About | ANDREW NEWTON | Biography

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  • Grammar School educated at the Xaverian College in Manchester, England
  • Classically trained musician at the Royal Northern College of Music – Played percussion with the Max Jaffa Orchestra, BBC Orchestras, Halle, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras
  • After studying Hypnosis, Andrew SOLD OUT major UK theatres, regularly getting audiences of over 2,500
  • Record Breaking runs at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool and at the world famous Leeds City Varieties
  • First Hypnotist to appear in London’s West End
  • First Hypnotist to appear on TV – 23 shows in the UK and 2 TV specials in New Zealand
  • Has hypnotised over 60,000 people – more than 6,000 stage and television performances
  • Annual appearances in selected UK Theatres; PLUS tours of New Zealand, Australia, South Africa
  • Appeared in Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, India, Sweden, Norway
  • Fully qualified pilot with instrument rating and multi-engine rating
  • In great demand as a speaker, lecturer and teacher
  • Specialist in the nature of suggestion, hypnosis, group behaviour and hypnosis in religion
  • Does free work with people who have been indoctrinated by religious cults
  • Chief lecturer in Hypnosis at the Hypnoseakademiet in Norway, Europe’s premier Hypnosis and EFT training school
  • Lectured in Hypnosis at Indian Institutes of Technology, Delhi, Jodhpur and Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
  • Based in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Spends less that 3 months a year in the UK and at least 3 months per year travelling, lecturing and performing around the globe.
  • Worked in Clinical Hypnotherapy in Harley Street, London
  • Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Member of the International Police Association since 2005

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Andrew Newton received a Grammar School education at the Xaverian College in Manchester, England, where he developed a keen interest in music, the classics and history.

In his teenage years Andrew spent much of his free time involved in local amateur music making societies, orchestras and brass bands, not only as a player but on a few occasions as conductor of the semi-professional Manchester Concert Orchestra. In the summer holidays he worked in the Music Library of the BBC in Manchester, spending most of the day watching the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra (now the BBC Philharmonic) rehearse. Sitting upstairs in the gallery of the studio, he had a unique opportunity to watch some of the world’s greatest conductors and musicians at work. To this day he still has a love and respect for great music, something about which he is passionate. He is also a fan of Gilbert & Sullivan, particularly of Gilbert’s satire and wit, whenever possible attending the annual G & S Festival in the UK.

Before becoming interested in hypnosis and studying psychology, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. During this period Andrew played professionally with the Halle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras. He was percussionist with the Max Jaffa Orchestra for four years (1977-1980) and harbours fond memories of the balmy Summer Seasons at the Grand Hall in Scarborough, describing them as some of the happiest times of his life. By this time, Andrew was already fascinated by the techniques of persuasion, particularly the ease with which people, their opinions and attitudes develop.

The study of Hypnotism was a natural progression. Starting with impromptu demonstrations at social gatherings, Andrew soon found that there was a demand for his skills – within just twelve months he was selling out major theatres up and down the country.

At his own financial risk, he hired the 1,500 seat Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool, performing over 400 shows in Liverpool over a ten year period. His late night ‘Over The Top’ shows were legendary in Liverpool during the 1980’s, often courting controversy and equally often appearing in the newspapers! The success was repeated in other towns although the late shows were exclusive to Liverpool. Several times a year Andrew played all the country’s top venues including the Manchester Apollo, Liverpool Empire, Edinburgh Playhouse, Sunderland Empire, Bristol Hippodrome, etc. regularly attracting audiences of more than two and a half thousand. His record of 400 shows in Liverpool was equalled at the World Famous City Varieties Theatre in Leeds. He had no manager or agent, everything he accomplished was intuitive.

Above all things it was a combination of a unique natural ability and a ready, often acerbic, wit which turned stage hypnosis into the phenomena it became. In the 1980’s, he was virtually alone in the business, but his success inspired a host of others.

Andrew became the first stage hypnotist to appear in London since 1948. After delicate licensing negotiations with the City of Westminster Council, he appeared for fourteen weeks at Wyndham’s Theatre in the heart of the West End, the first time a hypnotist had appeared in the capital for nearly forty years. It was during this time he met Paul McKenna, then a DJ on a local radio station, and spent many hours and days teaching Paul the art of hypnosis. Paul would often travel to Manchester for his hypnosis lessons and attended most of Andrew’s London shows as well as other performances around the country. In the High Court in London (1992) Lord Justice Millet described Mr. McKenna as Mr. Newton’s protegé.

Andrew was the first hypnotist to appear on British television (1992) and his 22 part series The Andrew Newton Hypnotic Experience was shown all over the world, from Australia to Zimbabwe. 

Comedians Frank Carson, Jim Bowen, Roy Walker and Tom O’Connor, TV presenters Carol Vorderman and Nicky Campbell, Olympic Gold Medalist Sharon Davies, Boxer Henry Cooper and footballer Vinny Jones, Snooker Ace John Virgo, and Zoologist Johnny Morris all appeared as guests on the show.

Worldwide, over three quarters of a million people have seen Andrew perform LIVE, and at least 100 million have seen at least one of his television shows.

Andrew can legitimately claim the largest audience for a hypnotic show; 30,000 people at York Castle on 5th November 1993.

To date, he has hypnotised over 60,000 people worldwide, including many famous names in the UK and abroad, and has over 6,000 stage and television performances under his belt.

Apart from his twice yearly tours of the United Kingdom, Andrew has been a regular and welcome visitor to New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. In 1987 Andrew presented his show for a sell out three month season at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, appearing on the same stage as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ginger Rogers, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr., Liberace, Barbara Streisand and Elvis Presley! He has also appeared in Hong Kong and Singapore where he was known locally as ‘the magic man’. In 1998, he was invited to perform in China and has appeared in IndiaSweden and Norway.

