As a boy of just 13, he had a chance meeting with legendary magician Paul Daniels at Whitley Bay Playhouse. It was an encounter that would set him on the path to a career in illusion that has now gained him international recognition.
Now, Chris is set meet up with Paul again when the pair finally perform together. Now 25, Chris, from the West End of Newcastle, is to team up with the Teesside stalwart for a show at the Quayside Cabaret Club on June 17 and 18.
Chris said: “I knew I wanted to be the guy on stage entertaining everyone after watching his show. So that’s what I did. “Like Paul, I have worked very hard at my magic and have performed all over the world; for royalty, celebrities and sportsmen. “Seeing the success of Paul, and knowing that magic could be more than just a hobby really spurred me on.
“I am just a local lad from the West End with big dreams and even bigger tricks and I am so excited to be bringing my hero to my hometown.”
The Quayside Cabaret Club was set up by Chris in November last year and has already hosted four sell-out shows. The latest two-hour extravaganza of magic, illusion and escapology will feature performances from Chris, Paul and wife Debbie McGee, and will offer a Q&A session.
And Paul, who achieved international fame through his television series The Paul Daniels Magic Show, says he can’t wait to perform alongside Chris in the North where his roots lie.” I like the North; I am from South Bank near Middlesbrough so I am Northern myself,” he said.
“I will treat the audience as if they are my friends – I will go on stage and I will have a party. My favourite thing is making people laugh – I am an entertainer and I am not bad it either. “I like working alongside magicians. I do it all the time, recently I was in Portugal with David Blaine and Dynamo and they are great. Magic doesn’t change – just the stubble and the clothing.”
And the 77-year-old even joked about giving Chris Cross his stage name.“I won’t take the blame for that,” he said. “I remember meeting Chris and telling him that he wouldn’t be respected with a name like Conjuring Chris.”
Despite taking his successful career in magic very seriously, Paul insists he never plans which tricks to do until the day itself. “I leave it all to the last minute,” he said. “I travel with everything in my car and when I get to the venue I get a feel for the place. Even during the show I am ad-libbing – somebody will say something to me and it will take me in a different direction.
“For me it is about the performance, my shows are never quite the same, they will always end differently.“I like magic that happens without me looking like I’ve done anything.”
Tickets are £45 and includes a three-course Italian steak meal and after-dinner cabaret show with photograph and autograph opportunities.
See chris-cross.co.uk or call Prima Ristorante on 0191 2331011 to book.
I Love Newcastle Magazine would love to hear your thoughts about the above post, so please feel free to share them in the comments box below.