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.
Greg Frewin got his first magic kit when he was seven years old. It was nothing fancy, just a bunch of simple magic tricks, a magic hat and other paraphernalia to instruct budding magicians about the art of magic. His parents ordered the kit after he saw it advertised on television. Frewin spent hours entertaining his friends in his hometown of Hamilton.
But it wasn’t until he was 12 and his grandfather took him to Toronto to see Canadian magician Doug Henning that Frewin truly became spellbound.
“Doug had a big illusion show, and after seeing that show, I told my grandfather that’s what I want to do, I want to be a magician,” said Frewin, 44, in a telephone interview from Niagara Falls, Ont., where he lives and performs. He performs Friday and Saturday at the Theatre du Casino du Lac-Leamy.
“Up until that point I had never seen a magician do a full, big illusion show on stage. For the most part I had seen the magic tricks my grandfather had shown me and what was in the magic kit. When I saw Henning’s show it was a whole new world, I didn’t know it was something that people did.
One more illusion. One more long night to get through. Once magician Greg Frewin deals with his Blades of Fire, the three-week marathon is over.
But it won’t be easy.
It’s the big finale of his CBC special, and there probably isn’t a worse place to be in Niagara Falls on this January night. The temperature at Table Rock is steadily dropping. Mist from the Horseshoe Falls has covered everything in ice. The wind from the gorge and nearby hotels cuts through the thickest overcoat.
Tomorrow, the crew will head home and begin the long process of editing all this footage into a one-hour TV show, not even airing for 11 months.
For now, everyone just wants to get through this last night without frostbite.
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.
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.
With the flick of a switch, the Niagara Parkway erupted with about three million lights illuminating more than 120 seasonal displays.
The 27th annual Winter Festival of Lights, which attracts more than one million visitors each year, officially got underway this past weekend with performances ranging from magical to soulful.
Mother Nature, however, provided anything but wintery weather for the roughly 6,000 people who gathered at Queen Victoria Park Saturday to watch Disney divas Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck, the Festival of Lights Choir, Niagara Star Singers and A Cappella Niagara.
Cool, but comfortable, temperatures provided the perfect backdrop for performances by magician Greg Frewin and the cast from the Oh Canada Eh! Dinner Show, which preceded the major attraction of the evening as Disney’s Mickey Mouse and galpal Minnie flipped the switch to sparkle the parkway.
Fireworks shot off in the gorge capped off the show.