Chris Cross – Escapology & Contortion Show | Newcastle| North East| UK
Chris is based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and he is known to be one of the top Close-up Magicians & Cabaret Acts in the UK. Chris performs his unique fresh, funny & stylish award-winning magic stunts around the globe – at around 200 events each year! Ensure your big event is talked about for years later by adding a touch of Chris Cross Magic! He can adapt his performance for big stages, small stages, arenas, theatres, in the middle of the street, upside down, on an escalator, on a bus, at corporate events, festivals, product launches/promotions, award ceremonies, student unions, cabarets/theatres, galas and anywhere else.
He’s performed worldwide – from New York City to New Zealand, Bahrain to Dubai, London to Paris and lots of places in-between!
His performances are suitable for a wide range of different events – whether it be Close-up Walkabout Entertainment at a Launch or pulling in a crowd on a trade show stand or a Cabaret Style show at a Corporate AGM/Awards Ceremony or a Big Stunt on the main stage at a Festival!
He can perform indoors or outdoors for all ages & his act breaks down language barriers too, so non-English speaking audiences can still enjoy the show!
He’s notably performed for The British Monarchy on numerous occasions & The Prince of Bahrain at The Bahrain International Circuit Formula One too!
His other notable gigs include, performing at various gigs including Boy George’s 50th Birthday Party, Alice Cooper’s Press Conference and Mike Tyson’s & Sugar Ray Leonard’s Sportsman’s Dinners. He was also hired by BBC Worldwide to consult on The Hairy Bikers Stage Show Tour (as an Escapology Consultant). Chris was The Hard Rock VIP Area Magician in 2014.
He has supported Ocean Colour Scene on their tour date and he has provided Close-up Backstage Entertainment for artists like The Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane, EXAMPLE, Tinie Tempah, Tulisa, DJ Yella of NWA, James Bay, Kodaline, Etc. He has starred alongside Paul Daniels in the ”Chris Cross & Paul Daniels Magic Show featuring the Lovely Debbie McGee!
Chris has appeared on the several TV shows including, CBBC’s Children’s BAFTA Award-Winning Show ”The Slammer”, BBC’s The ONE Show, Greece’s Got Talent as a Special Guest Performer, ESPN’s Sportsnation Show in the US, BBC3’s Upstaged with Scott Mills and numerous International TV too.
Chris is two-time Winner of The UK Wedding Industry Awards for ”Best North East Wedding Entertainment” and he is the 2014 Winner at The UK Wedding Guide’s Award for ”Outstanding Customer Service” and Belle Bridal awarded him ”The Best Wedding Fair Exhibitor” 2014 & 2016.
The show is made up of 4 slots:
A contortion routine, involving dislocations, dancing with his bones, clapping with his elbows, skipping with his arms, and so on…! This is in order to ‘warm-up’ his body for the days work and providing a closer look at how escapologists use tools of their body to escape from things. A crazy, funny and entertaining routine to music and talk.
’50 Metre Clingfilm Escape’ – 2 members from the audience will wrap him up like a chicken in 50 metres of clingfilm from his heels to the top of his head and he will put the moves into action to attempt to escape in under 3 minutes…People can even place bets on how long it will take him to escape at this point!
This slot is a close-up slot off the stage and on the floor with a smaller crowd of people he’ll gather from the guests who are interested. He will perform a comedy handcuff escape and some of Houdinni’s favourite card tricks during this 15 minute set of intimate entertainment.
The big finish! Straitjacket escape from a regulation strait-jacket. Strapped up by 2 of the biggest men from the audience as tight as possible, he will attempt to escape in one minute thirty seconds.
PA system, large spider-frame backdrop and platform can be provided if required. Chris is a member of Equity and he’s CRB checked.
Standard Length Of Performance:
The show can be tailored to the client’s needs to last anytime between 5mins – 45mins.
‘ Very Nice Tricks – If he isn’t at your party, you’re stupid!’
– Private Client
‘That was so amazing! – Go on tell me how you did it!’
– Private Client
‘Fast, Fluid and very Funny’
– Northern Magic Circle Magazine
‘Cool and Funky Act’
– Private Client
‘Great Stuff – Awww Brilliant Card Tricks’
– Private Client
‘Wow – Crazy Stuff!’
– Private Client
‘A real throwback to music hall eccentricity, Chris Cross is inventive, totalling baffling and original. He REALLY should be put in a strait-jacket – trouble is he can wriggle out of one just as quick as Houdini.’
– The Stage Magazine
“Amazing… The cheeky Geordie certainly enjoys himself at the audience’s expense, and there is absolutely no malice in him…”
– Edinburgh Festivals
“He spent quite a long time warming up the audience, his jokes were filthy and his ego was as big as his hair, which the audience loved. This guy was unique and spunky and he worked well with the audience..”
– Carnival Divine Burlesque Review
“We spotted Chris Cross and his own special brand of contortion on MySpace; it freaked us out enough that we decided to promote him all over the site. We wish him the best of luck wierding out crowds across the nation.”
– Myspace UK
”Chris Cross ROCKS – and that’s ‘Coming from US!”
– Hard Rock Cafes, Casinos & Festival
”Cross is FASTER than ME – his tricks are TOTALLY AMAZING!!”
– Sugar Ray Leonard, Former WBC Welterweight Champion of the world
”One of the WEIRDEST things I’VE seen in a LONG time!”
– Alice Cooper
”You Reeeeeeeee-arrrrranged MY Mind!! I have to have you Backstage Entertaining us at EVERY Gig we do!!”
– Miles Kane, Mod Rocker
”Chris Cross is CRAZY – he had ME feeling in Danger of my life and stuff!!”
– Iron Mike Tyson
”HRH Very Much enjoyed your Tricks during his recent visit to Northumberland!”
– HRH The Prince of Wales’ Secretary
”He’s got a cool & funky act”
– Simon Cowell
”Chris Cross has performed several times at Alnwick Castle and has always impressed our friends and family. He is very professional with a wonderful skill for entertaining his audience and his natural ability to keep people fascinated throughout his performance is quite unique”
– Her Grace, The Duchess of Northumberland
Previous Clients Include:
Diesel Clothing Dubai
Ripley’s Believe it or Not
Gaziano Girling of Saville Row
Hard Rock Café
The Gate Entertainment Complex
Players Sports Bar
John Lewis Department Stores
Draper Trade Shows
The Children’s Foundation
The Parkinson’s Disease Society
Go North East Transport
Laughing Horse Comedy Club
World Escape Artists Relay 2007
Stockton ARC Theatre
Club Antichrist London
BBC3 and BBC Radios
Esso Exxon Mobil
Thomsons Holidays Flybacks
Butlins Holiday Parks
Hoburne Holiday Parks
Haven Holiday Parks
University of Cambridge
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