Above left: This adult male cheetah was always happy to see me, but he still demands respect.
Above right: Meeting the Duchess of York after performing a charity fundraising show in Cape Town, 1999, where she was guest of honour.
Below left: 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!
Below right: In Queenstown, New Zealand, 2008. No comments about the hat please…
Below left: 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.
Below right: The Rock of Gibraltar, 2014, with my new best friend. Not my proudest moment!
Below left: 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.
Below right: “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!
Below: New York City, February 2018. From left to right: 1) With two of New York’s finest; 2) A rainy late afternoon in Times Square: 3) At the 9/11 Memorial, World Trade Centre; 4) Top of the Empire State Building at night.
Below, left to right: 1) Bergen, Norway, 2016 2) Outside the National Theatre in Oslo, and yes, it’s winter! 3) Being interviewed for Norwegian TV and making the cameraman laugh.
Below left: 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. Below right: In front of the Albert Memorial.
Meanwhile… back in New Zealand…
Left: The best way to spend an afternoon – on a friend’s boat in Whangaparoa, north of Auckland; Right: Outside the Parliament buildings in Wellington, which happens to be my favourite city.
Below: Every year, I lecture at several student psychology conferences in the UK. These events draw huge audiences and I get to meet some great people.
From left to right: 1) Dr. Philip Zimbardo, of Stanford Prison Experiment fame, at the London psychology conference, 2015. 2) Professor Elizabeth Loftus, the world’s leading authority on memory and false memory at a conference in London in 2016. I highly recommend her book, The Myth of Repressed Memory. I believe it is a must-read for anyone practising hypnotherapy – a riveting book, impossible to put down. 3) On the train to Edinburgh with author of over 100 books on psychology, Cara Flanagan, and Professor Phil Banyard. 4) With Dr. David Wilson, the UK’s leading expert on the psychology of murder. 5) With Professor Richard Wiseman, psychologist, best-selling author and magician!
Below: At my occasional home in Wales with my pet… Dalek. 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.
The great thing about this job is that you get a lot of time off, so I like to go exploring. I’ve spent a lot of time in Africa (I live in Cape Town most of the year) and I’ve had some advent
Below: 1) Soaking wet from the mist and spray thrown up by the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 1988 – a thunderous experience! 2) 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. 3) 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.
4) Cecil Rhodes grave at the World’s View in the Matopos Hills, Zimbabwe, 1988. So beautiful, with an amazing but troubled history. 5) Crocodile wrestling in South Africa, 2005. 6) 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!)
Below: Sharing a joke with three students during a quick demonstration of hypnosis. I can’t help myself – my sense of humour is sometimes all-consuming.
Below left: 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.
Below right: 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.
Below left: 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.
Below right: With large bear (deceased) Oslo, Norway – 2009.
Below: 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!
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.
Below right: 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.
Below: More images of India. 1) Press conference in Vadodara; 2) With cow; 3) Downtown Jodphur; 4) No visit to a university would be complete without a show! 2,000 students, open air, and intense heat!
Below: 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.
Below centre: 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.
Below right: Refuelling the Grumman in Cairo, part of the insane flight from Manchester to Nairobi – January 1992.
Below left: Somewhere in Middle Earth, possibly Wellington , New Zealand.
Below right: On the roof of the fantastic Oslo Opera House.
Below left to right: 1) Thailand, mid eighties. 2) In Sydney, Australian Tour, 1983. 3) Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA, January 1988.
Below left: 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. To find out more about my favourite theatre, please go to https://www.newtonhypnosis.com/my-favourite-theatre/
Below right: 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…
Below left: 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.
Below right: 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.
Below right: Who would have thought it? They named a street after me in London. Below left: Conwy Castle in Winter.
Below left: 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.
Below right: 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!
Below: My beloved cheetah, Rani… so beautiful.
And finally, my home in Cape Town.