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Amazing Niagara Falls “Miracle Jump” Anniversary Approaching

In the Spring of 2012, a deranged madman leapt from the ledge of Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls  to what onlookers thought was a certain death.  On that bizarre day, there were actually two stories about  waterfalls and miracles.

In the bizarre first incident, a man suspected of trying to kill himself by leapt into Niagara Falls and survived — although he suffered life-threatening injuries.

Niagara Falls visitors are encouraged not to get too close to ledge at the awesome, but dangerous Horseshoe Falls

Niagara Falls visitors are encouraged not to get too close to ledge at the awesome, but dangerous Horseshoe Falls

Witnesses said they saw the man scale a retaining wall above Horseshoe Falls — seen above — at about 10:20 a.m. on the fateful day. They said they saw him “deliberately jump into the river waters,” according to Niagara Parks Police Service.

Many people were in shock and there was little they could do.  The great Niagara Falls are a fearsome foe.  The deranged man surfaced in lower Niagara River basin. About two hours later, the Niagara Falls Fire Department rescued him from the rocky shoreline. He was taken by an air ambulance to a local hospital for treatment, and was said to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

According to the Associated Press, the man is only the third known person in history to have survived going over the falls without a safety device. The leap sent the man plummeting about 180 feet into the water, the AP said.

The Horseshoe Falls are 170 feet high and 2,200 feet wide in the area that Wallenda will tackle. Those particular falls are the largest — and many say the most spectacular — of the three cataracts that make up Niagara Falls.

Yes, there is a yet another – a second miracle story.  A day earlier, a 13-year-old boy was saved from the edge of a 270-foot waterfall northeast of Seattle, Wash.

The boy had been wading in a river when he lost his footing and was swept over a 10-foot waterfall. He managed to pull himself onto a narrow rock shelf before being swept over a second waterfall. And there he waited, nearly nine hours, until rescuers could get to him.

If that video doesn’t make you want to take extra safety precautions when near a waterfall, nothing will.  Would you like to learn more about the madcap attempts by Niagara Falls Daredevils over the years?

Click Here To See Some Truly Amazing And Bizarre Stories

Originally posted 2014-02-08 21:17:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Demi Lovato Niagara Falls Performance Is Top Rated On New Years Eve

Demi Lovato Performs at Niagara Falls on New Year’s Eve

The former judge of ‘The X Factor (US)’ belts out her hit singles that include ‘Neon Lights’, ‘Heart Attack’, ‘Nightingale’ and ‘Skyscraper’.

Demi Lovato Performs at Niagara Falls on New Year's Eve

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Demi Lovato performed at Entertainment Tonight Canada’s New Year’s Eve at Niagara Falls celebration on Tuesday, December 31. The 21-year-old singer performed some of her hits at the event.

Braving the cold weather in a black leather jacket, a pair of leather pants and a black scarf, she sang “Neon Lights”, “Heart Attack” and “Nightingale”, new singles off her latest album, “Demi“. She also belted out “Skyscraper”, a track from her 2011 album “Unbroken“.

Hours before the performance, Lovato posted Instagram photos of herself in a long sleeve turtleneck, coat, hat and gloves. “Don’t let all these warm layers fool you….. Underneath it all, I still got my birthday suit on…,” she captioned the pic.

In an interview with ET later that day, Lovato expressed her excitement to be able to perform at Niagara Falls. “I’ve never performed in front of Niagara Falls so it will be interesting,” she said.

“I wanna look forward to life and what the next year has to offer other than forgetting the last part of my year,” she added. “I think there’s so much fun that people can have on New Year’s Eve without getting crazy and hopefully some of my fans will come and do that with me.”

This year, Lovato will embark on her “Neon Lights” tour with Fifth Harmony from “The X Factor (US)” and former contestants of U.K.’s “The X Factor” Little Mix and Cher Lloyd.

