VIDEO: Twists and turns for English Martyrs pupils

Contortionist Chris Cross with English Martyrs Sixth Form pupils
Contortionist Chris Cross with English Martyrs Sixth Form pupils

COLLEGE students were mesmerised when a world-renowned contortionist popped in – and out – for a visit.

Double-jointed Chris Cross spent time with students at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Hartlepool, performing his show before staging a question and answer session.

The professional contortionist, escapologist and magician tours the world performing his wacky show to celebrities and royalty, including the Prince of Bahrain.

He wowed around 150 Year 12 students with a range of body tricks before escaping from a straight jacket.

Chris, who lives in Newcastle, left school at 16 and opted against going to college to instead hone his skills as a magician. And he has never looked back.

The 23-year-old said: “After the show I said to the kids ‘this is my job’. How cool and crazy is that?

“Life is too short to do something you do not enjoy. My advice to them was if you have a dream then go for it.

“I left school at 16 to do this for a living and I have travelled the world.”

Chris posed for pictures with the students before answering questions.

The event at the Catcote Road school was staged as part of Transition Week, which aims to inspire the 16 and 17 year olds about career options.

Teacher David Riddle said: “University is not for everybody and we wanted to show the students there are alternatives. Chris didn’t go to university but he loved magic.

“He worked out what he wanted to do and has toured the world with it.”