Chris Funk redefines wonder as he combines intuition, influence, and illusion with hilarious comedy to provide witty magic that wows. He’s at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre Oct. 9 and 10, 2020. (Submitted to The Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack illusionist Chris Funk brings live magic, music to Cultural Centre

‘You’ll see some creations that have made appearances on some of the largest television shows in the world’

Take astonishing acts of magic, a violin concerto, a guitar loop recorded live on stage, and then add in the delightfully charismatic personality of Chris Funk and you have The Wonderist.

On Oct. 9 and 10, local illusionist Chris Funk – The Wonderist will be taking on his first show in Chilliwack since moving here.

“I’m so excited about performing at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre for two reasons,” Funk said. “First, now more than ever before, we all need a little wonder and awe in our lives. The entertainment industry has been hit with this massive challenge and it’s had to make so many changes with social distancing.”

“The fact that I can perform my show for a live audience is an amazing feeling. I’ve modified the show that I’ve toured to accommodate all the measures we need to take right now to stay safe.”

Having spent the last 15 years traveling the world, performing in theatres, cruise ships and on TV, Funk’s talents have earned him worldwide recognition. He has had appearances on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Masters of Illusions as well as SyFy’s Wizard Wars.

READ MORE: Chilliwack magician brings signature illusion to international TV audiences

His unique approach to magic has garnered him performances at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood, Hollywood’s World-Famous Magic Castle as well as on Disney Cruise Lines. Whether it’s Sri Lanka, Chile, LA, NY, Las Vegas, the middle of the ocean, or the Midwest, Funk’s show has garnered standing ovations and a reputation for excellence.

The second reason he’s looking forward to the two performances in Chilliwack is that he gets to perform in his new hometown.

“Last year I was on the road 220 days of the year. I didn’t get to sleep in my own bed after a show – always a hotel or a cruise ship room. I’m pumped I get to bring my passion to my home audience,” he said.

“The show will combine my two passions: magic, and some live music. You’ll see some creations that have made appearances on some of the largest television shows in the world, such as America’s Got Talent, Fool Us and Masters of Illusion.”

Funk’s shows are bold, powerful and delivered with a hilarious comedic flair.

Chris Funk – The Wonderist is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Oct. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call the Centre Box Office 604-391-SHOW(7469).

All performances will be held under the current public health order and are limited to 50 patrons. Seating is spaced out with a maximum bubble size of six patrons, and all audience members must wear a mask when not in their theatre seats.

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