Demi Lovato Performs “Neon Lights”:

Demi Lovato Performs “Heart Attack”:

Demi Lovato Performs “Nightingale”:

Demi Lovato Performs “Scyscraper”:

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Originally posted 2014-01-02 16:56:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Frozen Niagara Falls

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The polar vortex that has gripped the U.S. and Canada this week has led to some spectacular icy images. The latest come from Niagara Falls, which partially froze on Tuesday, when the high temperature was a record low of minus 2 degrees.

Aaron Harris, a photographer for Reuters, took several shots of the 167-foot falls on Wednesday. The ice formed on the U.S. side of the falls, which straddle the border between the United States and Canada.

While unusual, it’s not the first time Niagara Falls has frozen. Photographs from the early- and mid-1900s archived at the Niagara Falls Public Library appear to show frozen falls, though some experts have questioned their authenticity.

Of course, the eye-catching freeze did not completely stop the water from flowing.

According to EnvironmentalGraffiti.com, only once, in 1848, “has freezing weather caused the thousands of cubic feet of water per second flowing over the Niagara Falls to run dry, an event thought to have been caused by ice jamming and damming upriver.”

According to forecasters, Tuesday’s partial freeze should thaw later this week, when the temperature at Niagara Falls is expected to rise to 46 degrees.

While Harris’ photos of the frozen falls are authentic, don’t be fooled by some of the old images circulating on Twitter and Facebook.

Originally posted 2014-01-09 19:02:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

New Sports Expo brings Bower, Cujo to Falls in March

John Law

By John Law, Niagara Falls Review

Sports fans in Niagara will get a chance to rub shoulders with some sports greats at the new Niagara Falls Sports Expo. Show manager Chris Dabrowski says the show will be held on March 29, 2014, at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.
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Sports fans in Niagara will get a chance to rub shoulders with some sports greats at the new Niagara Falls Sports Expo. Show manager Chris Dabrowski says the show will be held on March 29, 2014, at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Mike DiBattista/Niagara Falls Review/QMI Agency

Johnny Bower heads to the first annual Niagara Falls Sports Expo March 29. PHOTO:  Dave Thomas
Curtis Joseph heads to the first annual Niagara Falls Sports Expo March 29. PHOTO: 
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The man who helped bring a star-studded Comic Con to Niagara Falls has set his sights on the sports world now.

The first annual Niagara Falls Sports Expo heads to the Scotiabank Convention Centre March 29. And much like its Comic Con counterpart, it will start out small, says manager and co-founder Chris Dabrowski. Though autograph seekers won’t be disappointed.

“We’re lucky in the sense that there’s a lot more sports celebrities that are local to us – with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills – in comparison to Hollywood,” he says.

The first confirmed guests include two goalie greats from Leafs lore – Hall of Famer Johnny Bower, and fan favourite Curtis Joseph.

Bower won four Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs, including the team’s last one in 1967 when he was 42.

Joseph was a dominant goaltender with the Leafs in the late ‘90s, and was twice a runner-up for the Vezina Trophy.

The two other confirmed guests are former Buffalo Bills linebacker Cornelius Bennett, and WWE star Brutus Beefcake.

But Dabrowski hints several more names will be announced soon, including one bonafide baseball legend and a Buffalo Sabres great from the ‘70 and ‘80s.

His wish list, should the show expand, is Mike Weir and Wayne Gretzky. But much like the Niagara Falls Comic Con, which had a modest start at the former Dave & Buster’s on Clifton Hill, the Sports Expo must establish itself first.

Dabrowski already knows the market is there.

“Comic Con proved that,” he says. “I’ve promoted events for years, and the community seemed to be receptive and excited. it depends on what type of event you’re looking to host. Some events work, some events don’t.”

For its upcoming fourth year, Comic Con has landed William Shatner, Ric Flair and Dean Cain. It’s now a three-day event.

The Expo will feature sports cards, fan interactions, and plenty of memorabilia. Dabrowski is hoping to arrange for some exhibits from the Hockey Hall of Fame.

In addition to his two Niagara Falls shows, Dabrowski runs the Hammer Town Comic Con in Hamilton.

For him, much of it goes back to the thrill of waiting in line for a star’s autograph.

