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Experiencing natural wonder and quintessential kitsch in Niagara Falls

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From the Toronto Star:

I tried to do it all — the mazes and minigolf and midway and magic. I rode on a zip line, a ferris wheel, a cable car and a helicopter. I lunched at a rotating restaurant, looking down at tumbling tumultuous water, then out at the distant towers of downtown Toronto. I pet a parrot. I played “Hercules,” the world’s largest pinball machine. I stared into the waxy eyes of Hollywood heroes and my own long face in funhouse mirrors. I lost five dollars to a one-cent slot machine called “Treasure Tempest.” I even ate a beavertail. I saw illuminations and fireworks. I got soaked on the Hornblower, and I soaked in my retro hotel room’s heart-shaped Jacuzzi. For a very fleeting moment, I was actually spooked in a haunted house. Then, on a hike deep in the Niagara Gorge, I felt awe.

Welcome to Niagara Falls, Ont. — the most Instagrammed place in Canada, home of the most voluminous waterfall in North America and (still unofficially) the Honeymoon Capital of the World.

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.

Le visage caché des Chutes du Niagara (The Hidden Face of Niagara Falls)

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From Le Parisien:

Découvrir les Chutes du Niagara sous un autre angle.

On connaît l’image des Chutes du Niagara, ces impressionnants murs d’eau en forme de fer à cheval où la rivière Niagara effectue un saut de 51 mètres dans le vide. C’est en été que le spectacle est le plus impressionnant. Mais on oublie souvent que le site est tout aussi magique en hiver. Au plus fort de l’hiver, les chutes deviennent des sculptures de glace que l’on peut admirer jusqu’au dégel.

Translation courtesy of Google Translate:

Discover the Niagara Falls from a different angle.

We know the image of Niagara Falls, the impressive horseshoe-shaped water walls where the Niagara River jumps 51 meters in a vacuum. It is in summer that the show is most impressive. But we often forget that the site is just as magical in winter. At the height of winter, the falls become sculptures of ice that can be admired until the thaw.

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