This adult male cheetah was always happy to see me, but he still demands respect.
First Hypnotist on TV! This is a shot from my pilot on ITV in 1992. It was followed by a 22 part series ‘The Andrew Newton Hypnotic Experience’ on SKY TV. The pilot programme was fronted by Carol Vorderman, produced by John Fisher and directed by Paul Kirrage. Both John Fisher and Paul Kirrage had previously worked on Parkinson, Russel Harty, Michael Barrymore and the Ken Dodd TV shows. Goodness knows what they made of me when I walked into the studio!
By 1987, I had my pilot’s licence and was already flying big twin engined aircraft. So when I was given an opportunity to fly a Tiger Moth, I leapt at the opportunity. So here I am in Rotorua, New Zealand with Instructor pilot Warwick Bleakey in the back seat ready to loop the loop and do some dangerous flying.
Selfie with large fish and a stop for coffee in Gore, South Island, New Zealand, 2017. I’m used to early mornings and long drives. Touring is hard work! Sometimes we do 9 hour drives to the next town and the next gig. We have to check in to then next hotel/motel, set up in the theatre, do the show, and then hope there will be something open afterwards so we don’t go to bed starving. We eat a lot of Burger King, KFC and Pizza on the road. Anyone who thinks it’s exciting and glamorous should be made to do it! After six weeks of this, I’m generally knackered by the end. But then on the other hand, it’s a good life.
With two of New York’s finest!
At the 9/11 Memorial, World Trade Centre
Bergen, Norway, 2016
Being interviewed for Norwegian TV and making the cameraman laugh
In front of the Albert Memorial.
Outside the Parliament buildings in Wellington, which happens to be my favourite city.
I spent much of my childhood in the small coastal town of Conwy and I stay there whenever I’m back in the UK. The castle was built by King Edward I and dominates the town. Once a fishing village, the main industry is now tourism. Conwy is unique – there’s nowhere in the world like it.
Meeting the Duchess of York after performing a charity fundraising show in Cape Town, 1999, where she was guest of honour.
In Queenstown, New Zealand, 2008. No comments about the hat please…
The Rock of Gibraltar, 2014, with my new best friend. Not my proudest moment!
“I am not a number – I am a free man!” In the village at Portmerion, the location for Patrick MacGoohan’s 60’s cult TV series The Prisoner. Ironically, after spending a very pleasant afternoon there, driving away from Portmerion, and not knowing the area, I ended up back in the Village. This happened three times. Uncanny!
A rainy late afternoon in Times Square
Top of the Empire State Building at night.
Outside the National Theatre in Oslo, and yes, it’s winter!
London 2018: At the Royal Albert Hall to see the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform Mahler Symphony No. 5 at the Proms. One of my favourite pieces of music.
The best way to spend an afternoon – on a friend’s boat in Whangaparoa, north of Auckland
June 2017. In the bar in the upper deck of the EMIRATES A380 on the way back from Cape Town, having decided to take over!
At my occasional home in Wales with my pet… Dalek.
Soaking wet from the mist and spray thrown up by the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 1988 – a truly thunderous experience!
Tracking gorillas in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 1992. I am behind the camera. One of the greatest experiences of my life. After 5 days in the rain forest, I smelled like one too. Beats swimming with a large fish.
Crocodile wrestling in South Africa, 2005
Before my reincarnation as a hypnotist, I had trained as a classical musician. From 1977 to 1980 I played percussion in the famous Max Jaffa Orchestra. That’s me at the back, surrounded by timpani, drums, xylophone and tubular bells during a rehearsal. Looking back, those days were some of the happiest of my life. Music still plays and important part of my life – for me, it is often a refuge from the ever increasing stresses of life in the 21st century… doors locked, phone turned off… peace on earth.
Lecturing to students at Bits Pilani University in Goa, India – 2015. Most of these students are doing two degrees and they study from 7 in the morning to late every night. 60 million Indian students are in university education right now… and their appetite for knowledge is insatiable. Here, I’m answering questions with members of the psychology department. I really enjoyed my time there!
With Dr. Abhas Mitra, world renowned astrophysicist in Gujurat, India, where I was guest lecturer at the University of Baroda – February 2014. Dr. Mitra is internationally respected and his views on the universe are as important and make more sense than Stephen Hawking’s. I was very honoured to have lunch with him and an opportunity to talk with him.
