Yesterday, Geordie Magician & Escapologist, Chris Cross, 27 of the West End of Newcastle, succeeded in an attempt to escape from a straitjacket in just 90 seconds, hanging upside-down by his ankles, whilst being suspended over 80ft in the air on the roof of the Newcastle Castle Keep, high above the City Centre.
TV & Film actress Charlie Hardwick checked to ensure the 2 male members of the audience had tied him up nice and tight, Cross was then put into position and raised up to form part of Newcastle’s Skyline for a few minutes whilst he made his escape…
Despite the rain and wind, the stunt went ahead as planned and an audience gathered to watch, below the castle, as well as over 1,000 people watching online via a LIVE stream on Facebook.
Chris Cross managed to escape in 90 seconds to noteworthy applause from the general public who had gathered to watch.
”I’ve performed similar escape stunts before, but never at that height. This was the biggest one to date. I’ve wanted to do a big head turning stunt in my home city for years now and I’m pleased all of the hard work organising it paid off and that I finally got around to doing it!
I’m so pleased the stunt was a success too, if I’d have fallen I’d have died. At some points when I was wrestling with the jacket up there, I was actually over 80 ft above ground when my body would swing out over the castle’s parapet! It was a great view though. The millenium bridge looks like a big smiley face when you look at it upside down. It was as if the River Tyne was grinning at me in amusement throughout!
When I was raised up and into position ready to make my escape, I remember shouting down for someone to remove the crash mat below, it was a last minute decision just as I’d been raised up in the air, but the escape was all about the dangerous height I was hanging at, I mean If you’re gonna do a thing, do it properly…” – Chris Cross
The stunt was a tribute to one of Chris’s idols, Harry Houdini, who appeared in the very same spot as Chris in 1920.
Houdini visited the castle whilst performing his own show in Newcastle almost 100 years ago.
”Houdini toured America & Europe in the early 19th century, this was a good 80 years before Social media existed, so he had to drum up word of mouth advertising to pull large audiences into the theatre to see his shows. He did this by performing big stunts, like the one I performed yesterday. These stunts would really turn people’s heads and they’d want to see more of this real live superhero, so they’d buy tickets to go see him at the theatre.
On 2nd September I’m bringing ‘The Greatest Show on the Tyne’ to the Tyne Theatre & Opera House in Newcastle City Centre, So I thought what better way to promote the show than replicate one of the Great Houdini’s press stunts just a few days before MY Theatre Show! There’s 15 World-Class Variety Performers for One Night Only in One BIG Show and tickets are Only £12! It’s suitable for the whole family.
There’s so much bad stuff going on in the World, you just need to turn the news on anytime of the day now, to see a bomb being dropped or people being killed. So turn off your TV, grab a hold of life, grab a ticket and come leave your worries at the door and escape reality for a few hours whilst you come Support LIVE Entertainment & Watch a Spectacular Variety Show in the Oldest working Victorian Theatre in the World!” – Chris Cross