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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.

Nightmares Fear Factory: The World’s Most Frightening Experience for Over 30 Years in Niagara Falls Canada

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From a PRWeb press release seen on Yahoo! News:

Nightmares Fear Factory, the longest-running haunted house in North America, features all new frightening effects for Halloween 2010, but to find out what the changes are visitors will have to observe it for themselves – or will they?!

Nightmares Fear Factory, located in the Clifton Hill Tourist District in Niagara Falls (5631 Victoria Avenue), is a 15 minute walk-through attraction distinguished by its authentic ‘theatre of the mind’ experience; it preys on each visitor’s own fears and phobias. Some make it through, but some chicken out (106,828 to date: really!).

Sleep Cheap bookings open Monday

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The Niagara Falls Review still doesn’t have their articles up yet (I’m sure they will shortly), but the St Catharines Standard has one:

The dates are now official: Circle Nov. 15 to 18 on the calendar to Sleep Cheap.

But act quickly to reserve a room because the hotels participating in this year’s Sleep Cheap Charities Reap event fill up quickly.

Hotel rooms will become available for booking starting at 7 a.m. Monday.

“We have a real nice collective mix of properties scattered throughout the city,” said Jim Diodati, the Niagara Falls councillor and mayoral candidate who came up with the idea six years ago and has watched it grow into a huge success.

Over the past five years, Sleep Cheap has raised more than $700,000 for Niagara charities, without any expenses coming out of the event. “We have 28 properties. That includes all the major hotels and all three of the water parks, which is key, especially for the families,” said Diodati.

One new thing this year is that half of the proceeds will go to a charity determined by the individual hotel, and the other half goes to the Sleep Cheap committee to divide among charities that apply for funding. I like that idea.

Sleep Cheap 2010 participating hotels

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The original information can be found here. As of the time of the original posting, there are 28 hotels participating, along with a special rate for the Bird Kingdom and skating at the new Gale Centre.

The participating hotels for Sleep Cheap 2010 are:

  1. Americana Conference Resort & Spa
    8444 Lundy’s Lane
    Niagara Falls, ON L2H 1H4
    To book rooms go to our website at
    www.sleepcheapamericana.com
    905-356-8444
  2. Comfort Inn Clifton Hill
    4960 Clifton Hill
    Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S8
    905-358-3293
  3. Days Inn Near the Falls
    5943 Victoria Avenue
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L8
    905-374-3333
  4. Days Inn North of the Falls
    4029 River Road
    Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E5
    905-356-6666
  5. Days Inn and Suites By the Falls Hotel
    5068 Centre Street
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N9
    905-357-2550
  6. Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton
    6039 Fallsview Boulevard
    Niagara falls, ON L2G 3V6
    905-358-3817
  7. Embassy Suites Hotel Niagara Falls Fallsview
    6700 Fallsview Boulevard
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
    905-353-6597
  8. Falls Plaza
    6045 Stanley Avenue
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3Y3
    905-353-6597
  9. Fallsview Casino Resort
    6380 Fallsview Boulevard
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7X5
    905-374-3598
  10. Four Points by Sheraton
    6455 Fallsview Boulevard
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V9
    905-353-6597
  11. Great Wolf Lodge
    3950 Victoria Avenue
    Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M8
    1-888-878-1818
  12. Hampton Inn North of the Falls
    4357 River Road
    Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E8
    905-358-5555
  13. Hilton Hotel & Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview
    6361 Fallsview Boulevard
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V9
    Thursday Night Availability Only
    905-353-7219
  14. Holiday Inn by the Falls
    5339 Murray Street
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2J3
    905-356-1333
  15. Howard Johnson Hotel
    5905 Victoria Avenue
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L8
    905-357-4040
  16. Tower Hotel
    6732 Fallsview Boulevard
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
    905-356-1501
  17. Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa
    6740 Fallsview Boulevard
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
    905-357-7300
  18. Michael’s Inn by the Falls
    5599 River Road
    Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3H3
    905-354-2727
  19. Niagara Falls Baymont Inn & Suites
    5234 Ferry Street
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1R5
    905-374-7771
  20. Niagara Falls Courtyard by Marriott
    5950 Victoria Ave.
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L7
    905-358-3083
  21. Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls
    6546 Fallsview Boulevard
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W2
    905-356-4514
  22. Old Stone Inn
    5425 Robinson Street
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7L6
    905-357-1234
  23. Quality Hotel Fireside
    4067 River Road
    Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E5
    905-374-2027
  24. Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview
    6733 Fallsview Boulevard
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W7
    905-356-1944
  25. Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Centre
    6755 Fallsview Boulevard
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W7
    905-374-1077
  26. Sheraton on the Falls (Fallsview Waterpark)
    5875 Falls Avenue
    Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7
    To book rooms go to our website at
    www.niagarafallssleepcheap.ca
  27. Skyline Inn (Fallsview Waterpark)
    4800 Bender Hill
    Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7
    To book rooms go to our website at
    www.niagarafallssleepcheap.ca
  28. Sterling Inn and Spa
    5195 Magdalen Street
    Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3S6
    289-292-0000

Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap 2010 is here!!!

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I had heard that this morning was the official announcement day. The Niagara Falls Review hasn’t posted the information yet, but the City of Niagara Falls web site has all the details…

You can book rooms as of October 18, 2010 at 7 am

The available dates are Monday, November 15, 2010 to Thursday, November 18, 2010

You will pay $35 for a standard room, $45 for a Fallsview room, $65 for a whirlpool, and $85 for a waterpark room.

The initial press release is available here. I’ll post the list of available hotels momentarily…

No news on Sleep Cheap 2010 yet

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I’ve had numerous people email me asking when Sleep Cheap 2010 is going to be. I haven’t received any information, but I would assume the information would be released soon. Looking back on last year, at the beginning of October they were accepting applications from local charities, and then things were announced on Oct 23. In 2008 it was on Oct 17. Obviously we’ll find out very soon when the dates will be for 2010…

PARTY IN THE PARK

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From the Niagara Falls Review (includes pictures and videos):

When you put a rock band named after a mythical river next to one of the world’s legendary rivers, it’s a recipe for a soggy experience.

But thousands ot New Year’s Eve revellers rang in 2010 with the powerful rock band Styx, named after the mythological river in the underworld.

Hard Rock Cafe to ring in New Year with guitar drop

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From AuburnPub.com:

New York City drops a crystal ball in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. In Niagara Falls, N.Y., 2010 will be ushered in with the dropping of a big guitar.

A 10-foot fiberglass guitar will be dropped at midnight at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Niagara Falls. The model of a Gibson electric guitar was raised atop an 80-foot-high scaffold on the restaurant earlier this week.

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