Who Is Hannibal?
Chris Hannibal has been in and around theater since he was six, when he appeared on stage in ‘The Music Man’. Throughout high school and college he worked onstage while pursuing a more ‘stable’ career involving accounting, sales and marketing. In 1992, he worked with the Children’s Video Network, writing scripts, music and motivational programs for youth groups. This job evaporated at the close of ’92, and left Hannibal looking at his prospects. In working with CVM, Hannibal had created a street magician character. While he was looking for work, he took this character to the streets of Charlotte, NC and performed for tips in order to pay the rent and keep food on the table. The ‘Magic Man’ became a popular fixture in the uptown area, and Hannibal evolved the character into a genuine source of income, working nightclubs and comedy clubs throughout the Southeast.
The money was good and Hannibal’s popularity was on the upswing, but the cost was too high: being on the road for 3 weeks at a time was taking a toll on his family life. In 2001 Hannibal walked away from the comedy clubs and never looked back. Taking aim at the business world, he created original, customized programs that would entertain and educate at the same time. Carving new paths in the world of corporate entertainment, Hannibal has traveled the world with his Unique Inspirational Theatre.
Chris has been married to his biggest fan for 25 years. They have four children, and none of the kids perform card tricks.