“I remember waiting in line at the Pen Centre for Peter Zezel’s autograph when I was a kid. There were hundreds of people,” he recalls. “And then slo-pitch tournaments at Oakes Park, I remember hanging out along the fence waiting to meet Wendel Clark.

“I thought about that and figured there’s been nothing like this in the area for 10 or 15 years.”

john.law@sunmedia.ca

  • WHAT: Niagara Falls Sports Expo
  • WHERE: Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls
  • WHEN: March 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • TICKETS: $20 www.nfsportsexpo.com

Originally posted 2014-01-14 14:03:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Nik Wallenda Bringing Thrill Show to Darien Lake

February 12, 2014, By Ed Reilly

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) Nik Wallenda is now an international superstar after walking a high-wire across Niagara Falls and over the Grand Canyon.

This summer, the aerialist and high-wire artist will produce and star in a new 60 minute thrill show that will be presented at Darien Lake from June 23rd to September 1st.

Wallenda told reporters that he is excited to be part of the effort with partners Darien Lake and sponsor Tim Horton’s Café & Bake Shop.

The following is a news release issued by Darien Lake concerning Wallenda’s summer program:

DARIEN CENTER, N.Y., February 12, 2014 – With decades of experience captivating audiences around the world, aerialist and high-wire artist Nik Wallenda will spend the summer of 2014 high-above Darien Lake. Known as the “King of the Wire,” his high-flying stunts have landed him in the Guinness Book of World Record seven times and his 2012 walk across Niagara Falls made him a household name throughout Western New York.

Darien Lake and presenting sponsor Tim Hortons Café and Bake Shop announced today that the internationally renowned daredevil will star in and produce a 60-minute thrill spectacular exclusively for Darien Lake guests. Showing twice daily in the 1,800 seat Galaxy Theatre from June 23 through September 1st (dark Mondays), the show will mesmerize audiences with exhilarating performances from the world’s best aerialists and stunt performers and climax in the breath-taking Wallenda Family Pyramid on the wire finale. The amazing stunt features Nik, his wife Erendira, and other members of the Wallenda family walking, untethered, 60 feet above the audience.

Wallenda’s involvement doesn’t stop at the Galaxy Theater. Nik Wallenda Productions Inc. will be crafting additional entertainment for Darien Lake including a short-film chronicling the history of the Wallendas, an interactive tight-rope training academy with hands-on instruction, “pop up” street performances from the cast and crew, and a not-to-be-missed premier high-wire stunt on Saturday, May 26.

All performances will be included with park admission and for Darien Lake Vacations guests, with preferred seating and VIP packages sold on a limited basis. 2014 season pass holders will receive exclusive show offers and event invites throughout the show run.

“The level of entertainment Nik will bring to our guests this season is unprecedented,” said Vince Nicoletti, Director of Marketing at Darien Lake. “Nik Wallenda holds 7 world records and he’s coming with the world’s best aerialists and stunt performers in tow. This truly will be an incomparable entertainment experience”.

“My family and I are thrilled to be back in the area and spending our summer at Darien Lake,” said Nik Wallenda. “With more than 1 million people coming to the park every season, it’s the perfect location for our act and we can’t wait to get started.”

For more information about Nik Wallenda and The Wallenda Family at Darien Lake this season, or to learn how season pass holders can get special pre-season access to the park, visit www.darienlake.com.

Originally posted 2014-02-14 22:51:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Some ‘Frozen Niagara Falls’ Photos Really Are Too Good To Be True

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Frozen Niagara Falls

As temperatures around the U.S. dipped into the “it’s ridiculously cold” zone,stunning wintery photographs began popping up around the Internet. A few evenshowed a completely frozen-over Niagara Falls. But while these pics make the icy falls look absolutely beautiful, some of the most dramatic images being circulated are not current. In fact, despite the extreme cold, the falls never froze completely solid this week.

BuzzFeed notes that a few of these photos first showed up online years ago, like this gorgeous image (below), which was originally uploaded to photo-sharing site Flikr back in 2007:

Similarly, this scenic shot was first posted in 2012, per BuzzFeed:

According to Yahoo! News this is not the first time people have raised questions about the veracity of Niagara Falls photos. Experts still question the authenticity of some famous winter photos taken in the the early- and mid-1900s and archived at Niagara Falls Public Library.

