A MAGICIAN 'conjured' up 100 showbiz stars for his 30th birthday at the weekend.

Chris Cross, The Great Magician of the North, turned 30 on Easter Sunday and celebrated with local celebrities and friends at The George Washington Hotel & Spa in Washington.

Mr Cross has performed worldwide and appeared on national and international television with his magical illusions and daring escapology stunts.

As well as turning 30, this year also marks his 20th anniversary as an entertainer – he learnt his first trick aged just ten and was working semi-professionally at 13.

Among the guests at the party were co-founder of The VIZ Comic, Chris Donald, Newcastle footballing Hero, Malcolm ‘Supermac’ Macdonald and three-time GB Gold Paralympics medallist, Stephen Miller.

Guests were also treated to an exclusive intimate set by Bobby Davro featuring impressions, jokes and songs which received a standing ovation.

Mr Cross said: ‘‘It was lovely to see so many friends and family in one room at the same time. It was a cracking night, the show was brilliant, music was great and the venue were fab.

"Chris Donald off The VIZ even did me a drawing for my birthday and Supermac brought along a cracking framed and signed display from his football career as a pressie, too. Everyone who came said they enjoyed themselves and I believe them. It was a lot of fun and I just want to do it all again. Maybe I will. The Queen has two birthdays, after all.’’

For more information about his upcoming tour visit chris-cross.co.uk