Andrew’s tours of New Zealand have been particularly successful. He has sold out the 2,500 seat Michael Fowler Centre in the capital, Wellington, 25 times and has had similar successes at the 2,300 seat Town Hall in Christchurch, as well as the Auckland Town Hall, the Founders Theatre in Hamilton, the Bay Court Theatre in Tauranga, New Plymouth Opera House and many more. Over the last 30 years, Andrew has played to over 1 million people in New Zealand and is still a household name there. Andrew Newton was mentioned in the New Zealand Parliament by former Prime Minister David Lange, who asked if he would be available to hypnotise the opposition!

Andrew considers New Zealand to be the most beautiful country in the world and loves the country with an unequalled passion. “New Zealand has a very special place in my heart and it’s the place where I am happiest. I love the people, the culture, the politics, and the fact that it’s the safest country in the world, earthquakes not withstanding. I spend as much time there as I possibly can.”

Andrew is a fully qualified pilot who for many years flew his own aircraft. He used it to commute on a weekly basis from Manchester to Jersey in the Channel Islands and from there, flew frequently to France. In 1989 he piloted a light aircraft around New Zealand, stopping in a different town each night to perform in New Zealand’s theatres. Always looking for a challenge, he landed the aircraft on Franz Josef Glacier in the South Island, an experience he describes as ‘slippery.’ He has also flown extensively in Kenya, exploring the game parks and some areas of the country that would normally be inaccessible to most tourists, including Lake Victoria. On one occasion he flew into Tanzania, Rwanda and Zaire, describing the experience as ‘hair-raising.’ And just so he could say he had done it, he once landed his own plane at London Heathrow Airport, describing that experience as ‘expensive.’

In 1992 he flew his own aeroplane from Manchester to Nairobi, a dangerous trip of some 5,000 miles. Flying from Manchester Airport over France, Italy, Greece, the Mediterranean to Cairo and following the river Nile south through Egypt, over the Red Sea into Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, then back into Africa via Ethiopia and finally into Nairobi, Kenya.

In 1988 Andrew climbed the 19,500ft. Mount Kilimanjaro, tracked Gorillas in Zaire and flown hot air balloons in Kenya’s Masai Mara. He survived a plane crash in Kenya and once, after his car broke down in the Rift Valley, spent the night in a Masai village, an experience he describes as “a huge eye-opener”.

He is in great demand as a speaker, lecturer and teacher, specialising in the nature of suggestion, hypnosis, group behaviour and hypnosis in religion. He occasionally works with people who have been indoctrinated by religious cults. He does this work free and is highly successful in this field.

Andrew Newton is a regular speaker at Psychology Conferences in the UK and regularly lectures to Psychology Students on Hypnosis, Suggestion, and Group behaviour. He is senior lecturer in Hypnosis at the Hypnoseakademiet in Norway, Europe’s premier Hypnosis and EFT training school, a position he has held since 2008.

In 2014, Andrew was invited by the City of Melbourne to take part in a project to make four short films about changing people’s perception of the city who had been born and brought up in Melbourne. Filming took a month and the finished films were called ‘The Land of In-Between.’ The project was groundbreaking in the techniques employed and the results of the experiment. Under hypnosis, participants were given a new experience of the Central Business District, specifically, the shops, art galleries, coffee shops, bars, clubs, music venues and restaurants hidden away in between the office buildings and sky-scrapers – hence the title of the films. 

In 2015, Andrew accepted an invitation to lecture in Hypnosis at IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) in Delhi, Jodphur, Rajasthan, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Gujarat, and Bits Pilani University, Goa. Whilst in India, he often finds time to do shows in those cities. Stage Hypnosis is very new to India, and Andrew is fast becoming a nationally recognised figure, attracting audiences of thousands.

Andrew has been a member of the International Police Association since 2005.

He has worked in Clinical Therapy in Harley Street, London, specialising in the treatment of deep trauma and emotional problems and is an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine.

In 1997 Andrew moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where he is now based for most of the year. He also spends a few weeks every year in Conwy, North Wales, a beautiful medieval walled seaside village (complete with castle built by Edward I in 1300.) 

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Andrew is a regular speaker at psychology conferences in the UK and has shared the platform with such experts as:

  • Professor Richard Wiseman – Professor in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire and acclaimed author of several books, including The Luck Factor;
  • Professor David Wilson – Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Birmingham City University;
  • Peter Lovatt – Principal Reader in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire;
  • Professor Sophie Scott – deputy director of the University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience;
  • Professor Simon Baron-Cohen – Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge;
  • Gustav Kuhn – Lecturer in Psychology at Brunel University;
  • Mike Cardwell – Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University and former Chief Examiner AQA A;
  • Phil Banyard – Nottingham Trent University London and former Cheif Examiner OCR;
  • Cara Flanagan – Widely published author of A Level Psychology books;
  • Professor Adrian Furnham – Professor of Psychology, University College, London;
  • Alex Haslam – Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at the University of Exeter;
  • Professor Graham Davey – Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Sussex;
  • Professor Mark Griffiths – Chartered Psychologist and Professor of Gambling Studies at Nottingham Trent University;
  • Dave Clarke – Chief examiner CIE Pre-U;
  • Professor Sergio Della Sala – Human Cognitive Neuroscience, Edinburgh;
  • Karen Duffy – Professor of Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University;
  • Dr. Graham Wagstaff – Professor of Psychology, University of Liverpool.