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    Clifton Hill redevelopment taking shape

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Consumer demands are changing, and Clifton Hill has to change with them, says Tim Parker, general manager of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Niagara Falls.

    “The consumers are demanding more types of entertainment, rather than the stagnant entertainment that we’ve had for years. So we’ve answered the call,” said Parker.

    Ripley’s was scheduled to re-open as a revamped interactive attraction along the popular tourist strip Thursday evening, or Friday.

    Since November, the attraction has undergone a complete update of its “odditorium.”

    “We sort of were status quo for many years, and I think consumers now don’t want status quo — they don’t want to look at the same things they’ve looked at,” said Parker.

    I’m not sure when the official re-opening was, but I did notice they are open today.

    Vanessa Neil, Sword Swallower, at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum

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    As you read on Saturday, I went to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum to see the sword swallower. This was the second year that they did it, and I thought Vanessa Neil was better than Riley Schillaci, last year’s performer. I can’t really explain what I didn’t like about Riley, but she just didn’t seem happy to be there. Vanessa was much more chatty, smiled a lot, and seemed happy to be there with everyone.

    I was going to make some observations, but I thought the article in the Niagara Falls Review that I linked to yesterday got all of the main points. Also, you can read my tweets from Saturday as well.

    You can see the 30-second video I took on YouTube. I forgot to bring my better HD camera, so the quality isn’t that great, but you still get a clear shot of her downing about a foot of sword in the blink of an eye. The sword was about two feet long in total.

    I also took a few pictures. I couldn’t tweet, do a video, and take pictures at the same time, so I don’t have a still picture of her with the sword in her mouth. However, you can see her holding the sword, as well as the crowd that was gathered. You can also see the renovations that they are doing at Ripley’s.

    You can see the pictures in the 20100227 Sword Swallower Vanessa Neil gallery in the Niagara Falls Image Gallery. As a side note, there are now 2,920 images in 238 categories in the gallery.

    Sword Swallower Vanessa Neil at Ripley's Believe It or Not! MuseumSword Swallower Vanessa Neil at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
    Sword Swallower Vanessa Neil at Ripley's Believe It or Not! MuseumSword Swallower Vanessa Neil at Ripley's Believe It or Not! MuseumSword Swallower Vanessa Neil at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
    Sword Swallower Vanessa Neil at Ripley's Believe It or Not! MuseumSword Swallower Vanessa Neil at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

    20100412 UPDATE: As you can see by the comments below, last year’s performer, Riley Schillaci, took issue with my comments about her. Riley explained in her comments how she was feeling that day. I would also add that this was the first year that the local Ripley’s Museum had a performer. I sympathize with Riley, and hope that she has a successful sword swallowing career.

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