Flying over Egypt following the River Nile on the above mentioned trip – January 1992. The whole trip made me realise how big the planet is.
First visit to Las Vegas, January – 1988. I insisted we do the show for free for the first two weeks in order to generate the word of mouth publicity. They thought I was mad, but it worked and we sold out every show after that. I performed one, one hour show every day for three months, after which, I’d had enough.
Somewhere in Middle Earth, possibly Wellington , New Zealand
Thailand, mid eighties.
Mesmerised – a game show with a difference – 1992 – where the contestants were hypnotised to ‘muck it up’ for the general amusement of the audience. 25 years later, the format re-emerged as You’re Back in the Room, but by then, the idea was stale. Still, I did it first…
With Ronny Hansen, the director of Hypnoseakademiet, Europe’s premier hypnotherapy training school. I lecture there twice a year and students come from all over Europe, as far as Romania, France, Germany, even the UK. It’s the best training of its kind and there’s often a waiting list to get in. Courses are conducted [mainly] in English. Students include doctors, psychologists, midwives, nurses etc.
Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA, January 1988
Who would have thought it? They named a street after me in London
At the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania – 1987. Three days up, two days down. It nearly killed me. But what an adventure! On the way up I was overtaken by a group of six British Army officers who were doing the whole climb – up and down – in 24 hours! Bloody show-offs.
Cecil Rhodes grave at the World’s View in the Matopos Hills, Zimbabwe, 1988. So beautiful, with an amazing but troubled history.
Masai Mara, Kenya, 1987. Cheetah on my car. They are such beautiful animals and remind me that the glory of Creation is in it’s diversity and perfection. (And I’m not even religious!)
Jersey, Summer Season 1988, with my old Rolls Royce. I loved that car – it was the best tour bus ever. We travelled together for 7 years, up and down motorways, to every major theatre in the north of England and even to London, and in all weathers. Goodness knows how many miles I did, but it was in the tens of thousands, and it always got me there on time.
INDIA – the most fascinating place I have ever been to. In 2014/2015 I was invited to give lectures at ten universities in India, including Bits Pilani University in Goa (pictured.) My trip took me to New Delhi, Vadodara, Gujarat, Jodphur, and Mumbai. Most of the students I encountered were doing two degrees at the same time and studying from 7.00am to 10.00pm. Sixty million Indian students are in university education.
Flying aeroplanes – the most expensive hobby ever! Very useful for flying to Jersey and back 10 times every summer between 1982 and 1993. I flew it from Manchester to Kenya in 1992 and two years later, wrote it off, crash-landing at night in a tea plantation in Western Kenya, mistaking it for the airfield. A month after getting back to England, I got myself a bigger one – a twin-engined Aztec, a real beast, but I never did a long flight again. I think the Kenya trip cured that addiction.
Refuelling the Grumman in Cairo, part of the insane flight from Manchester to Nairobi – January 1992
With large bear (deceased) Oslo, Norway – 2009
At the fortress at Jodphur, India. What a fabulous place India is... as soon as it's safe to travel again, I'm definitely going back!
In Sydney, Australian Tour, 1983
Early days at the World Famous Leeds City Varieties, circa 1983. I wish I was still that slim! As of 2018 I’ve done 319 shows there, more than any other artiste at that theatre, which was famous for the long-running BBC show The Good Old Days. The theatre has since undergone a £9million refurbishment and is as popular with audiences as it always was.
The long defunct British Council of Professional Hypnotists – a Mickey Mouse organisation if ever there was one. Its purpose was to regulate, or at least moderate, the behaviour of stage hypnotists – an ambition which failed miserably. There were some very weird people in that organisation! Middle front row are myself and Paul McKenna, the man who became the world’s baldest hypnotist. The great Ken Webster is back row, second from right, exercising his finely honed sense of humour – 1987
In Melbourne, Australia, 1994 where I was engaged by the government to make four short films using hypnosis to change people’s perception of their surroundings, particularly the City of Melbourne itself. It was a very interesting experiment.
Conwy Castle in Winter.
My beloved cheetah, Rani… so beautiful.
My home in Cape Town, South Africa.