I’m closer to Christmas 2010 than to Christmas 2009, but hey, better late than never…
As many of you know, Greg Frewin had a Christmas special broadcast on CBC last December. It was called Greg Frewin Magic Man Home For The Holidays. The show was an hour long and chronicled his planning of an outdoor winter performance at Table Rock Place.
I love to see Greg Frewin perform, so for that reason, I enjoyed the show. You saw him do several magic tricks or illusions during his stage show, in a classroom, in a restaurant, and outside. He is an amazing performer. On the other hand, it was supposed to be like a documentary or a “reality” show, and it just looked bad in the parts that were staged. There was one scene that was shot inside Elements restaurant at Table Rock Place that was particularly fake.
The bottom line, though, is that it is always good to see Niagara Falls promoted in such a positive way. I hope it helped Greg’s business this year!
I have taken a bunch of screenshots from the episode. You can see some of the thumbnails below, and the full versions in the Greg Frewin Magic Man Home For The Holidays (2009 TV Special) gallery.
Note: There were 3,204 images in 251 galleries in the Niagara Falls Image Gallery at the time they were posted.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
The whiff of free magic and being on TV has them lining up early.
The show doesn’t start until 6:30 p. m., but by 5 p. m. the lobby is already starting to fill up at the Greg Frewin Theatre. Before they enter, they’re greeted by a sign telling them they will be filmed tonight: “If you attend this event, your image may appear in the production and you hereby give consent to the use of your image.”
For many, that’s the reason they’re here. Two kids decked out in Greg Frewin T-shirts have already seen the show. But mention being on TV, and their eyes light up.
Frewin’s CBC special will take three weeks to film, and this is one of the biggest nights. A good crowd is crucial. A good-looking crowd is equally important. Organizers seat some of the more ‘camera friendly’ patrons near the stage, where they’re more likely to be filmed.
Hats and shirts with corporate logos are a no-no. A greeter asks everyone to smile. A lot.
Oh, and don’t look at the cameras.
Magician Greg Frewin will star in a CBC Christmas special that will climax with a stunt over Niagara Falls.
Greg Frewin Magic Man: Home for the Holidays will focus on Frewin as he balances family and career while running a dinner theatre. The veteran Las Vegas performer will cap the hourlong show suspended upside-down in a strait jacket over Niagara Falls with “blades of fire” hurtling towards him.
This is what I saw being filmed back in January…