their names show up automatically!

I would think that Niagara Falls is considered a waterfall.

How much does it cost? You mean to buy all 3 waterfalls? I don’t think anyone could afford it! 🙂

Brutus Beefcake enjoying his time in Niagara Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

One of the most beloved superstars in wrestling history enjoyed a nice and relaxing weekend in Niagara Falls.

Brutus (The Barber) Beefcake was in town to attend the Falls View Hose Brigade’s two-day pop culture trivia night.

The event began with an evening that was open to the public Friday, and concluded with an evening just for members of the Dunn Street club Saturday.

But in between asking and answering trivia questions, the man known for his steel shears and unique outfits as one of the sports-entertainment’s most memorable characters throughout the 1980s and ’90s, took in some of the city’s attractions.

“There’s lots of restaurants and cool stuff to do, and chill out and relax,” said Beefcake.

Canada at 150: Thanks, America, for keeping us sane

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This isn’t specifically Niagara Falls related, but the Washington Post had an article the other day about Canada. There was nothing in it that mentioned Niagara Falls at all, but the feature image is of the Canada 150 sign in Niagara Falls.

GLYNN: ‘Kelly & Ryan’ TV show gives huge boost to tourism

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Surprisingly, I’ve actually seen very little written about the show in the local papers. I thought there would be more, but the even kind of came and went without much fanfare. There were definitely lots of people there for the show, and I know people who saw some famous people in town, but other than that it seemed to be a non-event. I hope I am wrong. The views of the Falls behind Kelly and Ryan were spectacular, so hopefully it served its purpose from a marketing point of view.

From the Niagara Gazette:

…it can’t possibly match the wide publicity and exposure that the “Live With Kelly & Ryan Show” generated for Niagara Falls, Ont., on Monday and Tuesday. Some 3,000 persons gathered on the broad curved lawn in front of the pergola that connects two open pavilions to watch the show viewed by millions. It was an all-Canadian affair, complete with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police escorting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the stage, red-and-white balloons bobbing over the crowd pressing for a closer look at the young PM, and the tiny Maple Leaf flags waving in tribute to that nation’s 150th anniversary. The international touch also was in full breathtaking view with the American Falls (not the Horseshoe) as the magnificent backdrop for the coast-to-coast special…

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.

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