But while the 167-foot Niagra Falls may not have frozen completely solid during this recent cold snap, the landmark did partially freeze, resulting in some genuinely spectacular pics.

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This photo of Niagara Falls partially frozen over was taken on January 9, 2014.
 

Reuters photographer Aaron Harris also took a series of particularly lovely shots of the icy landmark on Wednesday. You can view his pics over at Business Insider.

Originally posted 2014-01-14 14:06:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Winter Specials For Niagara Falls Hotels

Create a Magical Winter Wonderland Experience From Hotels in Niagara Falls, Ontario

 

Courtyard Niagara Falls Sits Amidst Area’s Finest Winter Festival Attractions

 

NIAGARA FALLS, ON–(Marketwired – Dec 13, 2013) – Discover the magic of Niagara Falls in the wintertime for an extraordinary escape filled with sparkling lights, explosive fireworks and fun things to do near the natural wonder.

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The holiday season in Ontario shines brightly with the majestic displays of the Winter Festival of Lights at Niagara Falls through Jan. 31, 2014. Creating a spectacular Niagara Falls light show with millions of sparkling tree lights and 120 animated displays; the 5-kilometre Niagara Parkway turns into a breathtaking winter wonderland and sets the stage for exciting winter festivities with the rushing of Niagara Falls as a backdrop.

Making it easy to create an unforgettable Canadian outdoor winter experience the TD Rink at the Brink is “just a snowball’s throw” from the brink of Horseshoe Falls and is ideal for family winter fun or a romantic escape.

Neatly nestled in the “centre of it all” and beckoning travelers with an array of budget-friendly packages and exceptional accommodations, the Courtyard Niagara Falls hotel is convenient to popular outdoor and indoor entertainment venues and allows guests to easily experience the excitement of the area whether ice skating, being captivated by the majestic waterfalls or simply relaxing with an eye to the sky for the spectacular glow of winter fireworks. During the Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls is illuminated in the colours of the rainbow creating an additional attraction to the festivities. Other nearby attractions include Blue Christmas at the Butterfly conservatory through January 5th, Floral Showcase Annual Christmas Display through January 15th and area shopping adventures such as Santa’s Shop Downtown. A New Year’s Eve concert hosted by ET Canada is also planned in Queen’s Park.

The Courtyard hotel’s location in Niagara Falls puts Canada visitors within walking distance of the area’s finest attractions, restaurants, shopping and nightlife so guests can focus on creating a fun-filled trip without the worry of travel. And, while offering attentive service and gracious amenities, the hotel is also in tune with keeping travel affordable and features a variety of discounts and even “Last-Minute Weekend” deals for those looking for a fun weekend escape.

About the Courtyard Niagara Falls
The Courtyard Niagara Falls boasts newly renovated and spacious accommodations just a short walk from Niagara Falls, Casino Niagara, Fallsview Casino, Clifton Hill and other popular attractions. Offering everything needed for an exceptional hotel experience, the lodging features impressive on-site dining options, a 24-hour business centre, 24/7 market for snacks, beverages and travel needs, the Courtyard’s popular GoBoard technology in the lobby, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property, a 24-hour fitness centre and refreshing indoor and outdoor pools. Guest rooms feature both Canadian and US television networks, satellite service, video-on-demand service with theatre movie options, luxury bedding ensembles, a mini-refrigerator and coffee/tea service. Whirlpool and fireplace suites are also available for added the added comfort and convenience of guests.

Originally posted 2014-01-09 13:41:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Reno’s magic men make Falls debut

John Law

By John Law, Niagara Falls Review

Kevin Jeffrey of the magic duo Kevin & Caruso. They start a seven-day stint at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Jan. 30. PHOTO: Special to Niagara Falls Review

Kevin Jeffrey of the magic duo Kevin & Caruso. They start a seven-day stint at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Jan. 30. PHOTO: Special to Niagara Falls Review

They’ve been performing in Atlantic City for months. They’ll need four days just to set up their show in Niagara Falls. They’ll be two pretty tired magicians when they arrive.

So what will illusionists Kevin & Caruso do on their one day off? See a magic show, of course. The duo – who go by first names only, thank you – plan to see Niagara Falls magician Greg Frewin’s show Saturday before starting a seven-day run at the Niagara Fallsview Casino with their show Magique.

On the line from Atlantic City where the entire show has been packed into a transport truck, Kevin says he won’t be seeing Frewin’s show as a competitor but, for once, as an audience member.

“It’s enjoyable just to watch,” says Kevin, who adds magicians at the headlining level like themselves and Frewin don’t view themselves as competitors but peers in a select club. “It’s just nice to watch the differences in how we do things.”

A mix of magic, comedy and old school spectacle, Kevin & Caruso’s show proudly has no down time. With about 100 costume changes and “razzle, dazzle” filling every second, it’s like a blend of the traditional magic show and modern attention-span-deficit whirlwind.

In their eyes, they’re up against all live shows, not just other magic shows.

“We’re competing with the whole entertainment scene in general,” says Kevin. “People don’t look at shows like this the way they used to.”

Magic and illusion shows used to be an event. Now, with instant access, they’ve lost some of their mystique. The solution, says Kevin, is do a show “that doesn’t stop at all.” With so much eye candy and movement, the audience is tired just keeping up.

“I grew up looking at magic as a production,” he says.

The two friends were performing street magic in Reno more than 20 years ago when they were asked by a hotel owner if they had a show he could book. They didn’t, but said yes anyways. The ensuing show they scrambled to put together ended up playing for three years.

They were soon booked on a cruise line and a seven-year residency in Miami’s South Beach before last year’s stint at Atlantic City’s Tropicana Casino. They’ll make their Niagara Falls debut count, bringing the pyrotechnics they couldn’t get a permit for in Atlantic City.

Kevin guesses they’ve traveled 2.5 million miles in 18 years.

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  • WHO: Kevin & Caruso
  • WHERE: Niagara Fallsview Casino
  • WHEN: Jan. 30 to Feb. 5
  • TICKETS: Start at $20. www.ticketmaster.ca

Originally posted 2014-01-29 13:07:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

A frozen Niagara Falls light show looks like a magical wonderland

A frozen Niagara Falls light show looks like a magical wonderlandSEXPAND

Niagara Falls is always powerfully beautiful. A frozen Niagara Falls is even more impressive, like pressing pause on nature to hear the silence. A frozen Niagara Falls filled with colors from a light show? Just look. Photographer Michael Muraz showed us these amazing images of Niagara Falls and the frozen colors make it look like a wonderland.

Niagara Falls puts on a light show when dusk falls so you can see the falling water light up in the colors of the rainbow. It’s a lively way to brighten up the night but it looks way cooler when the Falls are frozen.

Michael Muraz explains:

We shot for 1 hour or so before sunset and then we went inside to warm up, waiting for the lights. The show started during blue hour, which was perfect to get balance between the colors and the sky. When it got darker, we started seeing the light rays in the sky, providing a stunning composition on the American falls.

You can see more pictures here.

A frozen Niagara Falls light show looks like a magical wonderlandSEXPAND

A frozen Niagara Falls light show looks like a magical wonderlandSEXPAND

A frozen Niagara Falls light show looks like a magical wonderlandSEXPAND

 

Originally posted 2014-01-29 12:59:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Spectacular Photos Of A Partially-Frozen Niagara Falls

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The ‘polar vortex’ hitting the U.S. with insanely-low temperatures has also offered the opportunity for someincredible photos — and now we’ve got some from Niagara Falls.

At the falls, where the temperature has been hovering in the low teens, Reuters photographer Aaron Harris took these shots of a partially frozen area of the U.S. side on Wednesday.

While there is some misinformation floating around, it’s worth noting that the falls are not completely frozen over. You can see them flowing as usual on the live webcam.

Still, the photos are worth taking a look at. Enjoy:

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Originally posted 2014-01-09 13:38:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter